3/3/21 - A Message to Providers from Secretary Hou: New IDHS Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs)

Dear Stakeholders,

IDHS issues many Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) throughout the year for our programs. Below is a list of all of the new NOFOs that were recently posted. You can also find a full list of funding opportunities on the IDHS Grant Opportunities web page.

African American HIV/AIDS Response Act

The African American HIV/AIDS Response Act provides funding to prevent the transmission of HIV and provide comprehensive resources for communities of color in Illinois. The HIV/AIDS service delivery system will help to reduce the disparity of HIV infections and AIDS diagnosis in African-Americans. To view the NOFO, apply, and get more information on the webinar/call, go to www.IDPHgrants.com. In the menu on the left, click on "Health Protection - HIV/AIDS" and the African American HIV/AIDS Response Grant opportunity will be at the top of the page in green.

Eviction Response Grants

Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (IEJF) and the IL Department of Human Services (IDHS) have partnered to develop a statewide legal aid and mediation response to the impending eviction crisis. With a budget of $2M to be spent by June 30, 2021, this grant process will be expedited in nature. Applications are due by close of business on March 5, 2021. Funds will be primarily focused on locales that have NOT already established and funded an eviction mitigation program. All applicants must be GATA-certified and 501(c)(3) organizations that are in good standing. For more information, click here: https://iejf.org/eviction-response-grants/.

Independent Living Services for Older Individuals

The purpose of the Older Blind Program is to provide services for individuals age 55 and older whose severe visual impairment makes competitive employment difficult to obtain, but for whom independent living goals are feasible. Services are designed to help persons served under this program to adjust to their blindness by increasing their ability to care for their individual needs. This application closes on March 24, 2021. For more information, click here: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=131769.

Cluster Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)

The PSH Cluster Housing model is designed to provide resource support to Class Members living in their own apartments. This is not a therapeutic environment and staff is not stationed in individual apartments. Direct care services, ACT, CST, or case management will be provided to the Class Members by one of the contracted Primes who provide Care Coordination for the Williams and Colbert Consent Decrees. These apartments are "clustered" in close proximity. For more information, click here: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=131619.

Front Door Diversion

Front Door Diversion Program (FDDP) services are to be provided to an eligible person who, without such services, might be referred and/or admitted to a Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Facility (SMHRF), and who have been assessed as appropriate for community-based services. Services are provided to allow individuals to live in the most integrated community-based setting. For more information, click here: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=131633.

Juvenile Justice

Program functions as a point of contact between the Illinois Juvenile Court System, probation, schools, the community, and the MHJJ Liaison employed by a community Grantee. It is the responsibility of the MHJJ Liaison to build these collaborative relationships to identify and obtain referrals of youth with or at risk for mental health concerns. For more information, click here: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=130335.

Housing Bridge Subsidy Administrators

The grantee will conduct the activities of Subsidy Administration on behalf of the Division of Mental Health (DMH) Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Bridge Subsidy Initiative. The DMH PSH Bridge Subsidy Initiative is a partnership that includes Subsidy Administrators (SA) and the DMH Statewide Housing Coordinator, which ultimately coordinates efforts to provide PSH opportunities to DMH eligible consumers in accordance with such mandates as the Williams Consent Decree. For more information, click here: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=130339.

Community Support Team

The grantee will create and maintain additional capacity for Community Support Team (CST) services for Northwest Crisis Care System (NCCS) eligible consumers who are unfunded. NCCS's geographic area includes Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago, and Whiteside counties. The team will meet the CST staffing requirements based on Rule 132, Section 132.145, and Rule 140, Section 140.TABLE N(c)(1). For more information, click here: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=130352.

Regions Rural Behavioral Health Access

The grantee under this Rural Behavioral Health Access (RBHA) grant will provide access to all Rule 140 services to individuals residing in Stark and Marshall counties. These services will be provided by 2 FTEs, 1 QMHP, and 1 MHP. Mental Health promotion, education, and advocacy will be provided through county-specific trainings including Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Intervention. For more information, click here: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=130356.

Juvenile Inpatient Forensic Services

The grantee will operate an Inpatient Forensic Unit by licensed mental health professionals who will provide statewide forensic services for juveniles adjudicated Unfit to Stand Trial (UST) and Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) and are remanded to the Illinois Department of Human Services for treatment on an inpatient basis. These services shall include, but are not limited to, psychiatric, mental health, substance abuse, and dually-diagnosed intellectual disability treatment services, as well as, legal education, case management, transportation, court reporting, and court testimony. For more information, click here: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=130455.

Regions Deaf Special Program

The grantee shall deliver mental health services to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind by utilizing a culturally affirmative approach. This approach will adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act. For more information, click here: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=130459.

Regions IPS Trainers

The grantee will provide evidence-based Individual Placement and Supported Employment (IPS-SE) to assist persons with serious mental illness obtain mainstream competitive employment. For more information, click here: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=130463.

Regions Extended MISA Detox

The grantee will provide hospital-based extended Mental Illness/Substance Abuse (MISA) detox. The grantee will serve clients from their own Emergency Department and the Emergency Department of other Community Hospitals and community service Grantees. After the clients have completed detox, the Grantee will refer the clients to community agencies for continued MISA services. For more information, click here: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=130467.

Psychiatric Medications

The grantee will purchase psychiatric medications for consumers who are in emergent situations and are likely, without needed medications, to require more expensive and intensive services (such as hospitalization). An emergent situation is defined as an immediate need for psychiatric medication to prevent exacerbation of psychiatric symptoms for an individual who is without the funds to purchase them, and is not eligible for Medicaid, or if eligible for Medicaid, is not able to immediately access these medications using the Medicaid benefit. For more information, click here: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=130471.

PATH Grant

The Grantee will operate the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) formula grant, providing flexible, community-based services throughout the State of Illinois to address the needs of adults ages 18-65+ and families, with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders, who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. For more information, click here: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=131571.


The Grantee shall administer the Ambassador Program and maintain a network of ambassadors to deliver the activities described herein. Ambassadors are Williams or Colbert Consent Decree Class Members who have transitioned from Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Facilities (SMHRFs) or Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) into community living and have completed a minimum of 20 hours of training specific to providing peer support services. The ambassadors visit the SMHRFs or SNFs to speak about hope, recovery, resilience, and their journey in transitioning to the community and conduct open question/answer discussion. For more information, click here: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=131581.



Grace B. Hou

Secretary, IDHS