Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) - Summary Information
||Awarding Agency Name:
||Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health
||Name: Barb Roberson
||Initial announcement - Revised
||Type of Assistance Instrument:
||Funding Opportunity Number:
||Funding Opportunity Title:
||CRSS (Certified Recovery Support Specialist) Success Program
||CSFA Popular Name:
||CRSS Success Program (814)
||Anticipated Number of Awards:
||Estimated Total Program Funding:
||$1,000,000 - $8,000,000
||Source of Funding:
||Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
||Indirect Costs Allowed
||Closing Date for Applications:
||10/18/2021 12:00 PM CST
||Technical Assistance Session:
9/14/2021, 3:00 - 4:00 PM CST - Not mandatory
||10/11/2021 12:00 PM CST
||Pre-Award Requirements Due:
Agency-specific Content for the Notice of Funding Opportunity
- Program Description
Illinois faces a statewide crisis in behavioral health access due to its inadequate workforce capacity. 1 Strengthening the behavioral health workforce requires alignment of resources and enhancement of career pathways that allow behavioral health centers to attract, train, and retain providers in Illinois. Post-secondary education programs for individuals to successfully obtain either the Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) or Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) credential is one aspect of broadening and strengthening the pipeline for individuals to enter the behavioral health workforce.
1 A Report on the Illinois Behavioral Health Workforce Crisis and Recommended Solutions to Grow, Recruit & Retain a Qualified, Modern, Diverse, and Evolving Behavioral Health Workforce: Response to House Bill 5111 (PA 100-0767)
Selected colleges and universities will be responsible for developing curricula that meets the training standards outlined in the Illinois Certification Board Peer Recovery Support Training Program Accreditation Standards for CRSS and CPRS; providing a minimum of 110 hours of training and education in recovery support; developing linkages for practical experience (internship) components; stipends for practical experience (internship) component; maintaining a list of affiliations with other segments of the recovery support community, the education community, and other professions, as resources; and providing wrap-around supports for students to overcome practical barriers to full participation such as student tuition, books, and fees; ICB credentialing fees; stipends to cover costs of childcare, transportation, or other needs essential for students to maintain participation in the program.
The Illinois Model for Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) was collaboratively developed by the Illinois Certification Board (ICB, d/b/a IAODAPCA), the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)/Division of Mental Health, IDHS/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery, and the MISA Institute. It is owned by the ICB and was officially launched in 2007. The CRSS is a professional credential for individuals who meet minimum competency standards verifying their ability to effectively utilize their lived expertise of recovery from mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use recovery to provide recovery support services for individuals receiving mental health or co-occurring mental health and substance use treatment services.
The Illinois Model for Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) was developed by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). IC&RC standards and exams are used exclusively by IC&RC Boards, one of which is the Illinois Certification Board. The ICB began offering the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) in 2017. The CPRS is a professional credential for individuals who meet minimum competency standards verifying their ability to effectively utilize their lived expertise in many aspects of the health and human services field, including recovery from substance use disorders. The CPRS fills a gap in the behavioral health workforce by providing a pathway to professional certification for individuals who desire to utilize their lived expertise of recovery more openly from substance use disorders as part of the support they provide others. Study books, candidate guides, and practice exams for the CPRS are available on the IC&RC website.
These voluntary systems evaluate professional competency for recovery support specialists and peer recovery specialists, respectively, and grant certification only to individuals who meet specified minimum professional standards. The ICB provides certification to specialists who have demonstrated minimum competence in the specified performance domains.
Since 2007, the IDHS/Division of Mental Health has offered 20 hours of CRSS Competency Training annually, with an average attendance of 300 individuals statewide. New content is delivered for CRSS Competency each year, allowing students to attend every year and either add up the hours over time for use toward initial certification or use the hours to meet CE requirements. Students are currently responsible for coordinating all aspects of their certification, including obtaining training hours from a variety of sources to add up to the required total of 100 hours; identifying and coordinating their own supervised practical experience (internship) component; and managing all required documentation to submit a successful application to the ICB.
