SIM LPHA Funding Opportunity 

Local public health agencies in Colorado that have prioritized mental health, substance abuse and/or obesity in the community needs assessment or the community health improvement plan are eligible to apply for a new funding opportunity. Those LPHAs who have not are strongly encouraged to partner as a regional applicant with an LPHA that identified one or all of these as a priority. CDPHE's Prevention Services Division is soliciting responses for the State Innovation Model Local Public Health Behavioral Health Promotion and Prevention of Behavioral Health Disorders Funding Opportunity (SIM LPHA).
The SIM LPHA funding opportunity seeks to improve the behavioral health status of Colorado's population in part by increasing outreach, engagement and community development about behavioral health disorders and/or the associated stigma of behavioral health issues and help-seeking attitudes and behavior; and through maximizing access to behavioral health preventive services through assessment, partnerships, systems building and community-clinical linkages. This funding opportunity is a collaboration between the Violence and Injury Prevention-Mental Health Promotion Branch and the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch within the Prevention Services Division at CDPHE.
The two focus areas for funding of the SIM LPHA that applicants must address are:
  1. Behavioral health promotion, outreach and education, and/or stigma reduction focused on evidence-based or research informed behavioral health, wellness and prevention strategies:

  2. Coordination of systems that improve integration of behavioral health services and primary care, including an assessment of community-based resources and gaps in year one of the grant, accompanied by targeted and sustainable health systems interventions that improve screening, referral and follow up rates of US Preventive Services Task Force A and B Recommendations in years two and three of the grant. 
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The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1G1-14-001 from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.
Application Timeline
  • RFA release - Oct. 19, 2015
  • RFA orientation - Oct. 29, 2015
  • Responses to questions posted - Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13, and Nov. 20
  • Deadline for application submission - Nov. 24, 2015
  • Review of applications - Dec. 3, 2015
  • Notification of awards - Dec. 11, 2015