Regions The Living Room (510-RTLR)
CSFA Number: 444-22-1484
Agency Name
Department Of Human Services (444)
Agency Identification
Agency Contact
Barb Roberson
(217) 557-5876
Short Description
A. Program Description
1. Scope of Services
The Grantee will subcontract for or directly operate a crisis respite program within a safe, inviting, home-like atmosphere that offers services provided by recovery support specialists and is designed to proactively divert crises and break the cycle of psychiatric hospitalization. First created by Recovery International, the living room model operates from the Crisis Now concept and focuses on practices including recovery orientation, trauma-informed care, significant use of recovery support staff, a commitment to Zero Suicide/Suicide Safer Care, strong commitments to safety for individuals served and the staff providing services, and collaboration with law enforcement. It is traditionally run by consumer operated service providers and is based on a philosophy that crises are an opportunity for learning. The environment provided throughout the living room creates a safe space for the individual to calmly process the crisis event, learn and apply wellness strategies, and prevent future crisis events. The individuals’ strengths are the basis for the services and supports which will address whole health, wellness and having a life in the community. Participation in the Living Room will be voluntary and based on the individual’s choice.
Through participation in trainings selected by the Division of Mental Health, the Grantee and any subcontractors will partner with the state in transforming the crisis care system.

2. Deliverables
a. The Grantee and any subcontractor will complete training as directed or approved by DMH on recovery oriented crisis services.
b. The Living Room must be staffed at all times by at least two individuals.
c. The Living Room staffing plan must include Recovery Support Specialists, and these individuals may be hired through a subcontractor relationship.
d. Activities will be designed by the Living Room Recovery Support Specialists and will include recovery education; information, resources and connection to natural supports; and must follow principles of trauma informed care.
e. The Living Room must be operational at times demonstrated necessary by Grantee and approved by DMH to ensure the needs of the community and the individuals in crisis are met.
f. The Grantee and any subcontractor will build and maintain relationships with local police, fire, emergency departments, and other organizations to promote awareness of Living Room services.
g. The Grantee and any subcontractor will develop and implement an outreach and engagement plan for direct connection with individuals who would benefit from access to Living Room services.

Reporting Requirements:
i. Financial Report in accordance with Exhibit C.
ii. Performance Report in accordance with Exhibit E.

3. Payment
Reference the Uniform Grant Agreement, Article IV Payment, Section 4.2 Return of Grant Funds and 4.3 Cash Management Improvement Act of 1990. Payment will be issued monthly and reconciled with reported allowable expenses. Grantee shall submit a quarterly Periodic Financial Report (GOMBGATU-4002 (N-08-17)) to the appropriate email address below no later than November 1, February 1, May 1, and August 1. Reported expenses should be consistent with the approved annual grant budget. Any expenditure variances require prior Grantor approval in accordance with Article VI of the Uniform Grant Agreement to be reimbursable.
PFR Email Address for General Grants:

PFR Email Address for Williams Consent Decree:

PFR Email Address for Colbert Consent Decree:
DMH reporting templates and detailed instructions for submitting reports can be found in the Provider section of the DHS website.

4. Performance Measures
The Grantee shall submit quarterly Periodic Performance Report (GOMBGATU-4001 (N-08-17)) and the Periodic Performance Report Template by Program (PRTP) to the appropriate email address below no later than November 1, February 1, May 1, and August 1. Reporting templates and instructions for submitting reports can be found in the Provider section of the DHS website.
PPR and PPRT Email Address for All Grants:
The following are included in the reporting template:
a. Number of individuals who are referred to or present at the Living Room.
b. Number of total individuals served during this quarter.
c. Number of individuals seen by recovery support specialists.
d. Number of individuals self-referred (walk-in) to The Living Room.
e. Number of individuals referred by first responder or another organization.
f. Number of individuals served with a prior Living Room experience.

5. Performance Standards
a. 50 individuals must be served this quarter. Each visit by an individual may be counted towards this minimum requirement.
b. 100% of individuals are seen by a recovery support specialist.
c. 100% of individuals who are referred to the Living Room and present at the Living Room must be accepted.

B. Funding Information
This NOFO is considered a competitive application for funding. It is not a guarantee of funding. This award utilizes state appropriated funds.

