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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:1/5/2022
  • Application Deadline:4/5/2022
  • Created By:Wildberger, William
  • Created On:10/29/2021
  • Last Updated by:Wildberger, William
  • Last Updated On:1/5/2022
  • Estimated Project Start Date:6/1/2022

 Details of the changes posted in this announcement

Not Available

 Announcement Information

Announcement Number HRSA-22-121
Announcement Code
CFDA Number 93.110
Provisional No
Activity Code U4A
Competitive Yes
Fiscal Year 2022


This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) - Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) – New Area Expansion program. 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 support for pediatric primary care providers (PCPs) 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 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. The FY 2021 ARP-PMHCA – New Area Expansion Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) released on May 19, 2021. HRSA made 24 awards under that announcement. The FY 2022 funding opportunity will support up to an additional 10 awards to continue the expansion of the program into all 50 states. For the purposes of this funding opportunity, a pediatric mental health care telehealth access program for which funding may be used, shall— A. support a new or expand an existing 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 a new or enhance an existing 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 pediatricPCPs; 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 case coordinators. The programs are encouraged to broaden the reach to additional providers such as physician specialists (e.g., developmental-behavioral pediatricians, obstetrician-gynecologists, endocrinologists, and gastroenterologists), pharmacists, occupational therapists, behavioral health clinicians, and social workers.

 Application Information

Application Available 01/05/2022
Application Deadline 04/05/2022
Supplemental Application Deadline N/A
Explanation for Deadline N/A
Archive Date 06/04/2022
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 06/01/2022
Estimated Project End Date 06/30/2026
Estimated Amount of this Competition $4,450,000.00
Estimated Number of Awards 10
Estimated Average Size of Awards $0.00
Cost Sharing Yes
Cooperative Agreement Yes

 Contact Information

Name Cara de la Cruz, PhD
Phone Number 301-443-0764

 Download Information

Expand FOA (Guidance) Attachment (Maximum 1)
Document Name Size Date Attached Description
MCHB HRSA-22-121 (U4A) PMHCA_Final.pdf 484 kB 01/05/2022
Expand Application Package (Maximum 1)
No documents attached
Expand User Guide (Maximum 1)
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