444-26-1757 Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) MAT in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

Summary Information

1. Awarding Agency Name:

Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of

Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR)

2. Agency Contact: Joseph Tracy (Joseph.Tracy@illinois.gov)
3. Announcement Type: Initial announcement
4. Type of Assistance Instrument: Grant
5. Funding Opportunity Number: 19-444-26-1757-01
6. Funding Opportunity Title: Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) MAT in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
7. CSFA Number: 444-26-1757
8. CSFA Popular Name: Opioid Use Disorder MAT Services in Federally Qualified Health Centers
9. CFDA Number(s): 93.788
10. Anticipated Number of Awards: Multiple
11. Estimated Total Program Funding: $5,000,000
12. Award Range $500,000-$1,000,000
13. Source of Funding: Federal
14. Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
15. Indirect Costs Allowed No
Restrictions on Indirect Costs Not Applicable
16. Posted Date: December 20, 2018
17.Application Range: December 20, 2018-February 28, 2019
18. Technical Assistance Session:

Session Offered: Yes. January 11, 2019 10:00am CST.

Session Mandatory: No

Webinar (pptx)

NOFO

A. Program Description

The purpose of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), referred to as Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) MAT in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), is to fund and implement OUD medication assisted treatment and recovery support services for individuals and their families who are currently in need of OUD intervention and treatment. The targeted service provider is any Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), as defined in Section (1)(2)(B) of the federal Social Security Act. The FQHC must also have, or obtain prior to funding, a license issued by the Illinois Department of Human Services/Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) that authorizes the delivery of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment. Services can be delivered statewide, but priority will be given to proposed service areas with limited or no readily available resident access to OUD MAT services. The targeted population is any individual with a diagnosed OUD who is uninsured or underinsured, not Medicaid eligible and who meets the income guidelines established by SUPR as defined in the IDHS/SUPR Contractual Policy Manual FY 2019 . Note that case management and recovery support services are not included in Illinois' Medicaid State Plan and can be provided to any income eligible patient when there is an assessed need, regardless of the Medicaid eligibility of that patient. To be clear, IDHS/SUPR will not pay for services included in Illinois' Medicaid State Plan for Medicaid eligible patients.

Background

In June 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued Funding Opportunity Announcement #TI-18-015, State Opioid Response Grants (SOR). This SAMHSA grant program aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) using the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD) (including prescription opioids, heroin, and illicit fentanyl and fentanyl analogs).

On August 14, 2018, the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) submitted an application in response to SAMHSA FOA #TI-18-015. This application proposed a comprehensive continuum of OUD outreach, referral to MAT, recovery support, and prevention services in response to the critical nature of the opioid crisis in Illinois. Decisions regarding the service components of this continuum were based on input from the strategic plan developed during Year 1 of Illinois's Opioid - State Targeted Response (STR) grant, and on learnings and experience gained from implementation of Opioid-STR services. IDHS/SUPR received notice of an Opioid-SOR grant award on September 20,2018.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be able to provide a combination of primary care FQHC-based Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders (OUD) and licensed outpatient treatment.

Applicants may also use a percentage of the award to provide Recovery Support Services within the services of the FQHC. Peer recovery support services are typically provided by paid staff or volunteers familiar with how their communities can support people seeking to live free of alcohol and drugs and are often peers of those seeking recovery. Some of these services may require reimbursement while others may be available in the community free of charge.

Applicants must hold or obtain, prior to delivering services, treatment licenses from the IDHS/SUPR and Medicaid certification, be in good standing deliver all services in accordance with the following authorizing regulations contained in Title 77: Public Health Chapter X: Department of Human Services Subchapter d: Licensure, Part 2060, Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Treatment and Intervention Licenses (referenced as Part 2060).

Applicants may also use up to $175,000 of the award to make changes to their Electronic Health Records in order to comply with documentation and reporting requirements of Part 2060. Reporting of services for this grant must be made using the Department's Automated Reporting and Tracking Software (DARTS). Recovery Support Services will be reported to SUPR via a monthly report.

The FQHC must also be able to recognize the following priority populations: Pregnant injecting drug users and any pregnant woman must always be given first priority for any service and be placed first on any waiting list for services. The following populations must also be given priority for treatment in any order after pregnant injecting drug users and other pregnant women; injecting drug users; known HIV infected persons; postpartum women; parenting substance users; persons with service in the U.S. Armed Forces; Illinois Department of Children and Family Service referrals; persons eligible for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and other women and children; and Department of Corrections (DOC) parolees who have completed a prison treatment program or who are released with recommendations for treatment.

All services are defined in IDHS/SUPR Contractual Policy Manual FY 2019 and specifically in Service Protocols Sections 1 and 2. FQHC's must also comply with income eligibility requirements which are also in the IDHS/SUPR Contractual Policy Manual FY 2019. Additionally, services are subject to Part 2060 regulations and in criteria specified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

1. PROGRAM GOAL

The primary goal of this program is to increase the availability of evidence-based OUD treatment for those individuals who are receiving primary care services in an FQHC and who are also diagnosed with an OUD. Services delivered by the FQHC and supported by this agreement shall be outpatient and must also include access to medication assisted treatment and recovery support services. If treatment services other than outpatient are determined to be medically necessary, FQHC's will link patients to appropriate services in the community through formal or informal agreements with licensed treatment providers. Agreements with other treatment providers can include the following American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) levels of care: Early Intervention (Level 0.5), Outpatient (Level 1 or 2); Residential Extended Care (Level 3.1); Residential Care (Level 3.5), Withdrawal Management. Agreements can also include recovery home and recovery support services. SUPR is interested in the applicant being able to demonstrate the ability to provide a continuum of care through on-site services and linkages that reflect a recovery-oriented system of care.

2. PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Successful applicants will be responsible for providing outpatient OUD services that includes the ability to serve and deliver medication assisted treatment (MAT) to patients with a primary, secondary, or tertiary diagnosis of opioid use disorder (OUD). Successful applicants will also be responsible for collecting and reporting data that will allow IDHS/SUPR to be in compliance with SAMHSA State Opioid Response(SOR) grantee expectations. This data will also assist IDHS/SUPR in evaluating the patient outcomes that are associated with these FQHC-delivered services. These data collection and reporting expectations will be communicated post-award.

B. Funding Information

  • This NOFO is considered a new application.
  • This grant program is 100% federally-funded. Funding for this award will come from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant award to IDHS/SUPR and does not have a match requirement.
  • Grant Agreements will be awarded on a State Fiscal Year basis, anticipated to begin in the third quarter of State Fiscal Year 2019 (SFY2019) and conclude in the second quarter of SFY2021. During this period, IDHS anticipates the availability of approximately $5,000,000 for eligible applicants. Funding in support of this program for the period of September 30, 2019-September 29, 2020 is contingent upon a Year 2 continuation award from SAMHSA.

* Each FQHC may submit only one application. A FQHC seeking funding for more than one site, must indicate addresses of the sites in the application and may only request a maximum of $1,000,000 to cover all the sites. Payments for treatment services are Fixed rate and calculated based upon year to date earnings and paid as year to date disbursements. These calculations will use the current DHS/SUPR approved rates for the services as specified in the previously referenced SUPR Contractual Policy Manual. All recovery support services should be provided by Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS). Information about the endorsement can be found at the Illinois Certification website: http://www.iaodapca.org/credentialing/certified-peer-recovery-specialist-cprs/ 

  • All services must be provided and documented in accordance with 77 Ill. Adm. Code, Part 2060 and facilities and records are subject to on-site inspection. All reimbursed services are subject to DHS/SUPR post-payment audit. Any reimbursed services that cannot be verified or reconciled with applicable billing reports may result in recoupment. Any applicant who meets or exceeds the DHS State funding threshold shall submit an annual audit. Applicants who are under this established threshold are required to have an annual financial statement on file. Pre-award costs are not reimbursable.
  • Funding through this award may be used to offset the cost of OUD treatment to eligible recipients and their families who meet the income guidelines specified in the DASA Contractual Policy Manual, FY 2019, page 2, and who have no other means to pay for services.
  • Applicants are requested to submit a letter of intent on or before February 14, 2019.

Information in the LOI should include the following:

  • Number and title of this funding opportunity
  • A few sentences describing the proposed project
  • Name, email address and telephone number(s) of the lead agency contact

The letter of intent should be sent to: Joseph.Tracy@illinois.gov 

The Agency, Opportunity Number and the label "LOI" (letter of intent) must be in the subject line. Specifically, the subject line must be:

* Your Organization Name, 19-444-26-1757-01, LOI

NOTE: The release of this NOFO does not obligate IDHS to make an award

Deliverables -Successful applicants are responsible for the following deliverables and associated timelines.

  1. Begin admissions to the OUD treatment and recovery support services within 30 days of Notice of a State Grant Award (NOSA).
  2. Staff and supervisors must participate in training on administering naloxone, ASAM, DARTS and Recovery Support Services provided by IDHS/SUPR.
  3. Participate in learning collaborative to address challenges that are unique to FQHC's.
  4. Train patients in naloxone administration and provide naloxone to patients or have clear information on where patients can get naloxone.
  5. Applicants will be responsible for administration of the baseline version of the SAMHSA/CSAT GPRA data collection to each person admitted to these expanded Recovery Home services. The baseline version of this tool shall be administered within 7 calendar days of the admission or opening date in DARTS. The funded organization will be responsible for completion of the abbreviated version of the SAMHSA/CSAT GPRA tool that is completed at time of discharge from the expanded Recovery Home services. IDHS/SUPR will provide training on the administration and completion of these SAMHSA/CSAT GPRA tool versions, along with instructions for the submission of completed tools. Six-month follow-up interviews will be conducted by a third party contracted by SUPR. The applicant will also be responsible for assisting the third party in the scheduling of telephone interviews for the six-month follow ups.
  6. Ensure that an IDHS Recipient Identification Number (RIN) is assigned to each person admitted to an FQHC. The IDHS RIN will be used as the unique number for DARTS and all baseline and follow-up data collection tools.

Applicants who choose to use funds for EHR will provide SUPR with a timeline for implementation within 60 days of award.

C. Eligibility Information

To be eligible to receive funding under this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) the applicant must be:

  1. in good standing with all State and federal tax entities;
  2. certified and in good standing as a vendor with the Illinois Office of the Comptroller;

All applicants are required to provide the requested information as outlined in this NOFO to be considered for funding in SFY2019. Successful proposals will serve as the applicant's program plan and budget for the SFY2019 grant period.

Applicant agencies may not apply for a grant award until they have registered and pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal, www.grants.illinois.gov. During pre-qualification, verifications are performed including a check of federal SAM.gov Exclusion List and status on the Illinois Stop Payment List. The Grantee Portal alerts the entity alerts of "qualified" status or informs how to remediate a negative verification (e.g., inactive DUNS, not in good standing with the Secretary of State). Inclusion on the SAM.gov Exclusion List cannot be remediated.

1. Cost Sharing or Matching.

a. Not applicable.

2. Indirect and Direct Administrative Costs.

Must adhere to all 2 CFR 200 requirements regarding direct and indirect administrative costs.

  1. Reimbursement under this grant will be rate-based on the basis of delivered allowable services as defined in this NOFO.
  2. Federally Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA) - Per 2 CFR200 organizations that receive direct federal funding may have an indirect cost rate that was negotiated with the Federal Cognizant Agency. Illinois will accept the federally negotiated rate. The organization must provide a copy of the Federal NICRA letter.
  3. Other:

Agencies awarded funds through this NOFO must have a computer and system supports that meet the following minimum specifications for the purpose of utilizing the required IDHS reporting forms and the receipt/submission of electronic program and fiscal information:

  1. Internet access, preferably high-speed
  2. Scanning and Email capabilities
  3. Microsoft Excel
  4. Microsoft Word

6. Training and Technical Assistance: Programs must agree to receive consultation technical assistance from authorized representatives of the Department. This includes training on the SAMHSA-required SOR data collection and reporting expectations. The program and collaborating partners will be required to be in attendance at any site visits by IDHS/SUPR staff. Programs will be required to attend regular meetings and trainings as provided by IDHS or a subcontractor of IDHS. This will include team participation in a learning collaborative.

7. Sectarian Issue:

a. Applicant organizations may not expend federal or state funds for sectarian instruction, worship, prayer, or to proselytize. If the applicant organization is a faith-based or a religious organization that offers such activities, these activities shall be voluntary for the individuals receiving services and offered separately from the program. Policies and procedures must comply with federal regulations pertaining to Charitable Choice (42 CFR Part 54) regarding services access and restrictions.

8. Background Checks:

a. Background checks are required for all program staff and volunteers who have the potential for one-on-one contact with children and youth. Funded programs will be required to have a written protocol on file requiring background checks, as well as evidence of their completion.

D. Application and Submission Information

  1. Materials are provided throughout the announcement. Appendices will be made available in user/printer friendly format and may be found on the Illinois Department of Human Services web site at: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=85120. Additional copies may be obtained by contacting the contact person listed below.

CONTACT PERSON

Joseph Tracy

Department of Human Services

Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

401 S. Clinton, Second Floor

Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 814-6359

Email: joseph.tracy@illinois.gov

CONTENT AND FORM OF APPLICATION SUBMISSION

 1. Proposal Narrative

Applicants must submit a single proposal that contains the information outlined below in pdf format. Each section must have a heading that corresponds to the headings in bold type listed below. Within each section, you must indicate the Section letter and number in your response, i.e., type "A-1", "A-2", etc., before your response to each narrative item. If the applicant believes that the subject has been adequately addressed in another part of the application narrative, then provide the cross-reference to the appropriate part of the narrative. The narrative portion must follow the page guidelines set for each section and must be in the order requested.

 2.  Formatting

The Proposal Narrative text must be legible. Pages must be typed in black on letter-size (81/2 x 11) paper, single-spaced, using a font of Times New Roman 12, with all margins (left, right, top, bottom) at least one inch each. You may use Times New Roman 10 only for charts, tables, and footnotes. Pages must be numbered consecutively from beginning to end of the Proposal Narrative. The page limit for the Proposal Narrative is 12 pages. Any narrative information that exceeds the 10-page limit will be discarded and excluded from the review process.

THE APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE:

A. Organization Qualifications (20 points)-The purpose of this section is for the applicant to provide a description of the organization's experience and qualifications generally, and specific to the proposed service population.

  1. Provide a description of the full array of services provided by your organization. Provide a summary of the qualifications and experience of key members of your organization, especially those who will be assigned responsibility for implementation of proposed services.
  2. Provide a list of all sites that will be included in this application. Include address, site contact, email and whether the site is currently licensed by SUPR or pending licensure. (If pending, the application must have been submitted by the FQHC before the NOFO due date)
  3. Provide a description of the organization's experience in providing outpatient behavioral health services, specifically addressing OUD and the utilization of the ASAM criteria. Also indicate whether your organization delivers recovery support services. Provide a description of all the services provided to individuals with OUD.
  4. Provide a brief description of the staff members that will be responsible for the delivery of the recovery support services, including their educational background, organizational affiliation, years of experience and other relevant information. Identify whether you currently have a Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (CPRS) on staff. Identify what you will do to recruit and integrate this staff person, if this is a new position for the FQHC.
  5. Provide a summary of existing formal or informal agreements for external resources and services, particularly those that will be providing recovery support services or levels of care not delivered by your organization.

B. Population of Focus and Statement of need (20 points)

  1. Describe your current population served in calendar year 2018. What proportion of your patients had Medicaid coverage? What proportion of your patients had OUD? What proportion of your patients were women, adolescents, young adults or any other groups you have identified as a specific population?
  2. Describe the funding sources that are currently used to cover OUD services and what populations you are able to serve with existing funding. How will these funds be used to provide services to new populations that are not already being served by other funding in your organization?
  3. Identify the proposed services, target population, the projected annual patient census and the location where services will be delivered.
  4. Identify any priority populations that will be targeted to receive these services

C. Description of Plan and Scope (40 points) -

  1. Specify all sources of referral for new services and any planned outreach activities to promote new services.
  2. Briefly describe how your organization identifies patients with OUD. Describe how individual person-centered care based upon ASAM criteria is delivered and how this relates to lengths of stay.
  3. Describe your assessment of your organization's capacity to successfully treat OUD using Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Describe your organization's capacity to provide access to all three U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications for the treatment of OUD, including all agreements with external methadone treatment providers.
  4. Indicate if you intend to provide peer recovery support services. If so, describe which services you will use, your training needs and your projected timeline for implementation of these services
  5. Describe any quality assurance mechanism utilized by your organization to ensure medical necessity for recommended levels of care.
  6. Describe your organization's use of community resources, specifically in the area of recovery support.

