Governor Malloy: Nonprofit Liaison to the Governor

 
Nonprofit Liaison to the Governor
Terry Edelstein
 
The partnership of state agencies and private providers has always been, and continues to be, integral for the delivery of services to many of our residents who require assistance in their lives.   In recognition of this important relationship, and in support of the state's safety net, Governor Malloy established the position of Nonprofit Liaison.  The Governor's Nonprofit Liaison interacts and communicates directly with the nonprofit community-based health and human services providers and advises the Governor with regard to policy reforms and other measures that will benefit this partnership.  The Nonprofit Liaison coordinates efforts to implement these policy reforms.
 
Governor Malloy appointed Terry Edelstein to serve as Nonprofit Liaison in August 2012.

In addition to her responsibilities in this role, Terry serves as co-chair of the Governor's Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services, is a member of the Governor's Health Care Cabinet, is a member of the Governor's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, and is a member of the Leadership Committee of the Legislature's CT Kids Report Card project.  Terry also serves on the Long Term Recovery Committee of the State’s Disaster Recovery System.
 
Prior to her appointment, she served as the President/CEO of the Connecticut Community Providers Association.
 
 
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CONTACT INFORMATION
 
860-524-7385
 
Terry Edelstein, Governor's Nonprofit Liaison
Governor's Office
Connecticut State Capitol, Room 412
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
 
 
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MAILING LIST
 
To be included on the Nonprofit Liaison's mailing list, send an e-mail to Meg Riding at meg.riding@ct.gov or call Meg at 860-418-6287.
 
  • Nonprofit Liaison mailing list – receive occasional alerts, news briefings and updates
  • The Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services mailing list – receive news about the work of the Cabinet including meeting announcements and materials
 
 
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BREAKING NEWS
 
 
BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS FY 14 – FY 15
 
Nonprofit Grant Program
 
Governor Malloy has recommended increasing the Nonprofit Grant Program by $30 M in FY15 bringing the total to $50 million. The Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee will be considering this recommendation in the coming months. We are expecting support from nonprofit providers and associations for the Governor’s proposal that will provide $70 M in funding over the two years of the biennium.
 
The FY15 bond bill modifies the provisions of the Nonprofit Grant Program as follows (changes are underlined):
 
  • S.B. 29 Sec. 35. Subsection (a) of section 32 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):
  • For the Office of Policy and Management: Grants-in-aid to private, nonprofit health and human service organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and that receive funds from the state to provide direct health or human services to state agency clients, for alterations, renovations, improvements, additions and new construction, including health, safety, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and energy conservation improvements, information technology systems, technology for independence, [and] purchase of vehicles and acquisition of property, not exceeding [$20,000,000] $50,000,000.
 
Organizations that applied for funding through the FY14 Nonprofit Grant Program will be notified about funding decisions the week of February 24. See the OPM website for updates.
 
 
DDS & DMHAS - Cost Settlement and Revenue Retention
 
The Governor’s budget adds a pilot program for revenue retention for DMHAS providers. The proposed language is mirrored after the cost settlement language that currently applies to DDS contractors.
 
The Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services developed a recommendation for cost settlement. This pilot builds on the work of the Cabinet, by piloting the concept.
 
H.B. 5030 Sec. 15
 
(Current statutory language relating to DDS contractors)
 
(a) For all allowable expenditures made pursuant to a contract subject to cost settlement with the Department of Developmental Services by an organization in compliance with performance requirements of such contract, one hundred per cent, or
 
an alternative amount as identified by the Commissioner of Developmental Services and approved by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, of the difference between actual expenditures incurred and the amount received by the organization from the Department of Developmental Services pursuant to such contract shall be reimbursed to the Department of Developmental Services during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, and the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.
 
(Proposed statutory language relating to DMHAS contractors)
 
(b) For expenditures incurred by nonprofit providers with purchase of service contracts with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for which year-end cost reconciliation currently occurs, and where such providers are in compliance with performance requirements of such contract, one hundred per cent, or an alternative amount as identified by the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services and approved by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and as allowed by applicable state and federal laws and regulations, of the difference between actual expenditures incurred and the amount received by the organization from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services pursuant to such contract shall be reimbursed to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.
 
The text of the budget bill can be found here.
 
The entire budget document can be found here.
 
 
 
GOVERNOR’S CABINET ON NONPROFIT HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
 
Cabinet co-chair Peter DeBiasi and I prepared the final report to the Governor in December 2013. Follow these links to read the full report and the appendices.
 
