RFP Housing for People with Complex Needs

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Housing for People with Complex Needs

Council 5-Year Plan Goal: Capacity Building

GOAL: All New Jersey residents with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families will have increased information and support they need to access the services and support they need to live, work, and learn in the community with independence.

OBJECTIVE: Develop projects designed to expand the capacity of New Jersey’s system of community-based housing and supports to serve those with complex medical and behavioral needs, including those who are aging.

Background

The mission of NJCDD is to assure that individuals with I/DD in New Jersey, and their families, participate in the design of, and have access to, needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion in all facets of life through culturally-competent programs. One of the ways in which the NJCDD accomplishes this is through the support of projects aligned with its mission, and identified as priorities and goals in its Five Year State Plan.

As part of its State Plan for the period of 2022-2026, NJCDD has identified the need to expand capacity in New Jersey to better serve and support people with I/DD who have high and complex support needs in the areas of behavior and medical needs, including those who are aging.

Statement of Need

NJCDD believes that people with I/DD have a right to a home of their choice in the community and receive customized supports so they can enjoy self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion. Adults with I/DD have a right to choose how and with whom they will live in the community. Children and youth with disabilities have the right to live and be raised with a family, with all necessary supports and services.

Housing policy and housing supports must by adequately funded so they are affordable to users, and reflect core principles of nondiscrimination, comprehensiveness, continuity, appropriateness, cultural/linguistic competence, and equity. Housing systems must offer flexibility, seamless and easy access, and be integrated with other necessary support systems.

People with I/DD, and in particular, those with complex support needs, face a housing crisis due in part to a lack of appropriate, safe, affordable, accessible, and integrated housing. Complex public policy rules and lack of coordination among funding systems also pose major barriers.

In New Jersey, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) recognizes that stakeholders have innovative ideas related to housing and services. NJ’s Statewide Transition Plan (STP) and Statewide Transition Plan Addendum (STPA) for Medicare and Medicaid Services specifically allows for innovative models that meet Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) rules, with an additional level of state review. New Jersey currently approves and supports housing projects that fall outside the generally approved standards, and has approved a variety of models including cluster, mixed used, co-housing, larger communities, farmstead programs, age-in place programs, and more, that have been found to meet CMS principles for community integration.

New Jersey’s key stakeholders – parents, self-advocates, provider agencies, case managers, and developers – need more information and support in order to develop both self-directed services and provider-managed services for people with I/DD who have complex needs.

The Goal of the Request for Proposal (RFP)

The goal of this RFP is to expand the capacity of New Jersey’s system of community-based housing and supports to serve those with complex medical and behavioral needs, including those who are aging.

An important note:

This RFP is NOT seeking a demonstration project or pilot to establish housing or housing supports. As such, proposal for funding ‘bricks and mortar’ projects, ramps, technology or other such demonstration projects cannot be scored or considered.

Who Should Apply?

The Council is seeking proposals from applicants who:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge about and successful experience with best practices in housing and housing supports for individuals with I/DD who have high and complex support needs;
  2. Have the resources and demonstrated capacity to carry out the work described in their proposal;
  3. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the NJCDD and its needs; and,
  4. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the system and challenges, including NJ’s State Transition Plan and its addendum found here: https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmahs/info/STP_Addendum_Update.pdf

Eligible applicants may include, but are not limited, to:

  1. Private for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including providers of housing supports, developers, county government, and third-party agencies, both within New Jersey and from out of state;
  2. Families and self-advocates;
  3. Researchers and institutions of higher education;
  4. State, county, or local government entities, including schools; and,
  5. Other organizations that may contribute to the success of the project team, including consultants, attorneys, not-for-profit organizations, business and civic organizations.

The credentials of the organization(s) and the CV of the person(s) to be engaged in this work must be described and attached to the proposal.

NJCDD strongly encourages proposals from two or more collaborating organizations. All partnerships/collaborations and interagency coordination must have a letter of agreement from the other party/parties unless it is a joint application.

Applicants MUST also:

  1. Demonstrate cultural competency and the ability to reach and support diverse and historically-underserved communities, including but not limited to individuals who are Black, Hispanic, Asian, have limited English proficiency, and/or identify as LGBTQ+.
  2. Specifically address the needs of individuals with complex needs including medical and/or behavioral challenges.
  3. Show innovation and/or best practices.
  4. Demonstrate sustainability of effort through other resources.
  5. Describe how work will be carried out in a COVID-aware/COVID-safe manner.