D. Performance Reporting (20 points).

  1. Describe your organization's past or current use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM5) for diagnosis and use of the ASAM criteria for initial placement and treatment for a OUD.
  2. Describe your organization's experience with electronic health care records and billing and data collection systems and how you will incorporate the new requirements into your EHR.
  3. Describe your organization's capacity and commitment to collect and report the service and performance data. Describe how you have shared information (measures and results) with community stakeholders, institutions, and community representatives for planning and evaluation purposes.

E. Budget Narrative/Document (Not scored, include as an attachment) The SFY2019 agreements for successful applicants will contain fixed-rate budgets. Quarterly performance reports will be required that shall summarize services/activities delivered, goals and objectives accomplished, challenges encountered for the quarter, as well as other information specified for project evaluation. The reports submitted will need to demonstrate compliance with the components of the contact.

Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM)

Each applicant is required to:

  • Be registered in SAM before submitting its application. To establish a SAM registration, go to www.SAM.gov and/or utilize this instructional link: How to Register in SAM from the www.grants.illinois.gov Resource Links tab.
  • Provide a valid DUNS number in its application.
  • Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times in which the applicant has an active Federal, Federal pass-through or State award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal or State awarding agency.
  • Registered and currently in Good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State as an entity doing business within the state of Illinois

IDHS may not make a Federal pass-through or State award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time IDHS is ready to make the award, IDHS may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive the award and use that determination as a basis for making the award to another applicant.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Applications must be received no later than 12:00 p.m. on 2/28/2019. The application container will be date and time-stamped upon receipt via email. The Department will not accept applications submitted by mail, overnight mail, diskette, or by fax machine.

Submit the completed grant proposal to DHS.GrantApp@Illinois.gov electronically on 2/28/2019 at 12:00 p.m. Applications must be emailed.

If you have difficulties emailing the document due to the file size, please utilize the CMS File Transfer Utility located at https://filet.illinois.gov/filet/PIMupload.asp. Please follow the instructions to attach your application. Remember to include the subject line above. This e-mail must be addressed to Joseph.Tracy@illinois.gov

To be considered, proposals must be emailed by the designated date and time listed above. For your records, please keep a copy of your email submission with the date and time the application 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 date and time and to the email address listed above.

Intergovernmental Review --Not Applicable

  1. Proposal Container and Format Requirements: All applications must be typed on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper using 12-point type and at 100 magnification. Tables may be used to present information with a 10-point type.
  2. The program narrative must be typed single-spaced, on one side of the page, with 1-inch margins on all sides. The program narrative must not exceed the page totals specified in Section D: Application and Submission Information, #2 - Content and Form of Application Submission.
  3. The entire application, including appendices, must be sequentially page numbered (hand written page numbers are acceptable). Items included in other than the program narrative NOT included in the page limitations. The program narrative has a maximum of 10 pages.
  4. Applicants must submit the proposal via an email. Submit the proposal to DHS.GrantApp@Illinois.Gov. The Department is under no obligation to review applications that do not comply with the above requirements.
  5. The Agency Opportunity Number and the program contact must be in the subject line. Specifically, the subject line must be:
    • Your Organization Name, 19-444-26-1757-01, Joseph Tracy
  6. Successful applicants will be required to submit a complete electronic version of their approved application and budget.
  7. Uniform Grant Budget Template and Uniform Grant Budget Template Instructions can be found at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=101591.
  8. Applicants must submit a single proposal in pdf format. All items, including attachments and appendices, must be scanned or "pdf'd" and sent in a single e-mail.
  9. ALL Applications MUST include the following mandatory attachments sent as three separate pdf files. Each file should be labeled according to the following conventions:
  1. Application: Your Organization Name, 19-444-26-1757-01, Uniform State Grant Application
  2. Budget: Your Organization Name, 19-444-26-1757-01, Fixed Rate Budget
  3. Proposal Narrative: Your Organization Name, 19-444-26-1757-01 , Proposal Narrative

Please use your organization's full legal name on all forms and documents. (An abbreviation in the filename and subject line is allowed as long as it is consistent throughout.)

