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Respite Services Request for Application

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice:
Division of Social Services/Child Welfare Services/Community Based Programs

Date of this notice: December 15, 2014

Purpose: The purpose of this Request For Applications (RFA) is to award grant funds through contract with outside sources to provide respite services. Respite agencies, with a community collaboration of agencies and organizations, will provide services to prevent child abuse and neglect while improving the quality of life for children and their families. These services will promote strong families, healthy and safe children, and a safe and supportive community environment.

The Division of Social Services will award a maximum of $1,200,000 in grant funds over a three-year grant cycle to community-based organizations that provide proposals with programs, services and activities focusing on family support and respite support services to children and their families. The RFA process is needed as an essential competitive bid process for ensuring that the most comprehensive services are selected.

Description: North Carolina Respite Services will support community-based programs to provide outreach, support and services to individuals and families identified as being at-risk of compromised health and safety to eliminate or reduce those risks by promoting protective factors that strengthen and support families. Grants will be awarded throughout the state. Funding will be awarded to agencies that meet all of the following requirements:

  • Provide services based on the Principles of Family Support Practice.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to meaningful parent engagement and leadership opportunities.
  • Provide preventive service that targets populations most at risk of child abuse of neglect.
  • Promote the five protective factors linked to lower incidence of child maltreatment.
  • Provide a service that demonstrates an acceptable level of emerging evidence.
  • Achieve positive outcomes for children and families through the use of outcome accountability and evaluation tools.

Eligibility: Any tribal government, community–based, public or private nonprofit, tax-exempt organization (including faith-based), school system or local government agency that is duly incorporated and registered under North Carolina Statutes is eligible to apply provided they meet the following requirements:

How to Apply: Please visit http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/pubnotice/index.htm to download the application.

Letter of Intent Due: December 19, 2014

Deadline for Submission: January 16, 2015

How to Obtain Further Information:

Michelle Reines
Program Consultant
Office (919) 527-6437
michelle.reines@dhhs.nc.gov

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Child Care Resource and Referral Request For Information

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Division of Child Development & Early Education (DCDEE)

Date of this notice: November 21, 2014

Purpose: The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to survey national experts, system partners and stakeholders for information and innovative ideas to enhance North Carolina’s Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) system. DCDEE is a part of the NC Department of Health and Human Services. DCDEE monitors, regulates, and licenses over 7,000 early care and education programs (child care centers and family child care homes) across the state; administers the federally funded Subsidized Child Care Program; administers the state funded NC Pre-K program; and manages projects designed to improve the quality and availability of care through investments in the workforce. Licensed programs in the state currently employ a workforce of approximately 42,000 and provide care for nearly 250,000 children.

Description: The current CCR&R system is comprised of both local and regional agencies across North Carolina that help connect parents/families with high quality early care and education (ECE) programs through consumer education and referral services; increase the quality of ECE programs through investments in the workforce such as on-site technical assistance, professional development and training; collect and report data on the state of the ECE system; build local and regional support for early childhood initiatives through community outreach; and collaborate with system partners at the local, regional and state levels. Responses to this RFI will assist DCDEE in determining the needs and opportunities related to future activities of the CCR&R system in North Carolina.

Eligibility: This RFI is open to national experts, stakeholders and system partners for the services described herein and a contract is not awarded.

How to Apply: Detailed information regarding this CCR&R RFI including submission requirements is available at www.ncchildcare.nc.gov under “What’s New.”

Please email, mail via Overnight/Express Mail or deliver your RFI response in person to:

bj Avent-Farmer
email address: bj.farmer@dhhs.nc.gov
North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education
820 South Boylan Avenue (Room 140)
Raleigh, NC 27603

Deadline for Submission: Responses to this RFI must be received by 5:00 PM on December 19, 2014.

How to Obtain Further Information: Please direct all inquiries concerning this RFI in writing via email to

Mary Lee Porterfield
email address: marylee.porterfield@dhhs.nc.gov

Questions concerning the specifications or any information contained within this RFI will be received until 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 3, 2014. All questions must be received in writing, via email (marylee.porterfield@dhhs.nc.gov). Responses to all questions received by the deadline will be posted on the DCDEE website (www.ncchildcare.nc.gov) no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 12, 2014.

