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Peer Supports Training Program

Grant to a Texas Nonprofit, For-Profit, or Agency for Peer
Support Programs for People with Disabilities

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Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD)

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09/07/18 5:00 PM CT Receipt


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Grant to a Texas nonprofit, for-profit, government agency, IHE, faith-based organization, or technical or professional school to develop a peer support training program to assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The selected applicant will train individuals with I/DD to become peer support specialists who help other people with I/DD create person-centered service plans.


People with I/DD who have not been fully integrated into their communities may find it hard to imagine the opportunities they have to live independently. On the other hand, some people with I/DD may have experience living independently. These people who do have experience living independently – peers – can support other people with I/DD:

-To see what is possible,
-To identify opportunities for achieving their goals, and
-Help them to successfully address barriers.

A peer can also support another person with I/DD who is not integrated into their community by:
-Providing guidance and encouragement,
-Listening, and
-Serving as a bridge to the community.

TCDD has funded peer support projects in the past. This RFP will focus on connecting (A) people with I/DD who receive home and community-based services (HCBS) that require a person-centered service plan with (B) well-informed peers who can support them to take control of their own plans.

About the RFP:

TCDD will fund one project for up to four years to develop and pilot a peer supports training program. Through the program, people with I/DD will be trained to become peer support specialists.

Peer support specialists will be people with I/DD who live in the community and use publicly-funded services and supports. Peer support specialists will learn how to support other people with I/DD to understand their options and lead their own person-centered planning process. Coaches will help peer support specialists develop action plans and identify resources.

TCDD expects the project to:
-Develop a training curriculum for peer support specialists and coaches
-Identify and train at least 20 people with I/DD to become peer support specialists
-Ensure each peer support specialist assists at least 10 people with I/DD create a person-centered service plan

Ideally, the program developed through this RFP will be able to be replicated elsewhere in Texas and/or implemented statewide.

Definitions for the purposes of this project:

Peer Support Specialists are individuals who:
-Have a developmental disability;
-Live in the community;
-Have used or are currently using publicly funded services and supports, such as: SSI, publicly‐funded housing, Medicaid waiver services, work incentives and supported employment;
-Have received training to provide certain types of supports to peers.

Coaches are individuals who:
-May or may not have a developmental disability;
-Provide emotional support, information, and direct assistance to the Peer Support Specialists to develop specific action plans and identify the resources needed.

Peer Support Specialists and Coaches must demonstrate respect for an individual’s rights and honor the individual’s culture and beliefs, even if that individual makes choices they might not make.

Project Description and Milestones:

The grant project will develop and pilot a peer supports training program for individuals who use CBA, CLASS, DBMD, MDCP, HCS, TXHmL, or CFC so they understand their options and can lead their own person centered planning process. The training program developed must be one that can be replicated by organizations and agencies across the state.

The project will specifically focus on developing a model that connects people with developmental disabilities who receive these waiver services with well-informed peers who can support them to take control of their plans and ensure that the implementation of the plan includes the needed services and supports.

Your project must:
-Conduct outreach to identify and support a diverse group of individuals with developmental disabilities to participate in the development of job descriptions and training curriculum (the curriculum must be approved by TCDD);
-Develop the training curriculum for peer support specialist and coaches (TCDD must approve the curriculum);
-Build relationships with waiver participants, providers and service coordinators, state agency program staff, local authorities, managed care organizations and legally authorized representatives;
-Pay peer support specialists, arrange and maximize the use of available supports required for them to meet their duties, and make sure that employment supports are in place to lessen the risk of losing benefits as a result of earned income;
-Collaborate with TCDD and HHSC on program design, implementation, and policies and procedures as needed;
-Use information gained through evaluation to improve the training.
-Develop a plan to ensure that policies and procedures associated with current programs and billing guidelines include peer supports as a service option; and
-Capture stories from coaches, peer support specialists, and people receiving peer supports and share these stories with TCDD.