10. Funding Restrictions:

  1. The grant program is subject to the cost principles found in Subpart E 2 CFR 200 and audit requirements 2 CFR 200/Subpart F.
  2. Examples of unallowable costs include, but are not limited to:
  • Bad debts
  • Contingencies or provision for unforeseen events
  • Contributions and donations
  • Entertainment, food, alcoholic beverages, gratuities
  • Cash incentives to participate in treatment/recovery support sessions
  • Housing costs
  • Fines and penalties
  • Interest and financial costs
  • Legislative and lobbying expenses
  • Real property payments or purchases

C. Grant funds cannot be used for existing services provided by the applicant organization; the use of these funds to supplant existing resources is not allowed

D. The use of a federally-approved indirect cost rate for research is not allowable.

E. Application Review Information

.  Criteria: Funding is not guaranteed. All applicants must demonstrate that they meet all requirements under this NOFO as described throughout. Applications that fail to meet the criteria described in "Eligible Applicants" as identified in Section C "Eligibility Information" will not be scored and considered for funding.

  1. Review teams comprised of three individuals in IDHS serving in the Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery will be assigned to review applications. Applications will first be reviewed and scored individually. Scores will be sent to the application Review Coordinator to be compiled and averaged to produce the final application score.
  2. Proposal Scoring: Application Narratives will be evaluated on the following criteria:
  • Organization Qualifications- 20 points
  • Population of Focus and Statement of Need -20 points
  • Description of Plan and Scope - 40 points
  • Performance Reporting - 20 points
  • Budget and Budget Narrative - Not scored
  • TOTAL 100 POINTS
    1. Review and Selection Process:

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel established by staff from IDHS. Panel members will read and evaluate applications independently using guidelines furnished by IDHS. Scoring will be on a 100-point scale. Scoring will not be the sole award criterion. While recommendations of the review panel will be a key factor in the funding decisions, IDHS considers the findings of the review panel to be non-binding recommendations. IDHS maintains final authority over funding decisions and reserves the right to consider additional factors, such as geographical distribution of proposed service areas and patient population characteristics, when making final award decisions.

  • Final award decisions will be made by the Secretary, at the recommendation of the Director of the Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery. IDHS reserves the right to negotiate with successful applicants to cover under-served areas that may result from this process.
  • In NO case will more than one proposal be funded for the same provider organization. IDHS may contact applicants to obtain clarification regarding any aspects of an application prior to making any awards. IDHS is not obligated to make any State award as a result of the announcement.

Merit-Based Evaluation Appeal Process

  1. Competitive grant appeals are limited to the evaluation process. Evaluation scores may not be protested. Only the evaluation process is subject to appeal and shall be reviewed by the IDHS' Appeal Review Officer (ARO).
  2. Submission of Appeal.
  3. An appeal must be submitted in writing to Danielle Kirby of IDHS/SUPR who will send to the ARO for consideration.
  4. An appeal must be received within 14 calendar days after the date that the grant award notice has been published.
  5. 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.

Response to Appeal.

  1. IDHS will acknowledge receipt of an appeal within 14 calendar days from the date the appeal was received.
  2. IDHS will respond to the appeal within 60 days or supply a written explanation to the appealing party as to why additional time is required.
  3. The appealing party must supply any additional information requested by IDHS within the time-period set in the request.
  4. Resolution
  1. The ARO shall make a recommendation to the Agency Head or designee as expeditiously as possible after receiving all relevant, requested information.
  2. In determining the appropriate recommendation, the ARO shall consider the integrity of the competitive grant process and the impact of the recommendation on the State Agency.
  3. The Agency will resolve the appeal by means of written determination.
  4. The determination shall include, but not be limited to:
  5. Review of the appeal;
  6. Appeal determination; and
  7. Rationale for the determination.

