20-444-24-1731-01

Applications for this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) are no longer being considered.

Awarding Agency Name Human Services
Agency Contact Christina Miller (Christina.Miller@illinois.gov )
Announcement Type Modification
Type of Assistance Instrument Grant
Funding Opportunity Number 20-444-24-1731-01
Funding Opportunity Title Independent Service Coordination Agencies
CSFA Number 444-24-1731
CSFA Popular Name Independent Service Coordination Agencies
Anticipated Number of Awards 1
Award Range $1,199,821.44
Source of Funding State
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirements No
Indirect Costs allowed Yes
Restrictions on Indirect Costs No
Posted Date June 14th 2019
Application Date Range June 14th 2019 to August 16th 2019
Grant Application Link http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=114761
Technical Assistance Session No

AGENCY FUNDING PRIORITIES:

The Division will utilize the criteria identified in Section E. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION below to determine the best qualified applicant. Selection will be made using this criteria and funding awarded to the selected applicant.

INDICATORS OF SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS:

UNIVERSAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Participate in webinars, trainings, outreach, pilot projects and/or initiatives as directed by the Division.
  2. Ensure each ISC representative completes all required training, both initial and continuing education.
  3. Comply with any formal requests for desk reviews and audits, by the Division and other entities.
  4. Respond to general inquiries and requests for information by the Department of Human Services.
  5. The ISC applicant must comply with Medicaid Waiver qualifications, as delineated in the federally approved Waiver. The Waiver can be found at www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=45915 . The ISC shall:
    1. Maintain eligibility to be an ISC provider in accordance with the waiver.
    2. Provide prompt notice to the Division, including plans to remediate issues, when issues arise that may jeopardize eligibility.
  6. The ISC applicant must comply with all requirements outlined in Attachment A http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=103251  and the Program Manual http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=103254 .
  7. Agency must be available 24-hours per day, 365 days per year for individuals in times of crisis.
  8. Should the ISC be determined by the Department to be in non-compliance, the ISC will enter into a Corrective Action Plan with the Division to remediate issues and achieve compliance. Determinations will be based on the Division's review tools published at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=50951 .

INITIAL ELIGIBILITY AND LINKAGE

The Independent Service Coordination (ISC) agency, upon request from an individual or guardian, shall do the following:

  1. Complete the OBRA 1 screening to determine if there is a reasonable basis to suspect the individual has a developmental disability or follow up on the OBRA 1 documents received by the ISC agency. 
    1. If there is a reasonable basis to suspect a developmental disability exists, the ISC completes a Pre-admission Screening (PAS) Level II screen.
    2. If there is a reasonable basis to suspect there is not a developmental disability, provide information and linkage to the Department of Aging, Division of Mental Health and the Division of Rehabilitation Services.
  2. For persons for whom there is a reasonable basis to believe a developmental disability exists, review service options, including Medicaid entitlement (ICF/DD, CLF, etc.) and Home and Community Based waiver services (HCBS).
  3. Refer to appropriate interim services (e.g. DRS, Respite), for persons with a developmental disability who opt to go on the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) database.

PUNS

The ISC shall complete Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) database forms, as instructed by the Division, for all individuals in their assigned geographic area of service who seek inclusion in the database.

  1. For persons desiring Home and Community Based waiver services (HCBS), complete initial Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) enrollment.
  2. Complete annual update of Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) information for all persons awaiting HCBS waiver selection.
  3. Refer to appropriate interim services (e.g. DRS, Respite), for persons with a developmental disability who opt to go on the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) database.

PRE-ADMISSION SCREENING (PAS) and CHOICE OPTIONS

For all individuals in the ISC geographic area seeking services for whom there is a reasonable basis to suspect the presence of a developmental disability and who request DD services funded through Medicaid, ICF/DD, or nursing facility services, the ISC will:

  1. Determine service eligibility by conducting a PAS Level II Screen.
  2. Provide written notice of Pre-Admission Screening results.
  3. Educate individuals, guardians, and families about service options.
  4. Make referrals to all service providers chosen by the individuals through an informed choice process presenting all available service options.
  5. Conduct the Discovery process and develop a Personal Plan.
  6. Submit completed service and funding requests to the Division.
  7. Monitor the transition of the individual for four weeks following initiation of waiver services.
  8. Secure a service provider and complete a safety plan for person with a developmental disability who the ISC determines to be in a crisis.
  9. Comply with all requirements associated with the Ligas Consent Decree.

INDIVIDUAL SERVICE AND SUPPORT ADVOCACY (ISSA) SERVICES (For people already enrolled in Waiver services)

The ISC will:

  1. Conduct necessary evaluations and assessments of individual service needs, including a risk assessment.
  2. Complete Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) referrals for individuals who have documented such services and supports in their Person Centered Plan.
  3. Develop the outcomes and ensure the completion of the Plan.
  4. Update the Discovery Tool and Plan at least annually to ensure it continues to reflect the person's preferences and needs.
  5. Revise or edit the Discovery Tool and Plan more often if the person's desires or needs change.
  6. Complete a minimum of two visits per year for each individual served through the DD waiver programs. 
    1. One visit for the development of the Personal Plan and Discovery tool (including an assessment of risk).
    2. One visit to assess whether services and supports are being provided in the interest of and to the satisfaction of individuals receiving the services, and to ensure the individual's health, safety, and well-being. The results of this visit shall be recorded in Visiting Notes.
    3. Address and resolve issues of concern identified through the monitoring visits.
    4. Collaborate with service providers to resolve conflicts regarding the satisfaction, health, safety, and well-being of the individual, as well as referral to Division staff of any unresolved issues per guidelines established by the Division.
    5. Ensure that the plan accurately reflects current needs and preferences of the person as documented in the Discovery Tool.
  7. Conduct additional monitoring activities for individuals served through the DD Waiver programs.
    1. Complete additional monitoring activities based on the individual's needs per ISSA guidelines, Critical Incident Reporting and Analysis System (CIRAS) guidelines, involvement of Support Services Teams (SST) and Short-term Stabilization Homes (SSH) as well as other contacts determined by the Division.
    2. Complete additional visits (beyond the minimum of two visits per year), as needed to ensure the health, safety, welfare, and satisfaction of the person receiving services.
    3. Address and resolve issues of concern identified through the monitoring visits.
    4. Collaborate with service providers to resolve conflicts regarding the satisfaction, health, safety, and well-being of the individual, as well as referral to Division staff of any unresolved issues per guidelines established by the Division.
    5. Ensure that the plan accurately reflects current needs and preferences of the person as documented in the discovery tool.
  8. Ensure timely transitions to adult services for participants of the Children's Residential Waiver services (17D).
  9. Review, verify and submit service request packets on behalf of the individual/guardian (to include but not be limited to CILA, Community Day Services, and POS funding packets, therapy requests, and staff add-on requests).
  10. Report any allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation per Division guidelines and regulations.
  11. Complete annual service eligibility redeterminations within 365 days from the previous determination so as to avoid any interruption of eligibility or coverage.
  12. Complete the Inventory for Client and Agency Planning (ICAP) or other assessment of adaptive skills as directed by the Division, at least annually.
  13. Report critical incidents for waiver participants, per the Division guidelines, and follow up as needed on any incidents identified through the CIRAS.
  14. Inform the Division of inquiries from any entity not providing direct service to an individual (e.g. legislative, legal, Human Rights Authority, media, etc.).
  15. Respond to inquiries from DDD that arise from any entity (i.e. legislative, legal, Human Rights Authority, media, etc).
  16. Inform individuals of rights as a waiver participant, upon enrollment and annually thereafter.
  17. Ensure the appeals process is followed as appropriate, including serving as a representative for the Division when attending the hearings.
  18. Review and submit completed Prior Approval Requests (i.e.: OT, PT, Speech Therapies, Adaptive Equipment, Vehicle/Home Modifications, 53C, Alternative Day Programs) for needed services requiring authorization by the Division.
  19. Ensure the health, safety, and welfare of individuals involved with Adult Protective Services (APS).
  20. Assist an HBS participant with finding alternative personal support if DDD requires agency-based services.
  21. Establish and maintain active enrollment in the CIRAS.
  22. Coordinate the transition between DDD Waivers.
  23. Coordinate the transition within DDD Waivers.
  24. Resolve rejected billings related to Medicaid benefits and level of care re-evaluation (annually).
  25. Participate in consultations and provide follow-up as necessary related to individuals including but not limited to: Support Services Team (SST), Short-Term Stabilization Home (SSH), State Operated Developmental Center (SODC), and State Operated Mental Health Hospital (SOMH).
  26. Respond to general and/or emergency inquiries and complaints from sources such as: hospitals, emergency rooms, jail, other states and community agencies.
  27. Ensure that STAR (Service Termination Approval Request) and Bedhold request forms are completed and submitted to the Division per DHS guidelines, as necessary.
  28. Provide service coordination to Bogard class members residing in a Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA), Host Family or Community Living Facility (67D) according to the approved Medicaid Waiver and DHS/DDD guidelines.

