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SAMHSA released the NEW System of Care (SOC) Grant Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) that will remain open for three fiscal years with due dates in 2023, 2024, and 2025. This Grants for Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance NOFO expands population eligibility to include children and youth, birth through age 21, with or at risk for serious emotional disturbance, and their families. The NOFO also references and reflects The Evolution of the System of Care Approach released by Innovations Institute in 2021 with new required and allowable activities. 

Changes include:

  • Training service providers is now a required activity
  • New emphasis on 24/7 children's crisis services, including planning to address:
  • Suicide prevention and intervention (required activity)
  • Children waiting for mental health care in emergency departments
  • New emphasis on effectively serving diverse populations including Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and youth experiencing homelessness including:
  • Partnerships with community-based organizations serving underserved populations (required activity)
  • Outreach and engagement in diverse underserved populations to enroll more youth of color and sexual and gender minority youth in programs (required activity)
  • Trauma- and grief-informed mental health services for youth who have experienced sexual or gender identity change
  • Evidence-based family counseling, support services, and mental health resources for families with LGBTQI+ youth
  • New emphasis on collaboration with organizations providing residential interventions
  • New emphasis on integrated care between primary care and mental health systems
  • New emphasis on addressing forced custody relinquishment

FY 2023 applications are due March, 21, 2023.

For support on meeting the needs of LGBTQ+ youth and their families, visit our National SOGIE Center. To design and implement effective children's crisis systems, see our updated Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) National Best Practices developed in partnership with our MRSS Quality Learning Collaborative. For support in meeting these SOC grant requirements as well as workforce training, care pathway planning, and finance and sustainability, email us at and see TA Network Consulting Services.

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