[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 211 (Thursday, November 4, 2021)] [Notices] [Pages 60883-60893] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2021-24039] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Indian Health Service Zero Suicide Initiative Announcement Type: New. Funding Announcement Number: HHS-2022-IHS-ZSI-0001. Assistance Listing (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance or CFDA) Number: 93.654. Key Dates Application Deadline Date: February 2, 2022. Earliest Anticipated Start Date: March 21, 2022. I. Funding Opportunity Description Statutory Authority The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for a cooperative agreement for the Zero Suicide Initiative (ZSI). This program is authorized under the Snyder Act, 25 U.S.C. 13; the Transfer Act, 42 U.S.C. 2001(a); and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, 25 U.S.C. 1665 et seq. This program is described in the Assistance Listings located at https://sam.gov/content/home (formerly known as Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) under 93.654. Background Since 1999, suicide rates within the Unites States have been steadily increasing.\1\ On March 2, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report released a data report, ``Suicides Among American Indian/Alaska Natives-- National Violent Death Reporting System, 18 States, 2003 to 2014,'' which highlights American Indian/Alaska Natives having the highest rates of suicide of any racial/ethnic group in the Unites States. The suicide rate for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) adolescents and young adult ages 15 to 34 (19.1/100,000) was 1.3 times that of the national average for that age group (14/100,000).\2\ In June 2019, the National Center for Health Statistics, Health E-Stat reported in ``Suicide Rates for Females and Males by Race and Ethnicity: United States, 1999 and 2017,'' suicide rates increased for all race and ethnicity groups but the largest increase occurred for non-Hispanic AI/ AN females (139% from 4.6 to 11.0 per 100,000). Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death among all AI/AN people across all ages and may be underestimated. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- \1\ Curtin SC, Hedegaard H. Suicide rates for females and males by race and ethnicity: United States, 1999 and 2017. NCHS Health E- Stat. 2019. \2\ Leavitt RA, Ertle AE, Sheats K, Petrosky E, Ivey-Stephenson A, Fowler KA (2018) Suicides Among American Indian/Alaska Natives-- National Violent Death Reporting System, 18 States, 2003 to 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67: 37-240. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- The `Zero Suicide' model is a key component of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) and is a priority of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (https://theactionalliance.org/). The `Zero Suicide' model focuses on developing a system-wide approach to improving care for individuals at risk of suicide who are currently using health and behavioral health systems. This award will support implementation of the `Zero Suicide' model within Tribal and Urban Indian health care facilities and systems that provide direct care services to AI/AN individuals in order to raise awareness of suicide, establish integrated systems of care, and improve outcomes for such individuals. Applicants are encouraged to visit https://www.hhs.gov/surgeongeneral/reports-and-publications/suicide-prevention/index.html to access a copy of the 2012 National Strategy. Purpose The purpose of this program is to improve the system of care for those at risk for suicide by implementing a comprehensive, culturally informed, multi-setting approach to suicide prevention in Indian health systems. This award represents a continuation of the IHS effort to implement the Zero Suicide approach in Indian Country. The intent of this announcement is to initiate a new, or build upon the previous, Zero Suicide Initiative efforts. Existing efforts have focused on foundational learning of the key concepts of the Zero Suicide framework, technical assistance, and consultation for several AI/AN Zero Suicide communities. As a result of these efforts, both the unique opportunities and challenges of implementing Zero Suicide in Indian Country have been identified. To best capitalize on opportunities and surmount such challenges, this program focuses on the core Seven Elements of the Zero Suicide model as developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) at https://zerosuicide.edc.org/toolkit/zero-suicide-toolkit: 1. Lead--Create and sustain a leadership-driven, safety-oriented culture committed to dramatically reducing suicide among people under care. Include survivors of suicide attempts and suicide loss in leadership and planning roles; 2. Train--Develop a competent, confident, and caring workforce; 3. Identify--Systematically identify and assess suicide risk among people receiving care; 4. Engage--Ensure every individual has a pathway to care that is both timely and adequate to meet his or her needs. Include collaborative safety planning and restriction of lethal means; 5. Treat--Use effective, evidence-based treatments that directly target suicidal thoughts and behaviors; 6. Transition--Provide continuous contact and support, especially after acute care; and, 7. Improve--Apply a data-driven, quality improvement approach to inform system changes that will lead to improved patient outcomes and better care for those at risk. Required, Optional, and Allowable Activities Each applicant must describe how they plan to implement the following core elements of this program in their project narrative and incorporate culture within the approach to each of the seven elements. 1. Lead a. Establish a leadership-driven strategic plan which includes session planning (see link https:// [[Page 60884]] zerosuicide.edc.org/resources/resource-database/zero-suicide-work-plan- template) to transform the delivery of suicide care within the health care system. b. Describe the organizational steps to broaden the responsibility for suicide care across the entire health care system. c. Detail the specific role of leadership to ensure system transformation is achieved. Examples of leadership commitment can include, but are not limited to: Tribal Resolutions, Tribal codes, formal suicide care policies, and formation of Zero Suicide Initiative advisory boards. 2. Train a. Evaluate training needs and develop a formal training plan for suicide prevention gatekeeper training (examples include, but are not limited to, Question Persuade Refer, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, and Mental Health First Aid). In addition, the training plan should include training in treating suicide risk (examples include, but are not limited to, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy for Suicide Prevention, and Cognitive Therapy for Suicidal Patients). b. The formal training plan for staff should focus across the health care system to strengthen and advance the skills of health care staff and providers at all levels. c. Training must target increasing competence in the delivery of culturally informed, evidence-based suicide care in all health care settings. Survey at https://zerosuicide.edc.org/sites/default/files/ZS%20Workforce%20Survey%20July%202020.pdf will be completed and reported on at the initiation of the period of performance. d. Train new or existing staff with an emphasis in these functions (see link https://zerosuicide.edc.org/resources/resource-database/suicide-care-training-options). e. Project/program oversight. f. Case management/coordination to ensure continuity of care across and between various departments, health care systems, and or levels of care (e.g., transfer from high risk to low risk, discharge from inpatient mental health care). g. Data collection support and access for Electronic Health Record (EHR), clinical application, project coordinator support, and other data related activities. Adopt and/or enhance computer systems, including management information system, EHRs, and other systems/ software, to better document and manage patient needs, the care process, integration with related support services, and track outcomes. 