Summary Information

1. Awarding Agency Name: Human Services
2. Agency Contact: Jennie Melton
3. Announcement Type: Initial announcement
4. Type of Assistance Instrument: Grant
5. Funding Opportunity Number: 19-444-22-1759-01
6. Funding Opportunity Title: 1759 Healthy Transitions
7. CSFA Number: 444-22-1759
8. CSFA Popular Name: Healthy Transitions
9. CFDA Number(s): 93.243
10. Anticipated Number of Awards: 2
11. Estimated Total Program Funding: To be determined
12. Award Range
13. Source of Funding: Federal
14. Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
15. Indirect Costs Allowed Yes
Restrictions on Indirect Costs No
16. Posted Date: October 30, 2018
17. Application Range: October 30, 2018 - November 20, 2018
Deadline:  November 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm
18. Technical Assistance Session: Session Offered:  No
Session Mandatory: No

NOFO Supplemental

(Agency-specific Content for the Notice of Funding Opportunity)

A.  Program Description

The Illinois Department of Human Services is interested in collaborating with two Certified Community Mental Health Centers and their local communities on the application for implementation of the SAMHSA FY 2019 Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Disorders Program (Short Title: Healthy Transitions) Funding Opportunity Announcement No. SM-19-001.

The target population for the program is youth and young adults with serious emotional disturbances and/or serious mental illnesses between the ages of 16 to 25 years old. The purpose of the grant is to improve access to treatment and support services that will improve emotional and behavioral health function so that this population can maximize their potential to assume adult roles and responsibilities and lead full and productive lives.

Unique to this funding opportunity is that the communities may choose to focus on individuals who also have a co-occurring developmental disability, may not be working, in school, or in vocational and higher education programs. In addition, the communities may address the need of youth and young adults facing the additional challenges of homelessness, involvement with juvenile or criminal justice, those at risk for admission to psychiatric hospitalization, and those in need of mental health services that currently do not have a mechanism to pay for those services. Specifically, the communities should be looking to engage those youth and young adults who typically "fall through the cracks" as they transition from child and adolescent systems into adult systems.

The other requirements for the grant include the completion of a needs assessment to guide the implementation of not just the services but also the development of an outreach and engagement campaign to address issues related to youth and young adults with co-occurring mental and intellectual developmental disorders.  Also, development of a social marketing and communication plan to outreach and engage youth and young adults who are currently not in treatment for their serious mental health needs. The community partners will need to develop and implement a plan for coordinating and aligning funding streams while leveraging third party funding to support the development of a cross-agency service and sustainability plan. Providers will be identifying evidence-based practices that align with the cultural and linguistic needs of participants to encourage participation in services and treatment. This will include the development of a community-level decision making team that include youth, young adults, and their family members, which will address the challenges and solutions related to policy and project implementation issues.

The Certified Community Mental Health Centers will be implementing the following services for the population of focus: screening and assessment; treatment; wraparound services that are developmentally appropriate and appealing to youth, young adults and their families; and recovery support services (e.g., housing, transportation, peer and family support, vocational/educational support and assistance).

B. Funding Information

This NOFO is considered a competitive application for funding.  It is not a guarantee of funding.

This funding opportunity is a federal pass-through of up to $1,000,000, requiring that 60% of the overall award be provided directly to the two Certified Community Mental Health Centers to provide services, 30% of the overall award is for infrastructure development including training/workforce development, and 10% of the overall award is for evaluation. Once the two Certified Community Mental Health Providers are chosen, additional funding decisions will be made based on the final application.

The release of this NOFO does not obligate the Illinois Department of Human Services to make an award.  Work cannot begin until a grant agreement is fully executed by the Department.

  1. Funding Restrictions

    DHS/DMH is not obligated to reimburse applicants for expenses or services incurred prior to the complete and final execution of the grant agreement and filing with the Illinois Office of the Comptroller.

