Call for Proposals: Community Behavioral Health Early Warning Systems

Posted: October 22, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Regional Rural Development Centers are partnering to implement a national program to explore options for community-implemented early warning systems with respect to community-level incidence of behavioral health issues (e.g. substance abuse, mental illness).

Proposals are due
November 19, 2014.

Download the seven-page Call for Proposals here.

The incidence of these issues and how they are expressed varies by place and across time, so local monitoring and intervention techniques are important.

The Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation Phase II (CAPE 2) project will fund Land Grant Universities and their partners to implement locally-based early warning systems. This is a national competition; individuals and teams are welcome to submit proposals to join the CAPE 2 project in one of two categories.

  1. Innovation Communities. The activity includes designing and implementing an innovative and potentially replicable early warning protocol around a locally determined set of community behavioral health issues. Creative use of existing locally produced information sets is encouraged. Successful applicants will engage their target community in prioritizing adoption of an intervention based on the information produced by the early warning system. Funding of up to $150,000 is available for each innovation community. (See attachment for full details.)
  2. Barometer Communities. The activity includes recruiting a panel of thirty knowledgeable local individuals who will be compensated to participate in a nationally designed biweekly community behavioral health survey and coordinating community priority setting and implementation to respond to emerging issues. Funding: the CAPE 2 project will compensate survey participants and offset 0.7 FTE of local team member salary. (See attachment for full details.)

An informational webinar is available at the project web site: