1. Question:  If a provider currently has contracts for Quality Administrator, Integrated Health, Transition Coordination and Resident Review, will the process be same this year?  Or do we also submit a full narrative request?  These programs are currently listed under competitive grants. Last year we only filed the Grant Application form and did not submit a narrative as outlined in the Notice of Funding.

    Answer:  All the programs listed above are being competitively bid in FY19 and you will need to follow the instructions listed in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). So to answer your questions. No, the process is different this year. Yes, you will need to submit a full narrative.

  2. Question: Are we to complete separate budgets and applications for Colbert and Williams? For instance, we get Williams AND Colbert funding for Quality Admin, Transition Coordination and Integrated Healthcare. Do we submit separate applications for these or do one combined budget?

    Answer: Per section C, 1 e and 2 e; If applying for both Williams Consent Decree Funding and Colbert Consent Decree funding, must complete separate applications, but one combined budget that clearly delineates Williams and Colbert expenses.

    Then in section D, 2, f, iv. If applying for both Williams Consent Decree Funding and Colbert Consent Decree funding, applicants must complete separate applications, but one combined budget that clearly delineates Williams and Colbert expenses. On each budget line item, all William Consent Decree expenses should be listed first followed by all Colbert Consent Decree expenses.

  3. Question:  The total possible amount listed for Transition Coordination is only $109,000, but our agency currently received a combined total of 363K. Is this grant being reduced in FY19?

    Answer: The award range is for Williams individually and for Colbert individually, it is not a combined total for both Williams and Colbert funding.  Also, in FY19 psychiatric services will not be funded through the Transition Coordination contracts.

  4. Question:Transition Coordination, Integrated Healthcare, Quality Administrator and Cluster PSH are designated as competitive this year. As we prepare our applications and budgets, is it feasible to request more money or are these contracts going to be awarded at the FY18 amounts?

    Answer:  A provider can apply for whatever amount they want, but DHS's funding for this program has not increased. So a provider applies for more funds then we can award, we will ask the provider if they can provide the service at "said" dollar amount. If they can, then they will need to redo the budget. If they cannot, it may affect the award.

  5. Question: The Transition Coordination grant has been a bit of a combination grant the last two years because it's had the fixed rate payments per transition plus the 1/12 payments that were really for psych services. Will that still be the case for SFY 2019? It's competitive so I guess part of our question was how to write-up the narrative if it is the two-part program. Should we basically write it for both services (psych services and transition)?

    Answer: In FY19 psychiatric services will not be funded through the Transition Coordination contracts. So you the narrative should be written for transition only.