1. Funding Restrictions
IDHS/DMH is not obligated to reimburse applicants for expenses or services incurred prior to the complete and final execution of the grant agreement and filing with the Illinois Office of the Comptroller.
2. Allowable Costs
Allowable costs are those that are necessary, reasonable and permissible under the law and can be found in 2 CFR 200 - Subpart E - Cost Principles.
3. Unallowable Costs
Please refer to 2 CFR 200 - Subpart E - Cost Principles to see a collection of unallowable costs.

4. Indirect Cost Rate Requirements
Please refer to 2 CFR 200.414 regarding Indirect (F&A) Costs. To charge indirect costs to a grant, agencies must have an annually negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA). If the agency has multiple NICRAs, IDHS will accept only the lesser rate. There are three types of NICRAs:
a. Federally Negotiated Rate;
b. State Negotiated Rate; and
c. De Minimis Rate
5. Renewals
This program will be awarded as a 3-month term agreement for Fiscal Year 2020 with 2, one-year renewal options. Renewals are at the sole discretion of the IDHS and are contingent on meeting the following criteria:
a. Applicant has performed satisfactorily during the most recent past-funding period;
b. All required reports have been submitted on time, unless a written exception has been provided by the Division;
c. No outstanding issues or outstanding Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) are present (i.e. in good standing with all pre-qualification requirements); and
d. Funding for the budget year has been appropriated in the state's approved fiscal year budget.

Subject Area
Human Services
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
Mental Health Community Services Act (405 ILCS30/)
Types of Assistance
Direct Payments for Specific Use
Eligibility Requirements
C. Eligibility Information

1. Eligible Applicants
This funding opportunity is not limited to those who currently have an award from the IDHS; however, applicants must:
a. Be in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State (not applicable to governmental entities)
b. Not be on the Federal Excluded Parties List;
c. Not be on the Illinois Stop Payment list;
d. Not be on the Department of Healthcare and Family Services Provider Sanctions List;
e. Complete one Fiscal and Administrative Risk Assessment (ICQ);
f. Complete a Programmatic Risk Assessment for each competitive program;
g. Register and access both the IDHS Community Service Agreement (CSA) tracking system and the Centralized Repository Vault (CRV);
h. Obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. The DUNS number does not replace an Employer Identification Number. DUNS numbers may be obtained at no cost by calling the DUNS number request line at (866) 705-5711 or by applying online: It is recommended that service providers register as soon as possible before the application due date.
i. Register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and if a grant is awarded, throughout the life of the award. SAM registration must be renewed annually. It is recommended that service providers finalize a new registration or renew an existing one at least two weeks before the application deadline to allow time to resolve any issues that may arise. Applicants must use their SAM-registered legal name and address on all grant applications to IDHS.
Applicants that do not comply with these requirements by the application deadline are not eligible to receive an award.
2. Cost Sharing or Matching: Not applicable.
3. Indirect Cost Rate: See Section B Funding Information, #4 Indirect Cost Rate Requirements.
Eligible Applicants
Nonprofit Organizations; Government Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
. Application and Submission Information

