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Community Integration Services and Supports/Youth Leadership Forum

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

Date of this notice: May 21, 2015

Purpose: The purpose of programs funded under Part B, Chapter I of Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of I973, P93-112, as amended (29 U.S.C. 796e-796e-2) is to promote a philosophy of independent living, including a philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy, in order to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence and productivity of individuals with significant disabilities, and the integration and full inclusion of individuals with significant disabilities into the mainstream of American society. The legislation authorizes financial assistance to States for providing expanding and improving the provision of IL services; provides financial assistance to develop and support statewide networks of centers for program and independent living; and provides financial assistance to States for improving working relationships among programs and entities providing assistance to individuals with disabilities.

Reality for today's young people with disabilities presents a great irony. Although young people with disabilities enjoy greater opportunities, they arguably face more challenges in fully realizing these opportunities. On the one hand, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws have fostered an unparalleled environment in which young people have opportunities to fully develop as constructive, contributing members of society. Yet on the other hand, these kinds of opportunities cannot come to fruition unless young people have the support and access to the resources they need to develop as leaders in their communities.

Eligible Contractors must be a 501C (3) organization with a minimum of three years of experience in providing services to youth with disabilities.

Description: The NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) announces a funding opportunity to establish a Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for youth with disabilities between the ages of 15 and 28. This contract shall be for a period beginning October or November, 2015 and ending September 30, 2016 with the option to extend, if mutually agreed upon, through a written amendment for an additional 12 months up to two additional years.

The Contractor shall establish a Youth Leadership Committee comprised of a minimum of three (3) youth mentors from previous YLF and a minimum of five (5) other youth with disabilities between the ages of 15 and 28 within one month of the contract execution date. The Youth Leadership Committee shall be responsible for planning and implementing the YLF and selecting a minimum of twenty (20) youth with disabilities between the ages of 15-28 to participate in the YLF. The members of the Youth Leadership Committee shall establish the agenda, set meeting dates/locations and select one of the youth to Chair the Committee.

The Contractor shall provide meeting space, lodging, meals, interpreters, support staff, personal assistance services, transportation and material including alternate formats for the Youth Leadership Committee meetings within one month after the contract execution date.

The Contractor shall develop and distribute the YLF application throughout NC in a manner that will ensure statewide representation within eight weeks of the contract execution date. The application shall be available in alternate formats for people with disabilities. The application must be approved by the DVR Contract Administrator prior to dissemination.

The Contractor shall recruit nationally-recognized facilitators for the YLF who are youth with disabilities and are knowledgeable about both leadership and the independent living philosophy within three months after the contract execution date.

The Contractor shall recruit youth mentors including participants from previous YLF, guest speakers and facilitators to address issues such as disability rights laws, community volunteerism, advocacy and legislative opportunities in NC within two months after the contract execution date.

Hold a week long YLF on the campus of a North Carolina university/college for a minimum of 20 youth with disabilities between the ages of 15 - 28 and a minimum of three (3) youth mentors from previous YLF by September 1, 2016 which shall include providing the following:

Lodging
Meeting space
Meals
Interpreters
Support staff
Personal assistance services
Transportation
Material including alternate formats

The Contractor shall identify youth at the YLF who demonstrate leadership potential and agree to be a youth mentor in future YLF.

The Contractor shall report on the status of the YLF at the NC SILC quarterly meetings.

Funding Availability: The purpose of this funding is to provide financial assistance to a 501(c) 3 organization that has experience in serving youth with disabilities. The maximum allowable expenditures reimbursed by the Division shall not exceed $20,000. Of this amount, $3,000.00 shall be used for the Youth Leadership Planning Committee expenses and $17,000.00 for the Youth Leadership Forum expenses. The Contractor shall be responsible for providing additional funds to support the planning and implementation of the YLF.

Eligibility: Eligibility is limited to North Carolina organizations that have at least three years of providing services to youth with disabilities. Qualifying organizations must be committed to person-centered practices.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit an application packet which includes:

  1. Scope of work that includes;
    1. A detailed description of how your organization plans to implement the Youth Leadership Program
    2. Identification of outreach efforts to recruit diverse populations (disability, race, gender, geographical representation) for the YLF.
    3. Detailed strategies for how services will be delivered and evaluated.

  2. Detailed line item budget, budget narrative, and justification that includes (when applicable):
    Supplies and Materials
    Equipment
    Travel
    Utilities Repair and Maintenance
    Staff Development
    Media/Communications
    Rent
    Professional services
    Dues and Subscriptions
    Other expenses

Performance Monitoring: All Contractors will be expected to adhere to the Divisions’ expectations of submitting monthly timely, accurate, and comprehensive reports that includes but is not limited to:

  1. Details of the planning process including outreach and recruitment.
  2. A breakdown of the consumers recruited by disability, race, gender, and geographical representation.
  3. Outcomes of the Consumer satisfaction appraisal.
  4. A description of program successes.
  5. A description of substantial challenges and/or barriers.
  6. Signed Financial Reports with receipts.

The Contractor shall develop a satisfaction survey within two months after the contract execution date and submit to the Division's Contract Administrator for approval. The Contractor shall distribute the approved satisfaction survey to each participant of the YLF for completion prior to the conclusion of the forum.

The Contractor shall survey participants in the YLF at the conclusion of the forum. At least 80%of the youth surveyed will report that they were satisfied with the YLF and that their leadership and social skills increased. The Contractor shall provide the Division's Contract Administrator with a copy of the completed satisfaction surveys within one month of the surveys being completed. The Contractor shall prepare and provide the Division's Contract Administrator with a report summarizing the satisfaction survey results within one month of the surveys being completed.

