ARPA Grant Opportunities

Background

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Through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Section 9817, and in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Colorado Joint Budget Committee (JBC), the Department was approved to distribute approximately $100 million through grants and pilot programs. These grants are aimed to enhance, expand, and strengthen Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in Colorado. For more information on each grant and how to apply, please see below. The Department will continue to update this site as new information becomes available.

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2.01 Behavioral Health Transition Support Grants

Total Award Amount: $14,000,000

Maximum Award Amount: TBD

Who is Eligible: Community-based organizations focused on outpatient transition services

Summary of project:

Offer short-term grant funding for behavioral health crises and transition services to support members moving from an institute or corrections to the community, specifically focusing on increasing capacity for community-based care. [Full Project Description]

Request for Application: In development

How to Apply: In development

Application Due Date: Fall 2022

2.02 Expand Behavioral Health Crisis Teams

Total Award Amount: $1,750,000

Maximum Award Amount: TBD

Who is Eligible: Community-based organizations providing mobile crisis services or current crisis providers expanding to mobile crisis services

Summary of project:

Explore opportunities to supercharge activities related to the secure transport, mobile behavioral health crisis teams, which offers an alternative to police or Emergency Medical Services (EMS) transport for a person in a mental health or substance use disorder crisis. [Full Project Description]

Request for Application:

In development. Will run through Administrative Service Organizations through the Office of Behavioral Health/Behavioral Health Administration 

How to Apply: In development

Application Due Date: TBD

3.06 Expand the Behavioral Health Safety Net

Total Award Amount: $24,000,000

Maximum Award Amount: TBD

Who is Eligible: High-Intensity Outpatient Behavioral Health Providers

Summary of project:

Strengthen and expand the behavioral health safety net through provider training, workforce development, enhanced standards, high-intensity outpatient services, and value-based pay for performance models supporting whole-person care. Provide Regional Accountable Entity (RAE) funding to support the expansion of high-intensity BH services. [Full Project Description]

Request for Application: In development. Will run through RAEs in each region.

How to Apply: In development

Application Due Date: TBD

3.08 American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Culturally Responsive Services Capacity Grants

Note: Previously named Behavioral Health Capacity Grants

Total Award Amount: $5,000,000

Maximum Award Amount: TBD

Who is Eligible: Tribes, community organizations serving tribal populations through outpatient behavioral health or HCBS services

Summary of project: Tribal grants to enhance behavioral health capacity and HCBS access. [Full Project Description]

Request for Application: In development

How to Apply: In development

Application Due Date: TBD

4.03 Child/Youth Step-Down Options Program and Provider Recruitment

Total Award Amount: $3,900,000

Maximum Award Amount: TBD

Who is Eligible:

Community-based programs or providers who are expanding child/youth step-down services to provide lower levels of care outside of an inpatient setting

Summary of project:

The project will focus on those areas where there currently isn’t behavioral health services and treatment programs for children and youth such as those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), and other dual diagnoses such as suicidal ideation (SI) or elopement concerns, and will work to develop models of care that incent the creation of financially viable small programs that are person-centered, with a focus on those children and youth who are sent out of state for services.  [Full Project Description]

Request for Application: In development

How to Apply: In development

Application Due Date: Late 2022

4.07 New Systems of Care

Total Award Amount: $15,250,000

Maximum Award Amount: TBD

Who is Eligible: providers of HCBS and older adult services

Summary of project:

The Department will provide grants to develop pilot programs that: leverage creative solutions to provide low/no-cost childcare to home and personal care workers; pair older adults with college students who need affordable housing; create college credits and increase the workforce by employing college students to provide a variety of services. [Full Project Description]

Request for Application: In development

How to Apply: In development

Application Due Date: Late 2022/early 2023

6.05 Member Tech Literacy

Total Award Amount: Device and Training for Members

Maximum Award Amount: N/A

Who is Eligible: HCBS Members with broadband access, additional criteria to be determined

Summary of project:

Pilot to explore member digital education to help support use of patient portals, telehealth services, and other tools to improve their health outcomes. [Full Project Description]

Request for Application: In development

How to Apply: In development

Application Due Date: 2023

6.06 Digital Transformation & EHR Upgrades

Total Award Amount: $18 Million

Maximum Award Amount: TBD

Who is Eligible: HCBS Providers, Behavioral Health Providers, and CMAs

Summary of project: Funding to support digital transformation (paper to electronic conversion, EHR upgrades/implementation, client management system, Telehealth, software, etc.) [Full Project Description]

Request for Application: In development

How to Apply: In development

Application Due Date: Late Fall 2022

6.12 Social Health Information Exchange Connection for Community Support Services 

Total Award Amount: $3 million

Maximum Award Amount: TBD

Who is Eligible: Community Support Services (food banks, housing support, etc.)

Summary of project: Pilot to fund connecting support services to SHIE to facilitate a closed-loop referral. [Full Project Description]

Request for Application: In development

How to Apply: In development

Application Due Date: Mid 2023

7.02 Member Emergency Preparedness

Total Award Amount: $8,346,750

Maximum Award Amount: TBD

Who is Eligible: In development

Summary of project:

Assist members with disabilities and those with mental health needs, who live independently in the community, to be prepared for potential emergencies by providing resources, supplies, or education

Request for Application: Project launches 7/1/2022. More information to come

How to Apply: In development

Application Due Date: TBD

3.07 Wraparound Services, Including Peer Supports for Members with Complex Needs

Total Award Amount: $17,700,000

Maximum Award Amount: TBD

Who is Eligible: Permanent Supportive Housing Providers currently contracted through DOLA 

Summary of project:

Fund and develop a sustainability strategy for wrap-around services, including community-based peer support, for recipients of complex social service benefits such as housing vouchers, with a focus on individuals with serious mental illness and a history of homelessness and repeat hospitalizations. [Full Project Description]

Request for Application: N/A

How to Apply: N/A

Application Due Date: Closed. Solicitation was completed through an existing DOLA competitive process for permanent supportive housing providers.

4.05 Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) Pilot

Total Award Amount: $3,000,000

Maximum Award Amount: $750,000 per area

Who is Eligible:

Organizations who have completed the required training and obtained certification with Johns Hopkins University to implement CAPABLE, or will be able to fully complete the certification process prior to enrolling participants

Summary of Project:

Through American Rescue Plan Act funding, the Department received approval to pilot the CAPABLE program to support Health First Colorado members to remain living within the home. Developed by Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, CAPABLE is a person-directed, home-based program that addresses both function and healthcare expenses, and is approved by the National Council on Aging as an evidence-based fall prevention program. 

Up to four grant recipients will work closely with partners at Johns Hopkins University and the Department to implement the program in one (or more) locations across the state. The purpose of this project is to pilot the CAPABLE program, expanding the ages of those participating in CAPABLE to include individuals 18 and older and broadening the geographical areas served. The pilot will be evaluated to understand the impact and outcomes on the participating individuals.

For further detail see the Request for Application document. [Full Project Description]

Request for Application: Click here for more detail on grant eligibility and application requirements

Application Due Date: Friday, July 22, 2022, 5 p.m. MST

How to Apply: All items listed in the Request for Application must be submitted via email to Karin Stewart 

Materials: All documents required for the grant can be found in this folder. This includes the Request For Application (RFA), Application Narrative Worksheet, and Application Budget Worksheet.

Additional Resources:

Learn more about the CAPABLE philosophy 

Grant Application Inquiries and Answers - Updated June 30, 2022