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Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI)


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Mar 15, 2016

Sponsoring Organization

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Funds efforts to enhance or expand infrastructure and mental health and substance use treatment services for eligible entities. Works to increase the capacity to provide accessible, effective, comprehensive, coordinated, integrated, and evidence-based treatment services, housing support, and other necessary services for individuals, veterans, families, and youth with substance use disorder (SUD), serious mental illness (SMI), serious emotional disturbance (SED), or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders (CODs) who are also experiencing homelessness.

Funding supports the following activity types:

  • States: developing or enhancing statewide strategies to foster healthcare and housing system partnerships to provide short- and long-term methods of assistance for individuals with behavioral health issues who are also dealing with homelessness
  • Local governments and communities: involvement with state or community planning and activities concerning short- and long-term approaches for supporting individuals with behavioral health issues who are undergoing homelessness
  • States, local governments, and communities: providing aid, such as housing support as well as treatment and recovery services for mental health and substance use
  • States, local governments, and communities: enrolling and engaging eligible individuals in health insurance, Medicaid, and other programs, including the Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI)/Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Additional information on required infrastructure and direct treatment services activities can be found in the program guidance.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling:

  • $1,500,000 per year for states and territories
  • $800,000 per year for local governments
  • $400,000 per year for other eligible entities

Project period: Up to 3 years
Estimated number of awards: Up to 30
Estimated total program funding: $19,576,000

Each grant award will consist of 50% SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) funds and 50% SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) funds, even if the applicant requests less than the maximum award amount.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • States and territories
    • Eligible state applicants are either the state mental health authority (SMHA) or the single state agency (SSA). SAMHSA's expectation is that both the SSA and the SMHA will work in partnership to fulfill the requirements of the grant.
  • Local governments
  • Communities, which includes other domestic public and private nonprofit entities such as:
    • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations
    • Urban Indian organizations
    • Public or private universities and colleges
    • Community- and faith-based organizations

Additional provision of service requirements include:

  • A provider organization for direct client services, such as SUD or mental health treatment, appropriate to the grant must be involved in the proposed project. The provider may be the applicant or another organization committed to the project. More than one provider organization may be involved.
  • Each mental health/substance use disorder treatment provider organization must have at least two years' experience providing relevant services in the geographic area(s) in which services are to be provided.
  • Each mental health/substance use disorder treatment provider organization must comply with all applicable local, city, county, and state licensing, accreditation, and certification requirements, as of the due date of the application.
  • Each entity must either:
    • Be qualified to receive third party reimbursements and have an existing reimbursement system in place, or
    • Have established links to other behavioral health or primary care organizations with existing third party reimbursement systems

Grantees that received a fiscal year (FY) 2014 SM-14-010 or FY 2015 TI-15-003 CABHI-States award or a GBHI-SSH award in FY 2014 or FY 2015 TI-14-007 are not eligible to apply.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in part I and part II of the funding announcement.

Applicant frequently asked questions


For programmatic questions:
Maia Banks-Scheetz

For grants management or budget questions:
Eileen Bermudez

Rural Awards

Past awards communities have received are described on the program website.

A rural community in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, received funding for Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, Inc. Funds were awarded to offer culturally- and gender-sensitive, outpatient, evidence-based SUD, SMI, SED, and COD treatment and recovery support services to individuals experiencing homelessness.

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Housing and Homelessness • Infrastructure • Mental Health • Recovery • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Teleservices and Technology • Treatment • Veterans • Youth