Key Dates

Application Deadline Date: September 19, 2022.

Earliest Anticipated Start Date: October 4, 2022.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

Statutory Authority

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for a cooperative agreement for Youth Regional Treatment Center Aftercare Programs (Short Title: Youth Aftercare). 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. 1665a and 1665g. This program is described in the Assistance Listings located at​content/​home (formerly known as the CFDA) under 93.654.


As a whole, the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) population is notably young, as 20.3 percent are youth, compared to the 16.6 percent of the non-AI/AN population. Among the total 2.3 million AI/AN youth, 46.7 percent are adolescents, 12 to 17 years of age, and 53.3 percent are young adults, 18 to 24 years of age. For purposes of examining youth outcomes, DBH applies the total youth age range, 12 to 24 years, for consistency with Tribal, Federal, and United Nations standards. For purposes of this effort, Youth Regional Treatment Centers (YRTCs) serve youth according to ages that their facilities are allowed to admit. There are multiple indicators that the behavioral health treatment requirements for AI/AN youth are unaddressed at this time. As one example, according to the CDC, as of 2020, AI/AN adolescent and young adult suicide rates have reached all-time highs. The suicide rate for youth, 15 to 24 year olds, is now 24.6 per 100,000; 1.9 times higher than the average of their non-AI/AN peers.