Despite the continuous training effort and high rates of attendance over the past 14 years, ICB reported only 224 actively certified and in good standing with either the CRSS or CPRS, as of 7/19/21. This discrepancy between high rates of participation in training compared to low rates of certification demonstrates the need for more coordinated training and supports for individuals to successfully obtain certification.
According to the Community-Based Mental Health Service Definitions and Professional Qualifications in Healthcare and Family Services (Medicaid) Rule 140, individuals who obtain the CRSS credential meet the definition of Mental Health Professional (MHP). Therefore, any services defined in Rule 140 that must be provided by an MHP or above can be provided by individuals with the CRSS credential working for a Medicaid-certified provider. According to the same Rule, Team-Based Services, including Assertive Community Treatment and Community Support Team services must include at least one member of the team who is either a Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) or Certified Family Partnership Professional (CFPP). Additionally, the IDHS/Division of Mental Health provides funding through the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant for First.IL, a team approach that helps individuals who are between the ages of 14-40 and who have had a treated or untreated psychotic illness for no more than 18 months. First.IL programs are required to have CRSS on their teams. Finally, beginning in FY 2022, through a combination of State and Federal funds, the IDHS/Division of Mental Health is funding approximately 70 Crisis Care System programs across the state, all of which are required to hire CRSS staff for their Mobile Crisis Teams.
This increased expectation for mental health and substance use provider agencies to hire individuals who have or are eligible to obtain the CRSS has developed a subsequent demand for training and internship opportunities that are accessible to individuals who qualify to fill these positions.
Through this NOFO, the IDHS/Division of Mental Health is seeking applications from post-secondary educational institutions to develop CRSS Success programs through which students can receive high quality recovery support education and be provided with additional supports necessary to successfully achieve certification.
In July 2020, the ICB published Peer Recovery Support Training Program Accreditation Standards for CRSS and CPRS. The IDHS/Division of Mental Health recognizes the publication of the accreditation standards as an opportunity for partnering with post-secondary educational institutions. Meeting these standards will ensure students meet minimum standards for entry into the field.
Minimum standards for ICB accredited peer recovery support training programs include (this list is not comprehensive; for the comprehensive list of standards, refer to Peer Recovery Support Training Program Accreditation Standards for CRSS and CPRS):
* Classroom component
-The training programs shall have a classroom component that consists of a minimum of 110 clock hours of training (40 hours recovery support specific with a minimum of 10 hours in each domain, 16 hours in professional ethics and responsibility, and 54 hours in the Core Functions with 5 hours specific to family and 5 hours specific to youth).
* Practical experience component?
- The training programs shall have a practical experience (internship) component to ensure students develop skills appropriate to minimum recovery support specialist competencies. This component will consist of no less than 300 contact hours and shall be no less than three months in length.
* Affiliate agreements
-A training program shall have written agreements with a variety of practical experience sites. This is essential, especially for the student who has experience in one service component of the recovery support field and needs another setting for well-rounded training.
-Training programs shall also maintain linkages with other segments of the recovery support community, the education community, and other professions, as resources, to enhance the training exposure of the student.
* Faculty standards
- Experience in providing recovery support, substance use, mental health, and co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance use) services is considered as a minimum requirement for all faculty. It is recommended that instructional faculty be credentialed by ICB.
- ICB believes persons who have had experience in delivering recovery support services are among the most qualified to deliver training in recovery support training.
- The coordinator of the training program has the responsibility to keep abreast of the advances and changes in the recovery support field and incorporate such changes into the curriculum. The coordinator should also maintain contact with ICB to ensure coordination between the accreditation and certification functions of ICB.
* Training program evaluation
Ensure accountability of the peer recovery support training program. The human service field is dynamic and requires constant attention to quality of the content of material presented to students. The demand for trained recovery support specialists requires that training programs undergo a constant evaluation to identify problems, implement solutions, and initiate innovative responses to the changing demands of the field.
CRSS Success programs will not only meet the standards published by the ICB but will also provide wrap-around supports for students to overcome practical barriers to full participation such as student tuition, books, and fees; ICB credentialing fees; stipends for practical experience (internship) component; and stipends to cover costs of childcare, transportation, or other needs essential for students to maintain participation in the program.
