SAMHSA Grant: Cooperative Agreement for Networking, Certifying, and Training Suicide Prevention Hotlines and Disaster Distress Helpline

From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

The SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 for a Cooperative Agreement for Networking, Certifying, and Training Suicide Prevention Hotlines and a National Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH). The purpose of this program is twofold. First, to manage, enhance, and strengthen the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (referred to as the Lifeline), SAMHSA’s system of toll-free telephone numbers, primarily 1-800-273-TALK (8255) that routes calls from anywhere in the United States to a network of certified local crisis centers that can intervene with, support, and link callers to local emergency, mental health, and social service resources. The technology permits calls to be directed immediately to a suicide prevention worker who is geographically closest to the caller. Second, this cooperative agreement supports the National Disaster Distress Helpline, through the number 1-800-985-5990 and text number TalkWithUs to 66746 to increase state and local capacity to connect affected residents with needed behavioral health services such as crisis counseling and referral services after a disaster and/or traumatic event.

Application Due Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Anticipated Award Amount: $6,211,000.

To learn more, go HERE.

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