DBHDD would like to offer interested persons the opportunity to review its DRAFT Federal Fiscal Year 2014-2015 application for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Mental Health Block Grant Program. This application is due to SAMHSA on September 3, 2013. It is a non-competitive application process that occurs on a bi-annual basis. The MHBG funds are provided by the federal government to all states that submit an application successfully meeting the requirements as specified by SAMHSA. The MHBG application is now a web-based process and as such can be viewed at https://bgas.samhsa.gov. To review the current application, please take the following steps:
- Enter the website at https://bgas.samhsa.gov
- Enter the username and password
- These are case sensitive so be sure to enter exactly as indicated.
- Select "View Existing Application"
- Select FY2014-2015 MHBG Behavioral Health Assessment and Plan
- Select "View Application"
The application contains four sections:
Section I - State Information (contains state information and assurances)
Section II - Planning Steps (Describes state system, unmet needs and plans to address needs, established goals and indicators for two year period)
Section III - Use of Block Grant Dollars for Block Grant Activities (Describes use of MHBG dollars and other expenditures for adult and child and adolescent mental health)
Section IV - Narrative (Topics of interest to SAMHSA such as justice, trauma, homeless, etc.)
For Sections II and IV, there is a question in the narrative box with a response document attached. Section II also includes goals and indicators for the 2014-2015 planning period which can be found on Table 1.
All are welcome to review entire application or parts of the application as desired and provide comments to DBHDD. Comments provided by 9/3 will be included in the application submission. Comments received after 9/3 will be retained by DBHDD and forwarded to SAMHSA as SAMHSA permits. Public comments can be e-mailed to Myrtis Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.