BOGARD CLASS MEMBERS

For Bogard class members residing in an ICF/DD, the Independent Service Coordination (ISC) agency will:

  1. Provide assistance to both individual recipients and their providers to enhance the delivery and effectiveness of service provision.
  2. Complete a minimum of four service coordination monitoring visits per year (approximately one per quarter), first informing the guardian (if applicable) and according to the following guidelines: 
    1. One visit for participation in the Individual Service Plan (ISP).
    2. One visit either to the individual's residence or day program (if the individual participates in a day program).
    3. One visit each to the individual's residence and day program (if the individual participates in a day program).
    4. One or two visits to the location of the individual's choice.
  3. Ensure collaborative facilitation, with service providers, of conflict resolution for matters of concern to the individual and/or guardian and provider, including satisfaction, health, safety, well-being, and development and implementation of the ISP.
  4. Complete referrals to the DDD Regional staff for monitoring and/or technical assistance regarding unresolved matter of concern.
  5. Maintain accessibility 24-hours per day, 365 days per year for individuals in times of crisis.

Bogard class members residing in other non-waiver settings will receive service coordination from the Independent Service Coordination agency. Non-Waiver settings refer to: Nursing Facility, State Operated Developmental Center, Shelter Care Home, State Operated Mental Health Center, their own or family home and apartment without DD services.

The ISC is responsible to:

  1. Ensure completion of assessments and reassessments of needs and goals.
  2. Coordinate the Individual Service Plan (ISP) development.
  3. Facilitate and broker Specialized Services for persons in nursing facilities.
  4. Advocate for the development of natural supports.
  5. Conduct activities to maintain or improve availability, accessibility, and quality of services.
  6. Assist with the procurement of adaptive equipment through the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
  7. Complete, at a minimum, monthly service coordination monitoring visits with the individual.
  8. Monitor the implementation of the ISP, as well as the individual's health, safety and well-being, through site visits to residential and day program sites.
  9. Utilize problem-solving procedures to achieve conflict resolution.
  10. Provide crisis intervention supports, as needed.
  11. Provide transportation to facilitate the selection of employment and residential services among other options.
  12. Ensure the Bogard choice process, as directed in the Modified Bogard Consent Decree.

*Bogard class member are designated by the Department of Human Services/Division of Developmental Disabilities.

CITATIONS FOR AUTHORIZING STATUTES AND REGULATIONS:

2 CFR 200 : https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/CFR-2014-title2-vol1/CFR-2014-title2-vol1-part200/content-detail.html  

Developmental Disabilities CSA Attachment A: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=103251

Developmental Disabilities Program Manual: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=103254

Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code 405 ILCS 5 (http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=1496 )

Adult Protective Services Act 320 ILCS 20: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1452  

Abused and Neglected Child reporting Act: (325 ILCS) 5/1: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1460&ChapterID=32  

DDD Pre-Admission Screening Manual: Intake, Assessment, & Determination Summary: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=53021

PERFORMANCE MEASURES:

  1. Percentage of individuals, presenting to the ISC, that has an OBRA 1 Screen complete.
  2. Percentage of persons determined to have a developmental disability whose service options were explained and documented.
  3. Percentage of linkage completed for all individuals determined to be ineligible for DD services.
  4. Percentage of crisis referrals that are accepted by the Division and determined to be correct and complete packages.
  5. Percentage of PUNS annual updates completed.
  6. Percentage of Personal Plans reviewed and updated within 365 days of the previous Plan date.
  7. Percentage of individuals who had their annual minimum required ISSA visits (1 for Plan development and 1 for monitoring the Plan) completed for individuals in a DDD Waiver.
  8. Percentage of Personal Plans, when compared to interviews conducted by the Bureau of Quality Management, that accurately reflects the current needs and preferences of the individual.
  9. Number of events known to the Division for which the ISC failed to complete additional required visits needed to ensure the health, safety, welfare, and satisfaction of the person receiving services.
  10. Percentage of annual level of care redeterminations made within 365 days from the previous determination.
  11. Number of critical incidents the ISC did not report through CIRAS.
  12. Percentage of follow up completed on critical incidents identified through the CIRAS.
  13. Maintain active enrollment and access to the CIRAS application (at least 1 employee at the agency must be enrolled and have access at all times).
  14. Percentage of Waiver participants informed of rights per the Rights of Individuals form [IL462-1201] upon enrollment in a DDD Waiver.
  15. Percentage of Waiver participants informed of rights per the Rights of Individuals form [IL462-1201] annually.
  16. Percentage of required functional assessments conducted.
  17. Percentage of ISC representatives that have completed all mandated initial and continuing education training within the required time frames.
  18. Percentage of service funding requests that are appropriate and complete upon submission to the Division.
  19. Percentage of safety plans developed to ensure health and welfare of individuals involved in Adult Protective Services investigations.
  20. Number of complaints received by the Division where the ISC did not respond to request for assistance (i.e. complaints from various sources to include; hospitals, emergency rooms, jails, other state and community agencies, etc).
  21. Percentage of STAR forms and Bedhold requests that are accurately completed and submitted to the Division per the DDD Guidelines.
  22. Percentage of required Discovery Tools completed or reviewed and updated.
  23. Percentage of background checks and clearances completed for ISC agency employees initially and annually.

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:

  1. 100% of individuals, presenting to the ISC, has a complete OBRA 1 screen.
  2. Service options were explained to 100% of people determined to have a developmental disability.
  3. 100% of linkage completed for all individuals determined to be ineligible for DD services.
  4. 95% of crisis referrals accepted by the Division as being correct and complete packets.
  5. 95% of PUNS annual updates completed.
  6. 100% of annual Personal Plans reviewed and updated within 365 days from the previous date.
  7. 85% of Personal Plans, when compared to interviews conducted by the Bureau of Quality Management, that accurately reflect the current needs and preferences of individuals.
  8. 100% of the minimum required ISSA visits completed for individuals in a DDD Waiver.
  9. Zero incidents of issues impacting health, safety, welfare, and satisfaction for which the ISC did not make a required visit with the individual.
  10. 95% of annual level of care redeterminations completed within 365 days from the previous determination.
  11. No critical incidents that the ISC did not report through CIRAS.
  12. Follow up completed on 100% of critical incidents identified through CIRAS.
  13. No lapse of enrollment or access to the CIRAS application (at least 1 employee at the agency must be enrolled and have access at all times).
  14. 100% of DDD Waiver participants informed of rights per the Rights of Individuals form [IL462-1201] upon enrollment in a DDD Waiver.
  15. 100% of DDD Waiver participants informed of rights per the Rights of Individuals form [IL462-1201] annually.
  16. 100% of required functional assessments conducted.
  17. 100% of ISC representatives have completed all mandated initial and continuing education training within the required time frames
  18. 95% of service funding requests are appropriate and complete upon submission to the Division.
  19. 100% of safety plans developed to ensure health and welfare of individuals involved in Adult Protective Services investigations.
  20. No complaints received by the Division where the ISC did not respond to a request for assistance (i.e. complaints from various sources to include; hospitals, emergency rooms, jails, other state and community agencies, etc).
  21. 90% of STAR forms and Bedhold requests are completed and submitted to the Division per the DDD guidelines.
  22. 100% of Discovery Tools are completed or reviewed/updated.
  23. 100% of initial and annual background checks and clearances for ISC agency employees completed.

