[mentalhealth-l] Grant Opportunities
smhp at ucla.edu
Fri Jan 15 15:00:49 PST 2010
January 15, 2010
Three Grants Opportunities that Could be Integrated
into Efforts to Build a Comprehensive System of Learning Supports
Below is information about the grants opportunities. First, however,
we stress how to pursue these in ways that helps you build a
comprehensive approach to student and learning supports.
Propose to Use New Funds in Ways that Extend System Building
Building a comprehensive system of learning supports is not first and
foremost about finding new money. The process begins with redeploying
and weaving together existing programs, personnel, and resources
currently available in schools, districts, and state departments of
education. This takes leadership, and it starts with mapping
existing resources using a well-conceptualized and a comprehensive framework.
For example, see Mapping & Analyzing Learning Supports (A School
Improvement Tool for Moving toward a Comprehensive System of Learning
When related new funds (e.g., a grant opportunities) become
available, it also takes leadership to propose and use the new funds
in ways that integrate the funding into a strategic plan that moves
the system of learning supports forward and avoids projectitis and
See, for example, Another Initiative? Where Does it Fit? A Unifying
Framework and an Integrated Infrastructure for Schools to Address
Barriers to Learning and Promote Healthy Development -
The Grant Programs
There are three currently available grants from the U. S. Department
of Education that might be helpful in strengthening a comprehensive
system of learning support. In considering these grants, use the
opportunity to pull together key staff to review what is being done
already and what still is needed to support all students. The
question to be explored with respect to these grants is: How might
each fit into the core of your learning supports system and help to
build capacity and infrastructure that will sustain the work long
after the grant period ends?
All three grants are from the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools,
U. S. Department of Education. Here is an excerpt from the email
announcement sent by OSDFS:
"(1) Elementary and Secondary School Counseling program grant
application (CFDA 84.215E).
The application deadline date is February 26, 2010.
The purpose of the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling program
is to support efforts by LEAs (public school districts) to establish
or expand counseling programs.
The estimated available funds for this grant are $15,437,591and the
estimated range of awards being $250,000-$400,000 with the estimated
average size of awards being $350,000 and the estimated number of
awards being 44.
For specific questions regarding the Elementary and Secondary School
Counseling program, please contact the Competition Manager, Loretta
McDaniel at <mailto:loretta.mcdaniel at ed.gov>loretta.mcdaniel at ed.gov
(2) Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) grant
application (CFDA 84.184E).
The application deadline date is February 26, 2010.
The FY 2010 REMS application has undergone several changes since the
FY 2009 grant competition. Applicants are encouraged to carefully
review the application package to ensure that they are responding
directly to this year's priority, eligibility requirements, grant
requirements, selection criteria, and the Government Performance and
Results Act measure for this program.
We will be scheduling a series of Question and Answer telephone calls
during the grant application period to respond to applicant
questions. To view the dates and times for those calls, please visit
the REMS TA Center Web site at http://rems.ed.gov/
For specific questions regarding the REMS grant program, please
contact the Competition Manager, Sara Strizzi at
<mailto:sara.strizzi at ed.gov>sara.strizzi at ed.gov
(3) Grants for the Integration of Schools and Mental Health Systems
Program grant application (CFDA 84.215M).
The application deadline date is February 22, 2010.
The purpose of the Grants for the Integration of Schools and Mental
Health Systems program is to increase student access to high-quality
mental health care by developing innovative approaches that link
school systems with the local mental health system. Projects funded
under this program support infrastructure development to develop
and/or improve collaborative efforts between schools, mental health
service systems and juvenile justice systems to provide, enhance, or
improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services to students;
enhance crisis intervention services; provide professional training;
provide technical assistance to systems and families; ensure
linguistically appropriate and culturally competent services; and
evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
This Grant Competition eligibility is limited to State educational
agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter
schools that are considered LEAs under State law, and Indian Tribes.
The estimated available funds for this grant are $5,913,000 and the
estimated range of awards being $150,000-$400,000 with the estimated
average size of awards being $347, 800 and the estimated number of
awards being 16-18.
For specific questions regarding the Grants for the Integration of
Schools and Mental Health Systems program, please contact the
Competition Manager, Sarah Allen at
<mailto:sarah.allen at ed.gov>sarah.allen at ed.gov
With regard to the grant for the Integration of Schools and Mental
Health Systems, we were pleased to have our Center's work again
highlighted in the background section of the application:
"As described by the University of California, Los Angeles' Center
for Mental Health in Schools, development and implementation of a
comprehensive, systemic approach to improving the mental health
status of children as called for requires a broad, systems change in
which services move from:
'(1) serving the few to ensuring an equal opportunity to succeed for the many;
(2) fragmented practices to integrated approaches;
(3) narrowly focused, discrete, problem specific, and
specialist-oriented services to comprehensive, multifaceted, cohesive
(4) an efficacy research-base toward effectiveness research as the
base for student support interventions, with articulated standards
that are reflected in an expanded approach to school accountability; and
(5) projects and pilot demonstrations toward sustainable initiatives
that are designed to goto scale.'
If you would like to receive a copy of the handbook for Rebuilding
for Learning, which provides an overview of a comprehensive framework
for learning support, please email your request to
<mailto:ltaylor at ucla.edu>ltaylor at ucla.edu
School Mental Health Project/
Center for Mental Health in Schools
UCLA Dept. of Psychology
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563
(310) 825-3634 / Toll Free: (866) 846-4843 / Fax: (310) 206-8716
Email: smhp at ucla.edu
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