Consolidated Knowledge Development and Application (KD&A) Program

To provide immediately usable knowledge to improve substance abuse and mental health services in crucial selected areas.

SAMHSA's Knowledge Development and Application (KDA) program is aimed at answering important, practical questions and effectively transferring answers to those who need the

The questions to be answered are not decided by the agency in isolation, but arise from consumers and their families, providers, State officials, constituency organizations, national advisory councils, services researchers, the Congress, HHS, and for substance abuse, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

The program emphasizes knowledge development and application, making sure that this knowledge is relevant and timely.

KDA activities are undertaken in actual service settings rather than in artificially created and controlled settings.

SAMHSA's KDA program is driven by the needs of the users/providers/systems administrators.

SAMHSA announces specific KDA topics annually in the Federal Register.

Dissemination of results through multiple channels, including the latest available technology, to inform service providers is an integral part of the KDA program.
Examples of Funded Projects

In CMHS some of the funded programs were: HIV/AIDS-Education, HIV/AIDS Outcome & Costs Study, HIV AIDS High Risk, Child Mental Health, Criminal Justice Diversion, Circles of Care, etc.

In CSAP some of the funded programs were: State Incentive Grants, Workplace and Managed Care, Early Childhood Problems, Starting Early/Starting Smart, Community-Initiated Prevention Interventions, Substance Abuse Prevention/HIV Care, Parenting and Family Strengthening Prevention Interventions: A Dissemination of Innovations Study, CAPT, etc.

In CSAT, some of the programs funded were: Replication of Effective Treatment for Methamphetamine Dependence, Targeted Capacity Expansion, Women and Violence, etc.

Some programs funded in CMHS were: Circles of Care, Child Mental Health Initiative, HIV/AIDS Cost Study, Jail Diversion, etc.

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.

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Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2007 51 awards were made. It is estimated that in fiscal year 2008 1 award will be made.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds (including direct costs and allowable indirect costs) may be used only for expenses clearly related and necessary to carry out approved activities that will provide immediately useful, practical knowledge that service providers need as they wrestle with the rapidly changing health care environment.

Funds may not be used to supplant current funding for existing activities.

Funds may not be used to pay for services except for additional costs created by the research and may not be used for the purchase of a facility to house any portion of the proposed project.

Any funds proposed for the purpose of renovation expenses must be detailed and linked directly to programmatic activities.

Any lease arrangements in association with the proposed project utilizing these funds may not extend beyond the project period or cover non-programmatic activities.

Construction costs are not allowed.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligibility for the topical areas under this consolidated program is open to public organizations, such as units of State or local governments and to domestic private nonprofit and for-profit organizations such as community-based organizations, universities, colleges, and hospitals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public or domestic private for-profit and nonprofit organizations will benefit.


Applicants for all topical areas must provide a copy of a letter sent to the Single State Agency for Alcohol and Drug Abuse and/or Mental Health that briefly describes the application. Applicants must also provide proof of licensure, accreditation, certification, or chartering to provide substance abuse and/or mental health services or such other credential documentation as specified for a particular topical area.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

A letter of intent from prospective applicants is requested at least 30 days prior to the application receipt date, and should be sent to: Office of Extramural Activities Review, SAMHSA, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857, ATTN: Letter of Intent.

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 (SPOC) 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

All applicants must use application form PHS 5161-1 (July, 2000) Application kits containing the necessary forms and instructions may be obtained by contacting: The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345. Telephone: (301) 468-2600 or 1(800) 729-6686, or the National Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) at 1(800) 789-2647.

Award Procedures

Applications for grants and cooperative agreements recommended for approval by the initial review group and concurred in by the appropriate National Advisory Council and the Center Director(s) are awarded directly by each Center (Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)) to the applicant organization.


Contact Division of Extramural Activities, Policy, and Review, SAMHSA, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (240) 276-1199 for the receipt date(s) for applications.


Public Health Service Act, as amended, Title V, Part B, Section 501(d)(5), 42 U.S.C. 290aa.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 to 120 days.




Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Applications will be accepted for a 3-year project period with 12-month budget periods. Annual awards will be made subject to continued availability of funds and progress achieved. Payments will be made either on a Monthly Cash Request System or under an Electronic Transfer System.

Post Assistance Requirements


Unless otherwise specified, progress reports will be required at least quarterly, and a financial status report is required annually.

A final progress report and financial status report are required 90 days following the end of the project period.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit 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.


There is a 3-year record retention requirement; records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period if final audit has not been done or findings resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants/Cooperative Agreements) FY 07 $23,313,874; FY 08 est $500,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$23,313,874 to $500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR Parts 74 and 92 and the PHS Grants Policy Statement. Guidelines and instructions are included in the application kits available by request from: The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345. Telephone: (301) 468-2600 or 1(800) 729-6686, or the National Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) at 1(800) 789-2647.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Jack Stein; Telephone: (240) 276-2950; and CSAT programmatic contact: George Gilbert; Telephone: (240) 276-1681; Grants Management contact: Kathleen Sample, Division of Grants Management, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 7-1091; Telephone: (240) 276-1407; Email:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for technical merit review of applications will include the following: 1) Potential significance of proposed project; 2) Appropriateness of applicant's proposed objectives to the goals of the specific program; 3) Adequacy and appropriateness of the proposed approach and activities; 4) Adequacy of available resources, such as facilities and equipment; 5) Qualifications and experience of the applicant organization, the project director, and other key personnel; and, 6) Reasonableness of the proposed budget. In addition, award criteria will include the availability of Federal funds.

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