DELIVERABLES:

  1. List any OBRA 1 screenings of eligibility determinations that were not completed and the reason why they were not completed. 
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/Reasons by County
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  2. List anyone who was determined to be Developmentally Disabled whose service options were not explained and documented. Please explain why they were not completed.
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/Reasons by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  3. Provide a list of anyone for which linkage did not occur. Explain why linkage did not occur. 
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/Reasons by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  4. Provide a listing of any crisis referrals that were determined to be incorrect and complete and returned by the Division. Explain what was missing and why.
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/Missing Information/ Reason Missing by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  5. Provide a listing of all annual PUNS updates completed. 
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/Dates Completed by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  6. Provide a listing of Annual Personal Centered Plans reviewed/updated. 
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/Date Updated by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  7. Provide a listing of individuals visited/serviced through each Developmental Disability Waiver. 
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/Dates Visited/serviced by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  8. Provide a listing of eligibility redeterminations due within the next 90 days. Additionally, provide a listing of all eligibility redeterminations that were not completed within 365 days from the previous determination. Explain why not completed. 
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/Date Due/Reason Not Completed by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  9. Listing of Critical incidents.
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/Type of Critical Incident by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  10. List of follow-ups conducted on critical incidents.
    1. Required data: When Followed Up by People/Names/SSN/RIN/How You Followed Up/by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  11. List of individuals informed of rights as a waiver participant upon enrollment. 
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/Dates Provided by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  12. List of individuals informed of rights as a waiver participant annually after initial enrollment. 
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/Dates Provided by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  13. List of necessary evaluations and assessments conducted of individual service needs, including risk assessments. 
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/Which Assessments Completed by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  14. Provide verification that the ISC is still actively enrolled in CIRAS. 
    1. Required data: Proof of Enrollment.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  15. Provide a list of any ISC representatives that have not completed all required training including both initial and continuing education. Explain why not completed. 
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/Reasons Not Completed by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  16. List of funding requests returned by the Division for packets not being correct and complete.
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/Information That Was Missing by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  17. List of instances where the Personal Care Plan was deemed by BQM interview to not accurately reflect the current needs and preferences of the person as documented in the Discovery Tool.
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/Reasons Reported as Not Meeting by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  18. List of Division requests for Adult Protective Services investigations and ISC involvement.
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/What Actions Were Taken by the ISC/by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  19. List of Inquiries: General, emergency complaints, inquiries from hospitals, emergency rooms, jails, other state and community agencies, other. Response/Activities from the ISC.
    1. Required data: Who Made Request/ What Was Requested/ What Your Response Was/If Request Was Regarding a Specific Individual (Name/ SSN/ RIN) by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  20. List of inquiries received from the Division from entities such as: legislative, legal, human rights committee, etc. Response/ Activities from the ISC.
    1. Required data: Who Made the Request/ What Was Requested/What Your Response Was/If Request Was Regarding a Specific Individual (Name/SSN/ RIN) by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  21. Listing of STAR Forms and Bedhold requests submitted.
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/Date Submitted/by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  22. Listing of desired services not immediately available.
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/What Services Requested/ Reason Not Available/by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  23. Listing of any Department approved waivers for exceptions to service requirements. (Example: Transportation time requirements)
    1. Required data: Waiver Justification/Approval Date/Listing of Who is Affected/Names/SSN/RIN/by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  24. Provide a listing of all participants that will be transitioning to adult services from Children's Residential Waiver services (17D) in the next 12 months.
    1. Required data: How Many People/Names/SSN/RIN/Date of Birth/What Steps Are Being Taken to Ensure Transition Prior to Age 22 by County.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  25. Provide a spreadsheet of all quarterly expenses. These expenses must reconcile with the Current Period Grant Expenses reported on the Periodic Financial Report.
    1. Required data: Expenses will be categorized by Program Expense (Personnel, Fringe Benefits, Travel, Supplies, etc.) Each line will include item/service description or employee name, date expense incurred, amount expended and justification if necessary.
    2. Due dates: 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
  26. Provide the current status of each Ligas Class Members progression to receiving HCBS waiver services.
    1. Required data: Utilize the spreadsheet template provided by the Division (Ligas Monthly Updates.xlsx).
    2. Due dates: 1st of each month.
  27. Provide the current status of each Ligas Class Member progression to receiving HCBS waiver services.
    1. Required data: Utilize the Ligas Hold 6 month Updates template provided by the Division (Hold 6 month Updates and addresses for 18 month Hold letters.xlsx).
    2. Due dates: within two weeks of receipt.

B. Funding Information

  1. This NOFO is considered a competitive application for funding.
  2. The ISC Program is a state funded program. In FY20 the Department will fund 1 applicant in Area K for ISC services.
  3. In FY20, the Department anticipates the availability of approximately $1,199,821.44 in total funding.
  4. The Department anticipates funding 1 applicant.

Region K Madison and St Clair Counties

  1. The anticipated award area and range are listed as follows:
Minimum Maximum
Monthly Payments $342,561.00 $380,561.01
ISSA Payments (Fee for service) $737,260.43 $819,260.43
Total Award Range $1,079,821.43 $1,199,821.44
  1. The Department anticipates funding 1 applicant to provide ISC services as described in this NOFO for the geographic areas identified as Area (K).
  2. The grant period will begin upon execution of the grant agreement no sooner than November 1, 2019 and will end on June 30, 2020. The release of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) does not obligate the Illinois Department of Human Services to make an award. Services many not be provided until a contract is fully executed by the Department.
  3. Allowable and Unallowable expenditures for this award are identified in 2 CFR 200.
  4. This will be an eight-month grant award with two (2), one (1) year (12 month) renewal options.
  5. Type(s) of assistance instrument that may be awarded if applications are successful: Grant
  6. Applicants must submit a program plan which supports the level of funding and details service delivery and deliverables. The successful applicant will be required to prepare a budget in accordance with the template provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities, which follows and adheres to all applicable State and Federal guidelines. Applicants must submit a program plan which supports the level of funding and details service delivery.
  7. Program Plan: Providers must include these as part of the Program Plan.

Funding for FY 20 is not guaranteed. All applicants must continue to demonstrate that they meet all requirements under this NOFO described throughout. Applications that fail to meet the criteria described in the "Eligible Applicants" and the "Mandatory Requirements of the Applicant" will not be scored and considered for funding.

Conflict of Interest Free Case Management - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Regulations on January 16, 2014. These Regulations became effective on March 17, 2014 and impact all 1915c HCBS Waivers as well as the ISC. The CMS HCBS Regulations specifies States are required to separate case management functions from service delivery functions. Case management includes: determination of eligibility, provider identification, Personal Plan development, and monitoring of the Plan. "Conflict of Interest Free" means that Case Management must be performed by someone other than a relative of the person served, someone other than a direct provider of service, someone who does not have a financial interest in a provider, or someone who is not employed by a provider. In Illinois, the ISC agencies are identified as the Conflict of Interest Free Case Management entity. In general, the role of the ISC agency is to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations, arrange for and conduct assessments, make necessary determinations regarding eligibility for services, educate individuals and families, and make referrals and provide linkage to appropriate and needed services.

Review teams comprised of 3 individuals employed by DHS serving in the Division of Developmental Disabilities will be assigned to review applications. Each application will first be scored individually. Then, review team members will collectively review the application, their scores, and comments to ensure review team members have not missed items within the application that other review team members identified. Application highlights and concerns will be discussed. Individual review team members may choose to adjust scores to appropriately capture content that may have been missed initially. Scores will then be sent to the application Review Coordinator to be compiled and averaged to produce the single final application score.

Three areas of proposals will be analyzed in the merit-based review process. (Need, Capacity, & Quality of Program/Service). Proposals will be evaluated utilizing a standardized tool developed by the Division. Scores will be weighted as follows:

  • Need - Description of Need / Executive Summary 20% of total score
  • Capacity - Agency Qualification/Organizational Capacity 40% of total score
  • Quality of Program/Services 40% of total score

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Need - Description of Need / Executive Summary 20% of total score
    • Detailed analysis of the needs of clients in the ISC geographical area and the agencies plans for meeting those needs.
  • Capacity - Agency Qualification/Organizational Capacity 40% of total score
    1. Agency's ability be fully ready to begin providing service by November 1, 2019.
    2. Makeup of your Board of Directors and the experience/qualifications/ certifications/licenses of each individual member.
    3. Agency's organizational chart and key personnel and their educational background and qualifications including years of experience serving specialized populations.
    4. Agency's prior experience serving people with developmental disabilities or any other specialty population.
    5. Agency's prior experience serving the Developmentally Disabled or any other specialty population in the metro east area or contiguous area.
    6. Potential conflicts of interests as described in 42 CFR 431.301(c)(1)(vi) and in 42 CFR 441.550(c) that may arise as a result of the lack of separation of case management from service delivery functions.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Regulations on January 16, 2014. These Regulations became effective on March 17, 2014 and impact all 1915c HCBS Waivers as well as the ISC. The CMS HCBS Regulations specifies States are required to separate case management functions from service delivery functions. Case management includes: determination of eligibility, provider identification, Personal Plan development, and monitoring of the Plan. "Conflict of Interest Free" means that Case Management must be performed by someone other than a relative of the person served, someone other than a direct provider of service, someone who does not have a financial interest in a provider, or someone who is not employed by a provider. In Illinois, the ISC agencies are identified as the Conflict of Interest Free Case Management entity. In general, the role of the ISC agency is to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations, arrange for and conduct assessments, make necessary determinations regarding eligibility for services, educate individuals and families, and make referrals and provide linkage to appropriate and needed services.

