Question:  What are funds to be used for on the 1482 Housing MI Supportive grants? Are funds available to be used for any housing costs (rent, utilities, etc.) or are funds only to be used for supportive services?

Answer:  The funds for CSFA 1482 Housing MI Supportive grants are not for housing costs. This program is for mental health support services, ancillary to the programs which provide housing.

Question:  Since all program participants would be receiving Rule 132 recovery support services, what types of non-Rule 132 MH support services would this cover?

Answer:  The only DMH billable services are those that are delivered in accordance with Rule 132 (Medicaid Mental Health Services). There are no services that would be billable or covered for 'Non-Rule 132' services.

Question:  Can you clarify how you/the grant define(s) "serious mental illness"? Are there certain diagnoses included?

Answer:  The definition of Serious Mental Illness can be found on the DHS Website:

 "Individuals with serious mental illness are adults whose emotional or behavioral functioning is so impaired as to interfere with their capacity to remain in the community without supportive treatment. The mental impairment is severe and persistent and may result in a limitation of their capacities for primary activities of daily living, interpersonal relationships, homemaking, self-care, employment or recreation. The mental impairment may limit their ability to seek or receive local, state or federal assistance such as housing, medical and dental care, rehabilitation services, income assistance and food stamps, or protective services."

The Web address is as follows:

http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=66549 and scroll half way down and you can find the definition under "For Adults: Target Population: Serious Mental Illness (SMI) for DHS/DMH funded MH Services"

Question:  Is this Williams specific or is there other direction on who can receive services other than being Rule 132 eligible?

Answer: This is not Williams specific nor does it pertain to Williams clients. This is an open opportunity of funding for providers who are able to provide these services and meet the Eligibility Requirements (see NOFO Supplemental C).

Question: Is this new funding? Money that was redirected?

Answer: This program was funded in FY18 and is also being funded in FY19.

Question: Should existing grants that receive MI SH grants need to apply to retain their funding? Or is this to expand to more units or bring on other grantees?

Answer: The NOFO is not for expansion. Existing grantees must re-apply under the FY19 NOFO and compete for the grant funding in order to receive funding for this program for FY19.