Comprehensive Class Member Transition Program Upcoming NOFO

The overarching goal of the FY23 Comprehensive Class Member Transition Program is to achieve compliance with the requirements of both the Williams and Colbert Consent Decrees. IDHS continues to believe that ensuring the availability of integrated, high-quality services for Class Members and minimizing the number of handoffs between providers holds the greatest promise to achieve and increase quality and sustained transitions to the community.

The program will allow the State to:

  1. Maximize continuity of services by seeking providers who can work with Class Members along the entire continuum of services. The continuum includes the three core services required by both Consent Decrees (Outreach, Assessment, and Transition Coordination), as well as an array of ancillary services that address various barriers to transition, all managed through a Care Management approach. Providers will be expected to maintain their own staff to deliver Outreach, Assessment, and Care Management, while the other services, Housing Location/Transition Coordination, SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR), and Integrated Health Care may be subcontracted services.
  2. Award grants based on a Merit-Based Review process, which will include a review of past grantee performance, with scores accounting for prior performance successes, deficiencies, and corrective actions.
  3. Increase and maintain the capacity of providers to serve Class Members by offering an expenditure-based funding model with advance-and-reconcile payments for FY23 and for future fiscal years if providers have adequate financial management systems under GATA. Smaller outcome-based payments may be offered as a supplemental incentive for high performance.
  4. Better integrate and align services for Colbert and Williams Class Members, ensuring that all Class Members can access appropriate services regardless of current institutional placement.
  5. Simplify and coordinate reporting requirements to minimize administrative burden for grantees while effectively monitoring compliance with Consent Decree requirements.

IDHS expects to post the Comprehensive Class Member Transition Program Notice of Funding Opportunity in February 2022. The new program is expected to begin July 1, 2022.