Scope of Services
The CRSS Success program will provide high quality recovery support training, supervised practical experience, and wrap-around supports, coordinated by post-secondary educational institutions, for individuals with lived expertise of mental health, substance use, or co-occurring mental health and substance use recovery. This program seeks to increase the number of individuals in Illinois who successfully obtain the Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) or Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) credential through the Illinois Certification Board (ICB d/b/a IAODAPCA), as one mechanism to address the behavioral health workforce shortage.
Program components and expectations
All activities should follow the standards outlined in Peer Recovery Support Training Program Accreditation Standards for CRSS and CPRS, issued by the Illinois Certification Board.
- Grantee will develop curricula for training recovery support specialists that meets the curriculum training standards as outlined in the Illinois Certification Board Peer Recovery Support Training Program Accreditation Standards for CRSS and CPRS.
- Grantee will provide a minimum of 110 hours of education specific to recovery support specialists with a minimum of 10 hours in each of the Performance Domains (Advocacy, Mentoring/Education, Recovery/Wellness Support).
- Grantee will provide training in professional ethics and responsibility with a focus on the CRSS/CPRS Code of Ethics.
- Grantee will provide a minimum of 54 hours of training in the Core Functions, with a minimum of 5 hours specific to family and a minimum of 5 hours specific to youth.
- Grantee will have written agreements with a variety of practical experience sites.
- Grantee will have a practical experience (internship) component to ensure students develop skills appropriate to minimum recovery support specialist competencies.
- Grantee will maintain a list of affiliations with other segments of the recovery support community, the education community, and other professions, as resources, to enhance the training exposure of the student.
- Grantee will provide wrap-around supports for students to overcome practical barriers to full participation such as student tuition, books, and fees; ICB credentialing fees; stipends for practical experience (internship) component; and stipends to cover costs of childcare, transportation, or other needs essential for students to maintain participation in the program.
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.
- Number of hours of recovery support specific training provided.
- Number of hours of training provided in professional ethics and responsibility.
- Number of hours of training provided in the Core Functions.
- Number of hours of training provided specific to family.
- Number of hours of training provided specific to youth.
- Number of written agreements with practical experience sites.
- Average number of contact hours of practical experience component for students.
- Number of affiliations with the recovery support community and other resources for students.
- Number of students enrolled in program
- Number of stipends for practical experience (internship) component
- Number of students' ICB application fees paid
- Number of students' ICB exam fees paid
- Number of students receiving stipends for wrap-around supports
1. Minimum 40 clock hours of recovery support specific training
2. Minimum of 16 clock hours of training in professional ethics and responsibility
3. Minimum 54 clock hours in the Core Functions
4. Minimum of 3 written agreements
5. Minimum of 300 contact hours in practical experience component
6. Minimum of 5 affiliations with the recovery support community and other resources for students.
7. Minimum of 10 students enrolled in program
8. Minimum of 10 stipends for practical experience (internship) component
9. Minimum of 10 ICB application fees paid
B. Award and Funding Information
This funding opportunity is considered a new application.
Twenty percent of revenue from the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act is allocated to the Department of Human Services Community Services Fund to address substance abuse and prevention and mental health concerns. From this Fund, up to $8 million will be awarded through this NOFO for post-secondary educational institutions to establish programs for students to develop skills appropriate to achieve minimum recovery support specialist competencies and be prepared to sit for the CRSS exam provided by the Illinois Certification Board (ICB).
This NOFO is considered a grant agreement and is a competitive application for funding. It is not a guarantee of funding.
Applicants must submit a Program Narrative which supports the level of funding (See NOFO Summary Information above - 11 and 12) and detailed service delivery and deliverables (See Section A, 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.
Indirect Cost Rate Requirements
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, IDHS will accept only the lesser rate:
- Federally Negotiated Rate: Organizations that receive direct federal funding may have an indirect cost rate that was negotiated with the Federal Cognizant Agency. Illinois will accept the federally negotiated rate.
- State Negotiated Rate: The organization must negotiate an indirect cost rate with the State of Illinois by completing an indirect cost rate proposal in the CARS system if they do not have a Federally Negotiated Rate or elect to use the De Minimis Rate.
