From: Danielle L. Kirby, Director
Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

NOFO DEADLINE EXTENDED: OXFORD HOUSE EXPANSION

In August, the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to expand options for recovery residences through the Oxford House Independent Living Initiative. The Smart Alert regarding this NOFO can be found at: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=118790. Oxford Houses are democratically run, independent living arrangements for individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) and are extremely successful in supporting long-term abstinence and recovery, and therefore fill an important niche in the housing continuum. Because of Illinois' commitment to expanding recovery residences in Illinois and the recognition that this application takes thoughtful planning by an organization, IDHS/SUPR is extending the application deadline to 3:00 p.m. on 10/31/2019. Please submit a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) by 10/24/2019, which helps IDHS/SUPR prepare for the review process.

This NOFO aims to increase access to Oxford Houses for Illinois residents with SUDs by funding two (2) Project Management Organizations (PMOs) that will be responsible for establishing five (5) Oxford Houses per year. These Oxford Houses will include residents who are on medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD). IDHS/SUPR expects that PMOs will provide fiscal management, tenancy support, recovery support, and housing development. This NOFO especially encourages applications in the central and southern regions of the state, although providers throughout the state are encouraged to apply. The competitive funding opportunity is posted at: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=114615.

To be eligible, organizations must:

  • Be currently licensed by IDHS/SUPR to provide Recovery Home Services.
  • Be in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State.

In addition, applicants must pre-qualify through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) at the Grantee Portal, https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/GATA/Pages/default.aspx. During pre-qualification, Dun and Bradstreet verifications are performed and include a check for Debarred and Suspended status and standing with the Illinois Secretary of State. The process also includes a financial and administrative risk assessment utilizing an Internal Control Questionnaire (ICQ). Applicants will be notified if ineligible for an award as a result of the Dun and Bradstreet verification and the corrective action necessary to become eligible.

A bidder's conference was recorded earlier this month and can be requested from Joseph.Tracy@illinois.gov.

Further information regarding the State's Opioid Crisis Response Grants can be found at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=105980.

IDHS/SUPR maintains a comprehensive list and description of the recovery residences in Illinois at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=115597. This Recovery Residence Registry includes licensed Recovery Homes, Oxford Houses and other non-licensed sober living environments and indicates whether each recovery residence accepts individuals on MAT. Please take this opportunity to search for the recovery residences in your network and ensure they are listed - if not, or if you find errors, please help us by sending the registration link to the recovery residences in your network: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RR2019.