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North Carolina School Health Center Programs A-306

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Division of Public Health

Date of this notice: November 14, 2014

Purpose: The purpose of the North Carolina School Health Centers Program is to provide funding to School Health Centers (SHCs) that will enable them to increase access to age-appropriate health care for older children and adolescents, ages 10 to 19, with the goals of improving the health status and supporting the academic achievement of young people who live in underserved communities with increased risks due to social and economic factors. SHCs funded through this Request For Applications (RFA) shall be required to provide access to comprehensive, coordinated and preventive health care either through services and programs and/or referrals to other primary care providers, medical specialists, mental and behavioral health agencies, nutritionists and other community services and programs. Through direct services and/or referral networks, SHCs shall be required to focus on early intervention and prevention by assuring access to annual age-appropriate wellness visits (Health Check/EPSDT), health risk assessments and immunizations. The applicants that are selected through this RFA must provide evidence that they have the capacity to implement quality services that are sustainable and are in compliance with the North Carolina Quality Assurance Standards for SHCs and Performance Measures for SHCs based on Bright Futures guidelines and other national guidelines and recommendations.

Description: Contracting agency responsibilities shall operate one (or more) School Health Center(s) that implement services that efficiently and effectively contribute to the contract outcomes and performance measures and comply with quality standards relevant to services they provide. The SHCs shall provide access to comprehensive acute, chronic, and preventive health care services including annual wellness visits in collaboration with individual schools, local education agencies (school districts), primary care and specialty providers and other agencies and community-based organizations. They shall operate in collaboration with a school campus serving students either on campus or linked to one or more campuses and be open when school is in session at regularly scheduled hours. The SHCs shall offer age-appropriate health risk screening, treatment, education, referral and/or follow-up on an annual basis to older children and adolescents who have used their services three or more time. The focus shall be targeted towards older children and adolescents, ages 10 to 19 and shall provide them with age-appropriate risk screening, treatment, education, referral and/or follow-up with relevant screening tools and procedures.

Contracting agency responsibilities shall meet the performance measures appropriate for the scope of services provided by the SHC and report the total number of unduplicated students served, total number of procedural visits by type (medical, preventive, behavioral health, and nutrition) and total number and rate of unduplicated students served that are covered by: Health Check/Medicaid for Children, Medicaid, NC Health Choice/CHIP, Private Insurance, Medicare, Tri-care Military, Uninsured, Unknown, and Other. The total number and types of referrals should be recorded including users with a Medical Home and Dental Home.

Eligibility: SHC applicants selected for funding may be “school-based” or “school-linked”. A “school-based” SHC is located on a school-campus and primarily provides services and programs for students on that campus. A “school-linked” SHC is usually located off a school campus and works collaboratively with multiple schools and other agencies to provide access to age-appropriate health care. A SHC that is located on a school campus and primarily providing services to students from other schools is also classified as “school-linked.” The SHCs selected through this RFA shall be developed in collaboration with local community agencies and organizations including the public schools, school districts and local education associations, school health advisory committees (SHACs), primary care providers (PCPs), local health departments, federally funded community health centers, local mental health agencies and other appropriate community programs, organizations and agencies. They shall have advisory boards representing the diversity of the community that meet quarterly. Applying SHCs may provide a comprehensive array of services directly through center staff including acute, chronic and preventive health services, health risk screening, mental health services and nutrition services or provide limited or specialty services and refer children and youth for additional care.

How to Apply: Application forms and instructions are included in the RFA which is available from Chris Bryant, contact information provided below and on Program’s website at: http://ncdhhs.gov/dph/wch/aboutus/childrenyouth.htm.

All prospective applicants are encouraged to attend the technical assistance conference call on Friday, November 21, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm by phone at: 1-877-336-1831.

Applicants shall submit an original paper document (original application) and 4 copies of the application. All copies shall include the required attachments. In addition to the paper copies, applicant organizations shall submit an electronic version of the application, line item budget and budget narrative as an excel document, in an email attachment to christopher.bryant@dhhs.nc.gov. Electronic submission will not be accepted in lieu of an original. Faxed applications will not be accepted.

The original application must contain original documents, and all signatures in the original application must be original. Mechanical, copies, or stamped signatures are not acceptable. The original application should be clearly marked “original” on the application face sheet. Copies of the application should be clearly marked “copy” on the application face sheet.

