Nonprofit Liaison to the Governor
The partnership of state agencies and private providers has always been, and continues to be, integral for the delivery of services to many of our residents who require assistance in their lives. In recognition of this important relationship, and in support of the state's safety net, Governor Malloy established the position of Nonprofit Liaison. The Governor's Nonprofit Liaison interacts and communicates directly with the nonprofit community-based health and human services providers and advises the Governor with regard to policy reforms and other measures that will benefit this partnership. The Nonprofit Liaison coordinates efforts to implement these policy reforms.
Prior to her appointment, she served as the President/CEO of the Connecticut Community Providers Association.
Terry Edelstein, Governor's Nonprofit Liaison
Connecticut State Capitol, Room 412
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
To be included on the Nonprofit Liaison's mailing list, send an e-mail to Meg Riding at email@example.com
or call Meg at 860-418-6287.
Nonprofit Liaison mailing list – receive occasional alerts, news briefings and updates
The Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services mailing list – receive news about the work of the Cabinet including meeting announcements and materials
BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS FY 14 – FY 15
Nonprofit Grant Program
Governor Malloy has recommended increasing the Nonprofit Grant Program by $30 M in FY15 bringing the total to $50 million. The Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee will be considering this recommendation in the coming months. We are expecting support from nonprofit providers and associations for the Governor’s proposal that will provide $70 M in funding over the two years of the biennium.
The FY15 bond bill modifies the provisions of the Nonprofit Grant Program as follows (changes are underlined):
S.B. 29 Sec. 35. Subsection (a) of section 32 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):
For the Office of Policy and Management: Grants-in-aid to private, nonprofit health and human service organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and that receive funds from the state to provide direct health or human services to state agency clients, for alterations, renovations, improvements, additions and new construction, including health, safety, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and energy conservation improvements, information technology systems, technology for independence, [and] purchase of vehicles and acquisition of property, not exceeding [$20,000,000] $50,000,000.
Organizations that applied for funding through the FY14 Nonprofit Grant Program
will be notified about funding decisions the week of February 24. See the OPM website
DDS & DMHAS - Cost Settlement and Revenue Retention
The Governor’s budget adds a pilot program for revenue retention for DMHAS providers. The proposed language is mirrored after the cost settlement language that currently applies to DDS contractors.
The Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services developed a recommendation for cost settlement. This pilot builds on the work of the Cabinet, by piloting the concept.
H.B. 5030 Sec. 15
(Current statutory language relating to DDS contractors)
(a) For all allowable expenditures made pursuant to a contract subject to cost settlement with the Department of Developmental Services by an organization in compliance with performance requirements of such contract, one hundred per cent, or
an alternative amount as identified by the Commissioner of Developmental Services and approved by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, of the difference between actual expenditures incurred and the amount received by the organization from the Department of Developmental Services pursuant to such contract shall be reimbursed to the Department of Developmental Services during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, and the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.
(Proposed statutory language relating to DMHAS contractors)
(b) For expenditures incurred by nonprofit providers with purchase of service contracts with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for which year-end cost reconciliation currently occurs, and where such providers are in compliance with performance requirements of such contract, one hundred per cent, or an alternative amount as identified by the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services and approved by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and as allowed by applicable state and federal laws and regulations, of the difference between actual expenditures incurred and the amount received by the organization from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services pursuant to such contract shall be reimbursed to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.
The text of the budget bill can be found here
The entire budget document can be found here
GOVERNOR’S CABINET ON NONPROFIT HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Cabinet co-chair Peter DeBiasi and I prepared the final report to the Governor in December 2013. Follow these links to read the full report and the appendices.
APPENDIX TO 2013 REPORT
The Governor has charged the Cabinet with convening the following Work Groups in 2014:
Nonprofit Employment Data Work Group
Training Work Group
Contract Procurement and Administration Work Group
Business Practice Work Group
We will be seeking participation on these Work Groups from Cabinet members and other interested parties. Email Meg Riding for an application to serve on a work group: firstname.lastname@example.org
VA Offers $600 Million in Funding to Support Services for Homeless Veteran Families
January 14, 2014: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the availability of up to approximately $600 million in grants for non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that serve very low-income Veteran families occupying permanent housing through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
Required services include outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits, and providing or coordinating efforts to obtain needed entitlements and other community services. Grantees secure a broad range of other services for participants, including legal assistance; credit counseling; housing counseling; assisting participants in understanding leases, securing utilities, and coordinating moving arrangements; providing representative payee services concerning rent and utilities when needed; and serving as an advocate for the Veteran when mediating with property owners on issues related to locating or retaining housing. Grantees also offer temporary financial assistance that provides short-term assistance with rent, moving expenses, security and utility deposits, child care, transportation, utility costs, and emergency expenses.
