1431 Federal Transformation Transfer Initiative

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

A. Program Description

The Provider will continue its pre-existing cooperative work with Northwestern University (Northwestern) regarding providing smartphone, service contracts and apps to homeless youth. This initiative will be expanded through TTI in terms of the scope of number of homeless youth (or other populations as DMH, Rush and Northwestern may from time to time agree upon). Rush will be primarily responsible for the day-to-day activities involved in the distribution of the smartphones, including providing a research assistant to provide support.

Deliverables and Milestones

The Provider will:

  1. Provide a Research Assistant (50% FTE) to be determined, to coordinate advertising, participant recruitment, distributing phones, setting up service plans, and monitoring participation in the program. The research assistant will be supervised by Dr. Alyson Zalta, PhD and Dr. Niranjan Karnik, Md, PhD or Rush University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry.
  2. Provide a post-doctoral fellow (50% FTE) to be determined, to provide support services related to the project including providing teletherapy to participants. This fellow will be supervised by Dr. Alyson Zalta, PhD and Dr. Niranjan Karnik, MD, PhD of Rush University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry.
  3. Provide Nexus 5 mobile phone devices for each participant up to 85 participants. The Nexus 5 mobile phones will be capable of running the mobile application and data plans consisting of unlimited calling and texting and 5GB of data. This level of plan was selected to ensure that participants will be able to meet the data needs of participating in the program.
  4. The Provider will submit to the DMH Contact monthly activity reports on the program services no later than the 25th of that month, as DMH is required to provide monthly updates by the 1st of each month to the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD). In addition, Northwestern and/or Rush may from time to time be asked to participate in a monthly call with NASMHPD.

Performance Measures

  1. The Provider will collect the following data for smartphone services provided as applicable and submit to the DMH Contact along with the monthly activity reports.
    1. Progress reports on the distribution of smartphones.
    2. All appropriate data measures which do not violate state or federal consumer protection/privacy laws and regulations.
    3. Other data as the parties may from time to time agree upon, including data points such as the number of times a specific service or hotline were accessed through the apps.

Performance Standards

  1. Status reports on the smartphone distribution.
  2. Provision of the data listed in Exhibit E.