All applications must be received by the Department of Health and Human Services by 5:00 pm on Friday, January 9, 2015.

Deadline for Submission: January 9, 2015 by 5:00 pm

How to Obtain Further Information: Please direct all inquiries concerning this RFA to
Chris Bryant, M.Ed.
School Health Centers Program Consultant and Contract Administrator
School Health Unit, Division of Public Health
Phone: 919-707-5662
E-Mail: christopher.bryant@dhhs.nc.gov
Mailing address:
NC Division of Public Health
Children and Youth Branch
1928 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1928

Street / Hand Delivery
Denise Harris, Office Assistant
NC Division of Public Health
5601 Six Forks Road
Building 2, Floor 3, Cubicle D16
Raleigh, NC 27609-3811

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2014-2015 Rural Health Center Program - Innovation Project

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Office of Rural Health and Community Care

Date of this notice: October 8, 2014

Purpose: The purpose of grants awarded under this program is to continue support for state-designated rural health centers. The Office of Rural Health and Community Care (the Division) assists underserved communities and populations with developing innovative strategies for improving access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of health care. Distribution of primary care providers in North Carolina has historically been skewed toward the cities and larger towns. Rural residents, who often suffer from transportation issues, find accessing primary care services difficult. Through the establishment of rural health centers, the Division enables local communities to provide access to their underserved populations who would otherwise be unable to receive needed primary care services due to geographic, economic, or other barriers. Thus, rural health centers have become an integral part of the health care safety net for North Carolina’s rural and underserved residents.

Description: Grants will be awarded for two different focus areas. Each of the tracks should focus on accomplishing one of the following goals: Practice transformation to Patient Center Medical Home (PCMH) recognized or development and maintenance of technological infrastructure.

Track A. The main purpose of this track is to become National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) PCMH recognized where primary care practices can transform into what patients want: a focus on patients themselves and their health care needs. Grant funds may be used to cover expenses 1) to hire an outside expert to assist with PCMH recognition or 2) for staff person to become a PCMH Certified Content Expert, which plays an important role in facilitating the PCMH recognition process.

Track B. This track centers on the creation and implementation of sustainable technological infrastructure that enhances access to health care and improves its quality. These efforts may include technological, administrative, and clinical innovations that sustain primary medical care delivery models through the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) technology and through the use of the North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NCHIE) connection. Applications may include methods for expanding the ability to collect, exchange, store, and disseminate health information while augmenting the practice capacity to provide access to and delivery of primary health care.

Funding Availability: Funding available through May 31, 2015.

Eligibility: State-designated rural health centers that are 501(c)3 non-profit primary care organizations currently funded in SFY 2014–2015 under the Rural Health Center Operations Medical Access Plan (MAP) Grant Program.

How to Apply: The Request For Applications, application instructions and required forms are available at : http://www.ncdhhs.gov/orhcc/partners/fundingops.htm

Electronic applications should be emailed to: DHHS.RHCMAP.orhccgrants@dhhs.nc.gov

Deadline for Submission: Grant applications must be received electronically at the Office of Rural Health & Community Care at DHHS.RHCMAP.orhccgrants@dhhs.nc.gov prior to April 1, 2015. Only electronic copies will be accepted.

How to Obtain Further Information: Questions regarding the grant application may be directed to:

Andrea Murphy (andrea.murphy@dhhs.nc.gov) 919.527.6448
Parcheul Harris (parcheul.harris@dhhs.nc.gov) 919.527.6468

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Rural Health Center Program – Capital Project Grant

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Office of Rural Health and Community Care

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Office of Rural Health and Community Care

Date of this notice: June 27, 2014

Purpose: The purpose of grants awarded under this program is to continue support for state-designated rural health centers. The Office of Rural Health and Community Care (the Division) assists underserved communities and populations with developing innovative strategies for improving access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of health care. Distribution of primary care providers in North Carolina has historically been skewed toward the cities and larger towns. Rural residents, who often suffer from transportation issues, find accessing primary care services difficult. Through the establishment of rural health centers, the Division enables local communities to provide access to their underserved populations who would otherwise be unable to receive needed primary care services due to geographic, economic, or other barriers. Thus, rural health centers have become an integral part of the health care safety net for North Carolina’s rural and underserved residents.