3. Identify a. Implement system-wide policies and procedures for comprehensive suicide care standards to include, at a minimum: i. Universal screening of all patients ages 10 and above for suicide risk using validated instruments (see link https://zerosuicide.edc.org/resources/resource-database/ask-suicide-screening-questions-asq-toolkit). ii. Full suicide risk assessment of all patients with positive suicide risk screen (including risk level formulation), using (see link https://www.jointcommission.org/-/media/tjc/documents/resources/patient-safety-topics/suicide-prevention/pages-from-suicide_prevention_compendium_5_11_20_updated-july2020_ep3_4.pdf). iii. Individual Safety Plan for all patients with positive suicide risk screen to include counseling patients on reduction to access of lethal means and means restriction (see link https://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/patient-safety-plan-template). iv. Procedure and protocol for tracking patients at increased risk for suicide by placing patients on a suicide care management plan/ pathway. This must also address how patients are monitored while on the plan/pathway, how often patients are re-evaluated to assess risk level, when it is appropriate to remove patient from plan/pathway, follow-up protocols after patients are removed from plan/pathway, etc. (see link https://www.jointcommission.org/sea_issue_56/). b. Develop protocols for every individual identified as at risk of suicide to continuously monitor the individual's progress through their EHR or other data management system to include the following: i. Rapid follow-up of adults who have attempted suicide or experienced a suicidal crisis after being discharged from a treatment facility, e.g., local emergency departments, inpatient psychiatric facilities, including direct linkage with appropriate health care agencies to ensure coordinated care services and protocols are in place to ensure patient safety, especially among high-risk adults with serious mental illness. This must include outreach telephone contact within 24 to 48 hours after discharge and securing an appointment within 1 week of discharge (see link https://www.jointcommission.org/resources/patient-safety-topics/suicide-prevention/). ii. Establish health system leadership including outside service providers (i.e., local suicide prevention crisis lines to help with follow-up contacts, etc.), and develop teams to guide the implementation of the Zero Suicide model within their agencies. 4. Engage a. Develop a Suicide Care Management Plan for every patient identified as high risk of suicide (see link https://zerosuicide.edc.org/resources/resource-database/zero-suicide-work-plan-template). Implement a process for continuous monitoring of those patients' progress through their EHR or other data management system, and adjust treatment as necessary. 5. Treat a. Develop a strategy and specific plan (see link https://zerosuicide.edc.org/resources/resource-database/zero-suicide-data-elements-worksheet) to collect, analyze, and disseminate data related to suicide care across the health care system. b. Use a data-informed approach for quality improvement at the levels of policy, process, and practice. Wherever possible, this approach should include a unified EHR, or memorandum of understanding/ memorandum of agreement (MOU/MOA) to establish a process to share data between and across systems of care for all patients in a suicide risk clinical pathway. For example, a data report that indicates a high percentage of patients being discharged from inpatient stays failed to receive follow-up appointments may result in implementing a plan to reduce that number by changing staffing patterns and processes to focus on scheduling follow-up care. c. Apply the use of evidence-based practices to screen, assess, and treat individuals at risk for suicide in a way that incorporates culturally informed practices and activities. Clearly describe how cultural best practices and/or traditional approaches are offered, utilized, and/or incorporated within the health care system to complement/augment into the evidence-based protocols with those at risk for suicide. d. Evidence-based practices, where appropriate, may include: i. Suicide risk screening--Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (see link https://www.nimh.nih.gov/research/research-conducted-at-nimh/asq-toolkit-materials/index.shtml). ii. Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (see link https://cssrs.columbia.edu/the-columbia-scale-c-ssrs/cssrs-for-communities-and-healthcare/#filter=.general-use.english). [[Page 60885]] iii. Suicide Risk Assessment--Brief Suicide Safety Assessment (see link https://www.nimh.nih.gov/research/research-conducted-at-nimh/asq-toolkit-materials/youth-outpatient/youth-outpatient-brief-suicide-safety-assessment-worksheet.shtml). iv. Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (see link https://cssrs.columbia.edu/the-columbia-scale-c-ssrs/cssrs-for-communities-and-healthcare/#filter=.general-use.english). v. Suicide treatment--Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (see link https://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/dialectical-behavior-therapy). vi. Cognitive Therapy for Suicidal Patients (see link https://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/cognitive-therapy-suicide-prevention). vii. Cultural best practices and/or traditional approaches-- Language immersion, traditional healers, and traditional ceremonies (see link https://zerosuicide.edc.org/toolkit/toolkit-adaptations/indian-country). 6. Transition a. The Suicide Care Management Plan must include the following (see link https://zerosuicide.edc.org/resources/resource-database/best-practices-care-transitions-individuals-suicide-risk-inpatient-care): i. Protocols for safety planning and reducing access to lethal means in a point-to-point transition of care within a system; ii. Rapid follow-up of adults who have attempted suicide or experienced a suicidal crisis after being discharged from a treatment facility (e.g., local emergency departments, inpatient psychiatric facilities), including direct linkage with appropriate health care agencies to ensure coordinated care services are in place; iii. Protocols to ensure patient safety, especially among high-risk adults in health care systems who have attempted suicide, experienced a suicidal crisis, and/or have a serious mental illness. This must include outreach telephone contact within 24 to 48 hours after discharge and securing an appointment within 1 week of discharge (see link https://zerosuicide.edc.org/toolkit/transition and/or https://theactionalliance.org/healthcare/caretransitions). 7. Improve a. Describe the quality improvement activities that will be used to track progress towards your process and outcome measure and how these data will be used to inform the ongoing implementation of the project and beyond (see link https://zerosuicide.edc.org/resources/resource-database/zero-suicide-work-plan-template). In addition to the seven elements listed above, the following activities are also required: 1. Seek the IHS's approval for key positions to be filled. Key positions include, but are not limited to, the Project Director, Project Coordinator, and Evaluator. 2. Consult and accept guidance from IHS staff on performance of programmatic and data collection activities to achieve the goals of the cooperative agreement. 3. Maintain ongoing communication with the IHS including a minimum of one call per month, keeping Federal program staff informed of emerging issues, developments, and problems as appropriate. 4. Invite the IHS Program Official to observe and provide feedback to policy, steering, advisory, or other task forces. 5. Maintain ongoing collaboration with the IHS ZSI Technical Assistance Coordinating Center, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 6. Provide required documentation for monthly and annual reporting and data surveillance around suicidal behavior in selected health and behavioral health care systems. Practice-Based Evidence, Promising Practices, and Local Efforts The IHS encourages the implementation of Tribal and/or culturally appropriate suicide prevention and intervention strategies but recognizes the limited range of formally evaluated evidence-based practices for suicide and substance abuse that have been developed specifically for the American Indians/Alaska Natives population. In addition to formally evaluated practices, which exist in the research and practice literature, evidence for other practices are allowed in this grant program. Evidence of other practices may include unpublished studies, preliminary evaluation results, clinical (or other professional association) guidelines, findings from focus groups with community members, local community surveys, etc.
