Autism Program
CSFA Number: 444-24-1505
Agency Name
Department Of Human Services (444)
Agency Identification
DDD
Agency Contact
Elizabeth Solomon
217-557-5872
elizabeth.solomon@illinois.gov
Short Description
Educating medical practitioners, school personnel, parents, and community service providers, including but not limited to, early intervention and developmental disabilities providers, throughout the State of Illinois on appropriate diagnosis and best practice standards for treatment.


Subject Area
Human Services
Program Function
Health
Enabling Legislation
Public Act 95-707 requires DHS to contract to establish and sustain an autism diagnosis education program for young children.
Objectives and Goals
DELIVERABLES Items 1-7:

1- TAP will make information about ASD, network services, and other resources available to local providers, educators, community agencies, and members of the community at large through Family and Community Resource Areas and as part of all training and awareness programs conducted by TAP or TAP Partners. Printed materials created by TAP will be made available in English and Spanish. TAP will provide the numbers of individuals served in different venues as part of quarterly reports to IDHS. Target is for each TAP Partner to operate or support a Family and Community Resource Area that is available to the public an average of at least twenty hours weekly.

2- TAP will provide ASD-specific screening services and referral for diagnostics, when appropriate, to at least 125 children each quarter, for a total of 500 for the year. Parents of children receiving screening services will be asked to complete a survey to determine the effectiveness of the services provided utilizing a Likert-type scale. A copy of the survey along with results will be included as part of a quarterly report to IDHS.

3- TAP will provide ASD-specific diagnostic evaluations to at least 50 children each quarter, for a total of 200 for the year. Parents of children receiving diagnostic evaluations will be asked to complete a survey to determine the effectiveness of the services provided utilizing a Likert-type scale. A copy of the survey along with results will be included as part of a quarterly report to IDHS.

4- TAP will provide evidence based ASD interventions to at least 125 children each quarter, for a total of 500 for the year. Parents of children receiving intervention services (and children over the age of 13 receiving such services) will be asked to complete a survey to determine the effectiveness of the services provided utilizing a Likert-type scale. A copy of the survey along with results will be included as part of a quarterly report to IDHS.

5- TAP will provide at least 12 training programs for professionals (providers, educators, and first responders) and 12 training or awareness programs for others (parents, family members, community at large) each quarter, for a total of 96 for the year. Those participating in these programs will be asked to complete a survey to determine the effectiveness of the services provided utilizing a Likert-type scale. A copy of the survey along with results will be included as part of a quarterly report to IDHS.

6- TAP will participate in the Illinois Autism Task Force and other state working groups that address ASD as may from time to time be established by the Executive or Legislative branches of government. This participation will be noted in quarterly reports to IDHS.

7- TAP will work with various professional and advocacy organizations at state and national levels, such as The Arc of Illinois, the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism, Autism Speaks, and others to promote the best interests of children with ASD and their families in Illinois. Information about TAPs involvement with these and similar organizations will be included in quarterly reports to IDHS.
Types of Assistance
Non-competitive
Application and Award Processing
a) Pre-application Coordination.
Applicant agencies may not be eligible for a grant award until they have pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal, www.grants.illinois.gov. During pre-qualification, Dun and Bradstreet verifications are performed including a check of Debarred and Suspended status and good standing with the Secretary of State. The pre-qualification process also includes a financial and administrative risk assessment utilizing an Internal Controls Questionnaire. If applicable, the agency will be notified that it is ineligible for award as a result of the Dun and Bradstreet verification. The entity will be informed of corrective action needed to become eligible for a grant award.

b) The Application Procedure.
An Application must be submitted in the format required by the Department and in the manner dictated by the Department. Refer to NOFO for detailed information.

c) Award Procedure.
1) An award shall be made pursuant to a written determination based on the evaluation criteria set forth in the grant application and successful completion of finalist requirements.
2) A Notice of State Award (NOSA) will be issued to the Merit Based finalists that have successfully completed all grant award requirement. Based on the NOSA, the Merit Based finalist is positioned to make an informed decision to accept the grant award. The NOSA shall include:
a. The terms and condition of the award.
b. Specific conditions assigned to the grantee based on the fiscal and administrative and programmatic risk assessments.
3) Upon acceptance of the grant award, announcement of the grant award shall be published by the awarding agency to Grants.Illinois.gov.
f) Renewals.
This program is renewed annually. Grantees are required to update their plan and submit a current year budget
Assistance Consideration
a) Formula and Matching Requirements
General Revenue and Other State funds to be issued under a Grant agreement for this program do NOT have a match requirement.

b) Maintenance of effort (MOE).
General Revenue and Other State funds to be issued under a Grant agreement for this program are NOT expected to be used by the Department as TANF MOE.

c) Indirect Cost Rate Requirements:

In order to charge indirect costs to this grant, the applicant organization must have an annually negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA). There are three types of NICRAs: a) Federally Negotiated Rate. Organizations that receive direct federal funding, may have an indirect cost rate that was negotiated with the Federal Cognizant Agency. Illinois will accept the federally negotiated rate. The organization must provide a copy of the federally NICRA. b) State Negotiated Rate. The organization must negotiate an indirect cost rate with the State of Illinois if they do not have Federally Negotiated Rate or elect to use the De Minimis Rate. The indirect cost rate proposal must be submitted to the State of Illinois within 90 days of the notice of award. c) De Minimis Rate. An organization that has never received a Federally Negotiated Rate may elect a de minimis rate of 10% of modified total direct cost (MTDC). Once established, the de minimis rate may be used indefinitely. The State of Illinois must verify the calculation of the MTDC annually in order to accept the de minimis rate.

Funding allocated under this grant is intended to provide direct services to youth. It is expected that administrative costs, both direct and indirect, will represent a small portion of the overall program budget and may NOT exceed 20% of the total program costs including required match. Administrative means those activities performed by staff and costs which are supportive of and required for project implementation for which there is no direct client contact such as fiscal staff; audit; clerical support; office rent, utilities, insurance; general office equipment etc. Program budgets and narratives will detail how all proposed expenditures are directly necessary for program implementation and will distinguish between Indirect/Direct Administrative and Direct Program expenses. Any budget deemed to include inappropriate or excessive administrative costs will not be approved. At no time may the approved NICRA be exceeded under this agreement – even if it is below the maximum allowed under the award. Documentation will be required to verify the approved NICRA.
Post Assistance Requirements
a) Reports

Reports must provide the level of performance of the stated outcomes for the quarter and to date in raw numbers and as percentages of completion and will include demographic information about children and families served, including age, gender, race/ethnicity.

Reporting will chart the number of children/families served through this program, chart the services received, outcome and client satisfaction.

Reporting will chart the number of staff involved in providing services across the TAP Network, the qualifications of that staff, and the nature of continuing education, professional development, and other training in which staff participated to maintain or enhance their knowledge and skills.

FY2017 Expenditure Deliverables
Provide quarterly unaudited financial statements. Expenditures will be reported by line item as depicted on the Grantees Uniform Grant Budget. All revenue and expenditures will be reported for each month of the respective reporting quarter, year to date totals, and budgeted to actual amounts. This requirement does not take the place of the requirement for the Grantee to provide audited financial statements at the end of the grant fiscal year. Grantee is required to provide detailed expenditure data at the request of the Grantor within five (5) business days of the request date.

b) Audits.
Grantee shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 USC 7501-7507) and subpart F of 2 CFR Part 200, and the audit rules set forth by the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget. See 30 ILCS 708/65©.

c) Records.
Record retention requirements can be found in CFR 200.333.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Post Assistance Requirements shall be incorporated by reference to the FY 2018 Grant Agreement

Article XII, Maintenance and Accessibility of Records; Monitoring;
Article XIII, Financial Reporting Requirements;
Article XIV, Performance Reporting Requirements;
Article XV, Audit Requirements
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $4,192,500
Federal Funding
None
Notice of Funding Opportunities
None
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
44CYA03284-44CYA03284THE HOPE SCHOOL07/01/201906/30/20204,800,000