  1. Describe your agency's qualifications as they relate to the requirements outlined in the Division's procedural manuals and applicable legislative rules.
  2. Evaluation of Agency's estimated budget projections including:
    1. Salaries and Wages
    2. Fringe Benefits
    3. Travel
    4. Equipment
    5. Supplies
    6. Contractual Services & Sub-awards
    7. Consultant Services and Expenses
    8. Construction
    9. Occupancy - Rent and Utilities
    10. Research & Development
    11. Telecommunications
    12. Training and Education
    13. Direct Administrative Costs
    14. Other or Miscellaneous Costs
    15. Grant Exclusive Line Item - Include ISSA Costs here
    16. Indirect Cost
  3. Site locations and estimated travel times for clients to reach nearest location.
  4. Agency's methods for minimizing staff travel requirements.
  5. Agency's utilization of technology to ensure staff are conducting client visits.
  6. ADA accessibility of all facilities.
  7. Capabilities for submitting electronic funding requests to the current DHS/DD.org in the SalesForce Government Cloud.
    • ISC must address the following:
    • Data Sharing Agreement.
    • Encrypted SalesForce Cloud to SalesForce FedRAMP certified Government ePacket transmission from ISC.org OR
    • Approved, encrypted other commercial Cloud to SalesForce FedRAMP certified Government Cloud ePacket transmission.
    • ePacket payload transmission must be compliant with the DHS/DD Birdseye data format.
    • Funding request data must be validated for accuracy in accordance with DHS/DD requirements prior to ePacket transmission - otherwise it will be rejected.
    • ISC must submit funding requests packets in a timely manner.
    • Changes to the ePacket Birdseye payload data format that are required by DHS/DD policy and/or federal or state mandates, must be implemented in a timely manner to keep the system "real-time".
    • The ISC data processing must maintain federal and state security compliance (i.e. HIPAA, PII, PHI, etc.) and will be required to pass an annual security assessment.
  • Quality of Program/Services 40% of total score
    1. Describe your agency's quality assurance process to ensure accuracy and timeliness of all annual requirements which include, but is not limited to:
      1. Conducting annual PUNs updates
      2. Updating Discovery Tools and Personal Plans
      3. Ensuring continued eligibility of Medicaid Benefits
      4. Conducting waiver programmatic eligibility redeterminations, and
      5. Conducting monitoring visits, including criteria for completion of visits beyond the minimum number required
    2. Describe your agency's quality assurance process to ensure accuracy in initial clinical eligibility determinations.
    3. Describe your agency's strategies for attracting and retaining qualified staff. NOTE: It is the policy of the Department to encourage cultural diversity in the work environment and to promote employment opportunities through its programs. The Department's philosophy is that the program workforce should appropriately reflect the populations to be served, with special attention given to hiring individuals indigenous to those communities. Consistent with Department policy, whenever a position becomes available, funded agencies and programs are encouraged to consider SNAP and TANF clients for employment, contingent upon their qualifications in the areas of education and work experience.
    4. Describe any staff-to-client ratios your agency will utilize in the execution of this grant.
    5. Describe any staff training programs that you will utilize.
    6. Describe any bilingual or translator services your agency will offer.

C. Eligibility Information

Failure to meet the eligibility criterion by the application deadline will result in the return of the application without review or, even though an application may be reviewed, will preclude the agency from making an award.

An entity may not apply for a grant until the entity has registered and pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal, http://www.grants.illinois.gov/portal/  . Registration and pre-qualification are required annually. During pre-qualification, verifications are performed including a check of federal SAM.gov Exclusion List and status on the Illinois Stop Payment List. The Grantee Portal alerts the entity alerts of "qualified" status or informs how to remediate a negative verification (e.g., inactive DUNS, not in good standing with the Secretary of State). Inclusion on the SAM.gov Exclusion List cannot be remediated.

Key elements to be addressed are:

1. Eligible Applicants.

This funding opportunity is open to all agencies that can meet the terms outlined in this NOFO. All applicants are required to provide the requested information as outlined in this NOFO to be considered for funding in FY2020. The funding opportunity is not limited to those who currently receive or previously received grant funding.

Applicant entities may not apply for this grant until the entity has registered and pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) website, www.grants.illinois.gov . Registration and pre-qualification are required annually. During pre-qualification, verifications are performed including a check of federal Debarred and Suspended and status on the Illinois Stop Payment List. An automated email notification to the entity alerts them of "qualified" status or informs the entity on how to remediate a negative verification (e.g., inactive DUNS, not in good standing with the Secretary of State). A federal Debarred and Suspended status cannot be remediated. The pre-qualification process also includes a financial and administrative risk assessment utilizing an Internal Controls Questionnaire. A Programmatic Risk Assessment must also be completed for each separate grant for which an applicant intends to apply. Applications from entities that have not completed the GATA pre-qualification process prior to the due date of this application will NOT be reviewed and will NOT be considered for funding. A screenshot verifying that this pre-qualification has been completed must be included with the application.

Applicants proposed budget must be entered into the IDHS CSA system (http://www.dhs.state.il.us/Page.aspx?item=61069 ). The completed budget must be electronically signed and submitted in the CSA system, and a printed copy of the signed and submitted budget must be included with the application. It is essential that, at a minimum, the applicant agency's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or equivalent, or the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) or equivalent must be registered in the CSA system to electronically sign the required budget documents prior to submission. For more information about submitting a budget in the CSA system, see: DHSBudgetTrainingManual Revision 3 28 18 (pdf) .

The applicant will comply with all applicable provisions of state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to nondiscrimination, sexual harassment and equal employment opportunity including, but not limited to: The Illinois Human Rights Act (775 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq.), The Public Works Employment Discrimination Act (775 ILCS 10/1 et seq.), The United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended) (42 USC 2000a-and 2000H-6), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 USC 794), The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 USC 12101 et seq.), and The Age Discrimination Act (42 USC 6101 et seq.).

2. Cost Sharing or Matching. Cost sharing is not required.

3. Indirect Cost Rate. 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: a) 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. The organization must provide a copy of the federally NICRA. b) State Negotiated Rate. The organization may negotiate an indirect cost rate with the State of Illinois if they do not have a Federally Negotiated Rate. If an organization has not previously established an indirect cost rate, an indirect cost rate proposal must be submitted through State of Illinois' centralized indirect cost rate system no later than three months after receipt of a Notice of State Award (NOSA). If an organization previously established an indirect cost rate, the organization must annually submit a new indirect cost proposal through CARS within six months after the close of the grantee's fiscal year. c.) De Minimis Rate. An organization that has never negotiated an indirect cost rate with the Federal Government or the State of Illinois is eligible to elect a De Minimis rate of 10% of modified total direct cost (MTDC). Once established, the De Minimis Rate may be used indefinitely. The State of Illinois must verify the calculation of the MTDC annually in order to accept the De Minimis Rate.

All grantees must complete an indirect cost rate negotiation or elect the De Minimis Rate to claim indirect costs. Indirect costs claimed without a negotiated rate or a De Minimis Rate election on record in the State of Illinois' centralized indirect cost rate system may be subject to disallowance.

Limitations on indirect costs restrict the amount and/or type of indirect costs that can be charged to grant awards. Indirect cost limitations and restrictions must be clearly stated in this section.

Grantees have discretion and can waive payment for indirect costs. Grantees that elect to waive payments for indirect costs cannot be reimbursed for indirect costs. The organization must record an election to "Waive Indirect Costs" into the State of Illinois' centralized indirect cost rate system.

4. Other, if applicable.

Applicants may submit a separate application for each of the geographical area.

Start Up: Selected applicants must be prepared to commence services on July 01, 2019. This includes the hiring of qualified staff.

Attachment A/Program Manual: Applicants must agree to adhere to all applicable portions of the Uniform Grant Agreement Attachment A (Developmental Disabilities) and Program Manual for fiscal year 2020 as well as all subsequent revisions to Attachment A and Program Manual for the length of the grant agreement.

