Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Perinatal Depression Hotline
CSFA Number: 482-00-2109
Agency Name
Department Of Public Health (482)
Agency Contact
Kelly Vrablic
Short Description
Postpartum depression is depression occurring after the birth of a child, and adversely affects the health Of a new mother and her infant. The Illinois Department of Public Health’s Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System reports 1 in 5 new moms in Illinois experience postpartum depression, equating to 30,000 women each year. However, only 3 in 10 women with postpartum depression are diagnosed and only 2 in 10 receive treatment. All types of depression can negatively impact pregnancy, birth outcomes, and adjustment to caring for a new baby. Depression hotlines serve as a resource to women and family members during a time of crisis and connect them to credentialed mental health professionals. The applicant will conduct the Perinatal Depression Hotline program in support of the State’s Title V Maternal Child Health Block Grant’s goal to support healthy pregnancies and improve birth and infant outcomes. The goal of this program is to provide perinatal depression crisis interventions, consultations, resources, and referrals for women who have screened positive for symptoms of perinatal depression throughout the State of Illinois.
Subject Area
Human Services
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
Title V
Objectives and Goals
The goal of this program is to provide perinatal depression crisis interventions, consultations, resources and referrals for women who have screened positive for symptoms of perinatal depression throughout the State of Illinois.

The applicant must submit a detailed Grant Project Proposal (Scope of Work) that demonstrates the need for the continuation of this statewide program. The proposal will describe what the organization needs to continue the current work as well as build in additional activities that will enhance the work initiated during the FY19 grant project.

The applicant will be funded based on its ability to address the following program objectives within the Grant Project Proposal (Scope of Work):

• Maintain existing 24-hour telephone consultation for crisis intervention by Master’s or Doctoral-level mental health professionals, credentialed to provide crisis intervention for perinatal depression
• Provide callers with resources and referrals to treatment and other health care services as needed
• Expand the reach of the hotline through promotion of the hotline and education to health care providers and the public on perinatal mental health disorders
• Partner with other organizations that are working on initiatives in the field of perinatal mental health, to increase knowledge of resources and share best practices
• Collect and report Perinatal Depression Hotline Program data for purposes of quality assurance, analysis, evaluation, dissemination, and informed decision making
Types of Assistance
Uses and Restrictions
To be reimbursed under IDPH/OWHFS Grant Agreement, expenditures must meet the criteria below:

• Be necessary and reasonable for proper and efficient administration of the program and not be a general expense required to carry out the overall responsibilities of the agency
• Be authorized or not prohibited under federal, state or local laws or regulations
• Conform to any limitations or exclusions set forth in the applicable rules, program description or grant agreement
• Be accorded consistent treatment through application of generally accepted accounting principles appropriate to the circumstances
• Not be allocable to or included as a cost of any state or federally financed program in either the current or a prior period
• Be net of all applicable credits
• Be specifically identified with the provision of a direct service or program activity
• Be an actual expenditure of funds in support of program activities, documented by check number and/or internal ledger transfer of f

Allowable costs include the following. This is not meant to be a complete list, but rather specific examples of items within each line item category.

Personal Services:

Gross salary paid to agency employees directly involved in the provision of program services; Employer’s portion of fringe benefits paid on behalf of direct services employees; examples include FICA (social security); life/health insurance; Workers Compensation insurance; Unemployment insurance and pension/retirement benefits.

Contractual Services:

Conference registration fees; Contractual employees (requires prior program approval from the Office of Health Care Regulation); Repair and maintenance of furniture and equipment; Postage, postal services, UPS or other carrier costs; Software for support of program objectives; subscriptions related to the program training and education costs.

Payments (or pass-through) to subcontractors or sub-grantees are to be shown in the Contractual Services section – all subcontracts or sub-grants require an attached detail line item budget supporting this contractual amount.

Allocation of the applicable portion of the following costs is allowable only if approved by the program and the allocation methodology is approved as part of the application process.

10% Administrative Cost


Mileage (at State rate unless specifically noted otherwise); airline or rail transportation expenses; lodging; Per-Diem and meal costs; operation costs of agency owned vehicles.

Commodities (Supplies):

Office supplies; medical supplies; education and instructional materials and supplies; including booklets and reprinted pamphlets; household; laundry and cleaning supplies; parts for furniture and office equipment; equipment items costing less than $100.00 each; printing (including Letterpress, offset printing, binding, lithographing services, photocopy paper, other paper supplies, envelopes, letterhead, etc.).

Equipment (requires prior written approval):

Items costing over $100.00 each with a useful life of more than one year. Equipment costs shall include all freight and installation charges; office equipment and furniture; allowable medical equipment; reference and training materials and exhibits; books; and films.

Telecommunications (included in Contractual services):

Telephone services; answering services; installation; repair; parts and maintenance of telephones; other communication equipment.

Unallowable costs include, but are not limited to:

Indirect cost plan allocations, bad debts, contingencies or provisions for unforeseen events, contributions and donations, entertainment, food, alcoholic beverages and gratuities, fines and penalties, interest and financial costs; Legislative and lobbying expenses; real property payments and purchases.
Eligibility Requirements
Non-competitive - Northshore University Health
Eligible Applicants
Nonprofit Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
The Perinatal Depression Hotline application will be reviewed according to the evaluation criteria listed below:

The Perinatal Depression Hotline application will be reviewed by OWHFS staff to determine if the application adequately addresses the objectives of the project. Applications will be reviewed and graded based on a 100-point scoring rubric.

The categories are as follows:

• Scope of Work (30 points)
• Work Plan (40 points)
• Budget Criteria (30 points)

In addition, the following components must be submitted by all applicants to be considered for funding:

• Applicant Organization Information
• Applicant Grant History
• Grant Project Proposal (Scope of Work)
• Staff and organizational Experience (Scope of Work)
• Program Work Plan
• Budget Justification
• Applicant Certification
• Resumes for Key Personnel
• Staffing Plan that demonstrates 24-hour coverage
• W-9 Form

Upon completion of the submission and review process, and the provisions of any missing items as appropriate, each successful grantee will receive a grant agreement to be signed by the entity’s authorized official. The grant agreement is not binding on the parties until it has been fully executed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and applicant.
Assistance Consideration
Post Assistance Requirements
Quarterly activity reports and monthly reimbursement forms will be submitted through the EGrAMS system.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2020 : $255,613
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities