DHHS Update RE: Peer Run Wellness Center-Incubator RFA

Due to technical issues, NC DHHS will have to briefly repost the Peer Run Wellness Center-Incubator RFA. If providers did not receive a receipt confirmation from Stacy Smith after your application was received, NC DHHS will need to you resend the entire packet to:

[email protected]

[email protected]

Because this is a reposting, NC DHHS will not be taking FAQ or facilitating a Bidder’s Conference. The information from the previous two FAQs and Bidder’s Conferences, along with the updated application can be found at https://www.ncdhhs.gov/about/grant-opportunities/mental-health-developmental-disabilities-substance-abuse-services-grant-opportunities.

Please note the deadline for submission/re-submission is 8/19/2020. If you are unsure if you received a receipt confirmation, please email [email protected]

Hurricane Isaias Preparedness

Hurricane Isaias will be impacting our communities beginning this evening (Monday) into tomorrow (Tuesday). We encourage all providers to review the information on the Ready NC website or mobile app. There are additional resources specifically about preparing for this year’s hurricane season during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’d like to remind you that all providers in the Alliance network should have a business continuity plan in place and should be prepared to implement their plan if necessary. Should your hours of operation be impacted by weather, it is your responsibility to communicate any changes in your hours of operation during a weather event. Individuals with an appointment should contact their provider directly to determine availability.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact our Access and Information Line at 800-510-9132.

Prepare now to Protect Records

The State Archives of North Carolina is closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Isaias and the potential impacts it could have on North Carolina. We are encouraging all agencies to start preparation actions to help protect your records.

  • Stabilize your records storage areas
    • Ensure that records are a minimum of 3-6 inches off the floor.
    • Ensure records are in record boxes and clearly labeled.
    • Remove records for bottom drawers of filing cabinets.
    • Consider relocating records to more secure areas in your building. Move records out of areas prone to flooding such basement and attic areas and away from windows and exterior doors.
    • Cover records with plastic sheeting for additional water protection.
    • Compile some recovery supplies, including plastic sheeting to cover records and additional record boxes.
  • Locate the retention and disposition schedule for the records in your office.  Retention schedules are available on the State Archives website.
  • Compile an inventory of records and location in building.
  • Compile information on disaster recovery vendors.
  • Compile an emergency staff contact list.

If records are damaged by water, the State Archives offers these preliminary resources: Initial Steps Before Recovery of Wet Recordssample inventory control forms, and a selected list of disaster recovery services.

If you have further questions on disaster preparation or in the event that your records do get impacted by a disaster event, please contact the State Archives immediately. We encourage you to try cell numbers first as most Archives employees are still teleworking due to COVID-19.

  • Becky McGee-Lankford (Government Records Section Chief)
    • 919 814-6903 (office)
    • 919 612-0488 (cell)
  • Sarah Koonts (State Archivist)
    • 919 814-6876 (office)
    • 919 244-5944 (cell)
  • Mark Holland (Records Analysis Unit Head)
    • 919 814-6908 (office)
    • 704 880-8287 (cell)
  • Cindy Bradley (Collections Management Branch Head)
    • 919 814-6849 (office)
    • 828-659-4564 (cell)

Records Analysts are also available to assist you with record retention questions.  Their contact information is located on the State Archives website at: https://archives.ncdcr.gov/contact/staff-list#governmentrecords

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Virtual Career Fair for Individuals with Disabilities

There will be a virtual career fair for individuals with disabilities Wednesday August 5 from 9 am – 6 pm.  Click here for more information.

Click here to register.

Follow-up Visit Within 7 Days After Inpatient Mental Health or Substance Abuse Stays

Inpatient crisis stabilization is important, but it is only the beginning of care. A follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness and ongoing treatment is essential for several reasons:

  • Individuals are vulnerable after discharge
  • Follow-up care helps individuals maintain stable functioning
  • Gains made during inpatient care are more likely to be kept with follow-up treatment

Follow-up care after hospitalization helps improve health outcomes and prevent readmissions. Follow-up within seven days after discharge has been associated with greater medication adherence and outpatient utilization.

Providers are expected to participate in discharge planning and follow-up with any individual who was open to services with their agency prior to the admission. All requests for new appointments for individuals being discharged from an inpatient, facility-based crisis or detox setting should be scheduled to occur no later than seven days after discharge date, preferably within three days of discharge. Visits that occur on the same date of discharge do not count.

Thank you for your cooperation, which enables us to comply with NC DHHS requirements, as well as helps ensure that our individuals receive the service they need when they need it.

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Provider Relief Fund Webcast

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Provider Relief Fund (PRF), is distributing $15 billion to eligible Medicaid, CHIP, and dental providers.  If you are a provider who is interested in learning about the application process for the PRF, please register and join the webcast on July 27 from 3:00-4:00pm.

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Virtual ILI Trainings Available

Alliance’s Independent Living Initiative (ILI) Training will now be holding sessions virtually. These sessions will introduce Alliance contracted providers to the web-based ILI housing application and is required for providers who want to apply for assistance for members who are facing a financial housing crisis.  The training covers the criteria and eligibility requirements of the Independent Living Initiative funds. At the end of the training, providers will be able to apply for ILI housing assistance on behalf of their clients. This training is also useful for those who are already registered in the database but would like a refresher course. Join one of the virtual trainings below or contact the ILI Coordinator for your county to request a training.

Wake: July 31, 8:45am – Join hereRenate Bender, ILI Housing Coordinator
Johnston/Durham: Manuel Hyman, ILI Housing Coordinator
Cumberland: Zuriah Harris, ILI Housing Coordinator

Joint NC DMHDDSAS and DHB (NC Medicaid) COVID-19 Update for NC Providers

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

Participant Log-In Information:
Please register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5916783639240984589
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Please feel free to share with other providers in your network or catchment area.

During this call, panelists will present policy updates from DMHDDSAS and DHB representatives followed by an open Q&A session. In addition to DMHDDSAS and DHB subject matter experts we will also have a representative from DHSR on the call to answer questions you might have. In consideration of the limited time we have on the call, we ask that you review the guidance links (below) on the DHHS website and FAQs on the NC Medicaid site to see if an answer to your question has already been provided.

As things continue to change and move quickly during the COVID-19 pandemic, please continue to stay abreast of emerging issues, guidance, and policies by visiting:

Provider Relief Fund Focus Group Sessions

DHHS and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) are organizing two focus group sessions on the Medicaid and CHIP distribution of the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). The PRF supports American families, workers, and healthcare providers in the battle against the COVID-19 outbreak. HHS is distributing $175 billion to hospitals and healthcare providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response. The purpose of these focus groups is to identify opportunities to increase application volumes in the current Medicaid/CHIP distribution, which is intended to support eligible providers with $15B in funding. The focus group discussion will center on awareness of the PRF program and Medicaid/CHIP distribution, understanding of program components, such as eligibility, and technical challenges faced during the application process.

These sessions will be held on July 21 from 6:30-7:30pm and July 22 from 3:00-4:00pm. We would greatly appreciate your participation and look forward to hearing your valuable input on the experiences of providers with the Medicaid and CHIP distribution of the PRF. To confirm your participation, please send an email to [email protected] with your name, email, title, organization and state, and note which session you would like to attend.

Information and Resources for Tenants During COVID-19

As we enter the final weeks of the temporary eviction moratorium for renters living in Public Housing or Multifamily property as well as renters covered by North Carolina Executive Order 142, NC DHHS wants to make sure agencies had information to plan for and implement strategies to keep families stably housed, mitigate economic hardships and health & safety crisis.   The attached information provides pertinent steps tenants may take to prevent eviction for non-payment of rent/utilities,  helpful updates on COVID-19 information and safety concerns, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) protections, and resources related to tenant needs.

Please check with the tenants you directly support about their rental and utility payment status prior to July 24th, so that you can help them prepare in accordance with guidance provided within these documents, if necessary.