Cultural and Linguistic Competence: All services must be provided in a culturally sensitive manner inclusive of respecting differences related to ethnicity, race, religion, age, gender, abilities, and communication preferences. Where needed or requested, the grantee agrees to secure interpreter services to promote the full inclusion of persons seeking or receiving services, their legal guardian, and their family members.

Data Collection and Reporting: Selected applicants will be required to document service provision and maintain accurate, comprehensive service records for all persons seeking or receiving services in the assigned service area(s). Applicants will provide periodic reports to the Division to demonstrate compliance with all performance measures as well as provide ad hoc reports as requested by the Division.

Meeting Participation: Selected applicants must ensure agency participation in all training activities and meetings with Division personnel as requested.

D. Application and Submission Information

1. Address to Request Application Package.

Application materials are provided the following link and throughout the announcement. http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=114761 .

Additional copies may be obtained by contacting the contact persons listed below.

Each applicant must have access to the internet. The Department's website will contain information regarding the NOFO and materials necessary for submission. Questions and answers will also be posted on the Department's website as described later in this announcement. It is the responsibility of each applicant to monitor that web site and comply with any instructions or requirements related to the NOFO.

  • Contact Persons:
  • Christina Miller or Christina Suggs
  • IDHS, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Bureau of Reimbursement and Program Support
  • 600 East Ash, Building 400 Christina.Miller@illinois.gov ; Christina.Suggs@illinois.gov
  • Phone: Christina Miller at (217) 524-9057 or Christina Suggs at (217) 782-0632.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission.

REQUIRED CONTENTS OF AN APPLICATION:

A single uniform application for state grant assistance has been designed for use with all grants. This document will be used by all entities applying for any grant with any state agency. The specific conditions related to each grant will be addressed in the exhibit sections of the grant agreement, but the same form will be used by each state agency.

Applications must also include a budget. The budget form is also a standard template. The budget for any IDHS grant will be submitted via the Community Service Agreement System (CSA System).Each division's program and fiscal staff will work with grantees to negotiate a budget for the final grant award. The budget may need to be revised over the course of the grant process or during the ongoing award. The division will work with its respective grantees if this happens.

Additionally, applicants are required to submit a Program Plan. The program plan must demonstrate the need for services, demonstrate the agency's capacity to support programs and provide a comprehensive description of service delivery. Each section of the program plan must be completed.

All applications must include the following mandatory forms/attachments:

  1. Uniform Application for State Grant Assistance - http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=114761
  2. Program Plan
  3. Uniform Grant Budget - (CSA System)
  4. If indirect costs are included in the budget, and you have a current approved NICRA, please state the NICRA has been uploaded in the State of Illinois Indirect Cost System if indirect costs are included in the budget

Content, form and format requirements:

  1. This Notice of Funding Opportunity does not require the process of pre-application, letters of intent or white paper submission.
  2. The application format requirement for all documents to be printed on one side using Letter size (8 1/2" x 11") paper. All documents should have one-inch margins. Format all pages to display and print page numbers. The documents should be submitted in black and white print with a minimal font of 12 size. Electronic submission is required.
  3. The application should be no more than 200 pages. This includes any pieces that may be submitted separately by third parties

3. Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM).

Each applicant is required to:(unless the applicant is an individual or Federal or State awarding agency that is exempt from those requirements under 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal or State awarding agency under 2 CFR § 25.110(d)).

  1. Be registered in SAM before submitting its application. To establish a SAM registration, go to www.SAM.gov and/or utilize this instructional link: How to Register in SAM from the www.grants.illinois.gov
  2. Provide a valid DUNS number in the application; and
  3. Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal, Federal pass-through or State award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal or State awarding agency. It also must state that the State awarding agency may not make a Federal pass-through or State award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the State awarding agency is ready to make a Federal pass-through or State award, the State awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal pass-through or State award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal pass-through or State award to another applicant.

4. Submission Dates and Times.

Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on August 16th, 2019.

  1. If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or Federal or State holiday, the reporting package is due the next business day.
  2. What the deadline means: The date and time by which the State awarding agency must receive the application.
  3. The effect of missing a deadline: Applications received after the due date and time will not be considered for review or funding.
  4. The application container will be time-stamped upon receipt. To be considered, proposals must be emailed by the designated date and time listed above. For your records, please keep a copy of your email submission with the date and time the application was submitted along with the email address to which it was sent. The deadline will be strictly enforced. In the event of a dispute, the applicant bears the burden of proof that the application was received on time at the location listed above.

Acknowledgement of receipt: Applicants will receive an email (within 72 hours of receipt or 120 hours if received on a non-business day) notifying them that their application was received and if it was received by the due date and time. This email reply will be sent to the original sender of the application.

5. Intergovernmental Review, if applicable.

Not Applicable

6. Other Submission Requirements.

Delivery Method: The Division will ONLY accept applications submitted by electronic mail. Applications will NOT be accepted if received by fax machine, hard copy, disk or thumb drive. Applications will be processed as they are received.

Submit the completed grant application to:

DHS.DDDBCR@Illinois.Gov  with the subject line indicating:

Subject Line: Applicants Organization Name, Funding Opportunity # (20-444-24-0829-01), Program Contact Name (Christina Miller)

If you have trouble emailing the document due to the file size, please utilize the CMS File Transfer Utility located at https://filet.illinois.gov/filet/PIMupload.asp  Please follow the instructions to attach your application. Do not forget the subject line above.

E. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION

  1. Criteria

Funding for FY20 is not guaranteed. All applicants must continue to demonstrate that they meet all requirements under this NOFO described throughout. Applications that fail to meet the criteria described in the "Eligible Applicants" and the "Mandatory Requirements of the Applicant" will not be scored and considered for funding.

Review teams comprised of at least 3 individuals employed by IDHS serving in the Division of Developmental Disabilities will be assigned to review applications. Each application will first be scored individually. Then, review team members will collectively review the application, their scores, and comments to ensure review team members have not missed items within the application that other review team members identified. Application highlights and concerns will be discussed. Individual review team members may choose to adjust scores to appropriately capture content that may have been missed initially. Scores will then be sent to the application Review Coordinator to be compiled and averaged to produce the single final application score.

Three areas of proposals will be analyzed in the merit-based review process: Need, Capacity, & Quality of Program/Service. Proposals will be evaluated utilizing a standardized tool developed by the Division. Scores will be weighted as follows:

  • Need - Description of Need / Executive Summary 20% of total score
  • Capacity - Agency Qualification/Organizational Capacity 40% of total score
  • Quality of Program/Services 40% of total score

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Need - Description of Need / Executive Summary 20% of total score

The applicant will provide details on the following:

  • A detailed analysis of the needs of clients in the ISC geographical area and discuss your agencies plans for meeting those needs.

The idea applicant will:

    • Display an exception understanding of client needs in the geographical area and have a realistic plan to address those needs.
  • Capacity - Agency Qualification/Organizational Capacity 40% of total score
  1. Describe the process your agency will follow to be fully ready to begin providing service by November 1, 2019.
  2. Describe the makeup of your Board of Directors and detail the experience/qualifications/ certifications/licenses of each individual member.
  3. Provide your agency's organizational chart and highlight key personnel and their educational background and qualifications including years of experience serving specialized populations.
  4. Describe the agency's prior experience serving people with developmental disabilities or any other specialty population.
  5. Describe the agency's experience serving the Developmentally Disabled or any other specialty population in the metro east area or the contiguous area.
  6. Describe any potential conflicts of interests as described in 42 CFR 431.301(c)(1)(vi) and in 42 CFR 441.550(c) that may arise as a result of the lack of separation of case management from service delivery functions.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Regulations on January 16, 2014. These Regulations became effective on March 17, 2014 and impact all 1915c HCBS Waivers as well as the ISC. The CMS HCBS Regulations specifies States are required to separate case management functions from service delivery functions. Case management includes: determination of eligibility, provider identification, Personal Plan development, and monitoring of the Plan. "Conflict of Interest Free" means that Case Management must be performed by someone other than a relative of the person served, someone other than a direct provider of service, someone who does not have a financial interest in a provider, or someone who is not employed by a provider. In Illinois, the ISC agencies are identified as the Conflict of Interest Free Case Management entity. In general, the role of the ISC agency is to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations, arrange for and conduct assessments, make necessary determinations regarding eligibility for services, educate individuals and families, and make referrals and provide linkage to appropriate and needed services.