NOTE: Funds cannot be used to supplant other government funds. A 25% Non-Federal Match of Proposed Funding is Required

Implementation Targets/Deliverables

NJCDD is inviting innovation in the responses to this RFP. Therefore, deliverables are not pre-defined, but rather, will be determined, described and detailed by each applicant. Deliverables that build capacity could include information and education, training and technical assistance, events, tools, and other strategies that address areas such as:

  1. Effective models for community-based housing for people with complex needs, in both self-directed and provider-delivered settings.
  2. Strategies for overcoming challenges and barriers for implementation of effective models in NJ.
  3. Architectural and design considerations/technology as they relate to housing for people with complex needs.
  4. Legal issues and regulatory compliance.
  5. Braiding funding streams.
  6. Recruitment of new providers to NJ/encouraging and supporting new providers and individuals interested in self-directed services.
  7. Public policy and funding initiatives directed at innovative models.
  8. Staffing strategies (recruitment, onboarding, training, communication and retention).
  9. Assisting individuals who have complex medical and behavioral needs, including those who are aging, and their families, identify and locate appropriate and affordable housing and services.

Proposals must include sequential implementation targets and deliverables that address:

  1. A written plan that specifically describes deliverables in the RPF, the project, its process and outcomes;
  2. A written budget narrative;
  3. Concrete and measurable activities;
  4. Benchmarks for project workflow and completion, tied to funding drawdown.

 

Reporting

Applicants who receive funding must submit written quarterly reports to the Council that address the progress made on the implementation targets. Contract payments are predicated upon successful completion of implementation targets and must be documented in order for payments to be issued.

The applicant(s) must provide a timeline for each of the components of this RFP.
Contract Period: April 1, 2023- March 30, 2024
Funding Amount: $175,000

Important Links

https://nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/providers/federalrequirements/hcbsplan/
https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmahs/info/hcbs_trans.html
https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmahs/info/STP_Addendum_Update.pdf

NJCDD will hold an Applicant Question Period from January 18- January 25, 2023. All questions were submitted in writing to grants@njcdd.org by 5 PM on January 25.

Goal: Expand the capacity of New Jersey’s system of community-based housing and supports to serve those with complex medical and behavioral needs, including those who are aging.

Q1: If we are submitting a joint proposal with another organization to collaborate on this project, are there any restrictions or perceived conflicts if the collaborative organization receives NJCDD grant funds for another project?

A1: No.

Q2: If we are the primary grantee, can we identify the collaborative organization as a Consultant in the budget narrative?

A2: Yes. Please include a letter of agreement from any collaborating agency(ies) or individual(s).

Q3: Is there an opportunity for grant renewal after the initial one year?

A3: Yes, however, an offer of renewal is based on performance.

Q4: Will the grant pay for funding for architectural plans and designs for accessible housing for individuals with complex medical needs?

A4: Yes, if such plans and designs are deliverables as part of a larger scope of work. They should represent best practice and be able to be used by others as a model for the development of housing. Deliverables that expand capacity could include architectural plans and designs for accessible housing for individuals with complex medical needs, when they are part of a proposal that provides information and education, training and technical assistance, events, tools, and/or other strategies.

Q5: Would this expense fit your criteria: funding for nursing staff expenses for providing medical care for people with complex medical needs?

A5: No. Funding for nursing staff is not a deliverable that expands the capacity of New Jersey’s system of housing. Deliverables that expand capacity could include information and education, training and technical assistance, events, tools, and other strategies. This RFP is NOT seeking a demonstration project or pilot to establish housing or housing supports. As such, proposals for funding ‘bricks and mortar’ projects, ramps, technology or other such demonstration projects cannot be scored or considered.

Q6: Would this expense fit your criteria: purchase of wheelchair accessible van to provide transportation to community activities, medical appointments, visits with family and day program?

A6: No. Purchase of durable medical equipment or vehicles is not a deliverable that expands the capacity of New Jersey’s system of housing. Deliverables that build capacity could include information and education, training and technical assistance, events, tools, and other strategies. This RFP is NOT seeking a demonstration project or pilot to establish housing or housing supports. As such, proposals for funding ‘bricks and mortar’ projects, ramps, technology or other such demonstration projects cannot be scored or considered.

  • TWO HARD COPIES of each proposal must be received by NJCDD not later than March 1, 2023 at 2 P.M. Hard copy proposals must be submitted/delivered to the following address. There are no exceptions. Late proposals CANNOT be considered and will not be scored.

PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO DELIVER HARD COPIES WELL IN ADVANCE OF THIS DEADLINE, and SECURE DOCUMENTATION TO DEMONSTRATE DELIVERY.NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities c/o Grants
20 West State Street, 6th Floor
PO Box 700, Trenton, NJ 08625-0700

E-signature is acceptable. PROOF OF DELIVERY IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED  

  • Applicants must also email a copy of the full proposal to grants@njcdd.org not later March 1, 2023 by 2 PM. The narrative proposal in Microsoft Word, Budget in Microsoft Excel and attachments in PDF.

NJCDD FY-2023 Grants Timeline: Start date April 1, 2023.

Notice of Funds Available                                            January 11, 2023
Applicant Question Period                                          January 18-25, 2023
Question Deadline                                                        January 25 by 5 PM
Posted Answers to Questions Submitted                 February 1, 2023
Proposal Submission Deadline                                   March 1, 2023 by 2 PM
Award Notification                                                        Not later than March 22, 2023
Contract Period                                                             April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024

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