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 Finalist." This notice will identify additional grant award requirements that must be met before a grant award can be executed. These will include one or more of the following:

  1. Grantee Pre-Qualification Process
  2. Financial and Administrative Risk Assessment - Internal Control Questionnaire
  3. Conflict of Interest and Mandatory Disclosures

2. A Notice of State Award (NOSA): A NOSA will be issued to the review finalists that have successfully completed all grant award requirement. Based on the NOSA, the review finalist is positioned to make an informed decision to accept the grant award. The NOSA shall include:

  1. The terms and condition of the award.
  2. Specific conditions assigned to the grantee based on the fiscal and administrative and programmatic risk assessments.
  3. Upon acceptance of the grant award, announcement of the grant award shall be published by the awarding agency to Grants.Illinois.gov.
  4. A Notice of Non-Selection as a State Award Finalist shall be sent to the applicants not receiving awards.
  5. The NOSA must be signed by the grants officer (or equivalent). This signature effectively accepts the state award and all conditions set forth within the notice. This signed NOSA is the authorizing document. The Agency signed NOSA must be remitted to the Department as instructed in the notice.

3. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: The agency awarded funds shall provide services as set forth in the IDHS grant agreement and shall act in accordance with all state and federal statutes and administrative rules applicable to the provision of the services.

  1. To review a sample of the FY2019 IDHS contract/grant agreement, please visit the IDHS website at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29741
  2. The agency awarded funds through this NOFO must further agree to comply with all applicable provisions of state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to nondiscrimination, sexual harassment and equal employment opportunity including, but not limited to: The Illinois Human Rights Act (775 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq.), The Public Works Employment Discrimination Act (775 ILCS 10/1 et seq.), The United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended) (42 USC 2000a-and 2000H-6), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 USC 794), The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 USC 12101 et seq.), and The Age Discrimination Act (42 USC 6101 et seq.). Additional terms and conditions may apply.

4. Reporting:

  1. The Provider will be responsible for the deliverables and data collection and reporting expectations listed in Section A of this NOFO.
  2. The Provider will submit audits and/or Financial Reports in a format provided by the Department and by the established deadlines.

G. State Awarding Agency Contact(s)

Questions related to this NOFO should be sent to:

Joseph Tracy

Illinois Department of Human Services

Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

401 S. Clinton, Second Floor

Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 814-6359

Email: joseph.tracy@illinois.gov All email correspondence should be sent to joseph.tracy@illinois.gov 

H. Other Information, if applicable

Questions and Answers: If you have questions related to this NOFO, please send them via email to:

Joseph.Tracy@illinois.gov with "Opioid Use Disorder and Services in Health Centers-NOFO" in the subject line of the email.

1/11/2019 corrected NOFO language that Letter Of Intent (LOI) is requested but not required, and awards will range from $500,000 to $1,000,000.

Mandatory Forms -- Required for All Agencies

  1. App19-444-26-1539-02 (pdf)
  2. Fixed Rate Grant Budget printed from the CSA Tracking System or Fixed Rate Grant Template (pdf). Note: Fixed Rate Grants must match the funding exactly, and must be in a whole number (No Pennies). You may have to create an additional service Called "Rounding" for 1 unit at an amount that will make your total a Whole Number. As an example, if your services total $2,099.54, you would need 1 unit of rounding for $0.46 so the total would be $2,100.00
  3. Recovery Support Definitions - http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=46520

  Important Dates For this NOFO

 What?  When? Who?/Where Subject of Email
Bidder's Conference

January 11, 2019

10:00am CST.

Webinar-

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6034288434052950275

N/A
Letter Of Intent 2/14/2019 DHS.GrantApp@Illinois.gov 

Your Organization Name, 19-

444-26-1757-01-LOI, Joseph Tracy

Questions Submitted 2/14/2019 DHS.GrantApp@Illinois.gov 

OUD MAT Services in Federally

Qualified Health Centers, Joseph Tracy

Proposals Due 2/28/2019 DHS.GrantApp@Illinois.gov  Your Organization Name, 19-444-26-1757-01, Joseph Tracy