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Projects For Assistance In Transition From Homelessness (PATH)

Grants to Nevada Non-Profits, Others
to Assist Homeless Mentally Ill Persons

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Mental Health Developmental Services (MHDS)

Deadline Date:

02/18/13 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants are available to Nevada non-profits, tribal entities, and others for programs that address issues of homelessness among the mentally ill, including veterans, and people who have co-occurring problems of substance abuse. Applicants must provide outreach services to help these individuals obtain appropriate housing and formal mental health treatment and primary health care. It is important that these organizations are run by individuals who have had similar experiences to those that they are serving and that the services provided are culturally responsive.

PATH follows these guiding principles:

1. Person Centered Services: The PATH program is committed to services that meet the needs and preferences of people who are homeless and who have mental illnesses/co-occurring disorders. Services are effective only if they meet needs identified by the individual. Service plans must be developed in partnership with individuals receiving services.

2. Culturally Competent Services: The PATH program is committed to meeting needs and preferences of individuals within the context of culture. For this to happen in a meaningful way, services must be offered in accordance with individually appropriate language, customs and cultural norms.

3. Consumer Run Services: The history of the PATH program proves the effectiveness of services provided by people who have “been there”. Individuals who have achieved recovery serve as powerful examples, and consumer run services are a strong tool in our efforts to address homelessness.

4. Commitment to Quality: State PATH Contacts are committed to helping providers achieve high quality in all areas of service provision. Encouragement of evidence based and exemplary practices within homeless services and mainstream systems is part of this strategy.

The following goals must be part of the project’s design and implementation plan:

Goal 1: The main goal of the PATH Program is to provide services that will enable persons who are homeless and have serious mental illnesses to obtain appropriate housing while engaging them in formal mental health treatment and systems that improve their mental health functioning. The most critical service is considered to be outreach.

Goal 2: PATH Providers are required to track referral and attainment of these supports:
a. Housing (transitional, supportive, or permanent)
b. Income Benefits
c. Earned Income (employment)
d. Medical Insurance Program (Medicaid, Medicare, and/or State/local plans)
e. Primary Medical Care

Goal 3: Grantees must agree to collect client-level data through HMIS once training is provided by the State/SAMHSA PATH TA provider. For more information on HMIS, visit: http://hmis.info.

Goal 4: MHDS PATH providers must maintain the average Federal cost ($802) of enrolling a homeless person with serious mental illness in the PATH program.

Goal 5: MHDS will give special consideration to entities with a demonstrated effectiveness in serving homeless veterans.

Goal 6: PATH grant evaluation criteria will provide special consideration for those agencies/programs that have invested in ensuring SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery (SOAR) strategies are implemented and institutionalized through SOAR staff. For more information on SOAR, visit: http://www.prainc.com/SOAR/ .

Goal 7: Grant evaluation criteria will provide special consideration for those agencies/programs who can demonstrate success in housing individuals who are homeless in supportive and permanent housing; demonstrate success in participating in community housing development projects, and document that and how suitable housing for eligible individuals will accompany the provision of services.

Non-Allowable Use of Funds
1. To support emergency shelters;
2. For inpatient psychiatric treatment;
3. For inpatient substance abuse treatment;
4. To make cash payments to intended recipients of mental health or substance abuse services;
5. Any lease arrangements in association with the proposed project utilizing PATH funds beyond the project period nor may the portion of the space leased with PATH funds be used for purposes not supported by the grant; and
6. To pay for the purchase or construction of any building or structure to house any part of the grant program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 132381

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$506,000

Term of Contract:

4-year award with non-competitive continuations. Grant Start-Up date: August 1, 2013

Eligibility:

  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Community Mental Health Centers
Tribal entities

Pre-Application Information:

January 28, 2013: Non-Binding Letter of Intent Due by 5:00 PM
Written Questions From Potential Bidders Due by 5:00 p.m. Questions must be emailed to Joann Flanagan.

February 4, 2013:
Written Responses Posted at http://mhds.state.nv.us/

Grantees must match the federal portion of the grant by 33% with non-federal funds.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Joann Flanagan
(775) 684- 5896
jflanagan@mhds.nv.gov

Geographic Focus:

USA: Nevada