Enhance the Safety of Children Affected by Parental Methamphetamine or Other Substance Abuse

To provide, through interagency collaboration and integration of programs activities and services that are designed to increase the well-being of, improve permanency outcomes for, and enhance the safety of children who are in an out-of-home placement or are at risk of being placed in an out-of-home placement
as a result of a parent's or caretaker's methamphetamine or other substance abuse.

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.

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are provided for services or activities that are consistent with the purpose of section 437(f) of Title IV-B of the Social Security Act and may include the following: (1) family-based comprehensive long-term substance abuse treatment services; (2) early intervention and preventative services; (3) children and family counseling; (4) mental health services; (5) parenting skills training; (6) replication of successful models for providing family-based comprehensive long-term substance abuse treatment services.

Other suggested activities and services are listed in the program announcement.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State governments, County governments, Local Governments, City or township governments, Regional Organizations, U.S.

Territory or Possession, Independent school districts, Public and State-controlled institutions of higher education, Indian/Native American Tribal governments (Federally recognized), Indian/Native American Tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized), Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organizations, Public/Indian Housing Authorities, Non-profits with 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), Non-profits without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), Private institutions of higher education, For-profit organizations (other than small businesses), Small businesses, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions, and Special district governments.

Foreign entities are not eligible under this announcement.

Applications must represent regional partnerships formed by a collaborative agreement.

Applications must identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the grant.

The primary applicant must be one of the regional partnership organizations listed below.

The primary applicant cannot be an individual.

The regional partnership must include either the State child welfare agency that is responsible for the administration of the State plan under title IV-B or title IV-E of the Social Security Act or an Indian tribe or tribal consortium but the regional partnership may not consist of only State entities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Agencies or organizations serving children and families who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing an out of home placement as a result of a parent's or caregivers methamphetamine or other substance abuse.


Non-profit agencies must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Parts 74 and 92 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Standard application forms as furnished by DHHS must be used for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

Announcement of availability of funds is posted to grants.gov. Eligible applicants submit applications by specified deadlines.

Award Procedures

Grant applications are reviewed by a panel of non-federal professionals with expertise in the fields of child welfare and substance abuse treatment. Final decisions are made by the Commissioner, Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACYF).


This program was announced and grants awarded in FY 2007 for 3 and 5 years. There is no additional announcement anticipated for this program in FY 2008 or FY 2009.


Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006, Public Law 109-288.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 3 to 6 months.


Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR Part 16.


Projects are awarded with a provision for non-competitive renewal during the selected award period (3 or 5 years).

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The required match must increase over the course of the grant period, such that grantees must contribute 15 percent of the costs of grant-funded services and activities in FY 2007 and FY 2008, 20 percent of such costs in FY 2009 and FY 2010, and 25 percent of such costs in FY 2011.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants were available for a 36- or 60-month period. Renewal funding for multiple-year grants is dependent upon grantee performance and availability of funds.

Post Assistance Requirements


Financial and program reports are required semiannually with a final report at completion of the project.

In addition, grantees must select and track performance indicators that measure the extent to which grant-funded activities and services enhance the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and their families.


Audits are conducted in accordance with requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92.


All financial records are to be maintained for 3 years after termination of the project or until audit is completed, whichever comes first.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants and Contracts) FY 07 $40,000,000; FY 08 $35,000,000; and FY 09 $30,000,000. (Note: The funds in this program are also available for contracts. The amounts for contracts cannot be predetermined.)

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$500,000 to $1,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR 1340.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Headquarters Office: Catherine Luby, Federal Project Office, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Bureau, 1250 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20024, 8th Floor. Telephone: (202) 205-8879. FTS is not available.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are evaluated on the basis of the degree to which proposals meet specific objectives defined in the program announcement including, but not limited to: (1) demonstration of regional impact of methamphetamine or other substance abuse; (2) organizational capacity to collaborate with other service providers; and (3) relevance of proposed services and activities in enhancing the well-being of children in foster care or at risk of foster care due to a parent's or caretaker's substance abuse.

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