Employment and Independence for People with Disabilities Grant Opportunities

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Individual Placement and Support (NOFA) 1061


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NC DHHS Notice of Funding Availability

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Division of Employment and Independence for People with Disabilities
Date of this notice: December 15th, 2022
Working Title of the funding program: Individual Placement and Supports Supported Employment

Purpose: To provide Individual Placement and Support (IPS) services to Division consumers with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) or Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) in order to achieve and sustain gainful employment.  This service is provided primarily by Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) and Employment Peer Mentors (EPMs) who are trained in national research standards that support the vocational needs of individuals and promote community connections and employment success. 

Description: Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an evidenced-based approach to person-centered, behavioral health services with a focus on employment that provides assistance in choosing, acquiring and maintaining competitive paid employment in the community for consumers 18 years or older with a severe mental illness (SMI) and severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) for whom employment has not been achieved or employment has been interrupted or intermittent. Components of the fidelity model include the career profile, job development/job placement, job support, peer support, behavioral health intervention, and follow along supports. 

IPS services is a sequential funding service requiring multiple funding resources. The Contractor shall have available funding resources for IPS services from alternate sources, including the Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO), local and county governments, and/or grant funding from a federal agency, such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Throughout the term of this contract the Contractor shall have a fully executed contract or grant with an alternate funding source.

Funding Availability: $6,000,000

Eligibility: The agency or organization shall meet the following criteria in order to apply to be a Division approved IPS SE Contractor:

  • Any public, for profit, or nonprofit organization that has a current contract to provide IPS SE with LME/MCO, county or city government, or a federal grant; AND HAVE
  • Fulfilled the requirements of the Rules for Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Disabilities, found in 10A NCAC 27G, and provide a current copy of the license if Contractor is a behavioral health organization.

How to Apply: Contractors that are currently under contract with the Division of Employment and Independence for People with Disabilities (the Division) to provide IPS services are NOT required to send a complete Application for Community Partnership (IPS SE). However, such organizations must submit a Renewal application for Community Partnership (IPS SE) by the deadline indicated in order to have an executed contract in the next renewal cycle effective November 1, 2023. 

Applications, subject to the conditions made a part of hereof, will be received until 5:00 p.m., April 1st, 2023 for furnishing services described herein.

Deadline for Submission: Applications will be received until 5:00 p.m., April 1st, 2023. Applications received by the deadline above will be in consideration for a November 1, 2023 award.  Applications received after 5:00 p.m., April 1st, 2023 will be considered for a future award date. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis.

How to Obtain Further Information: Direct all inquiries concerning this ACP to: Program Specialist for Behavioral Health at dvr.ips.se.rfa@dhhs.nc.gov.

Additional Information is available: Request for Applications for Community Partnership (ACP) IPS SE #1002