Description: Through this capital support grant, the rural health center will continue to develop and implement projects intended to increase quality driven, cost effective care to meet the transitions mandated through the Affordable Care Act and other industry trends. These funds may be used for a variety of projects including limited information technology components as deemed appropriate by the Division. In addition, these funds may include planned and unplanned structural improvements, upkeep, etc. of the facility/physical plant. If the proposed capital project may result in an insurance claim or involves information technology, please contact Parcheul Harris and/or Andrea Murphy prior to completion of this application packet. The maximum total grant award is dependent upon demonstrated need at the rural health center and the availability of funding. This is a project based grant opportunity. All funding must be expended by May 31, 2015.

Funding Availability: The Division was awarded funding for this opportunity through an annual State appropriation. As such, grant awards are based on the availability of State funding. The maximum total grant award is dependent upon demonstrated need at the rural health center.

Capital projects/initiatives must address one or more of the following categories at a state designated rural health site:

  1. Patient and/or staff comfort and safety
  2. Quality of services provided
  3. Efficiency of services provided
  4. Compliance with current state and federal regulations
  5. Health Information Technology (with prior approval)

Eligibility: State-designated rural health centers that are 501(c) 3 non-profit primary care organizations that are funded in the current state fiscal year under the Rural Health Center Operations Medical Access Plan Grant Program are eligible to apply. Funds must be used at rural health center location(s) specified in this grant application. All applicants must complete the grant application/scope of work, budget template, and contractor information sheet to be considered for funding. In addition, the applicant must submit the required contractor information including the State Certification, Verification of 501(c) 3 status, Conflict of Interest Verification, and the Statement of No Overdue Tax Debts. The forms must be executed within the current calendar year.

How to Apply: The Division requires applicants for this funding opportunity to apply by completing the “FY 2014 – 2015 Rural Health Center Program Capital Project” request for application as posted on the Division’s website http://www.ncdhhs.gov/orhcc/partners/fundingops.htm.

Deadline for Submission: Grant applications must be electronically received by the Division prior to April 1 of the current state fiscal year (SFY). Only electronic copies will be accepted. Incomplete applications and applications not completed in accordance with the following instructions will not be reviewed.

Questions regarding the grant application may be directed to:

Parcheul Harris (Parcheul.Harris@dhhs.nc.gov) 919.527.6468
Andrea Murphy (Andrea.Murphy@dhhs.nc.gov) 919.527.6448

Grant applications must be submitted electronically to e-mail SVC_DHHS.RHCMAP.orhccgrants prior to April 1 of the current fiscal year. Applications must be e-mailed to SVC_DHHS.RHCMAP.orhccgrants. Hard copies, mailed or hand delivered applications are not accepted for this funding opportunity.

How to Obtain Further Information:
Questions regarding the grant application may be directed to:

Parcheul Harris (Parcheul.Harris@dhhs.nc.gov) 919.527.6468
Andrea Murphy (Andrea.Murphy@dhhs.nc.gov) 919.527.6448

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North Carolina Culture Change Coalition in partnership with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Enhancement Grant Program

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Division of Health Service Regulation

Date of this notice: April 4, 2014

Purpose: The program’s primary objective is to partner with dually certified (Medicare/Medicaid), Medicare only certified, and Medicaid only certified nursing homes through the development of and implementation of funded projects showcasing a variety of cultural change enhancement philosophies. The secondary objective is to utilize penalty monies collected by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation, from federal enforcement actions under the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act to help protect the health or property of residents in nursing homes.

Description: The goal of the grant program is to improve the quality of life for residents in the state’s dually certified (Medicare/Medicaid), Medicare only certified, and Medicaid only certified long term care nursing homes through promoting positive environmental and cultural changes within these homes. Nursing homes base these changes on the culture change models that best fit their vision for transforming the medical model of nursing homes to more homelike settings. The grant program allows facilities the flexibility to make alterations in the building and enhance the overall culture according to the needs and wants of their residents and staff.

Funding Availability: The total amount for this Request for Applications (RFA) is $1,000,000. Each eligible applicant may apply for no more than $24,000.

Eligibility: The nursing home must be dually certified (Medicare/Medicaid), Medicare only certified, or Medicaid only certified.

How to Apply: Grant guidelines (RFA) detailing the requirements have been established. All administrators of certified nursing homes were sent a copy of the grant guidelines on April 3, 2014. The guidelines are available on the Nursing Home Licensure and Certification Section, Division of Health Service Regulation website at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/provider.html.