Document the evidence that the practice(s) you have chosen is appropriate for the outcomes you want to achieve. Explain how the practice you have chosen meets the goals for this program. Describe any modifications/adaptations you will need to make to your proposed practice(s) to meet the goals of your project and why you believe the changes will improve the outcomes. Discuss training needs or plans for training to successfully implement the proposed evidence-based practice(s). II. Award Information Funding Instrument--Cooperative Agreement Estimated Funds Available The total funding identified for fiscal year (FY) 2022 is approximately $2,000,000. Individual award amounts for the first budget year are anticipated to be between $200,000 and $300,000. The funding available for competing and subsequent continuation awards issued under this announcement is subject to the availability of appropriations and budgetary priorities of the Agency. The IHS is under no obligation to make awards that are selected for funding under this announcement. Anticipated Number of Awards Approximately 8-10 awards will be issued under this program announcement, with a set aside of up to two awards issued to eligible UIOs. Period of Performance The period of performance is for 5 years. Cooperative Agreement Cooperative agreements awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are administered under the same policies as grants. However, the funding agency, IHS, is anticipated to have substantial programmatic involvement in the project during the entire period of performance. Below is a detailed description of the level of involvement required of the IHS. Substantial Agency Involvement Description for Cooperative Agreement 1. Approve all proposed key positions/personnel. 2. Facilitate linkages to other IHS/Federal government resources and help grantees access appropriate technical assistance. 3. Assure that the grantee's project activities are aligned with the mission, strategic goals and objectives of the IHS, and with the goals of the Zero Suicide Initiative. 4. Coordinate cross-site evaluation participation in grantee and staff required monitoring conference calls. 5. Promote collaboration with other IHS and Federal health and behavioral health initiatives, including the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the [[Page 60886]] National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the SPRC, and the Zero Suicide Institute. 6. Provide technical assistance on all aspects of the ZSI program implementation and sustainability. 7. Share aggregate data related to suicide behavior and clinical care necessary to determine that the project has met expected and identified goals, objectives, and outcomes. Describe the process of continuous involvement based on results and analysis of the same. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligibility To be eligible for this funding opportunity the applicant must be one of the following as defined by 25 U.S.C. 1603: A federally recognized Indian Tribe as defined by 25 U.S.C. 1603(14). The term ``Indian Tribe'' means any Indian Tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or group or regional or village corporation, as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 688) [43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.], which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. A Tribal organization as defined by 25 U.S.C. 1603(26). The term ``Tribal organization'' has the meaning given the term in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304(1)): ``Tribal organization'' means the recognized governing body of any Indian Tribe; any legally established organization of Indians which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body or which is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization and which includes the maximum participation of Indians in all phases of its activities: Provided that, in any case where a contract is let or grant made to an organization to perform services benefiting more than one Indian Tribe, the approval of each such Indian Tribe shall be a prerequisite to the letting or making of such contract or grant. Applicant shall submit letters of support and/or Tribal Resolutions from the Tribes to be served. An Urban Indian organization as defined by 25 U.S.C. 1603(29). The term ``Urban Indian organization'' means a nonprofit corporate body situated in an urban center, governed by an urban Indian controlled board of directors, and providing for the maximum participation of all interested Indian groups and individuals, which body is capable of legally cooperating with other public and private entities for the purpose of performing the activities described in 25 U.S.C. 1653(a). Applicants must provide proof of non-profit status with the application, e.g., 501(c)(3). The program office will notify any applicants deemed ineligible. Note: Please refer to Section IV.2 (Application and Submission Information/Subsection 2, Content and Form of Application Submission) for additional proof of applicant status documents required, such as Tribal Resolutions, proof of nonprofit status, etc. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching The IHS does not require matching funds or cost sharing for grants or cooperative agreements. 3. Other Requirements Applications with budget requests that exceed the highest dollar amount outlined under Section II Award Information, Estimated Funds Available, or exceed the period of performance outlined under Section II Award Information, Period of Performance, are considered not responsive and will not be reviewed. The Division of Grants Management (DGM) will notify the applicant. Additional Required Documentation Tribal Resolution The DGM must receive an official, signed Tribal Resolution prior to issuing a Notice of Award (NoA) to any applicant selected for funding. An Indian Tribe or Tribal organization that is proposing a project affecting another Indian Tribe must include resolutions from all affected Tribes to be served. However, if an official, signed Tribal Resolution cannot be submitted with the application prior to the application deadline date, a draft Tribal Resolution must be submitted with the application by the deadline date in order for the application to be considered complete and eligible for review. The draft Tribal Resolution is not in lieu of the required signed resolution but is acceptable until a signed resolution is received. If an application without a signed Tribal Resolution is selected for funding, the applicant will be contacted by the Grants Management Specialist (GMS) listed in this funding announcement and given 90 days to submit an official, signed Tribal Resolution to the GMS. If the signed Tribal Resolution is not received within 90 days, the award will be forfeited. Tribes organized with a governing structure other than a Tribal council may submit an equivalent document commensurate with their governing organization. Proof of Nonprofit Status Organizations claiming nonprofit status must submit a current copy of the 501(c)(3) Certificate with the application. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Obtaining Application Materials The application package and detailed instructions for this announcement are available at https://www.Grants.gov. Please direct questions regarding the application process to Mr. Paul Gettys at (301) 443-2114 or (301) 443-5204. 2. Content and Form Application Submission Mandatory documents for all applicants include: Abstract (one page) summarizing the project. Application forms: 1. SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance. 2. SF-424A, Budget Information--Non-Construction Programs. 3. SF-424B, Assurances--Non-Construction Programs. Project Narrative (not to exceed 30 pages). See IV.2.A, Project Narrative for instructions. 1. Background information on the organization. 2. Proposed scope of work, objectives, and activities that provide a description of what the applicant plans to accomplish. Budget Justification and Narrative (not to exceed four pages). See IV.2.B, Budget Narrative for instructions. One-page Timeline Chart. Tribal Resolution(s). A Tribal Resolution expressing a bona fide commitment to a Zero Suicide model within the health and behavioral health care system must be provided. Letters of Support from organization's Board of Directors (if applicable). 