The VA announced the availability of funds today through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) via the Federal Register. They are offering $300 million in FY 2014 funds and $300 million in FY 2015 funds, subject to available appropriations. The VA will make award decisions based on a national competition.
More information about the program can be found at here
January 14, 2014: Governor Malloy announced that the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) will partner with families, youths, communities and experts to develop a plan to improve mental health services for children. The plan will be given to the General Assembly next fall.
DCF has chosen to work with the Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) of Connecticut, a non-profit group with specialized expertise in children's mental health and development. A key component of the planning process is obtaining consumer input through at least 12 forums across the state and continuing throughout the first phase of the plan's development, which will end August 31, 2014. The law, General Assembly Public Act 13-178, calls for the plan to be submitted in October 2014.
A minimum of 12 forums will be held across the state. Topics for the forums will include:
Prevention and Intervention
Child Welfare and Mental Health
Juvenile Justice and Mental Health
Education and Mental Health
Cultural Competence and Family Engagement
Role of Commercial Insurance
Access to Community-based Services
Substance Abuse and Recovery
Network of Care
Data Systems and Infrastructure
Autism and Disabilities
Other Special Populations
Crisis Response and Management
CHDI will organize the community forums and consumer input, as well as collect and analyze data. The second phase of the plan's development will include sharing a draft with key stakeholders for further input, and revisions will be made accordingly prior to the plan's submission. Based upon feedback from the General Assembly and others, an implementation plan will be developed and biennial progress reports will be issued to the legislature. CHDI and other experts will work with DCF to implement the plan and will continue to provide technical assistance.
SUPER STORM SANDY RFA STILL AVAILABLE
Apply now. The application process is still open.
The Connecticut Department of Social Services has been awarded $10.5 million in federal funding under the Social Services Block Grant to cover certain expenses resulting from Super Storm Sandy. The funds are to be used by eligible nonprofit organizations and municipalities for a range of social, health and mental health services for individuals, and for repair, renovation and rebuilding of health care facilities, child care facilities and other social services facilities.
The federal Super Storm Sandy SSGB Supplemental Funds will support disaster relief services such as:
• case management services;
• housing services;
• information and referral;
• protective services for adults;
• protective services for children;
• renovations/repairs; and
• administrative services
Nonprofit agencies and municipalities interested in applying to become service providers can find the “Request for Applications” and additional information about the disaster relief program on the state’s CT Recovers website at www.ctrecovers.ct.gov
The RFA can also be viewed here
The deadline for application is: April 1, 2015
NONPROFIT BONDING FACT SHEET
A Quick Summary of Bonding Available to Nonprofit Organizations
Nonprofit Grant Program:
The NGP will provide Grants-in-aid to selected private, nonprofit health and human service organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3). The goal of the NGP is to enhance service delivery efficiency and effectiveness and address health, safety and accessibility issues with respect to health and human services provided by nonprofit providers, with applicants who are delivering such services under one or more contracts or agreements with and funding from one of more State agencies to receive priority.
A total of $20 million will be awarded via the Nonprofit Grant Program established during the 2013 legislative session
The Office of Policy and Management issued a Request for Applications in August 2013
Applications for funding were due October 18, 2013
Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by February 15, 2014
There were 297 applicants, a list of which can be viewed here
The State Bond Commission authorized a lump sum of $20 M in funding for this program on January 9, 2014
For future updates on the Nonprofit Grant Program, please visit its web page
Nonprofit Collaboration Incentive Grant Program:
The purpose of the NCIP is to provide grants for one-time infrastructure costs to implement consolidations of programs and services resulting from the collaboration of two or more nonprofit organizations. The goal of the NCIP is to improve efficiency and effectiveness of services through consolidations and collaborations between and among nonprofit providers currently providing services in Connecticut.
