Washington, DC—The District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) issued a Notice of Funding Availability of Supported Employment grants to mental health providers. DBH is offering seven grants up to $25,000.00 to support the hiring of additional full-time Supported Employment Specialists. The Notice of Funding Availability can be found at http://opgs.dc.gov/page/opgs-district-grants-clearinghouse, Phase II Supported Employment Expansion Initiative. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2014.
To be eligible for the grant, a mental health provider must be certified by DBH as a Supported Employment Program provider, or have an existing contract or grant with DBH and receive Supported Employment under Title 22-A D.C. Municipal Regulation Chapter 37 no later than June 30, 2014. Additional eligibility criteria are described in the Notice of Funding Availability.
The purpose of the grant is to provide infrastructure development assistance and funding to certified Supported Employment Program providers to increase the capacity in the Department’s Supported Employment Program. The funding is intended to support the initial expense of hiring and training new Supported Employment Specialists. The successful Grantee agency will be expected to hire one net new staff person per individual grant, to contribute at least 50% to the salary costs for the new employee, and to maintain the new SEP staff levels for three years.
This is a non-competitive grant, since all DBH-certified Supported Employment Program providers and those providers that are newly certified by June 30, 2014, are eligible to apply and receive grant funds. DBH reserves the right to apportion the number of grants awarded among the successful grantees based upon the needs of the system and the evaluation of the provider’s capacity and fidelity to the supported employment model.
Applications are due May 1, 2014 and should be emailed to Melody Crutchfield, DBH Supported Employment Program Manager, at [email protected]. Ms. Crutchfield can be contacted at (202) 673-7011 or by email with questions or for more information.