    Funding under this program may include or be solely qualified, if, as proposed for persons deemed "unfunded" which excludes all persons with any active, third party insurance, private, Medicaid, Medicaid MCO/HMO/PPO, Medicare, Medicare MCO/HMO/PPO, CHAMPUS, Veteran's administration or other insurance programs. Benefits limits, deductibles, and copays under any insurance do not qualify the person for "unfunded" service within this program.

    Funding for this program cannot duplicate crisis services provided to "unfunded " persons for which the agency is receiving funding support for the same or overlapping time period(s) from any other private insurance or governmental entity.

    Otherwise, providers are to bill for any/all services rendered to as allowable, to any/all third party carriers.

    Allowable Costs

  2. Allowable costs are those that are necessary, reasonable and permissible under the law and can be found in 2 CFR 200 - Subpart E - Cost Principles.
  3. Unallowable Costs

    Please refer to 2 CFR 200 - Subpart E - Cost Principles to see a collection of unallowable costs.

  4. Indirect Cost Rate Requirements

    Please refer to 2 CFR 200.414 regarding Indirect (F&A) Costs. In order to charge indirect costs to a grant, agencies must have an annually negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA). If the agency has multiple NICRAs, DHS/DMH will accept only the lesser rate. There are three types of NICRAs:

    1. Federally Negotiated Rate;
    2. State Negotiated Rate; and
    3. De Minimis Rate

C. Eligibility Information

  1. Eligible Applicants

    The funding opportunity is not limited to those who currently have a Division of Mental Health agreement or an award from the Department of Human Services; however, applicants must:

    1. Hire a Youth Coordinator with lived experience.  This is required; applying agencies should identify their ability to commit to hiring such an individual.
    2. Be certified by IDHS for a minimum of two years as a Certified Community Mental Health Center or a certified Community Mental Health Provider;
    3. Be in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State (not applicable to governmental entities)
    4. Not be on the Federal Excluded Parties List;
    5. Not be on the Illinois Stop Payment list;
    6. Not be on the Department of Healthcare and Family Services Provider Sanctions List;
    7. Complete one Fiscal and Administrative Risk Assessment (ICQ);
    8. Complete a Programmatic Risk Assessment for each competitive program;
    9. Register and access both the Illinois Department of Human Services Community Service Agreement (CSA) tracking system and the Centralized Repository Vault (CRV);
    10. Obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. The DUNS number does not replace an Employer Identification Number. DUNS numbers may be obtained at no cost by calling the DUNS number request line at (866) 705-5711 or by applying online: DUNS Request Service. It is recommended that service providers register at least 30 days before the application due date.
    11. Register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and if a grant is awarded, throughout the life of the award. SAM registration must be renewed annually. It is recommended that service providers finalize a new registration or renew an existing one at least two weeks before the application deadline to allow time to resolve any issues that may arise. Applicants must use their SAM-registered legal name and address on all grant applications to DHS/DMH.
    12. Be able to meet the program goals described in this NOFO.
  2. Applicants that do not comply with these requirements by the application deadline are not eligible to receive an award.
  3. Cost Sharing or Matching: Not applicable.
  4. Indirect Cost Rate: See Section B Funding Information, #4 Indirect Cost Rate Requirements.

D. Application and Submission Information

  1. Address to Request Application Package

    Each applicant must have access to the internet. Applicants may obtain application forms at the Department's website Questions and answers will also be posted on the Department's website. It is the responsibility of each applicant to monitor that website and comply with any instructions or requirements relating to the NOFO.

  2. Content and Form of Application Submission
    1. Each applicant is required to submit a Uniform Application for State Grant Assistance.  This is a 3-page document with the first page already completed by the Division of Mental Health.  This document must be signed and dated.
    2. Program Proposal
      1. The program proposal narrative shall not exceed 10 pages.  Items included as Attachments are NOT included in the page limitations.
      2. The program proposal narrative, including Attachments should be sequentially page numbered.
      3. All documents must be typed using 12-point type and at 100% magnification.
      4. The PDF submission must be on 8 1/2 x 11-inch page size. 
      5. The submission shall include the 3-page Uniform Application and 10-page program proposal narrative.
      6. With the exception of letterhead and stationery for letter(s) of support, the entire application and program proposal packet should be in black typeface on a white background.
      7. The program proposal narrative must be typed single-spaced with 1-inch margins on all sides.
  3. Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM)

    See Section C Eligibility Information, #2 Eligible Applicants, letters j and k.

