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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes for Early Diversion Services

Behavioral Health Partnership for Early Diversion of Adults and Youth


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
CFDA Number: 93.243
Funding or PIN Number: SM-23-012
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/09/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribal organizations for early diversion services. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to divert people with mental illnesses from the criminal justice system.

The purpose of this program is to establish or expand programs that divert adults and/or youth with a mental illness or a co-occurring disorder (COD) from the criminal or juvenile justice system to community-based mental health and substance use disorder services (SUD) and other supports prior to arrest and booking. SAMHSA will give special consideration to applicants proposing to use funding to support early diversion services for veterans. This program aligns with Executive Order 14074, Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices To Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety, which among other things promotes policies to support alternatives to arrest and incarceration, including policies that support effective alternative responses to substance use disorders and mental health needs. With this program, SAMHSA aims to reduce the number of youth and adults with mental illness or COD that are involved in the criminal justice system. 

The goals of the program are to:

  • Build collaborative partnerships among relevant agencies;
  • Build community capacity; and
  • Divert adults or youth from juvenile justice or criminal justice systems to community-based mental health and SUD services and other support services in a culturally competent manner.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
States and territories; political subdivisions of states; Indian tribes or tribal organizations (as defined in Section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education and Assistance Act; a health facility or program operated in accordance with a contract or award with the Indian Health Service; and public or non-profit entities.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on June 9, 2023. If an organization is submitting more than one application, the project title should be different for each application.

You are required to complete three (3) registration processes:
1.1) System for Award Management (SAM);
1.2); and
1.3) eRA Commons.

If you have already completed registrations for SAM and, you need to ensure that your accounts are still active, and then register in eRA Commons.

It is strongly recommended that you start the eRA Commons registration process at least six (6) weeks before the application due date.

Cost sharing/match is required for this program under Section 520G of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. For each year of the project, recipients must provide matching funds (directly or through donations from public or private entities) from nonfederal contributions in an amount not less than 25 percent of the total award.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $330,000
Award Floor: $0

Term of Contract
Length of Project Period: Up to 5 years
Anticipated Start Date: September 30, 2023

Contact Information
Program Issues
Roxanne Castaneda
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(240) 276-1917

Grants Management and Budget Issues
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(240) 276-1400

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