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Transition Across the Lifespan

Grant to a Nebraska Nonprofit, For-Profit, IHE, or Agency
to Help Individuals Disabilities Make Life Transitions

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Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities

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07/24/17 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grant of up to $25,000 to a Nebraska nonprofit, for-profit, IHE, government agency, or faith-based organization to improve life transitions for individuals with developmental disabilities. Applicants must contact program staff in advance of the deadline to obtain an application packet. The program should serve individuals of diverse identities.

The term “developmental disability” means a severe, chronic disability of a person that:
-Is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments;
-Is manifested before the person attains age twenty-two;
-Is likely to continue indefinitely;
-Results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity: (a) self-care; (b) receptive and expressive language; (c) learning; (d) mobility; (e) self-direction; (f) capacity for independent living; and (g) economic self-sufficiency;
-Reflects the individual’s need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic services, individualized supports, or other forms of assistance that are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated;
-An individual from birth to age 9, inclusive, who has a substantial developmental delay or specific congenital or acquired condition, may be considered to have a developmental disability without meeting three or more functional limitations in major life activities, if the individual, without services and supports has a high probability of meeting those criteria later in life.

Diverse Identities refers to people of various races, cultural and ethnic heritages, genders, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, ages, and religions from diverse socio-economic and geographic backgrounds.

Objective A: An increased number of individuals transitioning out of special education and their families will be provided with information to expand their knowledge of adult services and other community resources for adult living.

Objective B: An increased number of adults with I/DD and their aging families will be identified through outreach activities and provided with information to expand their knowledge of adult services and other community resources.

Focus and Intent: The project will develop a comprehensive tangible product based on the handbook “Pathways for Success – A Transition Resource Guide” developed by Intersect for Ability – Northern Illinois, a collaborative group of organizations serving people with developmental disabilities in the Rockford, Illinois region. This excellent resource was funded by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. The Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities would like to replicate a similar version for Nebraskans with developmental disabilities and their families. The Nebraska Transition Resource Guide will provide in-depth information on preparing for life after high school yet will be intended for families to use while children are younger to support a robust transition planning effort that should begin by age 14. The Nebraska Division of Developmental Disabilities has created a booklet of “Available Services for Teens & Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities” that may also provide reference for the transition guide.

Many students with developmental disabilities have questions and fears about their future. In preparing to leave high school, students with disabilities have many decisions to make, including what kinds of work they want to do and what additional education or training may be required; where they want to live; what will be required to live independently; and what accessible transportation options are available. During the critical high school transition years, it is important that students with disabilities are given the opportunity to focus on their interests and passions so they can follow their unique path with confidence.

Many parents who have children with disabilities often do not think about life after high school until the moment is almost there. For those parents, planning the transition into adulthood can be quite overwhelming and many have no idea where to start. The guide is intended to make it easier for parents to know where to start, whom to contact for pertinent information, and where they can receive services for their child.

Much like the motto, “It takes a village to raise a child,” it takes the collaboration of systems (families, community agencies, Medicaid, education, Department of Labor, etc.) to support a youth with disabilities to transition into adult services. The transition guide will serve as resource across multiple systems to steer families through the transition process. Subaward applicants should plan to coordinate information from across these systems to develop the comprehensive transition guide.

The comprehensive tangible transition guide shall include specific information within the following domains:

-Individualized Education Program (IEP) – Topics within this area will include a transition checklist; tips on using the IEP process to enhance transition outcomes; self-advocacy and self-determination information; and other tools to prepare students and families to be best prepared and engaged in the IEP process.

-Life Planning – Topics within this area will include how to help students with I/DD prepare and plan for their employment path; the role that Nebraska VR fills during the transition process as noted in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to support competitive, integrative employment; post- secondary education opportunities; using a person-centered planning approach throughout the transition process; empowering individuals with I/DD to access their natural supports to maintain and enhance their quality and security of life; age of majority and the challenge for families to consider supported decision- making, alternatives to guardianship, or limited guardianship options rather than full guardianship; estate planning and the use of EnABLE accounts; voting rights and registration; and tips for working with state legislators.

-Health Transitions – Topics within this area will include tips and resources to assist youth with I/DD to transition into the adult health care system; how to apply for Medicaid services; tips on improving social, emotional/mental, and physical health; assistive technology resources to support overall health; community resources to assist with maintaining health and wellness; and information about the State of Nebraska’s Heritage Health managed care organizations.

-Adult Life – This section will cover the broad area of how to access state funded supports and services and public benefits.

Topics under Adult Life will include information on:

-How to apply for public benefits, including Medicaid, Social Security Income (SSI), and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

-Application and eligibility criteria for Nebraska VR services, and clarification on the scope of services that eligible clients receive.

-Application and eligibility process for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver services; details on how to access HCBS services, including clarification of timelines on entry into day services and residential services (Registry versus Wait List); service options for those who qualify for HCBS waiver options; and instructions on the appeal process for those found not eligible for HCBS waiver services.

-How to apply for financial assistance with the Department of Health and Human Services Children and Family Services programs (Assistance to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled; Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program; Social Security Supplement; energy assistance).

-Centers for Independent Living – agencies that provide services to assist individuals to live in the community.

-Developing self-determination skills, including information about People First of Nebraska.

-Miscellaneous information that supports integration and inclusion into all facets of community life – such as housing, transportation considerations, and other community services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181798

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Money is available to fund a grant project for a maximum of $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Subrecipient shall commence work on this project no earlier than October 1, 2017. The project will be supported for one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are profit and nonprofit entities, faith-based organizations, state agencies, institutions of higher education, or local subdivisions of government.

DD subaward funds cannot be used for the following:
-To purchase equipment including computers;
-Ongoing operating expenses;
-For construction or renovation costs;
-Direct services for people with developmental disabilities (unless these services are part of a model demonstration).

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants will be required to provide a 30% match of the funds requested. The match can be cash or in-kind. Federal dollars cannot be used as a match.

Interested agencies must request an application packet by contacting the Council office.

Applications are due by Wednesday, July 24, 2017, by 5:00 PM.

Contact Information:

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

Kristen Larsen, Executive Director

Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities
Department of Health and Human Services
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026

Address for Hand Delivery:
301 Centennial Mall South, 3rd Floor
Lincoln, NE 68508

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USA: Nebraska