FR Doc 2010-140[Federal Register: January 8, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 5)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools; Overview Information; 
Grants for the Integration of Schools and Mental Health Systems; Notice 
Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.215M.

    Dates:
    Applications Available: January 8, 2010.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 22, 2010.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: April 23, 2010.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Grants for the Integration 
of Schools and Mental Health Systems program is to increase student 
access to high-quality mental health care by developing innovative 
approaches that link school systems with the local mental health 
system.
    Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), this priority 
is from section 5541 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 
1965, as amended (ESEA) (20 U.S.C. 7269).
    Absolute Priority: For FY 2010 and any subsequent year in which we 
make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, 
this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we 
consider only applications that meet this priority.
    This priority is:
    Increasing student access to quality mental health care by 
developing innovative approaches to link local school systems with the 
local mental health system. A program funded under this absolute 
priority must include all of the following activities:
    (1) Enhancing, improving, or developing collaborative efforts 
between school-based service systems and mental health service systems 
to provide, enhance, or improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment 
services to students.
    (2) Enhancing the availability of crisis intervention services, 
appropriate referrals for students potentially in need of mental health 
services, and ongoing mental health services.
    (3) Providing training for the school personnel and mental health 
professionals who will participate in the program.
    (4) Providing technical assistance and consultation to school 
systems and mental health agencies and families participating in the 
program.
    (5) Providing linguistically appropriate and culturally competent 
services.
    (6) Evaluating the effectiveness of the program in increasing 
student access to quality mental health services, and making 
recommendations to the Secretary about sustainability of the program.
    Under this competition we are particularly interested in 
applications that address the following priority.
    Invitational Priority: For FY 2010 and any subsequent year in which 
we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this 
competition, this priority is an invitational priority. Under 34 CFR 
75.105(c)(1) we do not give an application that meets this invitational 
priority a competitive or absolute priority over other applications.
    This priority is:
    Low-Achieving Schools.
    Projects that are designed to dramatically improve student 
achievement in schools identified for corrective action or 
restructuring under Title I of the ESEA or in high schools with 
graduation rates of less than 60 percent through either comprehensive 
interventions or targeted approaches to reform.
    Additional Requirements: The following requirements are from the 
notice of final requirements for this program, published in the Federal 
Register on May 30, 2006 (71 FR 30778).

Requirement 1--Coordination of Activities

    Recipients of a grant under the Grants for the Integration of 
Schools and Mental Health Systems program are required to coordinate 
project activities with projects funded under the Department of Health 
and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services 
Administration's Mental Health Transformation State Infrastructure 
Grants (MHTSIG) program (CFDA 93.243), if a grantee's State receives a 
MHTSIG award. If a recipient of a grant under the Grants for the 
Integration of Schools and Mental Health Systems program has received 
or receives a grant under the Department of Education's Readiness and 
Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) program (CFDA 84.184E), 
formerly known as the Emergency Response and Crisis Management program, 
the recipient must coordinate mental health service activities under 
this grant with those planned under its REMS grant. Projects funded by 
this program must complement, rather than duplicate, existing or 
ongoing efforts.

Requirement 2--Safe Schools/Healthy Students Recipients Excluded From 
Receiving Awards

    Former or current recipients under the Safe Schools/Healthy 
Students program (CFDA 84.184L) are not eligible to receive a Grant for 
the Integration of Schools and Mental Health Systems. Recipients of 
Safe Schools/Healthy Students awards are responsible for completing a 
scope of work under that program that is very similar to the activities 
required under the Grants for the Integration of Schools and Mental 
Health Systems program. By restricting the applicant pool to eliminate 
former or current grantees under the Safe Schools/Healthy Students 
program, we will be able to focus Federal funds on entities that have 
not yet received Federal support to develop and implement strong 
linkages with other entities in their communities for the provision of 
mental health services to students.
    Applicants may compete for both the Grants for the Integration of 
Schools and Mental Health Systems and Safe Schools/Healthy Students 
programs in the same year; if applicants are deemed eligible for 
funding in both grant competitions, the applicant will receive the 
larger and more comprehensive of the awards.

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Requirement 3--Preliminary Interagency Agreement

    Applicants for an award under the Grants for the Integration of 
Schools and Mental Health Systems program must develop and submit with 
their applications a preliminary interagency agreement (IAA). The IAA 
must contain the signatures of an authorized representative of at least 
(1) one or more State or local educational agencies or Indian Tribes; 
(2) one or more juvenile justice authorities; and (3) one or more State 
or local public mental health agencies. This preliminary IAA would 
confirm the commitment of these partners to complete the work under the 
proposed project, if funded. If the applicant is funded, recipients 
will complete a final IAA as required by section 5541(e) of the 
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA). The 
final IAA must be completed and submitted to us, signed by all parties, 
no later than 12 months after the award date.
    Applications that do not include the proposed preliminary IAA with 
all of the required signatures will be rejected and not be considered 
for funding.