Deadline for Submission: All applications must be electronically received by the Division by 5:00 p.m. on June 11, 2015. Only electronic copies will be accepted. Applications must be emailed to Pamela.Lloyd@dhhs.nc.gov. Incomplete applications will be returned and will negatively impact the execution of the start date for the contract. Mail or hands delivered applications are not accepted for this funding opportunity. When the application is accepted, you will be notified to submit a signed original hard copy.

Application Process Summary Dates:

May 21, 2015 The Request for Applications (RFA) will be emailed to members of the Statewide Independent Living Council.
May 29, 2015 Deadline for written questions concerning the NOFA specifications which must be sent to Pamela.Lloyd@dhhs.nc.gov. All questions must be sent via email.
June 5, 2015 Summary of all questions and answers will be emailed to all applicants.
June 11, 2015 Applications are due by 5:00 pm.
July 1, 2015 Successful applicants will be notified.
October or November 2015 Contract begins

How to Obtain Further Information: For additional information please contact
Pamela Lloyd-Ogoke
NC Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Pamela.lloyd@dhhs.nc.gov

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DSDHH Hearing Aid Provider Services

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

Date of this notice: May 07, 2015

Purpose: The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to solicit applications from hearing aid vendors (referred to hereinafter as “Vendors”) who are interested in providing the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (Division or DSDHH) services related to the distribution of telecoil-equipped hearing aids and servicing in the manner described in the RFA for the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.

The Division’s acceptance of an application will create a list of qualified hearing aid dispensers interested in providing hearing aid dispensing services specifically to DSDHH hearing aid applicants on an as needed basis. The Division will accept applications that meet the requirements detailed in and agree to the terms of the RFA. The goal of this RFA is to have an accepted list of dispensers to refer to when the need arises and to provide to all applicants in order to make a selection of vendor. Since, service provision is solely based on optional selection of the customer, there is no guarantee that a vendor will provide services as described in the RFA.

Providers accepted will be placed on the Division’s Hearing Aid Distribution Service Provider List (HADSPL) which will be made available to every applicant of the DSDHH Equipment Distribution Service who seeks these services around the state.

Again, being listed on the HADSPL does not guarantee an Applicant that it will be chosen by an Applicant and/or receive any additional business. Any hearing aid applicant will select the Provider of his/her choice and will seek services accordingly with that selected provider. The Division does not refer individuals to specific Providers over others included on the list. The hearing aid applicant is the sole selector in the process of choice of Provider.

The list is designed to:

  • Provide all applicants for the Hearing Aid Distribution Service a list of approved businesses / individuals who provide hearing aid dispensing and servicing for the DSDHH Equipment Distribution Service.
  • Establish standards for the procurement and payment of providers.

Provider Qualifications:

The Providers interested in providing services under this RFA must possess and maintain a valid and current license or registration certificate issued by the North Carolina Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters Licensing Board or the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists pursuant to Chapter 93D of the North Carolina General Statutes.

How to Apply: Applications will be posted on and can be downloaded from the DSDHH web site at the following web address: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dsdhh

In the interim before this application is posted as noted above and for providers who do not have access to the internet, applications may be requested to be sent by mail by contacting Jeff Mobley at the Division Office at (919) 874-2239 or via Email at the address below. Notice of the availability of the application will be sent to providers currently on the 2012 - 2013 Provider list and to those who have made requests during the closed period of application.

Please mail two original signed original and one copy of the application (pp 1-25) to the Mail Service Center address on page 1 of the RFA. A “signed original” is a document that bears hand-written signatures rather than photocopies of hand-written signatures. Faxed or emailed applications will not be reviewed.

Complete applications consist of the RFA including the following documents. Submission of application requires all items listed below:

  1. RFA pages 1-11
  2. RFA Attachment A, the General Terms and Conditions
  3. RFA Attachment B, the Contractor Information Sheet, as completed by the Contractor
  4. RFA Attachment C, the ADA Compliance Questionnaire, as completed by the Contractor
  5. RFA Attachment D, the Contractor’s Electronic Payment Form, as completed by the Contractor
  6. RFA Attachment E, the Contractor Certifications Required by North Carolina Law, as completed by the Contractor
  7. RFA Attachment F, Certification of Compliance with NC General Statute § 133-32 and Executive Order 24, as completed by the Contractor
  8. RFA Attachment G, the Audiologist’s or Hearing Instrument Specialist’s Verification, with one verification being completed and signed by each Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist list on Attachment B
  9. A copy of each Audiologist’s or Hearing Instrument Specialist’s license or letter of renewal/verification of licensure from the North Carolina Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters Board or the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists or both if dually licensed (notwithstanding any other instructions to the contrary, place this document immediately behind the individual’s verification) and
  10. A copy of the Provider’s W-9 Form (the W-9 form can be downloaded from http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf.

Mailing Address:

Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing
Attn: Jeff Mobley, Contract Administrator
2301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2301
Phone: (919) 874-2239 V/TTY
Email: Jeff.Mobley@dhhs.nc.gov

Physical Address:

DSDHH
Woodoak Building
1100 Navaho Drive, GL-3
Raleigh, NC 27609

Deadline for First Submission: June 25, 2015

Relevant Open Application Acceptance Periods for New Providers:

May 13, 2015 – June 25, 2015
January 1, 2016 – January 31, 2016
June 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016
January 1, 2017 – January 31, 2017

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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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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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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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