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Senior Community Service Employment Program

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Division of Aging and Adult Services

Date of this notice: April 12, 2015

Purpose: The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is funded under Title V of the Older Americans Act (OAA) Amendments of 2006, Public Law 109-365. As authorized by the Governor, the Division of Aging and Adult Services is the recipient agency of the state’s share of North Carolina’s annual Title V allotment through its grantor agency, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA).

The purpose of this grant is to solicit program deliverables through sub grantees in Program Year (PY) 2015 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) for services to participants within the following North Carolina’s counties:
Anson
Bladen
Buncombe
Cabarrus
Cleveland
Edgecombe
McDowell
Halifax
Henderson
Hoke
Iredell
Mecklenburg
Nash
Northampton
Polk,
Rutherford
Richmond
Robeson
Rowan,
Scotland
Stanly
Transylvania
Union
Wilson

In accordance with section 502 of the 2006 Older American Act Amendments, the SCSEP is designed to foster individual economic self-sufficiency and promote useful opportunities in community service activities (which shall include community service employment for unemployed low-income persons who are age 55 or older, particularly persons who have poor employment prospects), and to increase the number of persons who may enjoy the benefits of unsubsidized employment in both the public and private sectors

Description: The North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services is seeking applications to administer the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The intent of the request for applications (RFA) is to provide job skills training, job development and supportive services for older residents looking to enter or re-enter the workforce. This program is funded and administered through the United States Department of Labor (US DOL).

Eligibility: Public or private non-profit employment and social services providers, private providers, government entities and Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) are eligible to submit proposals in response to this RFA.

How to Apply: The RFA Application and instructions can be obtained by going to http://www.ncdhhs.gov/aging/"

Applications must be typed and must be presented with the same topic headings and in the same order as set forth in Section C of this RFA. All applications must have an Application Cover Sheet, Executive Summary, Program Narrative (not to exceed 7 pages), PY15 Work Plan, Partnership Chart, Budget Forms and Programmatic Assurances.

Applications must be sent to:
North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services
Senior Community Service Employment Program PY15

Attn: Reena Shetty
Taylor Hall Building
693 Palmer Drive
Raleigh, NC 27699-2250

Deadline for Submission: Applications shall be received at the Division no later than 4:30 PM Local Time on May 4, 2015. Applications received after 4:30 p.m. will be classified as late and will not be considered for funding. Faxed or emailed applications will NOT be accepted. Deadline for questions is April 15, 2015.

How to Obtain Further Information: All questions concerning this Request for Application must reference the pertinent RFA Sections(s) and Page Number (s). Questions must be in writing and can either be faxed, or emailed to:

Reena Shetty
Reena.shetty@dhhs.nc.gov
Fax: 919-715-0364

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Community Integration Services and Supports/Centers for Independent Living Services

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

Date of this notice: April 8, 2015

Purpose: The purpose of this funding is to provide financial assistance to Centers for Independent Living to carry out the goals within the NC State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). Centers for Independent Living (CIL) were established as Part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended under Title VII. People with disabilities are often unserved, underemployed, receive poor health care, have limited access to information, are vulnerable, lack access to affordable and accessible housing, and more likely to not have the supports they need to live as independently as they can in their community. Recognizing that all people have the right to full access and full inclusion in society, federally funded programs were established to advance the Disability Rights movement that advocates for the elimination of structural and attitudinal barriers and promotes independence, empowerment, and leadership.

Description: The NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) announces a funding opportunity to support efforts of theCILs to provide services that will enable people with disabilities to maximize their independence and fully integrate in their communities. Applications for funding must identify the specific purposes for which the funds will be used and explain how this will assist in meeting the Title VII, standards. Grants can be used for a broad range of purposes as follows: :

  1. To provide independent living services to individuals with disabilities in accordance with the NC State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL)
  2. To support the operation of CILs.
  3. To provide outreach to populations that are unserved or underserved by programs under this title, including ethnic minorities, veterans with disabilities, and those residing in rural counties.
  4. To train individuals with disabilities and services Providers about the Independent Living philosophy.
  5. To promote and expand community based living initiatives.
  6. To conduct studies and analyses, gather information, develop model policies and procedures, and present information, approaches, strategies, findings, conclusions, and recommendations to federal, state, and local policymakers in order to enhance Independent Living services for individuals with disabilities.

Funding Availability: The maximum reimbursement for each grant is determined by the NC Statewide Independent Living Council which includes representation from the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, NC Division of Services for the Blind, and NC CIL Directors.