  1.  Describe your agency's qualifications as they relate to the requirements outlined in the Division's procedural manuals and applicable legislative rules.
  2. Evaluation of Agency's estimated budget projections including:
    1. Salaries and Wages
    2. Fringe Benefits
    3. Travel
    4. Equipment
    5. Supplies
    6. Contractual Services & Sub-awards
    7. Consultant Services and Expenses
    8. Construction
    9. Occupancy - Rent and Utilities
    10. Research & Development
    11. Telecommunications
    12. Training and Education
    13. Direct Administrative Costs
    14. Other or Miscellaneous Costs
    15. Grant Exclusive Line Item - Include ISSA Costs here
    16. Indirect Cost
  3. Provide addresses for all site locations and estimated travel times for clients to reach nearest location.
    1.  Describe your agencies methods for minimizing staff travel requirements.
    2. Describe your agencies utilization of technology to ensure staff are conducting client visits.
  4. Describe ADA accessibility of all facilities.
  5. Provide specific details of capabilities for submitting electronic funding requests to the current DHS/DD.org in the SalesForce Government Cloud.
    • ISC must address the following:
    • Data Sharing Agreement.
    • Encrypted SalesForce Cloud to SalesForce FedRAMP certified Government ePacket transmission from ISC.org OR
      1. Approved, encrypted other commercial Cloud to SalesForce FedRAMP certified Government Cloud ePacket transmission.
      2. ePacket payload transmission must be compliant with the DHS/DD Birdseye data format.
      3. Funding request data must be validated for accuracy in accordance with DHS/DD requirements prior to ePacket transmission - otherwise it will be rejected.
      4. ISC must submit funding requests packets in a timely manner.
      5. Changes to the ePacket Birdseye payload data format that are required by DHS/DD policy and/or federal or state mandates, must be implemented in a timely manner to keep the system "real-time".
      6. The ISC data processing must maintain federal and state security compliance (i.e. HIPAA, PII, PHI, etc.) and will be required to pass an annual security assessment.

The ideal applicant will:

  1. provide specific details of current operations in this area or plans to become fully operational by November 1, 2019.
  2. demonstrate that members of the board of directors have the following background(s): Family Member of a person with a Developmental Disability, Lawyer, Doctor, Psychiatrist/Psychologist, or Accountant.
  3. demonstrate that key personnel (Executive Director, Director of Programs, Chief Fiscal Officer, etc.) have an educational level of PHD or MD and experience in developmental disability programs of more than 21 years.
  4. demonstrate that the agency has experience providing IDD Case Management Experience, Prior experience assessing persons with IDD and determining eligibility, Prior experience interviewing families and persons with IDD or other specialty populations about their wants and needs, Prior experience developing a Person Centered Plan or similar product for a specialty population, Prior experience ensuring the Health, Safety, and welfare of people who have IDD or other specialty populations
  5. demonstrate that the applicant possesses all the qualifications outlined in the Division's procedural manuals and applicable legislative rules.
  6. provide document of prior experience serving the Developmentally Disabled or any other specialty population in the metro east area.
  7. provide documentation attesting that the applicant is not a provider and that individuals and/or entities providing case management are not:
    1. Related by blood or marriage to the individual or a paid caregiver
    2. Financially responsible for the individual
    3. Empowered to make health-related decisions for the individual
    4. Individuals who would benefit financially from service provision
    5. Providers of State Plan HCBS
  8. provide documentation demonstrating the agency meets the following requirements outlined in the Division's procedural manuals and applicable legislative rules.
    1. All agency personnel who perform Level I and Level II PAS assessments and sign the forms documenting these activities must be Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals (QIDPs) who have completed an initial DHS-approved 40-hour minimum training program, who obtain 12 hours of approved and documented continuing education credits each state fiscal year after the state fiscal year training is completed, and who are listed on the DHS/DDD's QIDP database. Credentialing for agency QIDPs is maintained through DDD.
    2. Persons employed to provide ISSA must be Qualified Intellectual Disability Professionals (QIDP) as defined in Rule 115.200, "Standards and Licensure Requirements for Community Integrated Living Arrangements." This requirement applies regardless of whether their work with ISSA is full-time or part-time. QIDP's working as ISSAs must update their job skills and knowledge annually, including earing 12 Continuing Education Units annually in job-related training.
    3. The Board of Directors shall not include individuals who work for or are on the Board of Directors of entities that provide direct services, such as, but not limited to, residential, vocational, respite, day program, supported employment or family support services.
    4. The Provider ensures 24-hour per day, 365 days per year accessibility in times of crisis for individuals. The Provider shall ensure its contact information, and specifically its telephone number for crisis access, is accurate and current as posted on the Division's web site.
  9. submit a budget proposal that is within the cost range provided.
    • Salaries and Wages
      1. List each position by title and name of employee, if available.
      2. It will show the annual salary rate and the percentage of time to be devoted to the project and length of time working on the project.
      3. Compensation paid for employees engaged in grant activities must be consistent with that paid for similar work within the applicant organization.
      4. It will include a description of the responsibilities and duties of each position in relationship to fulfilling the project goals and objectives.
      5. It will also include justification and description of each position (including vacant positions) and relate each position specifically to program objectives.
      6. Personnel cannot exceed 100% of their time on all active projects.
    • Fringe Benefits
      1. Fringe benefits are based on actual known costs or an established formula.
      2. Fringe benefits are for the personnel listed in direct salaries and wages, and only for the percentage of time devoted to the project.
      3. A clear description of how the computation for the fringe benefit rate used was calculated must be included.
      4. If a fringe benefit rate was not used, then the submission must show how the fringe benefits were computed for each position.
      5. All elements that comprise fringe benefits must be indicated.
      6. The justification of fringe benefits should be reflected.
    • Travel
      1. Travel should include: origin and destination, estimated costs and type of transportation, number of travelers, related lodging and per diem costs, brief description of the travel involved, its purpose, and explanation of how the proposed travel is necessary for successful completion of the project.
      2. In training projects, travel and meals for trainees should be listed separately. Show the number of trainees and unit cost involved. Identify the location of travel, if know; or if unknown; indicate: "location to be determined."
      3. Indicate source of Travel Policies applied, Applicant or State of Illinois Travel Regulations. NOTE: Dollars request in the travel category should be for staff travel only. Travel for consultants should be shown in the consultant category along with the consultant's fee.
      4. Travel for training participants, advisory committees, review panels and etc. should be itemized the same way as indicated above and placed in the "Miscellaneous" category.
    • Equipment
      1. Provide justification for the use of each item and relate them to specific program objectives.
      2. Does the equipment listed meet the following criteria?
      3. Equipment is defined as an article of tangible personal property that has a useful life of more than one year and a per-unit acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level established by the non-Federal entity for financial state purposes, or $5,000. An applicant organization may classify equipment at a lower dollar value but cannot classify it higher than $5,000 (Note: Organization's own capitalization policy for classification of equipment can be used.)
      4. Provide both the annual (for multiyear awards) and total for equipment.
      5. Applicants should analyze the cost benefits of purchasing versus leasing equipment, especially high cost items and those subject to rapid technical advances.
      6. Rented or leased equipment costs should be listed in the "Contractual" category. Explain how the equipment is necessary for the success of the project.
      7. Attach a narrative describing the procurement method to be used.
    • Supplies
      1. Office supplies and show the basis for computation.
      2. Postage and show the basis for computation.
      3. Training materials and show the basis for computation.
      4. Copying paper and show the basis for computation.
      5. Other expendable items such as books, and hand-held tape recorders and show the basis for computation.
    • Contractual Services & Sub-awards
      1. Provide a description of the product or service to be procured by contract and an estimate of the cost. Applicants are encouraged to promote free and open competition in awarding contracts.
      2. A separate justification must be provided for sole contracts in excess of $150,000 NOTE: this budget category may include subawards.
      3. Provide separate budgets for each subaward or contract, regardless of the dollar value and indicate the basis for the cost estimates in the narrative.
      4. Describe products or services to be obtained and indicate the applicability or necessity of each to the project.
    • Consultant Services and Expenses
      1. For each consultant enter the name, if known
      2. service to be provided
      3. hourly or daily fee (8-hour day)
      4. estimated time on the project.
    • Construction
      1. Provide a description of the construction project and an estimate of the costs.
      2. drawings
      3. estimates
      4. formal bids, etc.
    • Occupancy - Rent and Utilities
      1. List items and descriptions by major type and the basis of the computation.
      2. Explain how rental and utility expenses are allocated for distribution as an expense to the program/service.
      3. Provide the square footage cost per square foot rent and utility
      4. Provide a monthly rental and utility cost
      5. How many months to rent
    • Research & Development
    • All research activities, both basic and applied, and all development activities that are performed by non-Federal entities directed toward the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods, including design and development of prototypes and processes. Provide a description of the research and development project and an estimate of the costs. Consult with the program office before budgeting funds in this category.
    • Telecommunications
      1. List items
      2. List descriptions by major type
      3. Provide the basis of the computation.
      4. Explain how telecommunication expenses are allocated for distribution as an expense to the program/services.
    • Training and Education
      1. Describe the training and education cost associated with employee development.
      2. Include rental space for training (if required)
      3. Include training materials
      4. Include speaker fees
      5. Include substitute teacher fees
      6. Include any other applicable expenses related to the training.
      7. When training materials (pamphlets, notebooks, videos, and other various handouts) are ordered for specific training activities, these items should be itemized.
    • Direct Administrative Costs
    • The salaries of administrative and clerical staff should normally be treated as indirect (F&A) costs. Direct charging of these costs may be appropriate only if all the following conditions are met
      1. Administrative or clerical services are integral to a project or activity
      2. Individuals involved can be specifically identified with the project or activity.
      3. Such costs are explicitly included in the budget or have the prior written approval of the State awarding agency; and
      4. The costs are not also recovered as indirect costs
    • Other or Miscellaneous Costs
    • This category contains items not included in the previous categories.
      1. List items by type of material or nature of expense
      2. break down costs by quantity and cost per unit if applicable
      3. state the necessity of other costs for successful completion of the project
      4. exclude unallowable costs (e.g. Printing, Memberships & subscriptions, recruiting costs, etc.)
    • Grant Exclusive Line Item - Include ISSA Costs here
      • Costs directly related to the service or activity of the program that is an integral line item for budgetary purposes. To use this budgetary line item, an applicant must have Program approval. (Please cite reference per statute for unique costs directly related to the service or activity of the program). INCLUDE ISSA BUDGET IN THIS AREA
    • Indirect Cost
      • a. Provide the most recent indirect cost rate agreement information with the itemized budget.
      • b. The applicable indirect cost rate(s) negotiated by the organization with the cognizant negotiating agency must be used in computing indirect costs (F&A) for a program budget.
      • c. The amount for indirect costs should be calculated by applying the current negotiated indirect costs rate(s) to the approved base(s).
    • After the amount of indirect costs is determined for the program, a breakdown of the indirect costs should be provided in the budget worksheet and narrative.
  10. Ensure that centralized operating sites are conveniently located to minimize travel times and provide information about travel times requirements. (NOTE: Each grantee is required to have a physical office location within each geographic area awarded.)
    1. Travel time required to nearest satellite site.
    2. Evaluation of any geographic areas not covered.
    3. Work from home model that minimizes drive times.
    4. Use of technology such as Electronic Visit Verification Systems.
  11. provide information validating that all sites are fully ADA accessible.
  12. provide documentation that the following capabilities for submitting electronic funding requests to the current DHS/DD.org in the SalesForce Government Cloud will be in place.
    1. Data Sharing Agreement
    2. Encrypted SalesForce Cloud to SalesForce FedRAMP certified Government ePacket transmission from ISC.org
    3. Or approved, encrypted other commercial Cloud to SalesForce FedRAMP certified Government Cloud ePacket transmission
    4. ePacket payload transmission must be compliant with the DHS/DD Birdseye data format
    5. Funding request data must be validated for accuracy in accordance with DHS/DD requirements prior to ePacket transmission - otherwise it will be rejected
    6. ISC must submit funding requests packets in a timely manner
    7. Changes to the ePacket Birdseye payload data format that are required by DHS/DD policy and/or federal or state mandates, must be implemented in a timely manner to keep the system "real-time"
    8. The ISC data processing must maintain federal and state security compliance (i.e. HIPAA, PII, PHI, etc.) and will be required to pass an annual security assessment.

