The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking responses for Pay For Success initiatives - see link for more detail http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=83768. This RFI is being issued by the IDHS as part of its continued efforts to partner with entrepreneurs from the nonprofit and private sectors to increase the efficiency of government-funded service delivery, improve outcomes for difficult-to-serve populations, reduce costs to taxpayers, and accelerate innovation in ameliorating social problems. The IDHS has identified several policy areas that are priorities for the Department and may be appropriate for a Pay for Success contract. There is particular interest in the following areas:

Policy Area Possible Interventions and Target Populations
Supportive Housing
  • Providing housing and services to chronically homeless individuals dually-diagnosed with mental illness and substance-use disorders to reduce emergency room visits and stays in institutions
  • Moving individuals currently residing in state-run institutions into community-based care settings
Community Capacity
  • Building the capacity of community-based placement options, including integrated living arrangements, for adults with developmental disabilities
  • Reducing waiting times for placement into individual's preferred options and provision of services for adults with developmental disabilities
  • Reducing recidivism rates in state operated hospitals and nursing facilities
  • Developing crisis intervention services in the community to provide temporary intervention and stabilization services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or mental health challenges
Workforce Development
  • Improving employment outcomes of youth aging out of the child welfare system
  • Enhancing the quality of jobs attained by public assistance recipients, individuals leaving the correctional system, or long term unemployed
  • Improving the educational and employment outcomes of "opportunity" youth, typically considered those ages 16-24 who are not enrolled in education or participating in the formal labor market

Submissions are due no later than 2:00 p.m. CST April 12, 2016

A webinar for more information will be held on March 23, 2016. Please RSVP to payforsuccess@illinois.gov to obtain the log-in information.