42 U.S. Code § 290ff–4 - General provisions

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(a) Duration of support
The period during which payments are made to a public entity from a grant under section 290ff (a) of this title may not exceed 6 fiscal years.
(b) Technical assistance
(1) In general
The Secretary shall, upon the request of a public entity receiving a grant under section 290ff (a) of this title—
(A) provide technical assistance to the entity regarding the process of submitting to the Secretary applications for grants under section 290ff (a) of this title; and
(B) provide to the entity training and technical assistance with respect to the planning, development, and operation of systems of care pursuant to section 290ff–1 of this title.
(2) Authority for grants and contracts
The Secretary may provide technical assistance under subsection (a) of this section directly or through grants to, or contracts with, public and nonprofit private entities.
(c) Evaluations and reports by Secretary
(1) In general
The Secretary shall, directly or through contracts with public or private entities, provide for annual evaluations of programs carried out pursuant to section 290ff (a) of this title. The evaluations shall assess the effectiveness of the systems of care operated pursuant to such section, including longitudinal studies of outcomes of services provided by such systems, other studies regarding such outcomes, the effect of activities under this part on the utilization of hospital and other institutional settings, the barriers to and achievements resulting from interagency collaboration in providing community-based services to children with a serious emotional disturbance, and assessments by parents of the effectiveness of the systems of care.
(2) Report to Congress
The Secretary shall, not later than 1 year after the date on which amounts are first appropriated under subsection (c) of this section, and annually thereafter, submit to the Congress a report summarizing evaluations carried out pursuant to paragraph (1) during the preceding fiscal year and making such recommendations for administrative and legislative initiatives with respect to this section as the Secretary determines to be appropriate.
(d) Definitions
For purposes of this part:
(1) The term “child” means an individual not more than 21 years of age.
(2) The term “family”, with respect to a child provided access to a system of care under section 290ff–1 (a) of this title, means—
(A) the legal guardian of the child; and
(B) as appropriate regarding mental health services for the child, the parents of the child (biological or adoptive, as the case may be) and any foster parents of the child.
(3) The term “funding agreement”, with respect to a grant under section 290ff (a) of this title to a public entity, means that the Secretary may make such a grant only if the public entity makes the agreement involved.
(4) The term “serious emotional disturbance” includes, with respect to a child, any child who has a serious emotional disorder, a serious behavioral disorder, or a serious mental disorder.
(e) Rule of construction
Nothing in this part shall be construed as limiting the rights of a child with a serious emotional disturbance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.].
(f) Funding
(1) Authorization of appropriations
For the purpose of carrying out this part, there are authorized to be appropriated $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2001, and such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 2002 and 2003.
(2) Limitation regarding technical assistance
Not more than 10 percent of the amounts appropriated under paragraph (1) for a fiscal year may be expended for carrying out subsection (b) of this section.


(July 1, 1944, ch. 373, title V, § 565, as added Pub. L. 102–321, title I, § 119,July 10, 1992, 106 Stat. 356; amended Pub. L. 103–43, title XX, § 2017(2),June 10, 1993, 107 Stat. 218; Pub. L. 106–310, div. B, title XXXI, § 3105(c), (d),Oct. 17, 2000, 114 Stat. 1175.)
References in Text

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, referred to in subsec. (e), is title VI of Pub. L. 91–230, Apr. 13, 1970, 84 Stat. 175, as amended, which is classified generally to chapter 33 (§ 1400 et seq.) of Title 20, Education. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see section 1400 of Title 20 and Tables.

2000—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 106–310, § 3105(c), substituted “6 fiscal years” for “5 fiscal years”.
Subsec. (f)(1). Pub. L. 106–310, § 3105(d), substituted “2001, and such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 2002 and 2003” for “1993, and such sums as may be necessary for fiscal year 1994”.
1993—Subsec. (c)(1), (d), (f)(1). Pub. L. 103–43, § 2017(2)(A), (B), (C)(i), substituted “this part” for “this subpart”.
Subsec. (f)(2). Pub. L. 103–43, § 2017(2)(C)(ii), amended heading and text of par. (2) generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “Of the amounts appropriated under paragraph (1) for a fiscal year, the Secretary shall make available not less than $3,000,000 for the purpose of carrying out subsection (b) of this section.”
Effective Date

Section effective Oct. 1, 1992, with provision for programs providing financial assistance, see section 801(c), (d) ofPub. L. 102–321, set out as an Effective Date of 1992 Amendment note under section 236 of this title.


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