A total of $5 million was authorized for funding during the 2009 legislative session
Remaining funding available for the program: $3.7 million
The Office of Policy and Management issued a Request for Applications in December 2013
Applications for funding are due February 14, 2014
Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by April 1, 2014
Once successful applicants are selected, the State Bond Commission will be asked to approve the funding
For more information, visit the Request for Proposal page on the Office of Policy and Management’s website
or view the Request for Proposal on the state’s contracting portal, BIZNET
Other Sources of Bond Funds for Nonprofit Organizations
There are bonding dollars available through other state agencies including:
Department of Economic and Community Development
Department of Developmental Services
Department of Children and Families
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Department of Social Services
Email Brittany Kaplan, Policy Intern for more information about the individual state agency bonding processes: OPM.Intern10@ct.gov
The Role of the State Bond Commission
The State Bond Commission, convened by the Governor on a monthly basis, approves the issuance of state bonds.
The January 9, 2014 State Bond Commission agenda includes a number of awards to nonprofit organizations. These grants are funded through DSS, DCF, DMHAS, DECD and other state agency bond pools.
None of these grants were funded through the Nonprofit Grant Program referred to earlier. However, the State Bond Commission approved the release of the total FY14 allotment for the Nonprofit Grant Program at this meeting ($20 million). These funds will be disbursed once the Nonprofit Grant Program award process has been completed.
See the agenda for the January 9 meeting, including a full list of the bonding recipients here
GOV. MALLOY: STATE GRANT PROGRAM ENCOURAGES NONPROFIT COLLABORATION, EFFICIENCY
Expands on Grants Available Announces Other Awards For Nonprofit Organizations
January 9, 2014: Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that the state Office of Policy and Management (OPM) is accepting applications for a new round of grants to encourage collaboration and sharing among nonprofit agencies.
The Nonprofit Collaboration Incentive Grant Program
provides funds for one-time infrastructure costs to consolidate programs and services by collaborating nonprofit organizations. The goal is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the services provided by the agencies.
“I am pleased that my administration has been able to take positive steps to support nonprofit providers, which serve all citizens of Connecticut and play a substantial role in maintaining our safety net during challenging times,” said Governor Malloy. “Partnering with our nonprofit organizations is a smart fiscal investment to ensure that these agencies can continue to provide services while doing so in an efficient, cost-effective way.”
The Nonprofit Collaboration Incentive Grant Program issuance follows the Governor’s announcement in August of the availability of funding through a new “Nonprofit Grant Program,” the NPG. Applications for that program were due in October and the application process is closed. Final award notifications will be issued in mid-February. Other Bond Funds For Nonprofit Organizations
The January 9th meeting of the State Bond Commission included the authorization of $20 million in funding for the Nonprofit Grant Program
. These two grant programs, combined, offer almost $24 million to nonprofit organizations to meet their infrastructure and collaboration needs.
In addition, the State Bond Commission authorized awards to nonprofit organizations funded through the state Department of Social Services (DSS), the state Department of Children and Families (DCF), the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), and other state agency bond pools.
Barry Simon, CEO of Oak Hill, spoke to the media about the importance of bond funding that Oak Hill received in supporting people with disabilities, veterans and other members of the Bristol community.
Watch the Governor’s and Barry Simon’s remarks on CTN here
The Governor’s full statement can be read here
APPLY NOW FOR THE NONPROFIT COLLABORATION INCENTIVE GRANT PROGRAM
December 11, 2013: The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) is accepting applications for the Nonprofit Collaboration Incentive Grant Program (NCIP). The purpose of the NCIP is to provide grants for one-time infrastructure costs to implement consolidations of programs and services resulting from the collaboration of two or more nonprofit organizations. The goal of the NCIP is to improve efficiency and effectiveness of services through consolidations and collaborations between and among nonprofit providers currently providing services in Connecticut. The program will distribute grants to qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations for: the purchase of, or improvement to facilities; refinancing of facility loans; equipment purchases; energy conservation; transportation and technology projects; and relocation expenses related to physical consolidation of the collaboration. The NCIP is administered in accordance with Section 25 of Public Act 09-2, September Special Session. The State Bond Commission is authorized to issue up to $5,000,000 to award one-time funding to support such collaborations. The current amount of available funding is $3,743,591 for new projects. The minimum grant amount for a project is $25,000.