Eligibility: Eligibility is limited to federally approved North Carolina Centers for Independent Living currently receiving grants from NC DVRS. To qualify as a Center for Independent Living, a federal entity determines whether an organization meets the federal definition of being consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential, private nonprofit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provide an array of independent living services. At a minimum, Centers are required to provide the core services of information and referral, independent living skills training, peer counseling, individual and systems advocacy, transition services.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit an application packet including:

  1. Scope of work that includes:
    1. A description of the services that will be provided. Applicants must select from the Six (6) areas identified in the Description section but are not limited to the number of services they can provide.
    2. A full detailed description is required for each service.
    3. Identification of the NC geographical counties that this contract will cover.
    4. Projection of the number of people that will be served for each service.
    5. Detailed strategies for how services will be delivered and evaluated.
  2. Detailed line item budget, budget narrative, and justification that includes (when applicable):
    1. Salary/Wages
      1. Position titles for Staff who will be compensated for the work within this contract.
      2. Salary/Wage projection for each position identified in item (a).
      3. Total cost for all positions.
      4. Percentage of cost allocated towards this contract.
    2. Fringe Benefits
      1. Fringe Benefit types.
      2. Fringe Benefit projected cost for each position within this contract.
      3. Total cost for all fringe benefits covered under this contract.
      4. Percentage of cost allocated towards this contract.
    3. Travel/Lodging
      1. Anticipated cost for staff identified in (a) that will require travel and lodging reimbursements.
    4. Utilities
      1. Type of utility.
      2. Name of utility vendors.
      3. Projected cost of utilities.
      4. Percentage of cost allocated towards this contract.
    5. Repair and Maintenance
      1. Types of anticipated repairs or maintenance.
      2. Projected cost of repairs and maintenance.
      3. Staff Development
      4. Anticipated type of Staff Development.
      5. Anticipated cost of staff development.
    6. Staff Development
      1. Anticipated type of Staff Development.
      2. Anticipated cost of staff development.
    7. Rent (Office space)
      1. Cost of total Rent during contract period.
      2. Projected cost and percentage of rent cost allocated towards this contract.
    8. Rent (Equipment)
      1. Type of Equipment Rental.
      2. Anticipated cost of equipment.
      3. If equipment rental is a shared expense, percentage allocated towards this contract
    9. Dues and Subscriptions
      1. Type of Dues and Subscriptions.
      2. Anticipated cost for Dues and Subscriptions.

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. The number of non-duplicated consumers served each month for each service identified in the scope of work.
  2. A breakdown of the number of consumers served in each of the county service areas.
  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

All proposals will be reviewed for compliance and consistency with the SPIL plan and achievement of CIL standards. CILs whose performance has been determined to be satisfactory and whose applications have been determined to be complete and correct, based upon the instructions contained in this Notice of Funding, will be funded.

Deadline for Submission:All applications must be electronically received by the Division by 5:00 p.m. on Friday May 8, 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:
April 13, 2015 - This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) will be emailed to qualifying Centers for Independent Living.
May 1, 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.
May 5, 2015 - Summary of all questions and answers will be emailed to all applicants.
May 8, 2015- Applications are due by 5:00 pm.
June 30, 2015- Successful applicants will be notified.
October 1, 2015 - Contract begins.

How to Obtain Further Information:

For additional information please contact:

NC Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Pamela.lloyd@dhhs.nc.gov

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Competitive Grant Program for State-wide Health and Human Service Initiatives

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Office of the Secretary

Date of this notice: April 6, 2015

Purpose: The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) seeks proposals from eligible nonprofit organizations to provide essential human services for persons with special needs such as mental illness, deafness, blindness, developmental or other disabilities; older adults; caregivers, children, adults and families at risk or experiencing challenges affecting their health and safety; and other vulnerable populations. Applications will be accepted in areas designated for funding through NC Session Law 2014-100, Section 12.A.2.(d), listed below. In order to realize the greatest benefit from these one-year awards, the Department will give priority to programs serving persons experiencing or at risk for significant health and safety needs.

Description: This Request For Applications (RFA) supports awards to nonprofit organizations that have the capacity to provide services on a statewide basis and that support any of the following State health and wellness initiatives:

  1. A program targeting advocacy, support, education, or residential services for persons diagnosed with autism.
  2. A system of residential supports for those afflicted with substance abuse addiction.
  3. A program of advocacy and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities or severe and persistent mental illness, substance abusers, or the elderly.
  4. Supports and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities or mental health diagnoses.
  5. A food distribution system for needy individuals.
  6. The provision and coordination of services for the homeless.
  7. The provision of services for individuals aging out of foster care.
  8. Programs promoting wellness, physical activity, and health education programming for North Carolinians.
  9. A program focused on enhancing vision screening through the State's public school system.
  10. Provision for the delivery of after-school services for apprenticeships or mentoring at-risk youth.
  11. The provision of direct services for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and those diagnosed with the disease.
  12. The provision of assistive information technology services for blind and disabled persons.
  13. A comprehensive smoking prevention and cessation program that screens and treats tobacco use in pregnant women and postpartum mothers.

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.

How to Apply: The RFA may be downloaded at this link. This link includes instructions and forms that must be submitted with the application. Agencies were asked to submit questions regarding the RFA by April 17, 2015, by 5:00 pm to NonprofitRFA@dhhs.nc.gov. Answers to all questions received by the deadline are posted at this link. Please submit one signed original application, prepared in accordance with the RFA instructions, and six copies to:

NC Department of Health and Human Services
101 Blair Drive, Adams Building
Raleigh, NC 27603

Deadline for Submission: May 15, 2015, 5:00 pm

How to Obtain Further Information: Email to NonprofitRFA@dhhs.nc.gov

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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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