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Current Grant Opportunities



Community Focused Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Division of Public Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities

Date of this notice: March 9, 2015

Purpose: The Community Focused Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (CFEHDI) previously focused on the use of preventive measures to support healthy lifestyles for African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indian Tribes as a way to close the gap in health disparities between minority populations and the white population. Recent legislation (HB 200 Section 10.21 (S.L. 2011-145)) supports the need to modify the existing program and include an emphasis on clinical treatment services delivered by the NC health care system. As partners and eligible applicants, faith-based and community-based organizations, hospitals, Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) networks, and local health departments (LHD) shall work collaboratively to ensure implementation of an evidence-based medical home model to close the gap in the health status of African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians as compared to the white population. The eight focus areas are: Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, HIV/AIDS/STDs, Cancer and Infant Mortality. Eligible applicants, as listed above, shall select one or more of these chronic illnesses or issue specific to the applicant’s geographic area as the basis for applying for grant-in-aid under this initiative.

Description: The grant award seeks to link disenfranchised populations with a patient-centered medical home, expanding primary clinical preventive services and disease management. The grant addresses the more upstream determinants of disease (e.g., smoking cessation, hypertension control, obesity management) that contribute to the major health disparities experienced by racial ethnic minorities.

Eligibility: Agencies eligible to apply include community-based and faith-based organizations, local health departments, Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) networks, and hospitals in North Carolina. Private non-profit organizations must be incorporated in the State of North Carolina and must have IRS Section 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status.

No more than four grants-in-aid shall be awarded to applicants located in any one of the three regions specified in this Request For Applications (RFA). Each eligible applicant shall be required to demonstrate substantial participation and involvement with at least three of the five eligible categories of eligible applicants, in order to ensure an evidence-based medical home model that will affect change in health and geographic disparities.

How to Apply: The RFA is being sent to prospective agencies and organizations via email and Program website: http://www.ncminorityhealth.org/omh/.

All prospective applicants are encouraged to participate in a Bidder's Webinar on Monday, March 16th at 3:00 pm. A computer with an internet connection is required to access and attend the Bidder’s Webinar.

Deadline for Submission: All applications must be received by April 10, 2015. If the U.S. Postal Service is used, allow sufficient time for delivery to the funding agency by 4:00 PM, close of business, on Friday, April 10th.

How to Obtain Further Information: Please direct all inquiries concerning this RFA to:

Cornell Wright, Executive Director
Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities
Cornell.wright@dhhs.nc.gov
919-707-5034

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Rural Health Center Program – Medical Access Plan Grant

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

Date of this notice: March 5, 2015

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 (ORHCC) 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 ORHCC 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 operational support grant, the rural health center provides much needed primary care access to its rural residents. Indigent residents are afforded access through the Medical Access Plan (MAP). The maximum total grant award is dependent upon demonstrated need at the rural health center and is contingent upon funding availability.

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. All funding must be expended by June 30, 2016.

Eligibility: State-designated rural health centers that are 501(c) 3 non-profit primary care organizations. Funds must be used at rural health centerlocation(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 2015 – 2016 Rural Health Center Program – Medical Access Plan Grant” request for application as posted on the Division’s website at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/orhcc/partners/fundingops.htm.

Deadline for Submission: Grant applications must be electronically received by the Division by 5:00 p.m. March 27, 2015. Only electronic copies will be accepted. Applications must be emailed to SVC_DHHS.RHCMAP.orhccgrants@dhhs.nc.gov. Incomplete applications and applications not completed in accordance with the instructions provided will not be reviewed. 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: Andrea.Murphy@dhhs.nc.gov
919.527.6448

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Division of Services for the Blind- Community Rehabilitation Programs Supported Employment Extended Services Program

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Division of Services for the Blind (NC DSB)

Date of this notice: February 23, 2015

Purpose: There are significant numbers of individuals who need specialized evaluation, training and supports to reach their full potential. According to American Community Survey (2012), 63 percent of individuals 16 to 64 years old with a disability reported not working in the previous year compared to 22 percent of individuals with no disability. About 10.44% of this unemployed population report visual problems. Some of these individuals will require much more individualized assistance in job development, training and then long term follow up to insure that they are able to maintain their employment.