* Quality of Program/Services 40% of total score

The applicant should provide the following details:

  1. Describe your agency's quality assurance process to ensure accuracy and timeliness of all annual requirements which include, but is not limited to:
    • Conducting annual PUNs updates
    • To ensure accuracy and timeliness of all annual requirements, the agency will develop an internal quality assurance process that will address each of the following:
      • Identify the date the record/activity is due and the description of this process.
      • Monitor records/activities for quality and accuracy.
      • Track overdue records/activities.
      • Ensure a timely update to overdue record/activity.
      • Develop in-house training on PUNS completion requirements to ensure staff are aware of the expectations and guidelines provided by the Division.
  2. Updating Discovery Tools and Personal Plans
    • To ensure accuracy and timeliness of all annual requirements, the agency will develop an internal quality assurance process that will address each of the following:
      • Identify the date the record/activity is due and the description of this process.
      • Monitor records/activities for quality and accuracy.
      • Track overdue records/activities.
      • Ensure a timely update to overdue record/activity.
      • Develop in-house training on annual requirements to ensure staff are aware of the expectations and guidelines provided by the Division.
  3. Ensuring continued eligibility of Medicaid Benefits
    • To ensure participant's waiver eligibility, the agency will develop and maintain a process to support accurate and timely submission of the annual Medicaid Redetermination by will address each of the following:
      • Identify the date the record/activity is due and the description of this process.
      • Monitor records/activities for quality and accuracy.
      • Track overdue records/activities.
      • Ensure a timely update to overdue record/activity.
      • Develop in-house training on annual requirements to ensure staff are aware of the expectations and guidelines provided by the Division.
  4. Conducting waiver programmatic eligibility redeterminations
    • The agency will implement a process to ensure that clinical eligibility is reviewed, and a redetermination is rendered on an annual basis. This will usually align with the date of the plan development. The eligibility redetermination will be submitted/reported through the appropriate ROCS interface.
      • Identify the date when clinical eligibility is due for each individual.
      • Tickler system in place so that responsible staff are alerted to clinical eligibility due date in sufficient time to complete prior to due date
      • Supervisory process to identify past due clinical eligibility determinations
      • Past due clinical eligibility determinations are completed within 30 days of identification
      • Analysis of past due eligibility determinations to identify persons or issues responsible for multiple delays
      • Commitment to taking action to address factors that contribute to on-going issues.
  5. Conducting monitoring visits, including criteria for completion of visits beyond the minimum number required
    • The agency will ensure that at least one visit is completed with the individual (face to face) for monitoring of the plan. Additional follow up and visits may be required for plan revision and addressing unmet needs of the individual. The agency may have a policy or detailed process to ensure adequate supports are being provided to the individual in achieving personal outcomes and addressing identified risks.
      • Agency has a training program to ensure all representatives understand the expectations for monitoring visits
      • Training/policy specifies expectations for routine visits as well as additional visits, including factors that would prompt additional visits
      • Training/policy is specific about the need for face-to-face meeting with the individual to monitor plan implementation and satisfaction
      • Training/policy includes contact with guardian, actively involved family members (as appropriate), and provider agency staff to solicit input as part of the monitoring activities
      • Training/policy addresses time frames and process for follow-up if problems are noted during the monitoring visit
      • Tracking process to allow supervisory staff to identify missed or delayed visits
      • Tracking process to allow supervisory staff to determine appropriateness of follow up when problems are noted
  6. Describe your agency's quality assurance process to ensure accuracy in initial clinical eligibility determinations.
    • Periodic sampling of eligibility determinations for each ISC representative
    • Independent review of eligibility by a qualified staff person for comparison with the initial determination
    • Process to address errors including retraining of staff.
  7. Describe your agency's strategies for attracting and retaining qualified staff. NOTE: It is the policy of the Department to encourage cultural diversity in the work environment and to promote employment opportunities through its programs. The Department's philosophy is that the program workforce should appropriately reflect the populations to be served, with special attention given to hiring individuals indigenous to those communities. Consistent with Department policy, whenever a position becomes available, funded agencies and programs are encouraged to consider SNAP and TANF clients for employment, contingent upon their qualifications in the areas of education and work experience.
    • The ideal strategy will contain detail elements of employee incentives, marketing & advertising techniques for attracting and retaining quality employees, fringe benefits, employee recognition and awards programs, and other innovative Human Resources strategies.
  8. Describe any staff-to-client ratios your agency will utilize in the execution of this grant.
    • The ideal staff-to-client ratio is a 1 to 30 ratio or less that is verified by budget projections.
  9. Describe any staff training programs that you will utilize.
    • The ideal training program will contain:
      • New hire orientation
      • Professional Development program for in-service training (On company time)
      • On-line training opportunities
      • Train the Trainer Programs
      • Assistance with professional certifications and license renewals.
  10. Describe any bilingual or translator services your agency will offer.
    • The ideal program will include staff or plans to contract services for:
      • Spanish
      • Polish
      • Chinese
      • Sign language
      • Other alternative means of communications.

