Assistive Technology Initiative Program
CSFA Number: 444-24-2351
Agency Name
Department Of Human Services (444)
Agency Identification
DDD
Agency Contact
Christina Miller
217-524-9057
Christina.Miller@illinois.gov
Short Description
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) wants to procure testing/evaluation services for a low-cost assistive technology (AT) strategy with a willing community partner to determine if, through the use of AT, individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) can achieve greater independence in their lives, while providers can reduce reliance on more traditional, higher cost direct support staff services. Specifically, DDD seeks to test the utilization of individuals' ability to communicate effectively through the use of appropriate AT including residential, community day services and employment. This type of AT uses special software designed for individuals who are unable to manipulate traditional software, voice-operated technology and new hub technology that doesn't require an active internet connection. This is of particular interest to DDD as many parts of the state, particularly rural areas, report difficult in getting and maintaining quality internet connections, a necessary feature of many types of AT. The adoption and use of technology are critical to the field of disabilities. The benefits of incorporating newer and emerging technologies are innumerable. And, for Illinois’ citizens with disabilities the successful implementation of technology will result in an enhanced quality of life and increased independence.
Subject Area
Human Services
Program Function
Health
Objectives and Goals
The successful implementation of technology will result in an enhanced quality of life and increased independence. The immeasurable benefits will be felt statewide and may include:

1. More people with disabilities will be able to live in their own homes with fewer roommates and less dependence on physical staff presence;
2. Mainstream technologies now incorporate accessibility features into devices as a standard practice which allows people with disabilities to effectively use the same devices as everyone else allowing them to blend into the fabric of the community;
3. Commercially available, off the shelf solutions are becoming increasingly affordable – more so than products traditionally designed specifically for people with disabilities;
4. Many products are designed to be mobile, meaning the technology can go with a person – from their home, to their job, then into the community – which will allow a level of flexibility that is rare with older technologies; and
5. Providers will be able to reallocate staffing resources to address the work force crisis, through the implementation of technology.
Types of Assistance
Direct Payments for Specific Use
Uses and Restrictions
At this time the pilot program would be a one year program with 7 distinct projects to test the strategies. The amount of funding would be $200,00.00.
Eligible Applicants
Nonprofit Organizations;
Post Assistance Requirements
Deliverables:
1. The grantee will provide a list of individuals for whom are impacted by the Assistive Technology strategy.
a. Required data: The grantee must report the total number of people served. For each person served, the grantee must provide the person's name, county in which they reside, age, last 4 digits of the Social Security Number, Recipient Identification Number, and type of technology used.
b. Due dates: 1st Quarter Reports are due No Later Than (NLT) April 15th, 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
2. The grantee will provide a report indicating the number of direct support hours saved, as a result of the strategy.
a. Required data: The grantee must report the number of hours and types of supports that were not utilized as a result of strategy implementation.
b. Due dates: Due dates: 1st Quarter Reports are due No Later Than (NLT) April 15th, 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.

3. The grantee will provide a baseline of each individuals’ independence prior to implementation of the strategy. Measures, at a minimum, will include employment status, access points to the community, and number of calls to remote support teams (as applicable).
a. Required data: The Names of individual and summary of skills that will be tested.
b. Due dates: Prior to implementation of the strategy.

4. The grantee will provide a summary of all outcomes to the individual. Both positive and negative outcomes will be reported. Outcomes should reflect efficiencies realized as a result of the implementation of the strategy. This includes the ability to redirect staff to provide support to other individuals and lessons learned to be used in replicating strategies.
a. Required data: Outcomes will need reported on each individual.
b. Due dates: 1st Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
5. The grantee will provide a summary of outcomes, as related to the provider agency. Both positive and negative outcomes will be reported. Outcomes should reflect efficiencies realized as a result of the implementation of the strategy. This includes the ability to redirect staff to provide support to other individuals and lessons learned to be used in replicating strategies.
a. Required data: Outcomes will be reported based on the quarter.
b. Due dates: 1st Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
6. The grantee will develop a satisfaction survey to be completed by the individual and family/caregiver, at the end of the evaluation.

a. Required data: Survey must be administered to the individual and family to measure their satisfaction with the strategy.
b. Due date: no later than July 15th, 2020.

7. Each Provider will be required to complete a quarterly periodic financial report and submit it to the division, along with a detailed narrative exhibiting how money was spent.
a. Due dates: 1st Quarter Reports are due NLT April 15th, 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.
Performance Measures:
1. Satisfaction survey results indicate the client’s overall satisfaction with the program.
2. The grantee will provide a detailed report for all individuals for whom assistive technology strategies were used.
3. The grantee must ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all clients served.
4. The grantee will provide a report indicating a reduction in direct support hours, as a result of the implementation of the strategy.
5. The grantee will provide a report indicating an increase in positive outcomes, as a result of the implementation of the strategy.

Performance Standards:
6. Satisfaction survey results indicate an overall client satisfaction rate of at least 85%.
7. The grantee will provide a detailed report for all individuals for whom assistive technology strategies were used.
8. The grantee must ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all clients served.
9. The grantee will provide a report indicating at least 75% reduction in direct support hours as a result of the implementation of the strategy.
10. The grantee will provide a report indicating at least 75% positive outcome as a result of the implementation of the strategy.
Payment
Payment of all but $500 will be made at the time grant is awarded, on all grants in excess of $5,000. After the final report of the year is submitted, the final $500.00 payment will be awarded.
Quarterly reporting will be completed utilizing the Periodic Financial Report (GOMBGATU-4002). Quarterly reports will be submitted no later than 15 days after end of each period. (1st Quarter Reports are due April 15th, 2nd Quarter Reports are due NLT July 15th.)
Under the terms of the Grant Funds Recovery Act (30ILCS 705/4.1), Grantor agencies may withhold or suspend the distribution of grant funds for failure to file required reports. If the report is more than 30 calendar days delinquent, without any approved written explanation by the grantee, the entity will be placed on the Illinois Stop Payment List. (Refer to the Grantee Compliance Enforcement System for details about the Illinois Stop Payment List: https://www.illinois.gov/sites/GATA/Pages/ResourceLibrary.aspx.).
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Grant will be awarded to the grantee pursuant to the Ligas Implementation plan Case:1:05-CV-04331 Document #719
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2020 : $200,000
Federal Funding
None
Notice of Funding Opportunities
None
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