501(c)(3) Certificate (if applicable). Biographical sketches for all Key Personnel. Contractor/Consultant resumes or qualifications and scope of work. Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL), if applicant conducts reportable lobbying. Certification Regarding Lobbying (GG--Lobbying Form). [[Page 60887]] Copy of current Negotiated Indirect Cost rate (IDC) agreement (required in order to receive IDC). Organizational Chart (optional). Documentation of current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Financial Audit (if applicable). Acceptable forms of documentation include: 1. Email confirmation from Federal Audit Clearinghouse (FAC) that audits were submitted; or 2. Face sheets from audit reports. Applicants can find these on the FAC website at https://harvester.census.gov/facdissem/Main.aspx. Public Policy Requirements All Federal public policies apply to IHS grants and cooperative agreements. Pursuant to 45 CFR 80.3(d), an individual shall not be deemed subjected to discrimination by reason of their exclusion from benefits limited by Federal law to individuals eligible for benefits and services from the IHS. See https://www.hhs.gov/grants/grants/grants-policies-regulations/index.html. Requirements for Project and Budget Narratives A. Project Narrative: This narrative should be a separate document that is no more than 30 pages and must: (1) Have consecutively numbered pages; (2) use black font 12 points or larger; (3) be single-spaced; and (4) be formatted to fit standard letter paper (8\1/2\ x 11 inches). Be sure to succinctly answer all questions listed under the evaluation criteria (refer to Section V.1, Evaluation Criteria) and place all responses and required information in the correct section noted below or they will not be considered or scored. If the narrative exceeds the page limit, the application will be considered not responsive and will not be reviewed. The 30-page limit for the narrative does not include the work plan, standard forms, Tribal Resolutions, budget, budget justifications, narratives, and/or other items. There are four parts to the project narrative: Part 1--Statement of Need; Part 2--Implementation Approach and Work Plan; Part 3--Organizational Capacity; Part 4--Data Collection and Reporting. Below are additional details about what must be included in the project narrative. The intent of this announcement is to initiate or build upon Zero Suicide Initiative efforts. Applicants previously funded by IHS for ZSI implementation must report on the status of their goals/milestones. If goals/milestone were not achieved by those applicants, they are expected to provide clear explanation of the barriers that prevented the achievement of previous goal/milestones in the application to this funding announcement. Part 1: Statement of Need (Limit--6 Pages) The statement of need describes the scope and scale of suicide behavior within the community served and within the health and/or behavioral health system. This section must identify gaps in suicide care delivery and those gaps and any other barriers in providing comprehensive, culturally informed care to those at risk for suicide. The statement of need provides the facts and evidence that support the need for the project and establishes that the Tribe, Tribal organization, or UIO understands the problems and can reasonably address them. Applicant's data may include the following metrics outlined below. Identify Describe the proposed catchment area and demographic information on the population(s) to receive services through the targeted systems or agencies, e.g., race, ethnicity, federally recognized Tribe, language, age, socioeconomic status, sex, and other relevant factors, such as literacy. Improve Provide evidence of the prevalence of suicidal behavior within the population(s) of focus, including any current limitations of data collection in the health system. In addition, discuss how the proposed project will address disparities in access, service use, and outcomes for the population(s) of focus (see link https://zerosuicide.edc.org/toolkit/indian-country/improve-indian-country). 1. Number of screenings performed. 2. Number of those above screening cut off who receive a full suicide risk assessment. 3. Numbers of those receiving a full risk assessment who have a collaboratively developed safety plan. 4. Number of those with a collaboratively developed safety plan who have been counseled on reduction of access to lethal means. 5. Percentage of all behavioral health clinicians who use evidence- based practices to directly treat those at risk for suicide. 6. Percentage of follow up on those who may be at risk for suicide to ensure safe transitions through care. 7. Percentage of documentation on every loss by suicide. Documentation of the need for an enhanced infrastructure (system/process improvements) to increase the capacity to implement, sustain, and improve comprehensive, integrated, culturally informed, evidence-based suicide care within the identified health care system that is consistent with the purpose of the program as stated in this announcement (see link https://zerosuicide.edc.org/resources/zero-suicide-workforce-survey-resources). This may also include a clear description of any service gaps, staff/provider training deficits, service delivery fragmentations, and other barriers that could impact comprehensive suicide care for patients seen in the health system. Applicants are encouraged to review the Zero Suicide strategies and tools to help prepare for application to this announcement. Please see http://zerosuicide.sprc.org/sites/zerosuicide.actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/files/Zero%20Suicide%20Workplan%20Template%2012.6.17.pdf. Part 2: Implementation Approach & Work Plan (Limit--9 Pages) Applicant should develop a viable plan to address each of the 7 Elements (see link http://zerosuicide.edc.org/toolkit) in a systematic, measureable, and interrelated manner. Evidence of plan to the identification, use, and measurement of the use of culturally informed practices and activities (see link https://zerosuicide.edc.org/resources/populations/native-american-and-alaska-native). Please include a Project Timeline in the application. Lead A clear description of strategies to engage the highest levels of leadership and a broad cross section of the hospital system in order to develop organizational commitment, participation and sustainability (Letters of Commitment should be included as attachments). If the program is to be managed by a consortium or Tribal organization, identify how the project office relates to the member community/communities. Transition A contingency plan that addresses short-term maintenance and long-term sustainability. How will continuity be maintained if/when there is a change in the operational environment (e.g., health care system leadership, staff turnover, change in project leadership, change in elected officials, etc.) to [[Page 60888]] ensure project stability over the period of performance. Additionally, describe long-term plan for sustainability of the ZSI model beyond the period of performance. Include how your project plans to involve survivors of suicide attempts and suicide loss in assessing, planning, and implementing your project. Part 3: Organizational Capacity (Limit--8 Pages) This section focuses on how the organization may capitalize on existing resources, processes, human capital, quality initiatives, collaborative agreements, and surveillance capabilities as a means of overcoming barriers to a comprehensive, culturally informed system of suicide care. Lead Describe any experience (successes and/or challenges) with the Zero Suicide model (e.g., attended a Zero Suicide Academy, etc.) or similar collaborative efforts (e.g., patient centered medical home, behavioral integration, trauma-informed systems, and improving patient care, etc.). Discuss the applicant Tribe, Tribal organization, or UIO experience with and capacity (or detailed plan) to provide culturally informed practices and activities for specific populations of focus. Explain how all departments/units/divisions are (or plan to be) involved in administering this project. You may also include how applicant organization currently (or plans to) collaborate with other organizations and agencies to provide care, including critical transition of care. Provide Letter(s) of Commitment, MOA, MOUs etc., from CEO, Tribal Health Director, Tribal Chair, etc. Describe the resources available for the proposed