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Treatment for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, Serious Emotional Disturbance or Co-Occurring Disorders Experiencing Homelessness (Treatment for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness)


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Mar 9, 2018

Sponsoring Organization

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Provides funding to states, tribes, local governments, and other organizations to develop and expand local infrastructure that can integrate behavioral health treatment and recovery support services for individuals, youth, and families with serious mental illness (SMI), serious emotional disturbance (SED), and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder (COD) who are experiencing homelessness. Seeks to increases local capacity and expand access to comprehensive, coordinated, evidence-based treatment and recovery supports while working to connect individuals and families with secure, permanent housing.

Primary program areas include:

  1. Integrating mental and substance use disorders (SUDs) treatment and other recovery-oriented services
  2. Engaging and connecting clients to enrollment resources for health insurance, Medicaid, and other social services, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  3. Coordinating housing and related services to support sustainable, permanent housing

Required grant activities include:

  • Providing outreach and engagement to identify and enroll participants in the project and provide referrals to services for individuals and families not eligible for participation.
  • Screening and assessment of participants in order to develop appropriate treatment and recovery approaches, especially strategies targeting LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness and youth experiencing early onset of COD
  • Assisting clients in identifying sustainable, permanent housing by connecting clients to HUD's Coordinated Entry system and/or other housing resources
  • Providing evidence-based, integrated mental health and substance use interventions for participants with COD in outpatient, intensive outpatient, short-term residential, or recovery housing programs
  • Developing a service delivery plan that integrates mental health, SUD, and primary care, with special focus on low-income and underserved populations
  • Providing case management or other strategies to address SMI, SED, and COD and connect individuals with housing and necessary services
  • Engaging the target population and assisting with enrollment in health insurance, Medicaid, and other benefit programs
  • Offering services focused on implementing trauma-informed approaches, including assessment and interventions for emotional, sexual, and physical abuse
  • Delivering services for youth and families within a family-driven, youth-guided framework
  • Collaborating across agencies and providers to enhance service delivery in the areas of substance use, child welfare, juvenile justice, primary care, education, and early childhood
  • Ensuring connection to and continued engagement with recovery support services to improve access and retain participants in services and treatment, including services such as peer supports, medication management, employment, vocational, child care, educational, and transportation services, among others

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling:

  • $1,000,000 per year for states and territories
  • $500,000 per year for other eligible applicants

Project period: Up to 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 16
Estimated total program funding: $10,393,00

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants are domestic public or private nonprofit entities, including:

  • States and territories
    • Eligible state applicants are either the State Mental Health Authority (SMHA) or the Single State Agency (SSA) for Substance Abuse. SAMHSA's expectation is that both the SSA and the SMHA will work in partnership to fulfill the requirements of the grant.
  • Governmental units with political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city, or town
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal 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 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/SUD treatment provider organization must have at least two years experience providing relevant services.
  • Each mental health/SUD 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) 2017 TI-17-009 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI) award or a FY 2016 and FY 2107 SM-16-007 Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) award 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 the funding announcement.

Applicant webinar presentation
Applicant frequently asked questions


For programmatic questions:
Maia Banks-Scheetz

For grants management or budget questions:
Gwendolyn Simpson

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Housing and Homelessness • Mental Health • Parents, Families, and Children • Recovery • Reimbursement and Payment Models • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse • Youth