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Peer Run Wellness Center - Incubator and Peer Run Wellness Centers

Contract for Services to a North Carolina Nonprofit to
Assist People with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) - Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (DMH/DD/SAS)

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Deadline Date:

06/15/20 5:00 PM


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Contract for services to a North Carolina nonprofit organization for programs that benefit individuals with mental illness and/or co-existing substance abuse disorders. Funding is intended to help communities develop and implement a peer-operated resource network for those seeking recovery from mental health issues or substance use disorders. The contract will be for a Consumer Operated Service Provider (COSP), which will serve as an incubator to two Peer Run Wellness Centers (PRWC). Applicants must specify if they are responding to the Incubator RFA or the PRWC RFA.

The incubator would provide the following supports:

  • Training and technical assistance on establishing a COSP
  • Training and technical assistance on establishing a Peer Run Wellness Center
  • Training and technical assistance on identifying and developing policies and procedures for operating and delivering services through a COSP
  • Start-up support and technical assistance on managing human resource functions to include: administering human resources functions and policies including screening and hiring applicants, managing and providing benefits to employees; overseeing and managing financial and budgetary functions including processing payroll, managing an operational budget 
  • Training and technical assistance on identifying and tracking outcomes
  • Engagement of community stakeholders

The vision for this initiative involves support of one incubator that has experience facilitating a PRWC that will provide technical assistance, administrative support, and mentoring capacity to a minimum of two (2) additional PRWCs throughout North Carolina to build and expand the capacity of peer-run organizations (Sub-Contractors.) The overall goals will include:

  1. Fostering the start-up of mental health peer-run organizations to establish administrative functions necessary to independently operate, grow and sustain beyond the grant award time period;
  2. Evaluating the impact including gathering outcomes data regarding the impact of the PRWC on recovery as well as the needs, gaps, and trends in each community,
  3. Developing organizational readiness to expand supports to 24-hour Peer Operated Respites Services (PORS) to ensure recovery-oriented mental health crisis supports in the community,
  4. Serving as a bridge to individuals in TCLI and others transitioning in and out of systems, settings and services, and
  5. Enhancing supports for people without services and/or other supports in place.

For information about Scope of Work, see Page 9 of the RFA in Supporting Documents, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188427

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Number of Grants:

DMH/DD/SAS anticipates awarding one contract as a result of this RFA to one (1) Consumer Operated Service Provider (COSP) that will serve as an incubator to two (2) Peer Run Wellness Centers (PRWC) that will also be selected from this RFA

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total amount of MHBG funds available for SFY21 are $600,000. The budgets for each component cannot exceed:
- Incubator: $85,000
- PRWC: $275,500
- PRWC: $275,500

The budget for technical assistance cannot exceed $25,000 for this fiscal year.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated performance period:
- Year 1: July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021
- Year 2: July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The contractor must be a non-profit organization, and provide current IRS Form 990, as well as letters documenting NC Non-Profit and IRS 501(c)(3) status; provide IRS EIN#; provide a DUNS #.

This RFP focuses both on selecting the incubator and two (2) PRWCs. Funding will be directed to one (1) mental health Peer/”Consumer”-Run Organization (incubator) that meets the ALL of the following criteria:
1. Meet the organizational structure, culture and operations defined through the Consumer-Operated Services Program (COSP) and associated Fidelity Assessment Common Ingredients Tools (FACIT) as a mental health consumer-run organization inclusive of individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders,
2. Operated a Peer Wellness Center for a minimum of five (5) years,
3. Demonstrated experience identifying and developing policies and procedures to guide the day to day operation and structure of a Peer Run Wellness Center,
4. Demonstrated experience managing payroll and benefits, and the ability to take on additional staff while supporting the sub-contractors as they establish the capacity and infrastructure to assume management of these functions,
5. The organizational structure, financial history, and administrative capacity to seed, support and mentor the development of two (2) independent Peer Wellness Centers (Sub-Contractors) that primarily serve people labeled with serious mental illness, severe and persistent mental illness, and co-occurring substance use disorders that will be selected through this competitive RFA process.
6. The ability to provide financial support prior to receiving reimbursement from NC DMH/DD/SAS. This contract will be paid on a reimbursement basis, yet one or both sites might need financial assistance immediately to begin structuring their organization. The contractor must be comfortable and financially able to provide some funding support before receiving reimbursement if necessary.
7. Does not have a record at the Division of MH/DD/SAS of questionable or unethical practices or any sanction that would prevent the organization from doing business as a state or Medicaid funded service provider.

Applicants must have been in business for a minimum of five years and have three months of operating expenses in savings prior to this award. Potential awardees must register with the Secretary of State’s office to be eligible to conduct business with the State of North Carolina and must also register as a vendor on the Electronic Procurement system.

This RFA is not intended for behavioral health providers to expand their capacity to provide Peer Support Services. This RFA is intended to cultivate a network of Consumer-Operated Services Programs across the State. Organizations that do not meet the definition of a COSP, or do not intend to work towards meeting the definition of a COSP may not apply for this RFA.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Virtual Bidders' Conference will be held on Friday, April 3, 2020.

Pre-Application Information:

- RFA Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020
- Questions due: Friday, March 27, 2020. Subject line must say "Questions RFA#30-DMH-PRWC-2020”
- Virtual Bidders' Conference: Friday, April 3, 2020
- Applications due: Monday, June 15th, 2020 by 5:00 PM EST
-Anticipated Notice of Award: Friday, July 17, 2020

Contact Information:

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

Email applications and questions to Brenda Smith at:

Subject line must say the following “APPLICATION RFA#30-DMH-PRWC-2021 INCUBATOR” or “APPLICATION RFA#30-DMH-PRWC-2021-PRWC” based on what work the applicant is applying to do.

NC Department of Health and Human Services
2001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2000
Customer Service Center: 1-800-662-7030
Administrative Office: 919-855-4800

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # 30-DMH-PRWC-2020

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina

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