LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT (LEMHWA) PROGRAM

NOW EXTENDED:

The COPS Office has extended the application deadline for FY20 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) from March 31, 2020 to April 14, 2020 at 7:59 p.m. EDT.

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The Fiscal Year 2020 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) program 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. The 2020 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.

This solicitation is open to all public governmental agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations. For-profit organizations (as well as other recipients) must forgo any profit or management fee.

Up to $4.3 million is available through this year's program. All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law. Each award is two years (24 months) in length. There is no local match.

The 2020 LEMHWA program will fund projects related to the following topic areas:

  • Peer Support Implementation Projects
  • National Peer Support Program for Small and Rural Agencies
  • LEMHWA Coordinator Assistance Provider

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

HOW TO APPLY

  1. You are first required to register via www.grants.gov and complete an SF-424 under the “COPS-LAW-ENFORCEMENT-MENTAL-HEALTH-AND-WELLNESS-ACT-2020” funding opportunity.*
  2. After submitting the SF-424, you will receive an email with instructions on completing the second part of the LEMHWA application through the COPS Office Online Application System “Community Policing Development” application.
  3. Log into the COPS Office Agency Portal to ensure the your agency’s current Law Enforcement (LE)/Agency Executive and Government Executive (GE)/Financial are listed as Users and their appropriate Roles are selected. This is important as the COPS Office Agency Portal information will be used to populate your application. If you have forgotten your password to the COPS Office Agency Portal, Reset Your Password. If your agency has not registered with the COPS Office and you are the administrative contact for your agency, Register Your Agency with the COPS Office. If you have changes in executives or officials and cannot make updates in Agency Portal, please complete the Change of Information Form and submit it to the COPS Office Response Center at AskCopsRC@usdoj.gov.
  4. Once your agency’s information is current in the COPS Office Agency Portal, while in the COPS Office Agency Portal Menu, click on the “Applications” button and then select the applicable system icon to complete your application.
  5. Complete application packages by April 14, 2020, at 7:59 p.m. EDT. Before submitting your application, please review the LEMHWA Application Guide and the LEMHWA Application Checklist to ensure your application is complete.

*Please note: Agency Registration requires your agency’s ORI; if you do not have it, you may Request Your ORI. To apply for any federal funding, applicants must have a DUNS number and have an active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) database. Applicants must update or renew their SAM registration annually to maintain an active status.

PROGRAM DOCUMENTS

  • Application Guide
    This application guide includes general information on the administrative and legal requirements governing the COPS Office LEMHWA program as well as detailed program-specific information.
  • Application Checklist
    Use this document to ensure all required elements of your application are included and completed correctly.
  • 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 application guide and should be used as a quick reference guide to applying for the program.
  • Fact Sheets
    This fact sheet provides quick reference information on the LEMHWA program.
  • 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.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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

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For Additional Assistance

Grants.gov
For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424, please call the Grants.gov customer service hotline at 800-518-4726, send questions via email to support@Grants.gov, or consult the Grants.gov Organization Applicant User Guide at https://www.grants.gov/help/html/help/Applicants/GrantApplications.htm. The Grants.gov Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

COPS Office Agency Portal Account
The COPS Office Agency Portal, located at https://portal.cops.usdoj.gov/, is where we manage your organization’s contacts. For new contacts you will need to set-up an account as a user, assign them the appropriate role (law enforcement executive (LE)/program official (PO), government executive (GE)/ financial official (FO)) or contact and enable their electronic signature or reset your password.

Detailed instructions on how to manage your contacts are included in the Agency Portal User Manual located on the COPS Office website at https://portal.cops.usdoj.gov/. You may also use the change of information form and provide to the COPS Office Response Center via email at AskCopsRC@usdoj.gov or fax to 202-616-8594.

Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number
To verify your DUNS number, please call 866-¬705-5711 or visit www.dnb.com/us.

Programmatic Assistance
For programmatic assistance with the requirements of this program or with submitting the application through the COPS Office Online Application System, please call the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770 or send questions via email to AskCopsRC@usdoj.gov. The COPS Office Response Center operates Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET, except on federal holidays.

System for Award Management (SAM) database
Information about registration procedures can be accessed at www.sam.gov.