The goal of potential contracts is to provide Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) Supported Employment Extended Services Program (SEESP) to eligible individuals after they have reached their goal of employment but will need that long term follow up to remain successful in their employment. Eligibility for SEESP for the NC Division of Services for the Blind is based on the individual being visually impaired with employment related limitations. These limitations would fall under the category of their being most significantly disabled.

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. The service model is for SEESP which will include long term follow up and extended support by trained staff.

Description: The objective of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to identify qualified CRPs that can provide services in the area of SEESP which are inclusive of long-term follow-up supports after the individual has stabilized on employment. These long term follow-ups will consist of a minimum of at least two (2) monthly contacts with the individual and one (1) with the employer for up to 24 months which will be assessed for continued need every six (6) months. This service is developed to maintain employment opportunities for visually and blind individuals with the most significant disabilities.

Funding Availability: The total anticipated amount to be awarded is $63,063.00. The maximum amount of any single award is dictated by the volume of service need within the local community and the availability of funding. The hourly rate for this service is $44.84 per hour.

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). 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 approved under contract.

Approved CRP vendors shall maintain applicable accreditation throughout the term of the award.

How to Apply: Qualified CRP providers may request an application packet by contacting:

Betty C. Gholston
N. C. Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Services for the Blind
2601 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2601
bettygholston@dhhs.nc.gov
919-527-6714 (phone)
919-715-8771(fax)

Note: Final approval will be determined only after a completed application packet is received and approved, a satisfactory on-site review has been conducted, and funds have been identified for a contractual agreement.

Deadline for Submission: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

How to Obtain Further Information: For additional information please contact

Betty C. Gholston
N. C. Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Services for the Blind
2601 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2601
bettygholston@dhhs.nc.gov
919-527-6714 (phone)
919-715-8771(fax)

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SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM-EDUCATION Request for Application

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Division of Social Services/Economic and Family Services/Food and Nutrition Services

Date of this notice: February 16, 2015

Purpose: The purpose of this Request For Applications (RFA) is to secure services from contract agencies via the North Carolina Division of Social Services Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) to provide nutrition education and obesity prevention to SNAP participants and low-income individuals, or individuals receiving benefits under other Federal means-tested assistance programs.

Description: SNAP-Ed will provide educational programs and conduct social marketing campaigns that increase the likelihood that people eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Food Guidance System, and MyPlate.

Eligibility: Any public and non-profit organizations such as universities and colleges, public health departments, Indian Tribal Organizations, food banks/pantries and other non-profit health agencies/organizations that are able to provide direct/indirect services to the target audience provided they meet the following requirements:

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

Letter of Intent Due: February 23, 2015

Deadline for Submission: March 20, 2015

How to Obtain Further Information: Please contact

Ivy Murphy
FNS Program Coordinator
(919) 527-6315
Ivy.Murphy@dhhs.nc.gov

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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: February 25, 2015

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 and sustain competitive employment.

CRPs are integral partners in the network of services designed to provide people with disabilities 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), Transitional Employment (TE) and Project Search.

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 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.

Project Search (PS): Activities to include transition training and placement services for individuals with significant intellectual or developmental disabilities. Services are provided in the context of a local, multi-agency collaborative team.

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 for-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, 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:

  • The 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, or,
  • 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. The 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 blended 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. The contract between the CRP and the LME/MCO or behavioral health agency must be maintained during the contract period to ensure all facets of IPS can be fully implemented.

Project Search (PS): Evidence must be provided that supports a local, multi-agency collaborative team in which a team member has been licensed to adhere to Project Search model fidelity. In order to be eligible, the applicant must first be a Division-approved CRP vendor. Contact the Program Specialist for Transition Services for a complete Project Search application packet.

How to Apply: Please refer to 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 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 link provided below.

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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