Deadline for Submission: April 2, 2015.

Please submit to:
NC Culture Change Coalition
c/o Becky Wertz
Nursing Home Licensure and Certification Section
Division of Health Service Regulation
2711 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

Or overnight mail:
1205 Umstead Drive
Raleigh, NC 27603

How to Obtain Further Information: Becky Wertz, 919 855-4580 or Becky.Wertz@dhhs.nc.gov

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Impartial Hearing Officers

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Date of this notice: September 28, 2012

Purpose: The purpose of this Request for Applications is to solicit applications from qualified individuals to serve as Impartial Hearing Officers through a personal services contract with the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (NC DVRS).

Impartial Hearing Officers are hereby recruited to conduct impartial hearings for the NC DVRS as part of the client appeals process. These hearings are required by state administrative code (10A NCAC 89B Section .0200) and federal regulation (34 CFR 361.57).

Description: Impartial Hearing Officers conduct impartial hearings as a part of the client appeals process. Applicants or eligible clients of NC DVRS (individuals with disabilities) have the right to request an impartial hearing should they disagree with a decision or determination made by NC DVRS staff. The Impartial Hearing Officer must conduct a hearing in the county of the appellant’s residence within the timeframes outlined by state and federal regulations and must produce a hearing decision. The Impartial Hearing Officer is responsible for: (1) the administration of oaths and affirmations; (2) recognition of speakers/witnesses; (3) admission of evidence; (4) prevention of repetitious presentations; and (5) general professional management of the hearing.

Contracted Impartial Hearing Officers are compensated for actual time spent in research and communications to prepare for the hearing; actual time spent in conducting the hearing; and actual time spent in producing the hearing decision. Rate of compensation is $60.00 per hour for non-attorneys and $75.00 per hour for attorneys. In addition, contracted Impartial Hearing Officers are compensated for approved travel/lodging at the current state rates and other pre-approved actual expenses incurred in association with a hearing. NC DVRS currently receives requests for appeals hearings approximately nineteen times per year. Contracted Impartial Hearing Officers are selected for service randomly from a list maintained by the NC DVRS.

Eligibility: An applicant’s application and resume will be reviewed by an evaluation team to determine the applicant’s skills, abilities, and experience with administrative reviews and/or appeals proceedings and the applicant’s knowledge of the public Vocational Rehabilitation/Independent Living programs and related laws, policies, and state plans. A qualified applicant is an individual who:

  • is not an employee of the Division or other public state or Federal agency (other than an administrative law judge, hearing examiner, employee of a State office of mediators, or an employee of an institution of higher learning)
  • has not been in regular employment of the Division or DHHS administration within 5 years prior to his or her participation in an impartial hearing;
  • has been trained in effective mediation techniques consistent with State-approved or State-recognized certification;
  • is not a member of the State Rehabilitation Council;
  • is knowledgeable of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program and the applicable Federal and State laws, regulations and policies governing the provision of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Individuals determined by the NC DVRS to be qualified candidates and interested in pursuing a services contract must attend a one day training session prior to engaging in the provision of contracted services. In addition to reimbursement for approved travel/lodging at current state rates, $100 compensation will be given for time spent in training.

Individuals awarded contracts to provide the services described in this publication shall agree, at a minimum, to the following:

The Contractor agrees to execute the following federal certifications attached to this Agreement: a) Certification Regarding Lobbying; b) Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion; c) Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements; and d) Certification Regarding Environmental Tobacco Smoke.

As a Contractor under this Personal Services Contract, you are not considered a state employee. You will not receive any of the benefits, leave, retirement credits, or other rights given to state employees under Chapter 126 of the North Carolina General Statutes. Federal and state taxes and Social Security will be deducted as outlined on tax exemption certificates W-4 and NC-4.

How to Apply: Interested applicants must submit an application along with a current resume. Application forms may be requested by mail or email at:

NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
2801 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2801
Attn: Kim Schmidt, Division Client Appeals Coordinator
Email: kim.schmidt@dhhs.nc.gov

The Division has the right to request a criminal background check prior to contracting with any applicant considered. Applications should be submitted by mail or email to the Division Appeals Coordinator at:

NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
2801 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2801
Attn: Kim Schmidt, Division Client Appeals Coordinator
Email: kim.schmidt@dhhs.nc.gov

How to Obtain Further Information: Questions may be submitted to the Division Client Appeals Coordinator at: kim.schmidt@dhhs.nc.gov.

