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Rethinking Guardianship: Building A Case For Less Restrictive Alternatives

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: NC Council on Developmental Disabilities

Date of this notice: 08/19/2014

Purpose: The use of guardianship continues to increase in the United States for younger adults with disabilities and the general population as they age and live longer. Guardianship is the most restrictive option through removal an adult’s rights to manage his or her life decisions and places those decision-making responsibilities with a court appointed guardian.

There are less restrictive alternatives to guardianship that should be explored and implemented which will preserve a person’s rights to self-determination.

Description: This Request for Applications (RFA) will create a working group of guardianship stakeholders who will review current legislation, policies and practices that lead to a guardianship decision instead of a less restrictive alternative. This group will review best practices in other states and recommend legislative and policy changes to provide individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities with a less restrictive alternative. The successful contractor will provide a final report with recommendations for specific modifications of NCGS §35A to promote less restrictive alternatives to guardianship, building community capacity by establishing supports, both formal and informal supports.

Eligibility: Applications are welcomed from any university, nonprofit or government agency that demonstrates that their agency is qualified, responsible, and capable of conducting the activities described. Eligible entities include any organizations, agencies, or businesses demonstrating an expertise in the focus area of this initiative. To be eligible, non-profit private entities must submit proof of 501(c)3 status with a current IRS determination letter.

Non-profit applicants must be registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State to conduct business in North Carolina, or be willing to complete the registration process in conjunction with the execution of the contract documents.

How to Apply: The complete RFA package is available through the Council’s grant application website, DD Suite. Click here to view the RFA and application process.
Web address: http://ddsuite.org/grants/nofa_detail.php?nofa=950

Deadline for Submission: Applications must be submitted electronically through www.ddsuite.org by 5:00 PM, September 30, 2014.

How to Obtain Further Information: A Bidder’s Workshop will be held on September 4, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EDT) at 3125 Poplarwood Ct., Ste. 200, Raleigh, NC 27604. Those unable to attend in person can join by conference call at 877-848-7030, conference ID pin # 4460894.



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



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



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.



Division of Vocational Rehabilitation-Community Rehabilitation Programs

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

Date of this notice: May 26, 2011

Purpose: There are significant numbers of disabled consumers that need specialized evaluation, training and supports to reach their full vocational potential. According to the 2009 North Carolina with Disability Unemployment American Community Survey, about 408,000 (60%) of 968,000 North Carolinians with disabilities of working age are unemployed or underemployed.

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

CRP’s 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.

Description: The objective of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to identify quality CRP’s that can provide services in the area of vocational evaluation, work adjustment training, work adjustment 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. The information gathered from the assessment will be used in the development of the consumer’s Individual Plan for Employment (IPE).
  • Work Adjustment Training: Includes activities to improve and increase productivity, attendance, punctuality, ability to work with others, ability to work under supervision and work tolerance.
  • Work Adjustment Job Coaching: This is as a part of work adjustment training provided by CRPs. Work adjustment job coaching services are for consumers that will require on-the-job supports in order to be successful in their employment.
  • Supportive Employment Services: This includes activities to provide job development, job placement, and intensive job coaching training along with extended support. These services, provided by a CRP, are greatly needed to enhance employment possibilities to some of our most significant disabled consumers whom will be in need of not only intensive training but also long term supports.

Funding Availability: Approximately 13 million dollars is available to be awarded. The reimbursement rates for services are established based on actual cost of the service provision. It is anticipated that we will award approximately 120 contracts to CRP’s. The maximum amount of a single award is dictated by the volume of consumer need within the local community.

Eligibility: Applicants are public and private profit or non-profit CRP’s. 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). In lieu of current accreditation or pending approval for accreditation at the time of application, a vendor shall provide evidence of training regarding accreditation before approval as a vendor, or evidence of training regarding accreditation is required within one year of vendor application with accreditation rendered within three years. A copy of the accreditation shall be submitted to the Division. Each CRP shall comply with the accessibility and nondiscrimination standards set forth in federal and state law. The agency may deny funding to and refuse to contract with any CRP which fails to comply with such provisions. In addition, to the above requirements, ONE of the following two conditions must be true:

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

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

A CRP that is approved as a new vendor shall agree to a fee for service rate of reimbursement. After five years of business with the Division, in which an excellent standard of service under fee for service is observed through documented reviews by Division staff, a CRP shall have the option to move from fee for service to outcome reimbursement. The following criteria must be met:

  1. Accreditation as defined in this Rule.
  2. A five year business relationship with the Division.
  3. Adherence to all standards for community rehabilitation programs set forth in this Rule without documentation of serious findings.
  4. Three year average expenditures at or above the level agreed upon by the Division and CRPs and funds are available.
  5. Achievement at or above the annual program outcome levels agreed on between the Division and the community rehabilitation program.
  6. Letter from the Division Regional Director indicating that there is a client service need that can be met by the provider.

If the above criteria in (a)-(f) are met, the Division may allow the vendor to move to outcome-based funding.

How to Apply: Please see the Community Rehabilitation page on the DVRS public web site to obtain the information to start the process to apply. Prospective CRP providers of supported-employment services, work-adjustment training, and work-adjustment job coaching or community-based assessment are encouraged to contact your regional CRP specialist before beginning the process of becoming a VR-approved CRP vender. Below are steps in the application process:

  1. Review North Carolina’s “Community Rehabilitation Program Standards”.
  2. Contact a regional CRP specialist (listed below) to discuss the need for services in your area.
  3. Complete the Community Rehabilitation Program and Supported Employment 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 or about your application’s status.
  6. If your application is complete, you’ll be contacted for an on-site review by a VR representative.
  7. Final approval will be determined only after a complete application packet is received and a satisfactory on-site review has been conducted.

Deadline for Submission: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, subject to conditions described in the application process posted on the website links provided above. Contracts are issued for a 12 month period, based on the state fiscal year, July 1 through June 30.

How to Obtain Further Information: Please contact your local DVRS office or go the DVRS web site: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dvrs/employ/rehab.htm



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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