project (e.g., facilities, equipment, information technology systems, EHR capabilities, financial management systems, data sharing agreement, MOUs, etc.). List of all staff positions for the project, such as Project Director, project coordinator, case manager and other key personnel, and briefly describe their role and level of effort on the project. Part 4: Data Collection and Reporting (Limit--7 Pages) This section of the narrative should describe function of position and efforts to collect and report project data that will support and demonstrate ZSI activities. All ZSI grantees will be required to collect and report data pertaining to activities, processes, and outcomes that support the following core elements: Improve Provide a clear, specific plan for how data will be collected, managed, analyzed, and reported. Identify which staff will be responsible for tracking the goals and measureable objectives associated with the award. Lead Review of suicide care policies and procedures. Review of any MOUs, MOAs, commitment letters, etc. ZSI Implementation team participation. Engagement of those that have experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone through suicidal crisis, or been bereaved by suicide. Improve Assessment of fidelity to the Zero Suicide model (to include periodic administering of Organizational Self-Study). Periodic assessment of staff development and training needs (to include the periodic administering of the Workforce Survey). Sustainability. Measurement-based screening tools. Review of EHR capability. Patient satisfaction. B. Budget Narrative (limit--4 pages). Provide a budget narrative that explains the amounts requested for each line item of the budget from the SF-424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs). The budget narrative should specifically describe how each item will support the achievement of proposed objectives. Be very careful about showing how each item in the ``Other'' category is justified. For subsequent budget years, the narrative should highlight the changes from year 1 or clearly indicate that there are no substantive budget changes during the period of performance. Do NOT use the budget narrative to expand the project narrative. 3. Submission Dates and Times Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the Application Deadline Date. Any application received after the application deadline will not be accepted for review. Grants.gov will notify the applicant via email if the application is rejected. If technical challenges arise and assistance is required with the application process, contact Grants.gov Customer Support (see contact information at https://www.grants.gov). If problems persist, contact Mr. Paul Gettys ([email protected]), Acting Director, DGM, by telephone at (301) 443-2114 or (301) 443-5204. Please be sure to contact Mr. Gettys at least ten days prior to the application deadline. Please do not contact the DGM until you have received a Grants.gov tracking number. In the event you are not able to obtain a tracking number, call the DGM as soon as possible. IHS will not acknowledge receipt of applications. 4. Intergovernmental Review Executive Order 12372 requiring intergovernmental review is not applicable to this program. 5. Funding Restrictions Pre-award costs are allowable up to 90 days before the start date of the award provided the costs are otherwise allowable if awarded. Pre-award costs are incurred at the risk of the applicant. The available funds are inclusive of direct and indirect costs. Only one cooperative agreement may be awarded per applicant under this announcement. 6. Electronic Submission Requirements All applications must be submitted via Grants.gov. Please use the https://www.Grants.gov website to submit an application. Find the application by selecting the ``Search Grants'' link on the homepage. Follow the instructions for submitting an application under the Package tab. No other method of application submission is acceptable. If the applicant cannot submit an application through Grants.gov, a waiver must be requested. Prior approval must be requested and obtained from Mr. Paul Gettys, Acting Director, DGM. A written waiver request must be sent to [email protected] with a copy to [email protected]. The waiver request must: (1) Be documented in writing (emails are acceptable) before submitting an application by some other method, and (2) include clear justification for the need to deviate from the required application submission process. Once the waiver request has been approved, the applicant will receive a confirmation of approval email containing submission instructions. A copy of the written approval must be included with the application that is submitted to the DGM. Applications that are submitted without a copy of the signed waiver from the Acting Director of the DGM will not be reviewed. The Grants Management Officer of the DGM [[Page 60889]] will notify the applicant via email of this decision. Applications submitted under waiver must be received by the DGM no later than 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on the Application Deadline Date. Late applications will not be accepted for processing. Applicants that do not register for both the System for Award Management (SAM) and Grants.gov and/or fail to request timely assistance with technical issues will not be considered for a waiver to submit an application via alternative method. Please be aware of the following: Please search for the application package in https://www.Grants.gov by entering the Assistance Listing (CFDA) number or the Funding Opportunity Number. Both numbers are located in the header of this announcement. If you experience technical challenges while submitting your application, please contact Grants.gov Customer Support (see contact information at https://www.grants.gov). Upon contacting Grants.gov, obtain a tracking number as proof of contact. The tracking number is helpful if there are technical issues that cannot be resolved and a waiver from the agency must be obtained. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the deadline date to begin the application process through Grants.gov as the registration process for SAM and Grants.gov could take up to twenty working days. Please follow the instructions on Grants.gov to include additional documentation that may be requested by this funding announcement. Applicants must comply with any page limits described in this funding announcement. After submitting the application, the applicant will receive an automatic acknowledgment from Grants.gov that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. The IHS will not notify the applicant that the application has been received. Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Applicants and grantee organizations are required to obtain a DUNS number and maintain an active registration in the SAM database. The DUNS number is a unique 9-digit identification number provided by D&B that uniquely identifies each entity. The DUNS number is site specific; therefore, each distinct performance site may be assigned a DUNS number. Obtaining a DUNS number is easy, and there is no charge. To obtain a DUNS number, please access the request service through https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform, or call (866) 705-5711. The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, as amended (``Transparency Act''), requires all HHS recipients to report information on sub-awards. Accordingly, all IHS grantees must notify potential first-tier sub-recipients that no entity may receive a first- tier sub-award unless the entity has provided its DUNS number to the prime grantee organization. This requirement ensures the use of a universal identifier to enhance the quality of information available to the public pursuant to the Transparency Act. System for Award Management (SAM) Organizations that are not registered with SAM must have a DUNS number first, then access the SAM online registration through the SAM home page at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/ (U.S. organizations will also need to provide an Employer Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service that may take an additional 2-5 weeks to become active). Please see SAM.gov for details on the registration process and timeline. Registration with the SAM is free of charge but can take several weeks to process. Applicants may register online at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/. Additional information