Name: Barb Roberson
Scope of Services
The Federal Communications Commission has assigned 988 as the new nationwide, 3-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (the Lifeline). The Lifeline is a network of crisis centers serving the entire country. The Lifeline's call routing is based on crisis center call capacity and availability. Beginning July 16, 2022, all phone service providers must ensure all 988 calls are routed to the Lifeline. To support the roll out of 988 and to increase in-state/local capacity to answer calls to the Lifeline, the Illinois Department of Human Services-Division of Mental Health (DHS/DMH) is seeking entities interested in becoming new Lifeline call centers. In the first quarter of 2020, over 16,000 calls were initiated from Illinois callers, with only 4,921 (31%) answered in state. By adding call centers in uncovered and underserved areas, DMH is seeking to increase the statewide capacity to answer calls in-state to a target of 85% in the first year of funding working towards 100% capacity in following years.
Entities seeking funding are required to ensure sufficient levels of staffing are maintained and new staff recruitment, hiring and training is completed within the first nine months of funding, and the call center location is created meeting the minimum requirements of the Lifeline.
Current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call centers located in Illinois with already determined coverage areas may utilize this funding opportunity to ensure that sufficient levels of staffing are maintained, and new staff recruitment, hiring and training is completed within the first nine months of funding, and the call center location is expanded if necessary to cover the needs of the new staff, all changes to the call center must ensure the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline standards are maintained
Grantee shall submit a quarterly Periodic Financial Report (GOMBGATU-4002 (N-08-17)) to the appropriate email address. Reported expenses should be consistent with the approved annual grant budget. Any expenditure variances require prior Grantor approval in accordance with Article VI of the Uniform Grant Agreement to be reimbursable.
PFR Email Address for General Grants: DHS.DMHQuarterlyReports@illinois.gov
PFR Email Address for Williams Consent Decree: DHS.DMHWilliamsInvoices@Illinois.gov
PFR Email Address for Colbert Consent Decree: DHS.Colbert.Invoices@illinois.gov
The Grantee shall submit quarterly Periodic Performance Report (GOMBGATU-4001 (N-08-17)) and the Periodic Performance Report Template by Program (PRTP) to the appropriate email address below. Reporting templates and instructions for submitting reports can be found in the Provider section of the DHS website.
PPR and PPRT Email Address for All Grants: DHS.DMHQuarterlyReports@illinois.gov
The Provider will:
Reference the Uniform Grant Agreement, Article IV Payment, Section 4.2 Return of Grant Funds and 4.3 Cash Management Improvement Act of 1990. Payment will be issued monthly and reconciled with reported allowable expenses.
This NOFO is considered a competitive application for funding. It is not a guarantee of funding.
This award utilizes state appropriated funds.
Applicants must submit a program plan which supports the level of funding and details service delivery and deliverables.
IDHS/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.
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.
Please refer to 2 CFR 200 - Subpart E - Cost Principles to see a collection of unallowable costs.
Please refer to 2 CFR 200.414 regarding Indirect (F&A) Costs. 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 will accept only the lesser rate. There are three types of NICRAs:
This program will be awarded as a 6-month term agreement with 2, one-year renewal options. Renewals are at the sole discretion of the IDHS and are contingent on meeting the following criteria:
This funding opportunity is not limited to those who currently have an award from the IDHS.
Prior to applying for any Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), every applicant must first be registered and prequalified through the following steps. This must be done on or before the application's due date or the application CANNOT be accepted for review.
In order to charge indirect costs to a grant, the applicant organization must have an annually negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA). There are three types of NICRAs:
Each applicant must have access to the internet. Applicants may obtain application forms at the Division's Grant Information website https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=120031. It is the responsibility of each applicant to monitor that website and comply with any instructions or requirements relating to the NOFO.
Questions and DMH Responses will also be posted on the website listed above. Questions about this NOFO, must be sent via email to Barb.Roberson@illinois.gov with the subject line stating: Your Organization's Name; NOFO Program; Barb Roberson (i.e., XYZ Agency, Program 400-NSPL Call Center; Barb Roberson)". Questions will only be accepted electronically.
Content and Form of Application Submission
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.
A budget and budget narrative need to be completed in the CSA tracking database. There is space when preparing the budget on each line item for the budget narrative. Instructions for the CSA Tracking System can be found at https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=61069.
A Budget Template and Instructions can be used as a tool to assist in determining expenses; however, the final budget must be completed in the CSA Tracking System database. The pdf budget or paper copy will not be accepted nor should be included in the application packet.
The budget narrative should describe how the specified resources and personnel have been allocated for services and activities described in the budget.
The budget should be prepared to reflect 6 months of funding.
Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM)
See Section C Eligibility Information.
Grantees must complete the Fiscal and Administrative Risk Assessment in the GATA/CSFA system, also known as the ICQ (short for Internal Controls Questionnaire). Be sure to click "submit" to submit your answers when complete. This is done only once per entity per fiscal year. While it does not have to be completed prior to submitting the application, this step must be done before an applicant or their application can be considered.
Potential grantees must submit a Programmatic Risk Assessment for each grant they apply. This must be submitted before an award can be made.
The term of the agreement will be January 1, 2021 continuing through June 30, 2021 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. IDHS 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.
All applicants must demonstrate that the NOFO requirements are met as identified in Section C.
The maximum possible score is 50 points. All submissions will be reviewed, evaluated and based on the Criteria listed below.
Proposals will be reviewed by IDHS/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 read and evaluate proposals independently.
Merit-Based Evaluation Appeal Process
Competitive program grant appeals are limited to the merit-based evaluation process only. Evaluation scores cannot be protested. Only the evaluation process is subject to appeal.
An appeal must be submitted electronically, in accordance with the grant application document.
An appeal must be received within 14 calendar days after the date that the grant award notice has been published.
The written appeal shall include at a minimum the following:
State Award Notices
Anticipated Announcement and State Award Dates
It is anticipated that Notices of State Award (NOSA) will be made in December 2020.
Applicants recommended for funding under this NOFO following the above review and selection process will receive a NOSA. The NOSA shall include:
The NOSA is not an authorization to begin performance or incur costs. The NOSA is a notice of the State's intention to make an award but should not be construed as a guarantee of award. A grant award is not considered to be fully executed until both parties have signed the grant agreement.
After acceptance of the NOSA, announcement of the grant award shall be published by the awarding agency at www.grants.Illinois.gov. The grant agreement will also be published in the CSA Tracking System for signature.
A written Notice of Non-Selection shall be sent to the applicants not receiving awards.
Reporting requirements for the grant agreement shall be in accordance with the requirements set forth in Section A, Deliverables/Milestones and shall also comply with the requirements of the Uniform Grant Agreement.
IDHS encourages inquiries concerning this funding opportunity and welcomes the opportunity to answer questions from applicants. Questions and DHS/DMH Responses "Q&A" will be posted to the DMH Grant Information website and updated periodically at the following link. https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=126542
Questions about this NOFO, must be sent via email to Barb.Roberson@illinois.gov. The subject line of the email MUST state: "Provider Organization Name; Program 400-NSPL Call Center; Barb Roberson". Questions will only be accepted electronically.
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