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Grants to Wisconsin Agencies & Non-Profits to Support
Families of Children with Mental Health & Drug Issues

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Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

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01/30/15 3:00 PM CT


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Grants to Wisconsin public agencies and non-profits for information, education, support, and advocacy for families of children with emotional, behavioral, and substance abuse issues. January 6 is the deadline to submit and optional letter of intent to apply; a proposers conference will be held on January 18, and January 20 is the deadline to submit questions.

The scope of this project is to provide a sustained statewide infrastructure for the provision of information, education, support and advocacy for youth and their families. The provision of this infrastructure will lead to an increased level of youth and family involvement where youth and families are recognized as an essential part and actively involved in the decision making process regarding assessment, planning, and monitoring of services for their children.

In addition, there will be increased involvement of youth and families in policy advisory committees at both the local and State levels. It is anticipated that a result of this participation will be improved service infrastructure, effectiveness, consumer and family satisfaction, individual and agency outcomes, and reduce barriers such as stigma.

The Parent Support Services delivered under this GRFP will:
• Develop, provide, and maintain a statewide MH/SA family support service that provides information to youth, families, and anyone acting on their behalf.
• Develop, provide, and maintain a statewide MH/SA family support service that provides training to children, youth, families, and anyone acting on their behalf regarding the fundamentals of mental illness, co-occurring substance use disorders, resiliency, and recovery.
• Develop, provide, and maintain a statewide MH/SA family support service that provides advocacy and support on a statewide, local, and individual level.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148197

Term of Contract:

DMHSAS will contract with successful applicants annually per successful application for the period of April 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015 for the first year and January 1st through December 31st each calendar year thereafter for two additional years based upon satisfactory performance and continued availability of funds.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals must be submitted by public and/or non-profit agencies and organizations that will promote a mental health system transformation emphasizing resilience and recovery values and principles.

The public or non-profit agency must be governed by a board of directors consisting of at least 51% of their members being parents of children or other direct day-to-day caregivers of children with a mental health and/or substance abuse disorder.

Pre-proposal Conference:

January 15, 2015, 11:00 - 12:00 PM: DHS will hold a Proposers Conference .
The conference will be held at:
Department of Health Services
1 W. Wilson Street, Conference room 850A
Madison, WI 53704
Teleconference access is available by calling the designated conference line at 877-820-7831, access code 458043#.

Pre-Application Information:

January 6, 2015, 4:30 PM CT: Notice of Intent to Apply Due. Prospective Proposers are requested, but not required, to submit a notice of intent to apply to Elizabeth Schweitzer at the Division of Enterprise Services. Submission of the notice of intent does not commit a prospective Proposer to submission of a Proposal.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015,before 3:30 PM CT: Deadline to submit written questions. Questions should be submitted via email with the following subject line:
Subject: Question GRFP G-0246R DMHSAS-14 Proposer Name

Proposers are expected to raise any questions, exceptions, or additions they have concerning the GRFP document at this point in the GRFP process. If a Proposer discovers any significant ambiguity, error, conflict, discrepancy, omission, or other deficiency in this GRFP, the Proposer should immediately notify the Contract Administrator of such error and request modification or clarification of the GRFP.

In the event that it becomes necessary to provide additional clarifying data or information, or to revise any part of this GRFP, revisions/amendments and/or supplements will be provided to those entities that have completed the Notice of Intent to Apply.

Submission of multiple Proposals from Proposers is not permissible.

Proposals shall be irrevocable until contract award unless the Proposal is withdrawn. Proposers may withdraw a Proposal in writing at any time up to the Proposal closing date and time or upon expiration of five (5) business days after the due date and time if received by Karen Bittner.

The written request must be signed by an authorized representative of the Proposer and submitted to Karen Bittner at the address listed in Section 2.1 General Information.

If a previously submitted Proposal is withdrawn before the Proposal due date and time, the Proposer may submit another Proposal at any time up to the Proposal closing date and time.

Contact Information:

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

For more information:
Elizabeth Schweitzer
Fax Number: (608) 266-2924

Submit questions or comments to:

The Contract Administrator will be:
Karen Bittner
Children, Youth, & Family Mental Health Services Coordinator
Department of Health Services
Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
1 W. Wilson Street, Room 951
Madison, WI 53707
(608) 267-9308
TTY (888) 701-1255

Funding or Pin Number:

Agency Bid Number: G-0246R DMHSAS-14; Commodity Codes: 95259 - Human Services (Not Otherwise Classified) ; 95262 - Mental Health Services: Vocational, Residential, Etc.

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