Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Demonstration Sites for WV IMPACT Service Models

Opportunity Overview:

The IMPACT WV project is working with communities to create opportunities and address needs of children diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) or exposed to substances in utero.

The program’s goal is to improve the health and well-being of children diagnosed with NAS, women who were, or are, using substances, and their families who receive services from home visiting programs.

Funding Authority HRSA Maternal & Child Health funding has been provided to the WVU Research Corporation to coordinate and oversee one demonstration site who will provide services, service coordination, and support to local families and providers. This funding is from the HRSA-18-105 (https://www.hrsa.gov/grants/find-funding/hrsa-18-105) opportunity.
Purpose of Grant Promote two-generational approach to creating opportunities and addressing the needs of families impacted by substance use that would increase their economic opportunities, access to critical health and education services, improve early identification and intervention for high risk, and develop or expand existing services needed in particular areas.
Project Period The funding period includes: July 15, 2020 – August 31, 2023
Eligible Partnerships and Memorandum of Agreement For this grant opportunity, an eligible site must:
  • Be located in, or show they can directly serve at least one of the following counties in West Virginia (WV): Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Marion, Harrison, and Preston.
  • Submit a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by all partners and initialed on every page by each partner;
  • Provide evidence of their expertise in at least two of the following areas:
    • Family legal and child protection service provisions
    • Adult education processes and supports
    • Adult employment processes and supports
    • Maternal substance use treatment and family supports
    • Provision of social services and navigation (transportation, housing, utilities, intrapersonal violence, food insecurity)
  • Work with families with young infants (birth to 3 years) and their families
  • Work with adults who are, or have previously, used substances

Each eligible partnership must include the following organizations:

  • MIECHV Local Implementing Agency (LIA);
  • Pediatric providers in the target area(s);
  • Non-profit, community-based organizations that provide services to the targeted rural communities

The role of each partner is to be outlined in the application based on partner communication and planning.

Amount of Funding $50,000 for Year 1; up to $120,000 annually for Years 2-4
Application Due Date and Submission Instructions Submit one (1) application electronically containing attached files with all required components of the application and support documents. Mail or email documents to:

West Virginia University CED
Attn: Lesley Cottrell, PhD
959 Hartman Run Road
Morgantown, WV 26505
Email: lcottrell@hsc.wvu.edu

ATTN: IMPACT Demonstration Sites

Applicants are responsible for making sure the application package is complete and in the correct order based on the Application Checklist. All materials, as detailed in the guidance.

Questions & Answers All questions must be submitted via email to lcottrell@hsc.wvu.edu.

Background

Rural Health Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive (IMPACT) is a nationally funded opportunity to help communities adopt a two-generation approach to addressing the needs of both vulnerable children and their parents, with the goal of increasing parents’ employment and education and improving the health and well-being of their children and families. Each WV Demonstration Site, once identified will be a key partner in bringing this approach to WV to improve the health of our children and their families using multiple services and approaches to reach that goal.

WVU Research Corporation and the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities (WVU CED) is accepting Demonstration Site Funding applications for the Rural IMPACT Network focusing on, but not limited to, two-generational approaches to addressing service needs of families with young children in at least one of six targeted counties: Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Marion, Harrison, and Preston. Of note, demonstration sites must incorporate the local Title V Home Visitation Programs, pediatric providers in the target areas, and any non-profit or community-based providers who may provide key essential services (outlined below) to families who are referred for home visitation services initially.

Participation as a Demonstration Site is part of a service and research opportunity. As such, Demonstration Sites will be required to contribute to shared data collection and coordination efforts to test the services provided at the site and regional levels.

Spring 2020 Letter of Intent: May 25, 2020

Interested applicants should provide a letter of intent (LOI) identifying the primary agency and key partners, the general approach to providing services and technical assistance to mothers, their families, and young infants exposed to substances, and a general description of funding needs. Once the LOI is received by WVU, applicants will be required to submit application.