1. Address to Request Application Package
Each applicant must have access to the internet. Applicants may obtain application forms at the Division’s Grant Information website Questions and answers will also be posted on this website. It is the responsibility of each applicant to monitor that website and comply with any instructions or requirements relating to the NOFO.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission.
a. Each applicant is required to submit a Uniform Application for State Grant Assistance. This is a 3-page document with the first page already completed by the Division of Mental Health. This document must be signed and dated.
b. Program Proposal
i. The Program Proposal shall not exceed 10 pages. Items included as Attachments are NOT included in the page limitations.
ii. The Program Proposal, including attachments should be sequentially page numbered.
iii. All documents must be typed using 12-point type and at 100% magnification.
iv. The PDF submission must be on 8 1/2 x 11-inch page size .
v. The submission shall include the 3-page Uniform Application and 10-page program proposal.
vi. Except for letterhead and stationery for letter(s) of support, the entire application and program proposal packet should be in black typeface on a white background.
vii. The Program Proposal must be typed single-spaced with 1-inch margins on all sides.
3. Budget Requirements
a. A budget and budget narrative need to be completed in the CSA Tracking System database. There is space when preparing the budget on each line item for the budget narrative. Instructions for the CSA Tracking System can be found at
b. A Budget Template and Instructions can be used as a tool to assist in determining expenses; however, the final budget must be completed in the CSA Tracking System database. The pdf budget or paper copy will not be accepted nor should be included in the application packet.
c. The budget narrative should describe how the specified resources and personnel have been allocated for the services and activities described in the budget narrative.
d. The budget should be prepared to reflect three months for Fiscal Year 2020. In addition, a 12-month budget must be prepared for Fiscal Year 2021.
4. Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM)
See Section C Eligibility Information, #1 Eligible Applicants, letters h and i.
5. Submission Dates and Times
a. To be considered for award, application materials must be in the possession of the IDHS email address and by the designated date and time listed in Box 17 of the NOFO. Emails into this box are electronically date and time stamped upon arrival. For your records, please keep a copy of your email submission with the date and time the proposal was submitted, along with the email address to which it was sent. The deadline will be strictly enforced. In the event of a dispute, the applicant bears the burden of proof that the proposal was received on time at the location listed above.
b. Applications and Program Proposals will only be accepted electronically and should be emailed to: Those that are delivered by any other means will not be accepted and will be immediately disqualified. IDHS/DMH is under no obligation to review applications that do not comply with the above requirements. There will be no exceptions.
c. Within 72 hours of receipt, applicants will receive an email to notify them that the application was received and if it was received by the due date and time. The email reply will be sent to the original sender of the application and program proposal. Applications and program proposals received after the due date and time will not be considered for review and funding.
d. Submit the completed application and program proposal as a single document to:
i. Specifically, the subject line of the email MUST state: “Provider Organization Name; Program 510-RTLR 20-444-22-1484-01; Barb Roberson”
ii. The submission must be in the following order:
o Uniform State Grant Application (3-page document) (Not included in page limit)
o Program Proposal
o Attachments (Not included in page limit). This would include Linkage Agreements (if applicable).
e. All proposals must include the following mandatory documents:
i. Uniform Grant Application for State Grant Assistance
ii. Program Proposal
iii. Uniform Grant Budget submitted in CSA
f. The term of the agreement will be upon date of execution continuing through June 30, 2020 and will require the mutual consent of both parties, be dependent upon the Grantee's performance and adherence to program requirements and the availability of funds.
g. IDHS may withdraw this Notice of Funding Opportunity at any time prior to the actual time a fully executed agreement is filed with the State of Illinois Comptroller's Office.
h. The FY 2020 Fiscal and Administrative Risk Assessment, also known as the Internal Control Questionnaire (ICQ), must be completed in the Illinois Grantee Portal by the deadline listed in Box 17 of the Summary Information.
i. The FY 2020 Programmatic Risk Assessment (PRA) must be completed using the link on the Division of Mental Health's website by the deadline listed in Box 17 of the Summary Information.

E. Application Review Information
All applicants must demonstrate that the NOFO requirements are met as identified in Section C, #1, a - i.
1. Criteria
The maximum possible score is 50 points. All submissions will be reviewed, evaluated and based on the Criteria listed below.
Criteria Purpose Points
Executive Summary The purpose of this section is for the applicant to present the agency description, history, achievements, service description, financial overview and future. 5
Capacity - Agency Qualifications/Organizational Capacity The purpose of this section is for the applicant to present an accurate picture of the agency's ability to meet and execute the program requirements. 10
Need - Description of Need The purpose of this section is for the applicant to provide a clear and accurate picture of the need for these services within the community and how the proposed project will address these needs. In addition, identification of stakeholders, fact and evidence that demonstrate how the proposal supports the grant program purpose should be included. 5
Quality - Description of Program Services The purpose of this section is for the applicant to provide a detailed, clear and accurate picture of its intended program design that indicates its ability to satisfy the requirements of the grant program. 15
Data Collection, Evaluation and Reporting To ensure accountability at all levels of service provision, IDHS is implementing the practice of performance-based contracting with its Grantee agencies. The articulation and achievement of measurable outcomes help to ensure that we are carrying out the most effective programming possible. At a minimum, Grantees will be expected to collect, and report data indicators and measures as described in this NOFO. 5
Resource Availability Describe what resources and other knowledge, skill and abilities in addition to those specific to the duration of the funding cycle the applicant possesses or will budget for in order to support the objective of this program. These may include, but not limited to the availability of space like meeting rooms, space to carry out this program, etc. 10

2. Review and Selection Process
Proposals will be reviewed by IDHS/DMH staff familiar with the requirements of the program including services to be performed in specified geographic location, if applicable. Review team members will have no conflicts of interest and will read and evaluate proposals independently.