Requirement 4--Inclusion of Parental Consent Considerations in Final 
IAA

    The final Interagency Agreement (IAA) must include a description of 
policies and procedures that would ensure appropriate parental or 
caregiver consent for any planned services, pursuant to State or local 
laws or other requirements.

Requirement 5--Provision of Direct Services

    Grant funds under this program must not be used to provide direct 
services to students.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7269.

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 
82, 84, 85, 97, 98, 99, and 299. (b) The notice of final requirements 
for this program, published in the Federal Register on May 30, 2006 (71 
FR 30778).

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants 
except Federally recognized Indian Tribes.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: $5,913,000.
    Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of 
applications, we may make additional awards later in FY 2010 and in FY 
2011 from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $150,000-$400,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $347,800.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 17.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 
notice.

    Project Period: Up to 24 months. Budgets should be developed for a 
single award with a project period of up to 24 months. No continuation 
awards will be provided.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: State educational agencies (SEAs), local 
educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are 
considered LEAs under State law, and Indian Tribes. Additional 
eligibility requirements are listed elsewhere in this notice under 
Additional Requirements in section I. of this notice.
    2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost 
sharing or matching.
    b. Supplement-Not-Supplant: This program involves supplement-not-
supplant funding requirements in accordance with section 5541(i) of the 
ESEA.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address To Request Application Package: You can obtain an 
application package via the Internet or from the Education Publications 
Center (ED Pubs). To obtain a copy via the Internet, use the following 
address: http://www.ed.gov/programs/mentalhealth/applicant.html. To 
obtain a copy from ED Pubs, write, fax, or call the following: 
Education Publications Center, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. 
Telephone, toll free: 1-877-433-7827. FAX: (301) 470-1244. If you use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call, toll free: 1-877-
576-7734.
    You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: 
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html or at its e-mail address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov.
    If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify 
this program or competition as follows: CFDA number 84.215M.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application 
package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, 
or computer diskette) by contacting the person or team listed under 
Accessible Format in section VIII of this notice.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements 
concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you 
must submit, are in the application package for this program.
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: January 8, 2010.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 22, 2010.
    Applications for grants under this program may be submitted 
electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-
Application) accessible through the Department's e-Grants site, or in 
paper format by mail or hand delivery. For information (including dates 
and times) about how to submit your application electronically, or in 
paper format by mail or hand delivery, please refer to section IV. 6. 
Other Submission Requirements of this notice.
    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the 
deadline requirements.
    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact 
the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII 
of this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the 
application process, the individual's application remains subject to 
all other requirements and limitations in this notice.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: April 23, 2010.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive 
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about 
Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 
12372 is in the application package for this program.
    5. Funding Restrictions: Grant funds under this program must not be 
used to provide direct services to students or families. Funding 
restrictions for this competition can be found in the notice of final 
requirements published in the Federal Register on May 30, 2006 (71 FR 
30778). We reference additional regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under 
this program may be submitted electronically or in paper format by mail 
or hand delivery.
    a. Electronic Submission of Applications.
    If you choose to submit your application to us electronically, you

