• Funder: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $6,130,000 per year ($5,302,000 for Lifeline and $828,000 for DDH)
  • Length of Project: Up to 3 years
  • Anticipated Number of Awards: ONE (1)
  • Cost Sharing/Match Required?: No
  • Application Due Date: Monday, February 5, 2018


Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities. For example:

  • State governments, including the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.
  • Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city, or town.
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.
  • Public or private universities and colleges.
  • Community- and faith-based organizations.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Cooperative Agreement for Networking, Certifying, and Training Suicide Prevention Hotlines and the Disaster Distress Helpline.  The purpose is to: (1) manage, enhance, and strengthen the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) that routes individuals in the United States to a network of certified crisis centers that links to local emergency, mental health, and social services resources; and (2) support the National Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) to assist residents in the United States and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress resulting from disasters and traumatic events.  It is expected that this program will increase service capacity and improve behavioral health outcomes by preventing death or injury as a result of suicide and suicide attempts and assisting individuals and communities recover from disasters and traumatic events by providing community-based behavioral health outreach, referral to and engagement with treatment as necessary, and psycho-educational services.

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