3. Merit-Based Evaluation Appeal Process
a. Competitive program grant appeals are limited to merit-based evaluation process only. Evaluation scores cannot be protested. Only the evaluation process is subject to appeal.
b. An appeal must be submitted electronically, in accordance with the grant application document.
c. An appeal must be received within 14 calendar days after the date that the grant award notice has been published.
d. The written appeal shall include at a minimum the following:
i. the name and address of the appealing party;
ii. identification of the grant;
iii. a statement of reasons for the appeal
e. Appeals are to be submitted to Barb Roberson, via email, to the following address:
f. Response to appeal: The appealing party must supply any additional information requested by IDHS/DMH within a reasonable time period.

F. Award Administration Information

1. State Award Notices.
Anticipated Announcement and State Award Dates
It is anticipated that Notices of State Award (NOSA) will be made in March 2020.

Applicants recommended for funding under this NOFO following the above review and selection process will receive a Notice of State Award (NOSA). The NOSA shall include:
a. The terms and conditions of the award.
b. Specific conditions assigned to the grantee based on the potential grantee answers on the Fiscal and Administrative Risk Assessment (ICQ), the Programmatic Risk Assessment and the Merit-Based Review.
c. The NOSA is not an authorization to begin services or incur costs.
d. Upon acceptance of the NOSA, announcement of the grant award shall be published by the awarding agency to The grant agreement will also be published in the CSA Tracking System for signature.
e. A written Notice of Non-Selection shall be sent to the applicants not receiving awards.

Assistance Consideration
Serves as Maintenance of Effort to the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Community Mental Health Block Grant.
2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements
a. Applicants awarded these funds shall provide services as set forth in the IDHS grant agreement and shall act in accordance with all state and federal statutes and administrative rules applicable to the provision of the services including indirect cost rate requirements in Section B: Funding Information, #4 Indirect Cost Rate Requirements.
b. The legal agreement between IDHS and the successful applicant(s) will be the standard IDHS Uniform Grant Agreement. If selected for funding, the applicant will be provided an IDHS grant agreement for signature and return. A sample of the agreement may be found at

3. Reporting
Reporting requirements for the grant agreement shall be in accordance with the requirements set forth in Section A, Payment Terms and Performance Measures and shall also comply with the requirements of Exhibits C and E of the Uniform Grant Agreement.

. State Awarding Agency Contact(s)
1. IDHS encourages inquiries concerning this funding opportunity and welcomes the opportunity to answer questions from applicants. Questions and IDHS/DMH Responses “Q&A" will be posted to the DMH Grant Information website and updated periodically at the following link
2. Questions about this NOFO, must be sent via email to The subject line of the email MUST state: “Provider Organization Name; Program 510-RTLR 20-444-22-1484-01; Barb Roberson”. Questions will only be accepted electronically. Those that are delivered by any other means will not be addressed.

Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Title 59: Mental Health of the Administrative Code

2 CFR 200/45 CFR Part 75 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements

DHS/DMH Attachment B
DHS/DMH Program Manual
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details19-444-22-1484-01Not Applicable01/26/2018 - 03/12/2018 : 5:00 PM
Details20-444-22-1484-01Not Applicable02/21/2020 - 03/23/2020 : 5:00 PM
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
45CYB03971-45CYB03971CALL FOR HELP INC.07/01/201906/30/2020133,814
45CYB03904-45CYB03904JOSSELYN CENTER FOR MENTAL07/01/201906/30/2020133,814
45CYB03903-45CYB03903Turning Point Behavioral HealthCare Center07/01/201906/30/2020133,814