The application deadline for consideration is February 14, 2014.
Additional details on the program, including application information, can be found here
CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING ISSUES NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) FOR SPECIAL PRIORITY PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS
December 23, 2013: The NOFA is directed to applicants seeking either (a) to design and administer a program on behalf of DOH for the purpose of expanding affordable housing opportunities in Connecticut or (b) to construct a new residence or renovate an existing structure for the purpose of creating new affordable housing units. This NOFA is intended to support Programs and Projects that achieve one or more of the following goals:
Contribute to ending homelessness in Connecticut, including, without limitation, homelessness among veterans of one or more of the branches of the U.S. armed forces;
Affirmatively furthering fair housing in Connecticut; and/or
Create affordable housing opportunities in transit-oriented developments.
Prior to the submission deadline, applicants may contact Ed LaChance via email at Edward.email@example.com
with any questions regarding this NOFA. All such questions received before 4:00 P.M. on February 17, 2014, will be answered on a rolling basis and the questions and answers will be posted on the DOH website.
Applications for funding under this NOFA will be accepted at the offices of DOH, 505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT 06106-7106 until Monday, March 3, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
The full Notice of Available Funding can be found here
. For more information, please visit the Department of Housing website
January 8, 2014: Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he is appointing Jonathan Slifka of West Hartford to a newly-created cabinet-level position within his administration, specifically advocating on behalf of the state’s disability community.
In the role of Governor’s Liaison to the Disability Community, Slifka will be responsible for increasing outreach on behalf of the Governor and executive branch agencies to people with disabilities in order to provide policy and practical recommendations for advocacy, employment, programs and services, as well as serving as an ombudsperson.
In addition to serving as a liaison between the state and residents with disabilities, he will evaluate and recommend improvements in the way the state provides information and access for people with disabilities. He will also develop, in consultation with the Governor and the Office of Policy and Management, an action plan with varying areas of focus.
While the Governor’s Liaison to the Disability Community is a cabinet-level position, it will be administratively held within the state Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), where Slifka will work alongside the department’s staff to improve services to Connecticut citizens with disabilities.
Slifka will begin the position on Friday, January 10, 2014.
NEW INSURANCE WEB PAGE FOR MENTAL HEALTH COVERAGE
December 24, 2013: Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that a new state webpage streamlines resources to help families with insurance coverage and reimbursement for behavioral health and substance abuse treatment.
The new site includes the Insurance Department’s Behavioral Health Took Kit
, a step-by-step plain-language template that families and providers can use to submit to insurance companies for preauthorization of medically necessary behavioral health services.
The Insurance Department’s “Mental Health Parity” website can be found here
Access Health CT, Connecticut’s health insurance exchange, is sponsoring numerous Enrollment Fairs throughout the month of December. For more information, please visit here
. You can also sign up
to receive regular briefings from Access Health CT.
Helpful links concerning the Affordable Care Act:
CT Insurance Department - Approved Rates for Access Health CT (8/5/13)
STATE INNOVATION MODEL INITIATIVE (SIM)
The state will submit its State Healthcare Innovation Model Grant to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services by the end of December. The SIM Plan will outline Connecticut’s blueprint for providing healthcare services to 80% of the population.
For more information about the SIM process, visit here
For further information, including an electronic copy of the plan, visit here
NONPROFIT LIAISON FOCUS AREAS
Work Group on Deemed Status and Licensing
: Working with State health care licensing agencies, nonprofit provider representatives and the state's information technology system to develop single licensing application and an online posting resource and consolidated licensing policies and procedures and to initiate deemed status pilots Governor's Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services
: Developing a report for the Governor in fall 2013 based on the recommendations of the Cabinet Work Groups
Work Group on Jobs
Work Group on Population Results
Work Group on Contract Procurement and Administration with subcommittees on bonding, cost standards and contract procurement
Bonding for nonprofit health and human services providers: Implementing the Governor’s major bond allocation and modifying current bonding policies and procedures
Governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission: Coordinating mental health presentations, assisting with full Commission in writing Commission report
Affordable Care Act: Coordinating policy discussions on impact on nonprofit community-based providers in relation to their role as employers and the impact on their employees
Department of Economic and Community Development
Department of Administrative Services