  4. Submission Dates and Times
    1. In order to be considered for award, proposal submissions must be in the possession of the DHS/DMH email address and by the designated date and time listed in Box 17 of the NOFO. Emails into this box are electronically date and time stamped upon arrival. In the event of a dispute, the applicant bears the burden of proof that the application was received on time at the email address listed above. If an applicant experiences technical difficulties, you must contact Jennie Melton at prior to the submission deadline. If State systems are deemed to be working properly, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure their application package arrives at the appropriate email address before the submission deadline date and time.
    2. Proposals will only be accepted electronically. Those that are delivered by any other means, and/or late, will not be accepted and will be immediately disqualified. DHS/DMH is under no obligation to review applications that do not comply with the above requirements. There will be no exceptions. Applicants will receive an email to notify them that the application was received within 72 hours of receipt, and if it was received by the due date and time. The email reply will be sent to the original sender of the application and proposal. Applications and proposals received after the due date and time will not be considered for review or funding.  Assurance of timely receipt of all electronic submissions is the sole responsibility of the applicant.
    3. Submit the completed application and program proposal as a single document to:

      1. Specifically, the subject line of the email MUST state:

        1. Provider Organization Name,
        2. Funding Opportunity Number (19-444-22-1759-01),
        3. Contact Name (Jennie Melton)
      2. The submission must be in the following order:

        1. Uniform State Grant Application (3-page document) (Not included in page limit)
        2. Proposal Narrative
        3. Attachments (Not included in page limit). This would include Linkage Agreements (if applicable) and an approved NICRA.
    4. To be considered, proposals must be emailed by the designed date and time listed above. For your records, please keep a copy of your email submission with the date and time the proposal was submitted, along with the email address to which it was sent. The deadline will be strictly enforced. In the event of a dispute, the applicant bears the burden of proof that the proposal was received on time at the location listed above. All proposals must include the following mandatory forms/attachment: Uniform Grant Application for State Grant Assistance and Program Plan.
    5. DHS/DMH anticipates that the term of the agreement resulting from this NOFO will be in 2019 and will require the mutual consent of both parties, be dependent upon the Grantee's performance and adherence to program requirements, and the availability of funds.
    6. DHS/DMH may withdraw this Notice of Funding Opportunity at any time prior to the actual time a fully executed agreement is filed with the State of Illinois Comptroller's Office.
    7. If it becomes necessary or appropriate for DHS/DMH to change any part of this NOFO, a modification to the NOFO will be available from the DHS website as well as a change made to the website. In case of such an unforeseen event, DHS/DMH will issue detailed instructions regarding how to proceed.

E. Application Review Information

All applicants must demonstrate that the NOFO requirements are met as identified in Section C:  Eligibility Information.

The maximum possible score is 50 points. All submissions will be reviewed, evaluated and based on the following criteria.

Criteria Purpose Score
Executive Summary The purpose of this section is for the applicant to present the agency description, history, achievements, service description, financial overview and future plans. 5
Capacity - Agency Qualifications/Organizational Capacity The purpose of this section is for the applicant to present an accurate picture of the agency's ability to meet the program requirements. 15
Need - Description of Need The purpose of this section is for the applicant to provide a clear and accurate picture of the need for these services within the community and how the proposed project will address these needs. 10 
Quality - Description of Program Services The purpose of this section is for the applicant to provide a detailed, clear and accurate picture of its intended program design. 10
Data Collection, Evaluation and Reporting To ensure accountability at all levels of service provision, IDHS is implementing the practice of performance-based contracting with its Grantee agencies. The articulation and achievement of measurable outcomes help to ensure that we are carrying out the most effective programming possible. At a minimum, Grantees will be expected to collect and report data indicators and measures as described in this NOFO. 5
Resource Availability Describe what resources and other knowledge, skills and abilities in addition to those specific to the duration of the funding cycle the applicant possesses or will budget for in order to support the objective of this program. These may include, but not limited to, the availability of space such as meeting rooms, space to carry out this program, etc. 5
  1. Review and Selection Process