on implementing the Transparency Act, including the specific requirements for DUNS and SAM, are available on the DGM Grants Management, Policy Topics web page: https://www.ihs.gov/dgm/policytopics/. V. Application Review Information Possible points assigned to each section are noted in parentheses. The 30-page project narrative should include only the first year of activities; information for multi-year projects should be included as an appendix. See ``Multi-year Project Requirements'' at the end of this section for more information. The narrative section should be written in a manner that is clear to outside reviewers unfamiliar with prior related activities of the applicant. It should be well organized, succinct, and contain all information necessary for reviewers to understand the project fully. Points will be assigned to each evaluation criteria adding up to a total of 100 possible points. Points are assigned as follows: 1. Evaluation Criteria Applications will be reviewed and scored according to the quality of responses to the required application components in Sections A-E. The points listed after each heading is the maximum number of points a reviewer may assign to that section. A. Statement of Need (10 Points) The criteria being evaluated is the quality of your strategic approach and logical steps to implement a Zero Suicide Initiative within your health system. The following aspects will be assessed: 1. The degree to which the applicant's description of the service area/target population demonstrates the need for a systems approach to suicide care within the health and behavioral health systems. 2. How well the applicant describes the unique characteristics of the service area and population and systems barriers/gaps that impact the delivery of comprehensive suicide care. B. Implementation Approach & Work Plan (30 Points) 1. A viable plan to address each of the 7 Elements of the Zero Suicide model and the required activities (described in Section 1) in a systematic, measureable, and interrelated manner. Develop strategy to collect, and analyze application of evidence-based practices to screen, assess, and treat individuals' use of culturally informed practices and activities. (See Resources for Native American and Alaska Native Populations at https://zerosuicide.edc.org/resources/populations/native-american-and-alaska-native). 2. A clear description of strategies to engage the highest levels of leadership and a broad cross section of the behavioral/healthcare system in order to develop organizational commitment, participation and sustainability (Letters of Commitment, MOUs, MOAs, etc., should be included as attachments). If the program is to be managed by a consortium or Tribal organization, identify how the project office relates to the member community/communities. Should include how you plan to involve survivors of suicide attempts and suicide loss in assessing, planning, and implementing your project. 3. Address how continuity will be maintained if/when there is a change in the operational environment (e.g., health care system leadership, staff turnover, change in project leadership, change in elected officials, etc.) to ensure project stability over the period of performance. Additionally, describe the long-term plan for sustainability of the ZSI model beyond the period of performance. C. Organizational Capacity (30 Points) 1. The extent to which the applicant describes experience (successes and/or challenges) with the Zero Suicide model [[Page 60890]] (e.g., attended a Zero Suicide Academy, etc.) or similar collaborative efforts (e.g., patient centered medical home, behavioral integration, trauma informed systems, and improving patient care, etc.), focused on a comprehensive approach to suicide care across a healthcare system. 2. The extent to which the applicant describes experience with and capacity (or detailed plan) to provide culturally informed practices and activities for specific populations of focus. Must refer to Tribal Resolution. 3. Identification of how all departments/units/divisions across the health care system will be involved in administering this project. May also include how applicant organization currently (or plans to) collaborate with other organizations and agencies to provide care, including critical transition of care. 4. Describe the resources available to implement and sustain the proposed project (e.g., facilities, equipment, information technology systems, financial management systems, data sharing agreement, MOUs, etc.). Listing of all staff positions for the project, such as Project Director, project coordinator, and other key personnel, showing the role of each and their level of effort and qualifications. Demonstrate successful project implementation for the level of effort budgeted for Project Director, project coordinator, and other key staff. Include position descriptions as attachments to the application. Describe the function within each position providing services in suicide care, behavioral health and primary care and other health care services, quality and process improvement, and related work within the community/communities. 5. Applicants previously funded by the IHS for ZSI implementation must report on the status of their goals/milestones in this section of the program narrative. If goals/milestones were not achieved by those applicants, they are expected to provide clear explanation of the barriers that prevented the achievement of previous goals/milestones. D. Data Collection, Performance Assessment and Evaluation (25 Points) In this area, applicants need to clearly demonstrate the ability to collect and report on required data elements associated with Zero Suicide and this particular project, and engage in all aspects of local and national evaluation. The following aspects will be assessed: Ability to collect and report on the required performance measures specified in the Data Collection and Performance Management section. A clear, specific plan for data collection, management, analysis, and reporting. Indication of the staff person(s) responsible for tracking the measureable objectives that are identified above. Description of your plan for conducting the local performance assessment, as specified above, and evidence of your ability to conduct the assessment. Description of the quality improvement process that will be used to track progress towards your performance measures and objectives, and how these data will be used to inform the ongoing implementation of the project and beyond. E. Categorical Budget and Budget Justification (5 Points) Applicants must provide a budget and narrative justification for the proposed project budget. 1. Evidence of reasonable, allowable costs necessary to achieve the objective outlined in the project narrative. 2. Description of how the budget aligns with the overall scope of work. 3. Please use Budget/Budget Narrative Template Worksheet to support your responses in this section. The Timeline Chart, Local Data Collection Plan Worksheet, and Budget/Budget Narrative templates can be downloaded at the ZSI website at https://www.ihs.gov/zerosuicide/. Multi-Year Project Requirements Applications must include a brief project narrative and budget (one additional page per year) addressing the developmental plans for each additional year of the project. This attachment will not count as part of the project narrative or the budget narrative. Additional documents can be uploaded as Other Attachments in Grants.gov. These can include: Work plan, logic model, and/or timeline for proposed objectives. Position descriptions for staff. Consultant or contractor proposed scope of work and letter of commitment (if applicable). Current Indirect Cost Rate Agreement. Organizational chart. Map of area identifying project location(s). Additional documents to support narrative (i.e., data tables, key news articles, etc.). 2. Review and Selection Each application will be prescreened for eligibility and completeness as outlined in the funding announcement. Applications that meet the eligibility criteria shall be reviewed for merit by the Objective Review Committee (ORC) based on evaluation criteria. Incomplete applications and applications that are not responsive to the administrative thresholds (budget limit, project period limit) will not be referred to the ORC and will not be funded. The applicant will be notified of this determination. Applicants must address all program requirements and provide all required documentation. 