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Division of Vocational Rehabilitation-Community Rehabilitation Programs

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Date of this notice: November 18, 2014

Purpose: According to the 2010 NC census, about 63% of North Carolinians with disabilities of working age are unemployed or underemployed. In Federal Fiscal Year 2013, the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (the Division) served over 49,000 consumers with significant or most significant disabilities who were seeking competitive employment.

The goal of these potential contracts is to provide assessment and training along with appropriate supports for Division consumers with disabilities to reach successful competitive employment. The Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) will provide services (facility and/or community based) along with the supports needed to gain competitive employment.

CRPs are integral partners in the network of services designed to provide people with disabilities with equal opportunities in achieving their highest level of economic and social independence. Service models include traditional Supported Employment (SE), Individual Placement and Support (IPS), Work Adjustment Services (WA), and Transitional Employment (TE).

Description: The objective of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to identify quality CRPs that can provide services in the area of vocational evaluation and community based assessment services, work adjustment training, work adjustment job development and job coaching, and supported employment. These services are developed to create employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities.

  • Vocational Evaluation and Community Based Assessment: Community or facility based vocational evaluation will assist in the assessment of an individual’s assets and liabilities, vocational strengths and weaknesses, along with their vocational potential.
  • Work Adjustment Training: Includes activities to improve and increase productivity, attendance, punctuality, ability to work with others, work tolerance, and ability work under supervision and is typically facility based.
  • Work Adjustment Services: Job Development, and Job Coaching.
    • Job Development - Assistance with securing employment that is consistent with the goals of the consumer
    • Job Coaching – One on one, short term job support with the consumer to ensure successful employment
  • Traditional Supported Employment (SE): Activities to provide job development, job placement and intensive job coaching support to foster greater success and independence on the job. Long term vocational support is required.
  • Individual Placement and Support (IPS): Activities to include job development, job placement and intensive job coaching support along with extended support to include behavioral health services, peer support and long term vocational support. IPS is designed for those with severe mental illness (SMI)/severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). Targeted diagnostic categories include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, major depressive disorder with psychotic features, and severe anxiety disorders such as PTSD.
  • Transitional Employment (TE): Activities to include job development, job placement, and job coaching support. TE is designed for SPMI population with targeted diagnostic areas to include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and major depressive disorder with psychotic features.

Funding Availability: At this time, $32,000,000 is projected to be awarded. The reimbursement rates are established for each service provided. The maximum amount of a single award is dictated by the volume of consumer need within the local community and the availability of funding.

Eligibility: : Applicants are public and private profit or non-profit CRPs. Applicants shall be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the Council on Accreditation (COA) or the Council on Quality Leadership (COL). Transitional Employment providers must also have current ICCD Certification prior to application. In all other models, in lieu of current accreditation or pending approval for accreditation at the time of application, a vendor shall provide evidence of training regarding accreditation before approval as a vendor, or evidence of training regarding accreditation is required within one year of vendor application with accreditation rendered within three years. A copy of the accreditation shall be submitted to the Division. Each CRP shall comply with the accessibility and nondiscrimination standards set forth in federal and state law. The agency may deny funding to and refuse to contract with any CRP which fails to comply with such provisions. In addition, to the above requirements, ONE of the following two conditions must be true:

  • A CRP shall have a minimum of three years of experience as a service provider in the area of service delivery for which they are seeking approval
  • Key staff providing direct consumer services for the CRP (such as the coordinator of the program) must have a minimum of three years of experience providing services in the area for which the CRP is applying to become an approved vendor

Once the community rehabilitation program is an approved vendor they shall maintain accreditation in the areas that they are providing service for the Division. A copy of the current accreditation must be submitted to the Division. The CRP must maintain accessibility and nondiscrimination standards. A community rehabilitation program shall comply with the accessibility and nondiscrimination standards set forth in federal and state law. The Division may deny funding to and refuse to contract with any community rehabilitation program which fails to comply with such provisions.