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must use e-Application, accessible through the Department's e-Grants 
Web site at: http://e-grants.ed.gov.
    While completing your electronic application, you will be entering 
data online that will be saved into a database. You may not e-mail an 
electronic copy of a grant application to us.
    Please note the following:
     Your participation in e-Application is voluntary.
     You must complete the electronic submission of your grant 
application by 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date. E-Application will not accept an application for this 
competition after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not wait 
until the application deadline date to begin the application process.
     The hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site are 6:00 
a.m. Monday until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday; and 6:00 a.m. Thursday until 
8:00 p.m. Sunday, Washington, DC time. Please note that, because of 
maintenance, the system is unavailable between 8:00 p.m. on Sundays and 
6:00 a.m. on Mondays, and between 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6:00 a.m. 
on Thursdays, Washington, DC time. Any modifications to these hours are 
posted on the e-Grants Web site.
     You will not receive additional point value because you 
submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you 
if you submit your application in paper format.
     You must submit all documents electronically, including 
all information you typically provide on the following forms: The 
Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of 
Education Supplemental Information for SF 424, Budget Information--Non-
Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and 
certifications. You must attach any narrative sections of your 
application as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF 
(Portable Document) format. If you upload a file type other than the 
three file types specified in this paragraph or submit a password 
protected file, we will not review that material.
     Your electronic application must comply with any page 
limit requirements described in this notice.
     Prior to submitting your electronic application, you may 
wish to print a copy of it for your records.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive an automatic acknowledgment that will include a PR/Award number 
(an identifying number unique to your application).
     Within three working days after submitting your electronic 
application, fax a signed copy of the SF 424 to the Application Control 
Center after following these steps:
    (1) Print SF 424 from e-Application.
    (2) The applicant's Authorizing Representative must sign this form.
    (3) Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand corner of the 
hard-copy signature page of the SF 424.
    (4) Fax the signed SF 424 to the Application Control Center at 
(202) 245-6272.
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on 
other forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of System 
Unavailability: If you are prevented from electronically submitting 
your application on the application deadline date because e-Application 
is unavailable, we will grant you an extension of one business day to 
enable you to transmit your application electronically, by mail, or by 
hand delivery. We will grant this extension if--
    (1) You are a registered user of e-Application and you have 
initiated an electronic application for this competition; and
    (2) (a) E-Application is unavailable for 60 minutes or more between 
the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date; or
    (b) E-Application is unavailable for any period of time between 
3:30 p.m. and 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date.
    We must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability 
before granting you an extension. To request this extension or to 
confirm our acknowledgment of any system unavailability, you may 
contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT (see VII. Agency Contact) or (2) the e-
Grants help desk at 1-888-336-8930. If e-Application is unavailable due 
to technical problems with the system and, therefore, the application 
deadline is extended, an e-mail will be sent to all registered users 
who have initiated an e-Application.
    Extensions referred to in this section apply only to the 
unavailability of e-Application. If e-Application is available, and, 
for any reason, you are unable to submit your application 
electronically or you do not receive an automatic acknowledgment of 
your submission, you may submit your application in paper format by 
mail or hand delivery in accordance with the instructions in this 
notice.
    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail.
    If you submit your application in paper format by mail (through the 
U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier), you must mail the 
original and two copies of your application, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: 
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
(CFDA Number 84.215M), LBJ Basement Level 1, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., 
Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    You must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
U.S. Postal Service.
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
carrier.
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the 
U.S. Department of Education.
    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do 
not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A private metered postmark.
    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline 
date, we will not consider your application.

    Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated 
postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your 
local post office.

    c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery.
    If you submit your application in paper format by hand delivery, 
you (or a courier service) must deliver the original and two copies of 
your application by hand, on or before the application deadline date, 
to the Department at the following address: U.S. Department of 
Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 
84.215M), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza, 
Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily 
between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, except 
Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays.
    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you mail 
or hand deliver your application to the Department--
    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by the 
Department--in Item 11 of the SF 424

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the CFDA number, including suffix letter, if any, of the competition 
under which you are submitting your application; and
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a notification 
of receipt of your grant application. If you do not receive this grant 
notification within 15 business days from the application deadline 
date, you should call the U.S. Department of Education Application 
Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this program are 
from 34 CFR 75.210 of EDGAR and are listed in the application package.
    2. Review and Selection Process: Additional factors we consider in 
selecting an application for an award are the equitable distribution of 
grants among the geographical regions of the United States and among 
urban, suburban, and rural populations.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award 
Notification (GAN). We may notify you informally, also.
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, 
we notify you.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a 
final performance report, including financial information, as directed 
by the Secretary. You must also submit an interim progress report 
twelve months after the award date. This report should provide the most 
current performance and financial expenditure information as directed 
by the Secretary under 34 CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require 
more frequent performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific 
requirements on reporting, please go to 
http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    4. Performance Measures: The Secretary has established the 
following key performance measures for assessing the effectiveness of 
the Grants for the Integration of Schools and Mental Health Systems 
program:
    a. The percentage of schools served by the grant that have 
comprehensive, detailed linkage protocols in place; and
    b. The percentage of school personnel served by the grant who are 
trained to make appropriate referrals to mental health services.
    These two measures constitute the Department's measures of success 
for this program. Consequently, applicants for a grant under this 
program are advised to give careful consideration to these two measures 
in conceptualizing the approach and evaluation of their proposed 
project. If funded, applicants will be asked to collect and report data 
in their interim and final performance reports about progress toward 
these measures. The Secretary will also use this information to respond 
to the evaluation requirements concerning this program established in 
section 5541(f) of the ESEA. For specific requirements on grantee 
reporting, please go to 
http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.

VII. Agency Contact

For Further Information Contact: Sarah Allen, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 10079, Potomac Center Plaza 
(PCP), Washington, DC 20202-6450. Telephone: (202) 245-7875 or by e-
mail: sarah.allen@ed.gov.
    If you use a TDD, call the Federal Relay Service, toll free, at 1-
800-877-8339.

VIII. Other Information

    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format 
(e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on 
request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII of this notice.
    Electronic Access to This Document: You can view this document, as 
well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the 
Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/fedregister. To 
use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at 
this site.

    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
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    Dated: January 4, 2010.
Kevin Jennings,
Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools.
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