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American Rescue Plan Act - Pediatric Mental Health Care Access – New Area Expansion

  • Program Name:American Rescue Plan Act – Pediatric Mental Health Care Access New Area Expansion
  • Activity Code:U4A
  • Application Available:5/19/2021
  • Application Deadline:7/6/2021
  • Created By:Beach, Dawn
  • Created On:3/22/2021
  • Last Updated by:Wildberger, William
  • Last Updated On:5/21/2021
  • Estimated Project Start Date:9/30/2021

 Details of the changes posted in this announcement

Modification published on 05/21/2021
Updated Page limit flag at the request of DSO


 Announcement Information

Announcement Number HRSA-21-122
Announcement Code
CFDA Number 93.110
Provisional No
Activity Code U4A
Competitive Yes
Fiscal Year 2021


This notice solicits applications for the American Rescue Plan Act - Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) – New Area Expansion. The purpose of this program is to promote behavioral health integration into pediatric primary care by supporting pediatric mental health care telehealth access programs. State or regional networks of pediatric mental health care teams will provide tele-consultation, training, technical assistance, and care coordination for pediatric primary care providers to diagnose, treat, and refer children with behavioral health conditions. Successful recipients will focus on achieving health equity related to racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities in access to care, especially in rural (including frontier and hard- to-reach) and other underserved areas. PMHCA advances HRSA strategic plan goals to improve access to quality health services, foster a health care workforce able to address current and emerging needs, achieve health equity, and enhance population health. For the purposes of this funding opportunity, telehealth is defined as the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical consultation, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Permitted telehealth modalities between providers include (but are not limited to): real-time video, telephonic communications, store-and-forward imaging, and mobile health (mHealth) applications. For the purposes of this funding opportunity, a pediatric mental health care telehealth access program for which funding may be used, shall— A. be a statewide or regional network of pediatric mental health care teams that provide support to pediatric primary care sites as an integrated team; B. support and further develop organized state or regional networks of pediatric mental health care teams to provide consultative support to pediatric primary care sites; C. conduct an assessment of critical behavioral consultation needs among pediatric providers and such providers’ preferred mechanisms for receiving consultation, training, and technical assistance; D. develop an online database and communication mechanism, including telehealth, to facilitate consultation support to pediatric primary care practices; E. provide rapid statewide or regional clinical telephone or telehealth consultations when requested between the pediatric mental health care teams and pediatric primary care providers; F. conduct training and provide technical assistance to pediatric primary care providers to support the early identification, diagnosis, treatment, and referral of children with behavioral health conditions; G. provide information to pediatric providers and assist pediatric providers in accessing pediatric mental health care providers, including child and adolescent psychiatrists, developmental behavioral pediatricians, and licensed mental health professionals, such as psychologists, social workers, or mental health counselors and in scheduling and conducting technical assistance; H. assist with referrals to specialty care and community or behavioral health resources; and I. establish mechanisms for measuring and monitoring increased access to pediatric mental health care services by pediatric primary care providers and expanded capacity of pediatric primary care providers to identify, treat, and refer children with mental health conditions. This program will serve as a resource for pediatric primary care providers serving children and adolescents, including, but not limited to, pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and care coordinators. The programs are encouraged to broaden the reach to additional providers such as physician specialists (e.g., developmental-behavioral pediatricians, obstetrician-gynecologists, endocrinologists, gastroenterologists), behavioral health clinicians, and social workers.

 Application Information

Application Available 05/19/2021
Application Deadline 07/06/2021
Supplemental Application Deadline N/A
Explanation for Deadline N/A
Archive Date 09/04/2021
Letter of Intent Not required
Application Package SF424
Allow Applications to be Reopened in EHBs No
FOA Available Yes
Competitive Application Types Supported New
Allow Electronic Submission N/A
Page Limit for Application
Allow Multiple Applications
from an Organization from
Electronic Submission Instruction Electronic submission is/will be available in Grants.Gov

 General Information

Projected Award Date N/A
Estimated Project Period N/A
Estimated Project Start Date 09/30/2021
Estimated Project End Date 09/29/2026
Estimated Amount of this Competition $14,240,000.00
Estimated Number of Awards 32
Estimated Average Size of Awards $445,000.00
Cost Sharing Yes
Cooperative Agreement Yes

 Contact Information

Name Madhavi M. Reddy, MSPH
Phone Number (301)443-0754

 Download Information

Expand FOA (Guidance) Attachment (Maximum 1)
Document Name Size Date Attached Description
MCHB HRSA-21-122 (U4A) ARPA PMHCA New Area Expansion_Final.pdf 497 kB 05/19/2021
Expand Application Package (Maximum 1)
No documents attached
Expand User Guide (Maximum 1)
No documents attached

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