Regional Partnership Grants to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Substance Abuse

The Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau, announces the availability of competitive grant funds authorized by the Promoting Safe and Stable Families program.

These targeted grants will be awarded to regional partnerships that provide, through interagency collaboration

and integration of programs and services, activities and services that are designed to increase the well-being of, improve permanency outcomes for, and enhance the safety of children who are in out-of-home placements or are at risk of being placed in out-of-home placements as a result of a parent's or caretaker's substance abuse.

The Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (Pub.

L.

112-34) includes a new targeted grants program (section 437(f) of the Act), which directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to reserve a specified portion of the appropriation for regional partnership grants to improve the well-being of children affected by substance abuse.

The State child welfare agency that is responsible for the State plan under title IV-B or title IV-E of the Social Security Act must be included in the regional partnership.

If your regional partnership consists of a county that is located in a State that is State-supervised, county-administered, the county child welfare agency satisfies the "administration of the State plan" requirement.

In such a partnership, the State agency that is ultimately responsible for State Plan compliance under title IV-B or title IV-E is not required to be a partner in the regional partnership, but also is not precluded from participating as a member of the regional partnership.

In a State-administered system, a local office of the State child welfare agency can participate in the partnership and satisfy this statutory requirement.

As required by the legislation, if an Indian Tribe or tribal consortium enters into a regional partnership, the Indian Tribe may (but is not required to) include the State child welfare agency as a partner in the collaborative agreement.

If the partnership is an Indian Tribe or tribal consortia, it may not enter into a collaborative agreement only with Tribal child welfare agencies (or a consortium of such agencies).

Any member of the regional partnership is eligible to be a lead applicant provided that (1) the partner is one of the eligible entities described previously and (2) the member agency or organization has the capacity to sufficiently monitor program activities or services, funding, and reporting requirements described in the announcement.

While either the State child welfare agency that is responsible for the State plan under title IV-B or title IV-E of the Social Security Act or an Indian Tribe or tribal consortium must be a member of a regional partnership, it is NOT necessary that either of these entities serve as the lead agency.
Related Programs

Enhance Safety of Children Affected by Substance Abuse

Department of Health and Human Services



Who's Eligible



Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2012-ACF-ACYF-CU-0321

Additional Information of Eligibility:
Applications must identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the grant.

The primary applicant MUST be one of the regional partnership organizations listed here.

Applications must represent regional partnerships formed by a collaborative agreement.

As required by the legislation, regional partnership means a collaborative agreement (which may be established on an interstate or intrastate basis) entered into by at least two of the following parties: The State child welfare agency that is responsible for the administration of the State plan under title IV-B or title IV-E of the Social Security Act (must be included in partnership); The State agency responsible for administering the substance abuse prevention and treatment block grant provided under subpart II of part B of title XIX of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C.

§ 300x-21 et seq.].

An Indian Tribe or Tribal consortium; Non-profit or for-profit child welfare service providers; Community health service providers; Community mental health providers; Local law enforcement agencies; Judges and court personnel; Juvenile justice officials; School personnel; Tribal child welfare agencies or a consortia of such agencies; or Any other providers, agencies, personnel, officials, or entities that are related to the provision of child and family services under this subsection.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

Full Opportunity Web Address:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2012-ACF-ACYF-CU-0321

Contact:
ACF Applications Help Deskapp_support@acf.hhs.gov

Agency Email Description:
ACF Applications Help Desk

Agency Email:
app_support@acf.hhs.gov

Date Posted:
2012-05-17

Application Due Date:
2012-07-16

Archive Date:
2012-07-17


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