LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT (LEMHWA) PROGRAM

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CLOSED:

The Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program solicitations closed at 7:59 p.m. EDT on May 28, 2019.

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The Fiscal Year 2019 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) program is a competitive solicitation, open to all public governmental agencies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.

LEMHWA funds are used to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, and implementation of promising practices related to peer mentoring mental health and wellness programs that are national in scope and responsive to the solicitation topic requirements.

The 2019 LEMHWA program will fund projects that develop knowledge, increase awareness of effective mental health and wellness strategies, increase the skills and abilities of law enforcement, and increase the number of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders using peer mentoring programs.

Up to $2 million is available through this year's program, and all awards are subject to the availability of funds.

The 2019 LEMHWA program will fund projects related to the following topic areas:

  • LEMHWA Peer Mentoring Training and Support
  • LEMHWA Recommendation Implementation
  • LEMHWA Peer Support Implementation Projects

Proposals should be responsive to the topic selected, improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement, and significantly advance peer mentoring mental health and wellness programs within law enforcement agencies across the country. Applicants must identify specific program goals that will be directly accomplished if awarded LEMHWA funding. Except where otherwise indicated, initiatives that primarily or solely benefit one or a limited number of law enforcement agencies or other entities will not be considered for funding.

Detailed descriptions of eligibility, topic areas, and additional solicitation information are available in the FY 2019 LEMHWA Application Guide.

All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.

For more information about the LEMHWA program, please call the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770 or visit the COPS Office online at www.cops.usdoj.gov.

HOW TO APPLY

It is strongly recommended that applicants register immediately on Grants.gov. In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the SF-424 as quickly as possible. For the FY2019 LEMHWA program, you will need to complete an SF-424 under the “COPS-COMMUNITY-POLICING-DEVELOPMENT-2019” funding opportunity. Any delays in registering with Grants.gov or submitting the SF-424 may result in insufficient time for processing your application.

To complete the LEMHWA application, please visit the COPS Office website at www.cops.usdoj.gov and click on the “Account Access” tab in the upper right-hand corner. Applicants should then enter their username and password and select “Applications” from the Agency Portal Menu. For the FY2019 LEMHWA program, you will need to complete the “Community Policing Development” application in Agency Portal.

Complete application packages for the FY 2019 LEMHWA solicitation are due by May 28, 2019, at 7:59 p.m. EDT. Before submitting your application, please review the "Applying for LEMHWA” checklist. Hard copies or electronic copies of applications sent via email or U.S. Mail will not be accepted.

Please note: To apply for funding, applicants must have a DUNS number (DUNS numbers are required of all agencies requesting federal funding) and have an active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) database. SAM replaces the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database as the repository for standard information about federal financial assistance applicants, recipients, and subrecipients. Applicants must update or renew their SAM registration annually to maintain an active status.

If you need to renew your COPS Office Account Access information, contact us at AskCopsRC@usdoj.gov or 800-421-6770.

PROGRAM DOCUMENTS

  • Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Report to Congress
    This document is the report to Congress on mental health practices and services in the U.S. Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs that could be adopted by federal, state, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies. In addition, this report contains recommendations to Congress on effectiveness of crisis lives for law enforcement officers, efficacy of annual mental health checks for law enforcement officers, expansion of peer mentoring programs, and ensuring privacy considerations for those types of programs.
  • User Guide
    This user guide is a summary of the LEMHWA application guide and should be used as a quick reference guide to applying for the LEMHWA program.
  • Financial Toolkit
    This financial toolkit provides vital instructions and information related to the quarterly reporting process, drawing down funds, and other information regarding monitoring and managing a COPS Office award.
  • Fact Sheets
    These fact sheets provide quick reference information on various application topics.
  • Change of Information Form and Instructions
    This change of information form may be used to make any changes or corrections to the law enforcement and/or government executives in the COPS Office Agency Portal system.
  • Agency Portal User Manual
    This user manual contains step-by-step guidelines for setting up new users, e-signatures, and various processes in the COPS Office Agency Portal system.
  • Training
    This training information provides further guidance on COPS Office training requirements.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Questions? Please contact the COPS Office Response Center at AskCopsRC@usdoj.gov or 800-421-6770.

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