Outputs and Outcomes:

TCDD expects your project to develop and pilot a training curriculum for peer support specialists and coaches that can be used statewide; train at least 20 individuals with developmental disabilities by the end of the grant to become Peer Support Specialists; and ensure that each Peer Support Specialist assists at least 10 people with developmental disabilities each year. The 10 people receiving support each year may include new individuals and/or previous participants.

At a minimum, the peer support specialist training must include:
-Important aspects of service planning process;
-Mentoring skills;
-Medicaid acute and long-term care services;
-Basic employment supports;
-Options for deeply affordable housing and rental supports that may be available through local public housing or MH/IDD authorities;
-Formal and informal services and supports that foster self-determination and independence;
-Benefits of Consumer Directed Services;
-Person-centered thinking; and
-Person-centered planning.

The grantee should also:
-Prepare a training manual and share the information at statewide conferences,
-Provide information to TCDD about relevant policy issues,
-Provide TCDD at least one story a year from a person who benefitted from the project,
-Provide TCDD information to help TCDD better understand and address the experiences of diverse groups of people who are unserved and underserved (including, but not limited to, people of color, people living in rural areas, people for whom English is a second language, and people living in poverty).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183908

Number of Grants:

TCDD may award one organization.

Estimated Size of Grant:

TCDD may award the organization a maximum of $100,000 for year one and $125,000 for years two through four.

Term of Contract:

The project start date is January 1, 2019. The project end date is December 31, 2022.

TCDD will fund the project for up to four years. Funding for the second through fourth years is not automatic.

Organizations that are awarded funding must submit continuation funding proposals each year. Continuation funding is not automatic and TCDD may choose not to award continuation grants. Continuation proposals are generally due approximately three months before the end of the grant year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any organization that meets the requirements set forth in this RFP can apply.

Types of organizations could include:
-Government agencies,
-Colleges and universities,
-Faith-based institutions,
-Technical and/or professional schools, and
-For profit businesses.

The organization that applies for this grant must administer the grant and receive, disburse and account for grant funds. Individuals may not apply for this grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

TCDD will hold an informational conference call to provide more information about TCDD's processes for proposal review and grant award. You are not required to attend in order to apply.

The informational conference call will be held: August 13, 2018 at 12:30 PM CST.

To participate:
-Phone number: 1-877-820-7831
-Participant passcode: 649944#

Pre-Application Information:

Grantees must provide a matching contribution each year. This may include funding from non-federal sources, volunteer hours, or other "in- kind" donations, such as office space and utilities.

Other federal funds may not be used as match. Items or funds that are used for match for another federally-funded project may not be used as match. TCDD prefers that the amount of match increase each year of the project.

The front page of the RFP provides the amount of match expected for non-poverty areas and for poverty areas if you request the full amount. Requesting less than the full amount will reduce the amount of match you must provide.

Poverty counties are counties in which at least 20 percent of the people in the county live in poverty. The attachments to this RFP includes a list of counties that has poverty counties highlighted.

Non-poverty areas: Project activities located in counties not designated as federal poverty areas require matching resources equal to at least 25 percent of total project costs.

Poverty areas: Project activities located in counties designated as federal poverty counties require matching resources equal to at least 10 percent of the total project costs.

-Match Requirement: $100,000
-Poverty Match Requirement: $11,111

Submit all questions about the RFP or application via email by 5:00 PM Central Time on August 16, 2018. TCDD will not answer questions about the RFP or application after that date and time. TCDD will post questions and answers on DD Suite as an attachment to this RFP by 5:00 PM Central Time August 20, 2018.

Proposals must be received by 5:00 PM Central Time on September 7, 2018. TCDD does not consider late applications under any circumstances, including user error.

TCDD will notify proposers about funding decisions by December 3, 2018.

Other key dates include:
-Informational conference call: August 13, 2018
-Deadline to submit questions: August 16, 2018
-Award notification: December 3, 2018 (this date may change)
-Project start date: January 1, 2019 (this date may change)

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Contact Information:

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

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Danny Fikac, Planning Specialist

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas