ARPA Funding: Housing & Community-Based Facilities

2021 American Rescue Plan Act: Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund -- Legislatively Appropriated Funds for Distribution through DMH 

Focus: Housing & Community-Based Service Facilities 
Available Funding: $4,000,000.00  

Click Here to Apply (please complete one application per project that you would like to be considered for funding)
 
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(Please download, complete, and email your applications to AHS.DMHFundingApplication@vermont.gov)

 

Background:  

The sum of $4,000,000.00 has been appropriated from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 - Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund to the Department of Mental Health in fiscal year 2021 to make existing housing and community-based service facilities providing mental health services more accessible, safe, and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act or to expand capacity in community settings.  

The Department of Mental Health shall partner with the Agency of Human Services Secretary’s Office and the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living to include as potential grant candidates all designated and specialized service agencies that provide developmental disability or mental health services. At least one grant shall be awarded to a peer run or peer-directed housing organization.  

As required by the authorizing statute, the grants shall be awarded to organizations who demonstrate the greatest ability to respond immediately to the need for housing in community facilities providing mental health needs (e.g., services provided in relation to group homes, respite, crisis beds, intensive residential treatment) and shall be for projects that will not require additional State funds for operating costs in future years.  

The Department of Mental Health will select the projects in consultation with the Agency of Human Services Secretary’s Office, the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living, and individuals who can represent the interests and impacts of this funding in relation to the designated agencies, specialized service agencies, and peer organizations 

ARPA Funding Goals: 

  1. Make existing housing and community-based service facilities providing mental health services more a) accessible, b) safe, c) compliant with ADAor 

  1. Expand capacity in community settings  

Potential Grant Candidates 
  • Designated Agencies 

  • Specialized Service Agencies  

  • Peer organizations  

Eligible Projects 
  • Existing facilities (in which people receive services) 

  • Increase accessibility, safety, ADA compliance, or expand capacity in community settings 

Application  
  • Please download and complete this application. 

  • The deadline for applications is Friday, March 11, 2022. 

Application Review Process 

A grant review and selection committee will be comprised of representatives from the Department of Mental Health, Agency of Human Services Central Office, the Department for Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living, and three individuals who can represent the interests and impacts of this funding in relation to the designated agencies, specialized service agencies, and peer organizations 

The Department of Mental Health, with input from AHS CO, DAIL, and Vermont Care Partners, has estimated an allocation for each eligible organization, which will be communicated through the Department of Mental Health or Vermont Care Partners. The calculation is based on relative revenue and the intention that every eligible organization have the opportunity to be awarded enough funding to support a meaningful capital investment. Some funding has been reserved for exceptional need.  

The committee will review and score applications according to their alignment with ARPA funding goals and State of Vermont policy priorities listed below 

  • Alignment with ARPA funding goals (see ARPA Funding Goals below), including consideration of:  

  • How this project will help you more effectively work with people across diverse needs and backgrounds  

  • How this project will help you ensure health and safety for people you work with and staff 

  • How this project will improve the quality of programming or of the program environment 

  • Alignment with State of Vermont policy priorities (see State Policy Priorities below) 

  • Readiness for project initiation and likelihood of completion 

  • Overall cost relative to impact 

ARPA Funding Goals: 
  1. Make existing housing and community-based service facilities providing mental health services more a) accessible, b) safe, c) compliant with ADAor 

  1. Expand capacity in community settings  

 

Examples of projects aligned with ARPA funding goals: 
  • Increase accessibility and ADA compliance (e.g., ramps, elevators, equipment) 

  • Increase safety (e.g., smoke detectors, sprinkler system, locks on doors, HVAC system, paved parking lot) 

  • Improve services or service environment (e.g., replace carpets, kitchen cabinetsappliances, etc.)  

  • Promote provider sustainability (e.g., one-time investments that free up general operating budget to support staffcreate a supportive environment for staff, etc.) 

 

State Policy Priorities (informed by DMH Vision 2030, DAIL, AHS-CO) 
  • Support community alternatives to emergency room care  

  • Support peer supports and peer-directed programming 

  • Integrate physical and mental health care 

  • Improve quality and experience of programs and programmatic environments  

  • Eliminate barriers to accessibility in facilities  

  • Increase general operating capacity of service providers so that organizations can better support their employees and sustain workforce capacity 

 

Additional Information 

DMH reserves the right to accept or reject any or all applications.  

DMH will not pay any applicant costs associated with preparing or presenting an application.  

DMH reserves the right to approve funds for reimbursement of projects started in 2021 through the application review process, though is not guaranteed. 

Organizations awarded funding for projects will receive a grant from the State of Vermont and will be expected to follow the usual contract and payment provisions. These specifications include:  

 
Payment details: 
  • Awardees will invoice the Department of Mental Health monthly for costs incurred up to the total award amount. 

  • All funds must be spent by June 30, 2024. 

  • Awardees will receive a notice by April 30, 2023 of any remaining funds in their total award amount.  

  • If there are remaining funds in their award, awardees will submit an application by June 30, 2023 for any additional or new projects for which they would like to use remaining funds. If an awardee has not submitted an application for how to use the remaining funds in their award by June 30, 2023, the Department of Mental Health may reallocate those funds to another project. 

Questions 

If you have questions about the application or process, please contact Shannon Thompson at shannon.thompson@vermont.gov 

Contact Information

Department of Mental Health
Commissioner Emily Hawes
280 State Drive, NOB 2 North
Waterbury, VT 05671-2010
Phone: (802) 241-0090
Fax: (802) 241-0100

 

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