- De Minimis Rate: Any non-Federal entity that does not have a current negotiated (including Provisional) rate, except for those non-Federal entities described in appendix VII, Paragraph D.1.b of Part 200, may elect to charge a de minimis rate of 10% of modified total direct costs (MTDC) which may be used indefinitely.
- Elect to decline any indirect cost rate: Grantees have discretion not to claim payment for indirect costs. Grantees that elect not to claim indirect costs cannot be reimbursed for indirect costs. The organization must record an election of "No Indirect Costs" into CARS.
This program will be awarded as a 6-month term agreement with two subsequent, one-year renewal options. Renewals are at the sole discretion of the IDHS and are contingent on meeting the following criteria:
- Applicant has performed satisfactorily during the most recent past funding period.
- All required reports have been submitted on time, unless a written exception has been provided by the Division.
- No outstanding issues are present (i.e. in good standing with all pre-qualification requirements); and
- Funding for the budget year has been appropriated in the state's approved fiscal year budget.
C. Eligibility Information
- State Award Notices
- It is anticipated that Notices of State Award (NOSA) will be made in December 2021.
Applicants recommended for funding under this NOFO following the above review and selection process will receive a Notice of State Award (NOSA) via the Grantee Portal. It is important to keep contact information in the Grantee Portal updated since the main contact is the person notification is sent to.
The NOSA shall include:
- 1. The terms and conditions of the award.
- 2. Specific conditions, if any, assigned to the applicant based on the fiscal and administrative (ICQ), programmatic risk assessment (PRA) and merit-based review.
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. The grant agreement will also be published in the CSA Tracking System for signature.
A Notice of Non-Selection shall be sent via email to the applicants not receiving awards.
Administrative and National Policy Requirements
- Applicants awarded these funds shall provide services as set forth in the IDHS grant agreement and shall act in accordance with all state and federal statutes and administrative rules applicable to the provision of the services including indirect cost rate requirements in Section B Funding Information, Indirect Cost Rate Requirements.
The legal agreement between IDHS and the successful applicant(s) will be the standard IDHS Uniform Grant Agreement. If selected for funding, the applicant will be provided an IDHS grant agreement for signature and return. See a sample of the agreement.
- Reporting requirements for the grant agreement shall be in accordance with the requirements set forth in Section A and shall also comply with the requirements of the Uniform Grant Agreement.
- 1. Time Period for Required Periodic Financial Reports. Unless a different reporting requirement is specified in Exhibit G, Grantee shall submit financial reports to Grantor pursuant to Paragraph 13.1 and reports must be submitted no later than 30 days after the quarter ends.
- 2. Time Period for Close-out Reports. Grantee shall submit a Close-out Report pursuant to Paragraph 13.2 and no later than 60 days after this Agreement's end of the period of performance or termination.
- 3. Time Period for Required Periodic Performance Reports. Unless a different reporting requirement is specified in Exhibit G, Grantee shall submit Performance Reports to Grantor pursuant to Paragraph 14.1 and such reports must be submitted no later than 30 days after the quarter ends.
- 4. Time Period for Close-out Performance Reports. Grantee agrees to submit a Close-out Performance Report, pursuant to Paragraph 14.2 and no later than 60 days after this Agreement's end of the period of performance or termination.
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.
PPR and PRTP Email Address for All Grants: DHS.DMHQuarterlyReports@illinois.gov
DMH reporting templates and detailed instructions for submitting reports can be found in the Provider section of the DHS website.
G. State Awarding Agency Contact(s)
H. Other Information
Mandatory Forms -- Required for All Agencies
- Uniform State Grant Application submitted to the proper email
- Program Narrative submitted to the proper email.
- Subrecipient Budget(s) Template GOMBGATU-3002-(R-02-17), if applicable.
- Budget submitted using the Uniform Grant Budget (UGB) Template (in the CSA Tracking System) with the status as "GATA Budget signed and submitted to program review".
Illinois Certification Board Peer Recovery Support Training Program Accreditation Standards CRSS and CPRS