Mental Health Disaster Assistance and Emergency Mental Health

To provide supplemental emergency mental health counseling to individuals affected by major disasters, including the training of workers to provide such counseling.

Examples of Funded Projects

Services provided to victims of Federally declared disasters.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - Contact the Regional Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency in the appropriate regional office.

(See Appendix IV of the Catalog.)
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2007, 15 awards were made. It is estimated that 0 awards will be made for fiscal year 2008 and 2009.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Provides funds for staff, travel, consultants and other expenses incident to the provision of mental health counseling to and referral of individuals in a disaster area.

Funds may not be used for long-term treatment.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants may be State or local nonprofit agencies as recommended by the State Governor and accepted by the Secretary.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals who were victims of major disasters.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. For other grantees, costs will be determined in accordance with HHS Regulations 45 CFR Part 74, Subpart Q.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

The standard application forms, as furnished by PHS and required by 45 CFR, Part 92 for State and local governments, must be used for this program. Application form (PHS 5161-1) is submitted by the State Coordinating Officer to the Regional Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency, no later than 60 days following declaration of a disaster. This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR 92 for State and local governments and OMB Circular No. A-110 for nonprofit organizations.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by an objective review committee and recommended for approval or disapproval. Final determination for an award is made by Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Not later than 60 days following a major disaster declaration by the President of the United States.


Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 416, Public Law 100-707.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

About 30 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance may be for 9 months with a possible extension of up to 90 days as approved by FEMA Regional Director.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly progress reports with final progress report within 90 days after termination.

Interim financial status report due within 120 days after start date and final due 90 days after termination.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials. In addition, 45 CFR 74.26 requires that for-profit recipients and subrecipients have an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards or Circular No. A-133.


Records must be retained for at least 3 years; records shall be retained beyond the 3 year period if audit findings have not been resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $64,311,860; FY 08 $ est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$64,311,860 to $0; $0.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

See 44 CFR 205. Guidelines available in application kit. Disaster Assistance and Emergency Mental Health, DHHS Publication No. (ADM) 76-327. PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 94-50,000, (Rev.) April 1, 1994.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact the Regional Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency in the appropriate regional office. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog.)

Headquarters Office

Program Contact: Paul Brounstein (240) 276-1839, Branch Chief, Emergency Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human. Grants Management Contact: Gwendolyn Simpson, Grants Management Team Leader, SAMHSA, Department of Health and Human Services, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (240) 276-1408.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Presidential declaration of the disaster area. Justified need for supplementary services.

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