Special Education-Grants for Infants and Families - Early Intervention - Credentialing
CSFA Number: 444-80-1230
Agency Name
Department Of Human Services (444)
Agency Identification
DFCS
Agency Contact
Ann Freiburg
217/782-1981
dhs.eifiscal@illinois.gov
Short Description
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Family and Community Services (FCS), awards a successful candidate a grant to establish and maintain an Early Intervention (EI) Credentialing Office to support a system of credentialing and enrollment for EI service providers. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C (34 CFR 303) and the state Early Intervention Services System Act (325 ILCS 20/), both require the establishment of personnel standards for providers serving children in the EI Program. This system must include policies and procedures relating to the establishment and maintenance of qualification standards to ensure that personnel are appropriately and adequately prepared and trained. The credentialing office coordinates the credentialing process with EI enrollment to allow providers to be authorized and reimbursed for EI services and Medicaid enrollment to support Medicaid Federal Financial Participation (FFP) reimbursement to IDHS for EI services. The credentialing renewal process establishes requirements for EI providers to participate in continuing professional education activities and ongoing professional consultation that will help maintain and improve their competencies. IDHS' goal is to improve the quality of services offered to infants and toddlers in the EI system through an effective network of EI Providers. Maintaining a system of credentialing ensures that new providers are qualified and prepared with appropriate pediatric experience and education to provide services to infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.
Subject Area
Human Services
Program Function
Education
Enabling Legislation
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C 34 CFR 303 and the state Early Intervention Services System Act (325 ILCS 20/).
Objectives and Goals
Maintain a system of credentialing and enrollment for Early Intervention service providers. This office ensures providers are qualified and prepared with the required and appropriate pediatric experience and education to provide services to infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Support for a system of personnel standards that include policies and procedures to address and maintain qualifications/credentialing and enrollment of EI Part C direct service providers: IDHS authorizes funding to each successful awardee for the implementation of system of credentialing of EI service providers in the State of Illinois. All costs incurred to meet the deliverables set forth in the grant agreement are reimbursable, based on a prior approved budget, unless prohibited or defined as unallowable in the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (30 ILCS 708/), the related regulations set forth in 44 Ill. Admin. Code, Part 7000, and the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR 200 et seq.)
Eligibility Requirements
There are no regulatory or statutory restrictions relating to the legal organization structure (i.e. not-for profit corporation, local government, for-profit, etc.) for the EI Credentialing program.
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations; Education Organizations; Nonprofit Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Prior to IDHS accepting a grant application, all potential grantees (initial award and renewal candidates) must 1) have a current DUNS number; 2) have a current SAM cage code; 3) Register in the GATA system; 4) register with the Secretary of State (does not apply to governmental entities and schools), and; 5) complete the Internal Control Questionnaire (ICQ) on the GATA system. All potential grantees (initial award and renewal candidates) must apply each grant period to be eligible for funding. Renewal applications and Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) requirements can be found at the IDHS website. All awards are initially established based on a review of a properly prepared proposal submitted in response to a NOFO and subjected to a merit base review process. The applicant/candidate with the highest merit-based review score receives the award. Subsequent renewals are based on the terms of the initial NOFO and as defined in the terms of the grant agreement. All appeals to NOFOs and related processes are subject to an established appeals procedure and are to be initially submitted to the IDHS Chief Accountability Officer (CAO).
Assistance Consideration
N/A
Post Assistance Requirements
The grantee shall submit a Periodic Financial Report monthly in the format required by the grantor. The grantee shall submit a financial Close-Out report within 60-calendar days following the end of the period of performance of the grant agreement. The grantee shall submit a Consolidated Year-End Financial Report and, if applicable, an Audit Report within timeframes dependent upon the type of external audit performed (Single Audit, nine (9) months, all others, six (6) months). The grantee will submit a quarterly Periodic Performance Report in the format required by the grantor. The grantee will submit a Close-Out Performance Report in the format required by the grantor within 60 calendar days following the end of the period of performance.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
The grantee is subject to the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (30 ILCS 708/), the related regulations set forth in 44 Ill. Admin. Code, Part 7000, and the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR 200 et. seq.).
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $411,935
FY 2018 : $411,935
FY 2019 : $410,933
FY 2020 : $410,933
Federal Funding
None
Notice of Funding Opportunities
None
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
FCSYO03350-FCSYO03350THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSI07/01/201906/30/2020410,933