Application Deadline: June 29, 2020

Eligibility Information

  • Prime for Demonstration Site can include non-profit, community-based organizations in, or near, the targeted counties who demonstrate an ability to identify and coordinate partnerships with service providers and properly maintain data systems supporting efforts for this opportunity. Only one site will serve as the primary recipient/lead for this demonstration site. This site is encouraged and expected to partner with other agencies to enhance services and activity within this proposal.
  • Note that an application must include, as a partner, a MIECHV Local Implementing Agency (LIA) and build upon existing home visitation services in the area.

Required Capacity and Activities of Demonstration Site

  • Have the demonstrated capacity to enroll and serve at least 55 children/families annually for this designated program. Eligible participants must:
    • Have a child born within the last three months who was diagnosed with NAS or exposed to substances in utero
    • Be an active client in a home visiting program prior to the child turning three months old
    • Live in one of targeted counties
  • Offer and promote a two-generational approach (services that address needs of child, parents/guardians)
  • Create opportunities and address the needs of families whose children have been diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
  • Prioritize and facilitate coordination of services that address effects of poverty and geographic isolation, particularly on early child development
  • Coordinate existing, and supplement new services that address gaps in existing, services within the proposed Demonstration Site focus area.
  • Provide evidence of their expertise in at least two of the following areas:
    • Family legal and child protection service provisions
    • Adult education processes and supports
    • Adult employment processes and supports
    • Maternal substance use treatment and family supports
    • Provision of social services and navigation (transportation, housing, utilities, Intrapersonal violence, food insecurity)
  • Work with families with infants (birth to 3 years) and their families
  • Work with adults who are, or have previously, used substances
  • Services should be evidence-based, create economic opportunities for adult generation(s) in the family, ensure access to critical health development, education, and family support services, improve early identification of, and intervention for, high-risk families
  • Partner with local Home Visitation Program services and note how the following services will be addressed: access to primary care services, access to mental health services, access to developmental screening, assessment and treatment of maternal depression, assessment and treatment for substance use, access to comprehensive services, and education and/or job training opportunities for adult family members
  • Incorporate local, regional, and state partners to strengthen the services and impact of the Demonstration Site.

Budget

  • Year 1 $50,000 (July 15, 2020 - August 31, 2020); up to $120,000 annually for subsequent years (September 1, 2020- August 31, 2023) to enroll participants in proposed area and implement project plan at the Demonstration Site level
  • Funds will be used to support personnel who oversee the project and work with clients, provide stipends for participants, and pay for travel related to providing services, staff planning meetings, and training. In addition, some funds will be allocated for printing materials, advertising and dissemination of information to recruit participants, and supplies to provide clients with resources and information about services available as well as technical assistance to partners.

Application Components

  • Project Narrative
    • Abstract/Summary, Statement of Need, Project Activity, Methodology and Outcomes, Evaluation, Dissemination, Budget and Continuation Funding
    • OR Scope of Work (SOW) that includes background info/objectives and a clear description of the work to be performed including a detailed budget and budget justification that tie specifically to the budget items. Experience in delivering and coordinating services through legal, education, employment, substance use treatment, and social service agencies to high risk families including the priority population of families who may experience substance use
    • Ability to monitor progress and impact related to Home Visitation Services and/or Services for young children and their families in target areas
    • Proposed Demonstration Site structure, partners, and demonstrated roles and responsibilities
    • Existing services and identified service gaps
    • Proposed approach for addressing service gaps
    • Support for training Demonstration Site service providers
    • Proposed approach for working with Coordination Center (WVU CED) and remaining Demonstration Sites
    • Proposed approach for referring families for services not immediately addressed by demonstration site partners (e.g., noting referral process, reviews, etc.)
  • Project Budget
    • Year 1 $50,000 (July 15, 2020 - August 31, 2020); up to $120,000 annually for subsequent years (September 1, 2020- August 31, 2023)
  • Full resume for Key Personnel
    • Required staffing to include Demonstration Site Lead (Principal Investigator), support team members (Co-Investigators and Study Personnel), and a Patient Navigator
  • Partner Memoranda of Agreement or Support Letters

Selection Process

  • Scoring Rubric
    • Problem Statement (20 points)
    • Proposed Site Response (40 points)
    • Resources/Capability (15 points)
    • Home Visiting Partnerships (15 points)
    • Support Requested (10 points)