Mental Health Clinical and AIDS Service-Related Training Grants

(1) Institutions Clinical Training Grants: To encourage mental health specialists to work in areas and settings where severe shortages exist; to increase the number of qualified minority personnel in the mental health professions, and the number of mental health personnel trained to deal with the special
problems of children, adolescents, the elderly, the seriously mentally ill, and rural populations; and to assure that the skills and knowledge of mental health personnel are appropriate to the needs of those they serve.

(2) State Human Resource Development (HRD) Grants: To assist State mental health authorities in the development of human resources.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

(1) Psychosocial pediatrics for primary care physicians; (2) social work training in community mental health; (3) a graduate program in nursing for ethnic minorities; (4) training foster parents as mental health workers; and (5) an interdisciplinary mental health care education program.

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.

Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Six grants were awarded in fiscal years 2005. Six awards are anticipated in fiscal year 2006 and fiscal year 2007.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds may be used by Clinical Training grantees: (1) To defray institution costs of the training program (personnel, supplies, equipment, travel, and other necessary expenses) according to formula: $10,008 per predoctoral trainee, $19,608 to $32,300 per postdoctoral trainee depending on years of relevant experience; and (2) to provide trainee stipends and other allowances (tuition and fees, etc.) for individuals enrolled in the training program.

Funds may be used only for expenses directly related to the training program.

Individual Faculty Scholar Awards: Salary support, $25,000 in educational expenses, etc.

State HRD Grants: Varies according to project.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Grants are awarded to public or private nonprofit institutions and organizations, and State and local government agencies for training relevant to mental health service priorities in the mental health disciplines of psychiatry, psychology, social work, psychiatric nursing, marriage and family therapy and in specialized areas of high priority and need such as State manpower development projects; and for State mental health agencies to plan, implement, and evaluate systems for mental health services manpower development.

Trainees in psychology, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, social work, or marriage and family therapy unless training program is of limited duration or experimental nature, will be subject to payback requirements of Section 303 of the PHS Act.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Trainee stipends may be awarded only to citizens or nationals of the United States, or to persons lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Individuals seeking trainee stipend support must apply directly to and be accepted by the training institution, and submit an acceptable statement of appointment of Trainee Form (PHS-2271) a payback agreement, and a Statement of Non-Delinquency on Federal Debt Certification.


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 Regulation 45 CFR, Part 74, Subpart Q.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Not applicable.

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 (PHS 5161-1), must be used for applicants that are State and local governments. Application kits, containing the necessary forms and instructions for completing the forms, may be obtained from Grants Management Branch, Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). Consultation on a proposed project may be obtained from the CMHS branch or center responsible for the training area of interest. Applications are reviewed by nonfederal consultants recruited nationwide from the mental health field. Amount of award and period of support are determined on basis of merit; must also be reviewed by the Center for Mental Health Services Advisory Council. This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR, Part 92 for State and local governments and OMB Circular No. A-110 for nonprofit organizations.

Award Procedures

Grants in support of approved applications are awarded directly to the applicant institution by the Center for Mental Health Services.


Contact the CMHS Headquarters Office for application deadlines.


Public Health Service Act, Title III, Section 303, Public Law 78-410, 42 U.S.C. 242a, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 180 days after submission of application.




Support of an approved project is recommended for a specified project period, usually not in excess of 3 years. Prior to termination of the project period, grantee may submit application for renewal of support which is processed as a competing renewal application.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Time frames are variable, but project period is generally limited to 5 years or less. Grantee may apply for renewal of support on a competing basis. Within project period a continuation application must be submitted on a noncompeting basis for each year of support. Payments will be made either on a Monthly Cash Request System or under an Electronic Transfer System. Necessary instructions for the appropriate type of payment will be issued shortly after an award is made.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reports must be submitted as follows: (1) Interim progress reports annually as part of a non-competing application for previously recommended support; (2) A final progress report within 90 days after end of the project period; (3) Annual financial status report within 90 days after the end of the budget period.

Trainees incurring the payback obligation upon completion of training, report annually on previous year's activities related to service that fulfills payback obligation.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "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, 45 CFR Part 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 $0; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$225,000 to $300,000; $250,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

42 CFR 64. Guidelines are included in application kits. PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 94-50,000, (Rev.) April 1, 1994.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Program Contact: Clinical, Anne Mathews-Younes, Ed. D., Human Resource Planning and Development Branch, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, Department of Health and Human Services, 1 Choke Cherry Road,Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (240) 276-1837. Program Contact: AIDS Training, Barbara J. Silver, Ph.D., HIV/AIDS Program, CMHS, SAMHSA, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (240) 276-1962. Grants Management Contact: Kimberly Pendleton, Grants Management Officer, SAMHSA, Department of Health and Human Services, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (240) 276-1421.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The following criteria will be used in determining projects to be funded: (1) Technical merit; (2) facilities and environment for the training program; (3) previous training records; (4) relevance to CMHS priorities; and (5) potential contribution to mental health field.

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