Individualized Placement and Support (IPS): The Division requires evidence of bended funding to ensure a full program of services can be provided at the point of application. Prior to a contract award with the Division, the CRP must provide an executed contractual agreement with the Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO) or the behavioral health agency that is contracted with the LME/MCO. This contract with the LME/MCO or behavioral health agency must be maintained during the contract period to ensure all facets of IPS can be fully implemented.

How to Apply: Please see the Community Rehabilitation Services webpage on the Division’s public website to obtain more information to initiate the application process. Prospective CRP providers are encouraged to contact the Regional CRP Specialist before beginning the process of becoming an approved CRP vendor by the Division. Below are steps in the application process:

  1. . Review North Carolina’s Community Rehabilitation Program Standards at the following address: “Community Rehabilitation Program Standards”.
  2. Contact a regional CRP specialist (listed below) to discuss the need for services in your area.
  3. Complete the Community Rehabilitation Program Vendor Application.
  4. Submit your application and supporting documentation to the CRP specialist in your area.
  5. You will be contacted within 30 days for further information regarding the status of your application.
  6. Final approval will be determined only after a complete application packet is received, a satisfactory on-site review has been conducted, and funds have been identified for contractual agreement.

Deadline for Submission: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, subject to conditions described in the application process posted on the website links provided above.

How to Obtain Further Information: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dvrs/employ/rehab.htm

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DHHS Computer Assisted Notetaking Services Vendor List (CANSVL)

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing.

Date of this notice: July 1, 2011.

Purpose: The objective of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to create an on-going list of qualified companies that the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) staff can use when obtaining Computer Assisted Note taking (CAN) services. This vendor list will be used by all employees of DHHS Divisions, Institutions and Offices to secure CAN services to facilitate communication access needs for both staff and consumers on an as needed basis.

Description: DHHS and its Divisions and Offices have a continual need to provide reasonable accommodation to it’s staff, clients and consumers in compliance with the Communication Accessibility Provision and the American with Disabilities Act. Offering CAN services in addition to other of ways facilitating communication such as Sign Language Interpreter Services, it helps to achieve functional equivalency. All parties using this service will rightfully and equally obtain and share information, better express ideas, issues, and concerns without the constraints of communication/language barriers. This promotes a positive environment in the care, concern and wellbeing of all DHHS clients, consumers and staff.

This list is designed to:

Provide a vendor list of qualified companies that can provide statewide CAN services to all of DHHS as needed.

Establish standards including rate of pay for companies wishing to be on this list to provide CAN Services.

Each DHHS Division and Office can utilize the CAN list to easily identify and secure qualified CAN services for meetings, staffing, client needs, trainings, and community forums, public hearings and other Division or Office events, in the shortest amount of time possible at a standard hourly rate.

Eligibility:

Application proves company can perform services stated in the scope of work;

Must have adequate trained staff employed or under contract to be able to provide statewide CAN Services;

Must have on file documentation of notetakers ability to type at a minimum of 65 wpm;

Must have on file documentation of certification, credentials as court reporter or skills certification from transcription training program.

Rated good or better by companies currently under contract with these services provided.

Contractor’s notetaker staff must have:

  • Ability to keep up with the verbal message at a minimum of 12th grade English level; GED or High School diploma, college degree preferred either AA or 4 year;
  • Minimum typing speed of at least 65 wpm;
  • Ability to portray visual messages with minimum spelling and typing errors;
  • Experience in the utilization of specialized equipment.

How to Apply: Please contact Jennifer Johnson to request a copy of the Request for Applications. Contact information is listed below. Information about the RFA is also available in the Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing website: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dsdhh/business/ and click on the link; “For Computer-Assisted Notetaking Service Agencies” under the “Contracting with Us” bullet.

Deadline for Submission: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, subject to conditions described in the application process. Current CANSVL vendors (companies) may renew by submitting an updated Application Execution Page form with an updated W-9 form and updated business license to the Contract Administrator by June 15, 2011 in order to begin work effective July 1, 2011. Vendors whose applications are submitted after June 15, 2011, must wait to receive a confirmation letter from the Contract Administrator that will indicate their effective date of inclusion into the list.

How to Obtain Further Information:

Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing
Attn: CANSVL Contract Administrator
2301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2301
Phone: (919) 874-2212 V
Email: Jennifer.b.johnson@dhhs.nc.gov

Physical Address:

Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing
1100 Navaho Drive, GL-3
Raleigh, NC 27609

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