3. Notifications of Disposition All applicants will receive an Executive Summary Statement from the IHS Division of Behavioral Health within 30 days of the conclusion of the ORC outlining the strengths and weaknesses of their application. The summary statement will be sent to the Authorizing Official identified on the face page (SF-424) of the application. A. Award Notices for Funded Applications The NoA is the authorizing document for which funds are dispersed to the approved entities and reflects the amount of Federal funds awarded, the purpose of the award, the terms and conditions of the award, the effective date of the award, and the budget/project period. Each entity approved for funding must have a user account in GrantSolutions in order to retrieve the NoA. Please see the Agency Contacts list in Section VII for the systems contact information. B. Approved but Unfunded Applications Approved applications not funded due to lack of available funds will be held for 1 year. If funding becomes available during the course of the year, the application may be reconsidered. Note: Any correspondence other than the official NoA executed by an IHS grants management official announcing to the project director that an award has been made to their organization is not an authorization to implement their program on behalf of the IHS. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Administrative Requirements Awards issued under this announcement are subject to, and are administered in accordance with, the following regulations and policies: A. The criteria as outlined in this program announcement. B. Administrative Regulations for Grants: Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and [[Page 60891]] Audit Requirements for HHS Awards currently in effect or implemented during the period of award, other Department regulations and policies in effect at the time of award, and applicable statutory provisions. At the time of publication, this includes 45 CFR part 75, at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CFR-2020-title45-vol1/pdf/CFR-2020-title45-vol1-part75.pdf. Please review all HHS regulatory provisions for Termination at 45 CFR 75.372, at https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp&SID=2970eec67399fab1413ede53d7895d99&mc=true& ;n=pt45.1.75&r=PART&ty=HTML&se45.1.75_1372#se45.1.75_1372. C. Grants Policy: HHS Grants Policy Statement, Revised January 2007, at https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/grants/grants/policies-regulations/hhsgps107.pdf. D. Cost Principles: Uniform Administrative Requirements for HHS Awards, ``Cost Principles,'' located at 45 CFR part 75 subpart E. E. Audit Requirements: Uniform Administrative Requirements for HHS Awards, ``Audit Requirements,'' located at 45 CFR part 75 subpart F. F. As of August 13, 2020, 2 CFR 200 was updated to include a prohibition on certain telecommunications and video surveillance services or equipment. This prohibition is described in 2 CFR 200.216. This will also be described in the terms and conditions of every IHS grant and cooperative agreement awarded on or after August 13, 2020. 2. Indirect Costs This section applies to all recipients that request reimbursement of indirect costs (IDC) in their application budget. In accordance with HHS Grants Policy Statement, Part II-27, IHS requires applicants to obtain a current IDC rate agreement and submit it to the DGM prior to the DGM issuing an award. The rate agreement must be prepared in accordance with the applicable cost principles and guidance as provided by the cognizant agency or office. A current rate covers the applicable grant activities under the current award's budget period. If the current rate agreement is not on file with the DGM at the time of award, the IDC portion of the budget will be restricted. The restrictions remain in place until the current rate agreement is provided to the DGM. Per 45 CFR 75.414(f) Indirect (F&A) costs, ``any non-Federal entity (NFE) [i.e., applicant] that has never received a negotiated indirect cost rate, . . . may elect to charge a de minimis rate of 10 percent of modified total direct costs which may be used indefinitely. As described in Section 75.403, costs must be consistently charged as either indirect or direct costs, but may not be double charged or inconsistently charged as both. If chosen, this methodology once elected must be used consistently for all Federal awards until such time as the NFE chooses to negotiate for a rate, which the NFE may apply to do at any time.'' Electing to charge a de minimis rate of 10 percent only applies to applicants that have never received an approved negotiated indirect cost rate from HHS or another cognizant Federal agency. Applicants awaiting approval of their indirect cost proposal may request the 10 percent de minimis rate. When the applicant chooses this method, costs included in the indirect cost pool must not be charged as direct costs to the grant. Available funds are inclusive of direct and appropriate indirect costs. Approved indirect funds are awarded as part of the award amount, and no additional funds will be provided. Generally, IDC rates for IHS grantees are negotiated with the Division of Cost Allocation at https://rates.psc.gov/ or the Department of the Interior (Interior Business Center) at https://ibc.doi.gov/ICS/tribal. For questions regarding the indirect cost policy, please call the Grants Management Specialist listed under ``Agency Contacts'' or the main DGM office at (301) 443-5204. 3. Reporting Requirements The grantee must submit required reports consistent with the applicable deadlines. Failure to submit required reports within the time allowed may result in suspension or termination of an active grant, withholding of additional awards for the project, or other enforcement actions such as withholding of payments or converting to the reimbursement method of payment. Continued failure to submit required reports may result in the imposition of special award provisions and/or the non-funding or non-award of other eligible projects or activities. This requirement applies whether the delinquency is attributable to the failure of the grantee organization or the individual responsible for preparation of the reports. Per DGM policy, all reports must be submitted electronically by attaching them as a ``Grant Note'' in GrantSolutions. Personnel responsible for submitting reports will be required to obtain a login and password for GrantSolutions. Please see the Agency Contacts list in section VII for the systems contact information. The reporting requirements for this program are noted below. A. Progress Reports Program progress reports are required annually. The progress reports are due within 30 days after the budget period ends (specific dates will be listed in the NoA Terms and Conditions). These reports must include a brief comparison of actual accomplishments to the goals established for the period, a summary of progress to date or, if applicable, provide sound justification for the lack of progress, and other pertinent information as required, and any other specific evaluation requirements described in this funding announcement. A final report must be submitted within 90 days of expiration of the period of performance. This final report must provide a comprehensive summary of accomplishments and outcomes over the period of performance as related to each of the stated goals. B. Financial Reports Federal Cash Transaction Reports are due 30 days after the close of every calendar quarter to the Payment Management Services at https://pms.psc.gov. Failure to submit timely reports may result in adverse award actions blocking access to funds. Federal Financial Reports are due 30 days after the end of each budget period, and a final report is due 90 days after the end of the period of performance. Grantees are responsible and accountable for reporting accurate information on all required reports: The Progress Reports, the Federal Cash Transaction Report, and Federal Financial Report. C. Data Collection and Reporting In addition to the annual progress reports, the IHS will compile and provide aggregate program statistics including associated community-level Government Performance Results Act health care facility data available in the National Data Warehouse, as needed. Awardees will be required to report on the following: Treat Total number of patient visits; total number of patients screened for suicide risk; total number of patients assessed for suicide risk; total number of patients placed on suicide care pathway or registry; total number of patients hospitalized for suicide risk; [[Page 60892]] total number of patients with safety plan; total number of patients counseled on access to lethal means. Train Total number of staff trained, number of trainings, type of trainings and number of staff trained in each healthcare profession in evidenced-based treatment of suicide risk. Awardees will also be required to submit their annual progress reports into an online reporting system funded by the IHS. D. Federal Sub-Award Reporting System (FSRS) This award may be subject to the Transparency Act sub-award and executive compensation reporting requirements of 2 CFR part 170. The Transparency Act requires the OMB to establish a single searchable database, accessible to the public, with information on financial assistance awards made by Federal agencies. The Transparency Act also includes a requirement for recipients of Federal grants to report information about first-tier sub-awards and executive compensation under Federal assistance awards. The IHS has implemented a Term of Award into all IHS Standard Terms and Conditions, NoAs, and funding announcements regarding the FSRS reporting requirement. This IHS Term of Award is applicable to all IHS grant and cooperative agreements issued on or after October 1, 2010, with a $25,000 sub-award obligation threshold met for any specific reporting period. For the full IHS award term implementing this requirement and additional award applicability information, visit the DGM Grants Management website at https://www.ihs.gov/dgm/policytopics/. E. Compliance With Executive Order 13166 Implementation of Services Accessibility Provisions for All Grant Application Packages and Funding Opportunity Announcements Should you successfully compete for an award, recipients of Federal financial assistance (FFA) from HHS must administer their programs in compliance with Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in some circumstances, religion, conscience, and sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy). This includes ensuring programs are accessible to persons with limited English proficiency and persons with disabilities. The HHS Office for Civil Rights provides guidance on complying with civil rights laws enforced by HHS. Please see https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-providers/provider-obligations/index.html and https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/nondiscrimination/index.html. Recipients of FFA must ensure that their programs are accessible to persons with limited English proficiency. For guidance on meeting your legal obligation to take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to your programs or activities by limited English proficiency individuals, see https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/special-topics/limited-english-proficiency/fact-sheet-guidance/index.html and https://www.lep.gov. For information on your specific legal obligations for serving qualified individuals with disabilities, including reasonable modifications and making services accessible to them, see https://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/understanding/disability/index.html. HHS funded health and education programs must be administered in an environment free of sexual harassment. See https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/sex-discrimination/index.html. For guidance on administering your program in compliance with applicable Federal religious nondiscrimination laws and applicable Federal conscience protection and associated anti-discrimination laws, see https://www.hhs.gov/conscience/conscience-protections/index.html and https://www.hhs.gov/conscience/religious-freedom/index.html. F. Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) The IHS is required to review and consider any information about the applicant that is in the FAPIIS at https://www.fapiis.gov before making any award in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold (currently $250,000) over the period of performance. An applicant may review and comment on any information about itself that a Federal awarding agency previously entered. IHS will consider any comments by the applicant, in addition to other information in FAPIIS, in making a judgment about the applicant's integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards when completing the review of risk posed by applicants as described in 45 CFR 75.205. As required by 45 CFR part 75 Appendix XII of the Uniform Guidance, NFEs are required to disclose in FAPIIS any information about criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings, and/or affirm that there is no new information to provide. This applies to NFEs that receive Federal awards (currently active grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts) greater than $10,000,000 for any period of time during the period of performance of an award/project. Mandatory Disclosure Requirements As required by 2 CFR part 200 of the Uniform Guidance, and the HHS implementing regulations at 45 CFR part 75, the IHS must require an NFE or an applicant for a Federal award to disclose, in a timely manner, in writing to the IHS or pass-through entity all violations of Federal criminal law involving fraud, bribery, or gratuity violations potentially affecting the Federal award. All applicants and recipients must disclose in writing, in a timely manner, to the IHS and to the HHS Office of Inspector General all information related to violations of Federal criminal law involving fraud, bribery, or gratuity violations potentially affecting the Federal award. 45 CFR 75.113. Disclosures must be sent in writing to: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service, Division of Grants Management, ATTN: Paul Gettys, Acting Director, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 09E70, Rockville, MD 20857. (Include ``Mandatory Grant Disclosures'' in subject line), Office: (301) 443- 5204, Fax: (301) 594-0899, Email: [email protected]. AND U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, ATTN: Mandatory Grant Disclosures, Intake Coordinator, 330 Independence Avenue SW, Cohen Building, Room 5527, Washington, DC 20201, URL: https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/report-fraud/. (Include ``Mandatory Grant Disclosures'' in subject line), Fax: (202) 205-0604 (Include ``Mandatory Grant Disclosures'' in subject line) or, Email: [email protected]. Failure to make required disclosures can result in any of the remedies described in 45 CFR 75.371 Remedies for noncompliance, including suspension or debarment (see 2 CFR part 180 and 2 CFR part 376). VII. Agency Contacts 1. Questions on the programmatic issues may be directed to: LCDR Monique Richards, MSW, LICSW, [[Page 60893]] Public Health Advisor, Indian Health Service, Division of Behavioral Health, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 08N70C, Rockville, MD 20857, Telephone: (240) 252-9625, Fax: (301) 443-5610, Email: [email protected]. 2. Questions on grants management and fiscal matters may be directed to: Sheila Miller, Grants Management Specialist, Indian Health Service, Division of Grants Management, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 09E70, Rockville, MD 20857, Phone: (240) 535-9308, Fax: (301) 594-0899, Email: [email protected]. 3. Questions on systems matters may be directed to: Paul Gettys, Acting Director, Division of Grants Management, Indian Health Service, Division of Grants Management, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 09E70, Rockville, MD 20857, Phone: (301) 443-2114; or the DGM main line (301) 443-5204, Fax: (301) 594-0899, email: [email protected]. VIII. Other Information The Public Health Service strongly encourages all grant, cooperative agreement, and contract recipients to provide a smoke-free workplace and promote the non-use of all tobacco products. In addition, Public Law 103-227, the Pro-Children Act of 1994, prohibits smoking in certain facilities (or in some cases, any portion of the facility) in which regular or routine education, library, day care, health care, or early childhood development services are provided to children. This is consistent with the HHS mission to protect and advance the physical and mental health of the American people. Elizabeth A. Fowler, Acting Director, Indian Health Service. [FR Doc. 2021-24039 Filed 11-3-21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165-16-P