Competitive Grant Opportunities

The department competitively awards grants related to the department's work. All competitive grants follow a similar award process with some variation due to the funding source and program structure. 

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Competitive Grant Opportunities
​Title ​Overview ​Eligible Entities​Open Date
​Close Date
​Full Details
Residential Services for Youth with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Complex Behavioral Health Needs
​DODD is seeking proposals from eligible applicants that will increase the capacity for and utilization of residential services for youth age 10 – 17 with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) who have exhausted all other resources/options and are in need of residential services.  These services are intended to provide supports and services for youth who cannot return to their previous home, provide step down services for youth who have been admitted to the youth units at Developmental Centers (DCs) or, who are assessed as being at risk for admission to a DC or stabilization facility.  Services are intended to reduce trauma associated with displacement from the family home or stabilization facility, provide a stable residential environment, and improve outcomes for youth with IDD who have complex behavioral health needs.  Ability to secure school services are a required component of the project.
Each application must include location where services will be provided, and name one or more service providers (individuals or agency), and the CB/COGs who will be partnering in the grant activities; including contact information of representatives for the provider and CB/COG.  Multi-county collaborations and inclusion of additional agency partners (e.g. FCFC, ADAMH, JFS) are encouraged and may be awarded additional points.  
June 18,  2018
July 20, 2018
see attachment

FAQ's for Residential Services for Youth with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Complex Behavioral Health 

Q:  The request indicates grant dollars can be used to cover vacancies when the youth needs stabilization. If we were to set aside x number of beds of an existing ICF that is currently serving youths would there be funding for the empty bed('s) until they were filled?  

 

A:  The beds would need to be filled with youth who are part of the grant project and in need of a DC or other stabilization stay so available beds today would not be part of this grant. In other words, it would have had to be filled with someone age 10-17 as part of the grant and then be vacated by that same youth for a stabilization period and then return to that same bed that the provider held for them.

 

Q:  Would we receive our ICF per diem reimbursement from Medicaid for the individuals in our care?

 

A:  Yes.

 

Q:  Is there a problem with limiting the age group to 14-17?    

 

A: You may limit the age group in your proposal; however, providers who can serve the entire age group may get more points in the scoring process.

 

Q:  Would our involvement with the individual be on a permanent placement?  As compared to a respite stay.

 

A:  Your involvement would be more permanent and it would not be respite services.

 

Q:  Would we be able to follow our admission assessment of the individuals for appropriate admission into our service?

 

A:  Yes.

 

Q:  Under the "Eligible Applicants" it asks to include location where services will be provided.  Does that require an actual street address or can it be the county name and type of service funding (ICF or waiver)? 

 

A:  The counties involved and the type of service funding is sufficient.

 

Q:  As the services contained in proposals are based on existing platforms, can respondents assume educational services will be arranged by the Provider/CB/COG collaborative in conjunction with the school district from where the child comes and the school district of residence?

 

A:  Yes.

 

Q:  In what manner will a youth be identified as participating in the grant parameters? Is there a specific referral source or are qualified participants identified by the responding Provider/CB/COG collaborative through the admission process?

 

A:  Qualified participants are identified by the chosen providers/CB/COG through collaboration.  Qualified participants will also be youth who are in short-term DC or other stabilization units in need of residential services.

 

Q:  If, through the provider, the responding Provider/CB/COG collaborative has access to a residential setting for youth not funded through DODD, can grant funds be used to cover costs of respite services (both crisis and planned) through that residential service?

 

A:  This RFP is intended for youth in need of longer term residential services not respite services.

 

Q:  If the responding Provider/CB/COG collaborative is based on existing ICF beds do those identified beds have to be located in the same house or unit or can the 'grant beds' be scattered? Stated another way, can individuals admitted under this grant live with other youth not identified under this grant?

 

A:  Yes, individuals can live with other individuals within the same age group not all individuals need to be covered by the grant.

 

Q:  Some of the allowable costs are associated to specific youth participant related activities while some of the allowable costs could have a wider effect, such as training. Can allowable training expenses and benefits be spread across the whole agency or is it expected that training will be more restricted to staff is a high likelihood of contact with participating youth?

 

A:  Grant funds will be restricted to be used for those working with the youth and other relevant people participating in the grant activities versus the training for the entire agency.

 

Q:  Can grant funds be used to augment and expand services usually funded through the specific service platform used? For example, if the ICF rate includes psychological service, can this service be augmented with specialized psychological services using grant funds?

 

A:  In an ICF, the cost of specialized services is typically covered in the providers Medicaid cost report therefore the grant funds could not pay for this. The department will consider costs associated with the project if the provider can demonstrate these costs would not otherwise be covered.

 

Q:  As one of the goals is reduction of potential traumatic effect, does DODD recommend or urge any particular type of training or technical assistance support, such as trauma-responsive care, for direct support professionals and other personnel in responding Provider/CB/COG collaboratives?

 

A:  The Department will consider any training proposed by the respondents or will provide this support to grantees using state resources.

 

Q:  Can the money awarded through this grant process be used in multiple counties?  We have had several counties reach out to partner and want to choose the best option if the money cannot be split up.

 

A:  The grant can be used in multiple counties

 

Q:  Is the grant renewable annually?

 

A:  The grant period is from Sept 1,2018-June 30,2019. The department will evaluate the continuation at that time.

 

Q:  The proposal reads (#8 of the Proposal Checklist) that all participants of the program would need transition out of the program by their 18th birthday.  Is that accurate?

 

A:  The Department decided to focus on youth age 10-17 for the purpose of the RFP-Individuals are adults at age 18.  The department is asking the respondents to describe what services will be available to the youth when the individual turns 18. There is not a built- in presumption of a move but rather how the respondents would address this issue.

 

Q:   Will there be parameters given on what information needs tracked/submitted from DODD?  I assume this will be on a case by case scenario and based on the individuals needs/plan of care? 

 

A:  The deliverables you will report on are listed on page 3 last bullet under the scope of work and deliverables section.

 

Q:  I would like clarification on question 1.D on page 9 of the RFP.  The question asks for a "breakdown of current living arrangements for youth" who meet the definition of Complex Behavioral Health Needs.  Is the RFP looking for tally marks or more specific info such as age, gender and diagnosis? 

 

A:  Just the numbers from 1. (c) broken down in the 4 categories listed in 1. (d). We do not need the other info although feel free to include it if you feel it will help the review committee get a better picture of your proposal. Thanks for your interest in the project.

 

Q:    Can the $150,000 Grant award funds help pay for leases on homes that would house these individuals? 

 

A:  You could include this in the proposal the grant does not prohibit the use toward leases

 

Q:  What about paying for care giver salaries?

 

A:  This cost is typically covered by the waiver or ICF funding stream

 

Q:  There is no matching requirement on behalf of the agency correct?

 

A:  Correct

 

Q:  The solicitation issued mentions an agency can ask for more than the $150,000 award amount. If the initiative involves the same set of goals let's say in a neighboring county with a similar set of needs, how much more money is appropriate to request?

 

A:  This would be determined by what you outline in your budget and budget narrative.

 

Q:  If a nonprofit has been successful in the recent past getting OH DODD grant funds, does this "track record" increase their chances of winning funding on this proposal?

 

A: No

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