    Proposals will be reviewed by a team of DHS/DMH staff familiar with the requirements of the program including services to be performed in specified geographic location, if applicable. Review team members will have no conflicts of interest and will initially read and evaluate proposals independently. Then, team members will collectively review the application, their scores and comments to ensure that team members have not missed items within the application that other team members identified. Application highlights and concerns will be discussed. Scores will then be sent to the Proposal Review Coordinator to be compiled and averaged to produce the final application score.

    Grant applicants not selected to receive funds will receive a non-funding notice via email. Grant applicants wishing to appeal this decision may do so; however, competitive program grant appeals are limited to the merit-based evaluation process only. Evaluation scores may not be protested; only the evaluation process is subject to appeal.

  2. Merit-Based Evaluation Appeal Process
    1. An appeal must be submitted electronically, in accordance with the grant application document.
    2. An appeal must be received within 14 calendar days after the date that the grant award notice has been published.
    3. The written appeal shall include at a minimum the following:

      1. the name and address of the appealing party;
      2. identification of the grant;
      3. a statement of reasons for the appeal
    4. Appeals are to be submitted to Jennie Melton, via email, to the following address:

F. Award Administration Information

  1. State Award Notices

    Applicants recommended for funding under this NOFO following the above review and selection process will receive a Notice of State Award (NOSA). The NOSA shall include:

    1. The terms and conditions of the award.
    2. Specific conditions assigned to the grantee based on the fiscal and administrative assessments, programmatic risk assessments and merit-based review conditions.
    3. The NOSA is not an authorization to begin performance or incur costs.
    4. Upon acceptance of the NOSA, announcement of the grant award shall be published by the awarding agency to
    5. A written Notice of Denial shall be sent to the applicants not receiving awards.
  2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    1. The agency awarded these funds shall provide services as set forth in the DHS grant agreement and shall act in accordance with all state and federal statutes and administrative rules applicable to the provision of the services including indirect cost rate requirements in Section B: Funding Information, #4 Indirect Cost Rate Requirements.
    2. The legal agreement between DHS/DMH and the successful applicant(s) will be the standard DHS Uniform Grant Agreement. If selected for funding, the applicant will be provided a DHS grant agreement for signature and return. A sample of the agreement may be found at 
  3. Reporting

    Reporting requirement for the grant agreement shall be in accordance with the requirements set forth in Section A, Payment Terms and Performance Measures and shall also comply with the requirements of Exhibits C and E of the Uniform Grant Agreement.

G. State Awarding Agency Contact(s)

  1. DHS/DMH encourages inquiries concerning this funding opportunity and welcomes the opportunity to answer questions from applicants. Frequently asked "Questions and Answers" will be posted to the DHS website and updated periodically.
  2. If you have questions about this NOFO, please send them via email to Jennie Melton, ( with "NOFO" in the subject line of the email.

H. Other Information, if applicable

  1. DHS/DMH reserves the right to request additional information that could assist with its award decision. Applicants are expected to provide the additional information within a reasonable period of time. Failure to provide the information could result in the rejection of the proposal.
  2. The release of this Notice of Funding Opportunity does not compel DHS/DMH to make an award.
  3. This funding opportunity is considered a new application.
  4. Useful websites

    1. Grant Accountability and Transparency Act website:
    2. Illinois Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) (30ILCS 708/)
    3. Illinois Administrative Code Part 7000 - Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (44 Ill. Adm. Code Part 7000)
    4. Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements (2 CFR 200)
    5. OMB Uniform Guidance
    6. Electronic Code of Federal Regulations at
    7. DHS website:
    8. CSA tracking database

Mandatory Forms -- Required for All Agencies

  1. Uniform Application for State Grant Assistance