ENGAGE Releases 2 Requests for Proposals
OhioMHAS has posted two Requests for Proposals for the SAMHSA System of Care Expansion Implementation Grant called ENGAGE that was awarded on July 1, 2013, and will end on June 30, 2017. The purpose of ENGAGE (Encouraging the New Generation to Achieve Goals through Empowerment) is to reduce expenditures and improve outcomes related to health, educational, employment and living stability for high risk youth and young adults through statewide System of Care expansion of the evidence-supported, research-based High Fidelity Wraparound (Wraparound) practice. ENGAGE’s target population is youth and young adults in transition, ages 14 through 21 years, with serious emotional disturbance, mental illness, and/or co-occurring conditions (i.e., substance abuse, developmental disabilities) who are/have been involved with child welfare, juvenile justice, criminal justice, and/or been homeless.
- To expand High-Fidelity Wraparound statewide for ENGAGE, OhioMHAS is seeking one instate vendor to provide or sub-contract Wraparound Training and Technical Assistance to selected ready communities (up to 28 counties per year), develop the fidelity monitoring and measurements for Wraparound, coordinate communities’ other training needs (i.e., cultural competence, trauma-informed care, youth and family voice), develop the regional coaching virtual sites, assist communities with data collection including fidelity measuring, and sustainability planning. The ENGAGE Wraparound Training and Technical Assistance RFP has been posted on the official state procurement website and can be viewed at this link. The RFP deadline is January 24, 2014. All questions and applications must be submitted through the procurement website link.
- One of the requirements of the SAMHSA grant is to develop a System of Care Finance Plan by June 30, 2014 (for more information on the required finance plan, visit: http://rtckids.fmhi.usf.edu/rtcpubs/hctrking/pubs/AssessPlanGuide2006/AssessPlanGuideWeb.pdf). The purpose of the finance plan is for System of Care Expansion grantees like Ohio to identify how services and supports will be funded, how services and supports could be expanded with creative financing mechanisms, and if policies need to be changed to allow for different financing to occur during and post grant. Development of a finance plan will involve conducting a policy scan to examine all related youth and young adult policies, fiscal mapping on state and federal funding streams for youth and young adults (ages 14 through 21), and facilitation to craft a System of Care Finance Plan. The finance plan must contain recommendations for blending federal, state and local resources, tracking long term return on investment, opportunities for reinvestment of savings, and identifying areas of flexibility, leverage, opportunity and inconsistency to better serve young people whose needs cross multiple systems. Therefore, OhioMHAS is seeking one vendor to conduct a policy scan, perform a budget analysis and facilitate the development of a System of Care finance plan for youth and young adults. The ENGAGE Finance Plan RFP has been posted on the official state procurement website and can be viewed at this link. The RFP deadline is January 24, 2014. All questions and applications must be submitted through the procurement website link.
New Ohio Benefits Site Connects Ohioans to Coverage
On October 1, the State of Ohio launched a new system designed to assist residents who wish to obtain health care coverage through Medicaid. Ohio Benefits is a simplified, self-service Website that makes it easier for Ohioans to learn what type of assistance may be available to them.
Through the new Benefits portal, individuals will receive immediate notice as to whether or not they qualify for Medicaid coverage. Those who do not qualify for Medicaid will be directed to other opportunities for coverage through the federal health insurance exchange.
Over the next two years, Ohio Benefits will become the primary resource for those seeking assistance beyond just Medicaid. In 2015, eligibility determination for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other programs will be on Ohio Benefits.
If you or someone you know are looking to find out more about Medicaid eligibility and the new system, please visit: Benefits.Ohio.Gov. To follow the integrated eligibility work being led through the Governor's Office of Health Transformation, click here.