2.Review and Selection Process.

Any internal documentation used in scoring or awarding of grants shall not be considered public information.

Recommendations for award will be made by the Director of Developmental Disabilities and the Final award decisions will be made by the Secretary, Department of Human Services. The Division reserves the right to negotiate with successful applicants to adjust award amounts, service areas, etc.

The Department will follow the Merit-based review process established by the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Award Administration Information.

Merit-Based Review for competitive grants in Illinois including fully or partially funded Federal, Federal-Pass Through and State funded grants shall comply with GATA Legislation 30 ILCS 708 and 2 CFR 200 Uniform Requirements. Grants funded solely by private funds are not subject to GATA legislation and 2 CFR 200 requirements.

Merit Based Review, 2 CFR 200.204. For competitive grants unless prohibited by Federal statute, the Federal awarding agency must design and execute a merit review process for applications. This process must be described or incorporated by reference in the applicable funding opportunity process.

  1. Receipt of Grant Application Proposals - A record shall be prepared that shall include the name of the grantor, title of the grant, each grant applicant and a notation of date and time of grant application receipt.
  2. The Division of Developmental Disabilities will keep a file of the grant award process that includes the written determination of award, grant application and requirements. The Grant Award file shall be available to Federal and State audit organizations, the Office of the Auditor General, and the Executive Inspector General.
  3. Competitive Grant evaluation criteria is tied to objectives or purpose of the federal or state grant program.
    1. Evaluation criteria includes the following criteria categories:
      1. Need
      2. Capacity
      3. Quality
    2. Definitions for the Merit-Based Review required evaluation criteria categories include:
      1. Need: Identification of stakeholders, facts and evidence that demonstrate the proposal supports the grant program purpose.
      2. Capacity: The ability of an entity to execute the grant program according to project requirements.
      3. Quality: The totality of features and characteristics of a service, project or product that indicated its ability to satisfy the requirements of the grant program.
    3. Other evaluation criteria for Merit-Based Review will be considered in addition to the required criteria. Other criteria categories include:
      1. Cost Effectiveness
      2. Sustainability
      3. Grant Specific Criteria - Quality of Survey, Materials for dissemination and expansion plan.
  4. Merit based review of the Competitive Grant Application shall evaluate process description, criteria and importance stated in the grant application.
    1. Evaluation will be based on numerical rating:
      1. The scoring tool shall reflect the evaluation criteria and ranking set forth in the grant application and any sub-criteria available at the opening.
      2. Evaluation Committee members will have an individual score sheet which is completed independent of the whole committee.
      3. A summary score sheet that shows the comparative scores and resulting finalist for award will be completed.
      4. Any significant or substantial variance between evaluator scores shall be reviewed and documented, including revision of individual scores.
    2. If an award decision is made after the Merit Based Review is performed, the awarding shall verify that the entity has completed the following pre-award requirements:
      1. Grantee pre-qualification
      2. Conflict of Interest and Mandatory Disclosures
      3. Fiscal and Administrative Risk Assessment
      4. Programmatic Risk Assessment
  5. Award
    1. An award shall be made pursuant to a written determination based on the evaluation criteria set forth in the grant application and successful completion of finalist requirements.
    2. A Notice of State Award (NOSA) will be issued to the Merit Based finalists that have successfully completed all grant award requirements. Based on the NOSA, the Merit Based finalist is positioned to make an informed decision to accept the grant award. The NOSA shall include:
      1. The terms and conditions of the award.
      2. Specific conditions assigned to the grantee based on the fiscal and administrative and programmatic risk assessments and the merit-based review.
    3. Upon acceptance of the grant award, announcement of the grant award shall be published by the awarding agency to www.grants.illinois.gov .
    4. A written Notice of Denial shall be sent to the applicants not receiving awards.
  6. Merit-Based Evaluation Appeal Process
    1. Competitive grant appeals are limited to the evaluation process. Evaluation scores may not be protested. Only the evaluation process is subject to appeal.
    2. Appeals Review Officer - The Agency Head or designee may appoint one or more Appeal Review Officers (ARO) to consider the grant-related appeals and make a recommendation to the Agency Head or designee for resolution.
    3. Submission of Appeal
      1. An appeal must be submitted in writing in accordance with the grant application document.
      2. An appeal must be received within 14 calendar days after the date that the grant award notice has been published.
      3. The written appeal shall include at a minimum the following:
        1. the name and address of the appealing party
        2. identification of the grant
        3. a statement of reasons for the appeal
    4. Response to Appeal
      1. The State agency must acknowledge receipt of an appeal within fourteen (14) calendar days from the date the appeal was received.
      2. The State agency should respond to the appeal within 60 days or supply a written explanation to the appealing party as to why additional time is required.
      3. The appealing party must supply any additional information requested by the agency within the time period set in the request.
    5. Stay of Grant Agreement/Contract Execution
      1. When an appeal is received the execution of the grant. agreement/contract shall be stayed until the appeal is resolved or;
      2. The Agency head or designee determines the needs of the State require moving forward with the grant execution.
      3. The state need determination and rational shall be documented in writing.
    6. Resolution
      1. The ARO shall make a recommendation to the Agency Head or designee as expeditiously as possible after receiving all relevant, requested information.
      2. In determining the appropriate recommendation. The ARO shall consider the integrity of the competitive grant process and the impact of the recommendation on the State Agency.
      3. The Agency will resolve the appeal by means of written determination.
      4. The determination shall include, but not be limited to:
        1. Review of the appeal
        2. Appeal determination
        3. Rationale for the determination
    7. Effect of Judicial Proceedings. If an action concerning the appeal has commenced in a court or administrative body, the Agency Head or designee may defer resolution of the appeal pending the judicial or administrative determination.

3. Anticipated Announcement and State Award Dates

The Division will notify all applicants on selection or non-selection no later than October 1, 2019.

F. AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION

  1. State Award Notices

    • A Notice of State Award (NOSA) will be issued to the review finalists that have successfully completed all grant award requirement. Based on the NOSA, the review finalist is positioned to make an informed decision to accept the grant award. The NOSA shall include:
    • The terms and conditions of the award.
    • Specific conditions assigned to the grantee based on the fiscal and administrative and programmatic risk assessments.
    • The NOSA must be signed by the grants officer (or equivalent). This signature effectively accepts the state award and all conditions set forth within the notice. This signed NOSA is the authorizing document. The Agency signed NOSA must be remitted to the Department as instructed in the notice.
    • Upon acceptance of the grant award, announcement of the grant award shall be published by the awarding agency to Grants.Illinois.gov
  2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements.

See section C.3 above.

  1. Reporting

Quarterly reporting will be completed utilizing the Periodic Performance Report (GOMBGATU-4001) and Periodic Financial Report (GOMBGATU-4002). Quarterly reports will be submitted no later than 15 days after end of each period. 1st Quarter Reports are due NLT October 15th, 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT January 15th, 3rd Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 4th Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.

Under the terms of the Grant Funds Recovery Act (30ILCS 705/4.1), "Grantor agencies may withhold or suspend the distribution of grant funds for failure to file required reports." If the report is more than 30 calendar days delinquent, without any approved written explanation by the grantee, the entity will be placed on the Illinois Stop Payment List. (Refer to the Grantee Compliance Enforcement System for details about the Illinois Stop Payment List: https://www.illinois.gov/sites/GATA/Pages/ResourceLibrary.aspx .)

Monthly service delivery reporting through the ROCS data base or alternative systems determined by the Division is required.

G. STATE AWARDING AGENCY CONTACT(S)

Questions and Answers

If you have any questions about this NOFO, please send them via email to Christina.Miller@illinois.gov with "ISC Region NOFO" in the subject line of the email.

Questions with their respective answers will be posted on the IDHS website.

The information in the FAQ section may be updated periodically, applicants are encouraged to check it frequently. Only written answers posted on the website will be considered valid and official.

H. OTHER INFORMATION

Not applicable

MANDATORY FORMS - REQUIRED FOR ALL AGENCIES - All information below must be submitted electronically.

  1. Uniform Application for State Grant Assistance (pdf)
  2. Program Plan
  3. Uniform Grant Budget (CSA System)
  4. Coversheet (pdf)  (include this with your submission)