 
APPENDIX TO 2013 REPORT
 
 
 
The Governor has charged the Cabinet with convening the following Work Groups in 2014:
 
  • Nonprofit Employment Data Work Group
  • Training Work Group
  • Contract Procurement and Administration Work Group
  • Business Practice Work Group
 
We will be seeking participation on these Work Groups from Cabinet members and other interested parties. Email Meg Riding for an application to serve on a work group: meg.riding@ct.gov.
 
 
 
 
VA Offers $600 Million in Funding to Support Services for Homeless Veteran Families
 
January 14, 2014: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the availability of up to approximately $600 million in grants for non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that serve very low-income Veteran families occupying permanent housing through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
 
Required services include outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits, and providing or coordinating efforts to obtain needed entitlements and other community services. Grantees secure a broad range of other services for participants, including legal assistance; credit counseling; housing counseling; assisting participants in understanding leases, securing utilities, and coordinating moving arrangements; providing representative payee services concerning rent and utilities when needed; and serving as an advocate for the Veteran when mediating with property owners on issues related to locating or retaining housing. Grantees also offer temporary financial assistance that provides short-term assistance with rent, moving expenses, security and utility deposits, child care, transportation, utility costs, and emergency expenses.
 
The VA announced the availability of funds today through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) via the Federal Register. They are offering $300 million in FY 2014 funds and $300 million in FY 2015 funds, subject to available appropriations. The VA will make award decisions based on a national competition.
 
More information about the program can be found at here.
 
 
 
 
January 14, 2014: Governor Malloy announced that the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) will partner with families, youths, communities and experts to develop a plan to improve mental health services for children. The plan will be given to the General Assembly next fall.
 
DCF has chosen to work with the Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) of Connecticut, a non-profit group with specialized expertise in children's mental health and development. A key component of the planning process is obtaining consumer input through at least 12 forums across the state and continuing throughout the first phase of the plan's development, which will end August 31, 2014. The law, General Assembly Public Act 13-178, calls for the plan to be submitted in October 2014.
 
A minimum of 12 forums will be held across the state. Topics for the forums will include:
 
  • Early Identification
  • Prevention and Intervention
  • Child Welfare and Mental Health
  • Juvenile Justice and Mental Health
  • Education and Mental Health
  • Evidence-based Practices
  • Cultural Competence and Family Engagement
  • Role of Commercial Insurance
  • Access to Community-based Services
  • Substance Abuse and Recovery
  • Network of Care
  • Data Systems and Infrastructure
  • Autism and Disabilities
  • Other Special Populations
  • Crisis Response and Management
 
CHDI will organize the community forums and consumer input, as well as collect and analyze data. The second phase of the plan's development will include sharing a draft with key stakeholders for further input, and revisions will be made accordingly prior to the plan's submission. Based upon feedback from the General Assembly and others, an implementation plan will be developed and biennial progress reports will be issued to the legislature. CHDI and other experts will work with DCF to implement the plan and will continue to provide technical assistance.
 
 
 
 
NONPROFIT BONDING FACT SHEET
Updated 1/9/14
 
A Quick Summary of Bonding Available to Nonprofit Organizations
 
Nonprofit Grant Program:
The NGP will provide Grants-in-aid to selected private, nonprofit health and human service organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3). The goal of the NGP is to enhance service delivery efficiency and effectiveness and address health, safety and accessibility issues with respect to health and human services provided by nonprofit providers, with applicants who are delivering such services under one or more contracts or agreements with and funding from one of more State agencies to receive priority.
 
  • A total of $20 million will be awarded via the Nonprofit Grant Program established during the 2013 legislative session
  • The Office of Policy and Management issued a Request for Applications in August 2013
  • Applications for funding were due October 18, 2013
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by February 15, 2014
  • There were 297 applicants, a list of which can be viewed here
  • The State Bond Commission authorized a lump sum of $20 M in funding for this program on January 9, 2014
  • For future updates on the Nonprofit Grant Program, please visit its web page.
 
Nonprofit Collaboration Incentive Grant Program:
The purpose of the NCIP is to provide grants for one-time infrastructure costs to implement consolidations of programs and services resulting from the collaboration of two or more nonprofit organizations. The goal of the NCIP is to improve efficiency and effectiveness of services through consolidations and collaborations between and among nonprofit providers currently providing services in Connecticut.
 
  • A total of $5 million was authorized for funding during the 2009 legislative session
  • Remaining funding available for the program: $3.7 million
  • The Office of Policy and Management issued a Request for Applications in December 2013
  • Applications for funding are due February 14, 2014
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by April 1, 2014
  • Once successful applicants are selected, the State Bond Commission will be asked to approve the funding
  • For more information, visit the Request for Proposal page on the Office of Policy and Management’s website or view the Request for Proposal on the state’s contracting portal, BIZNET
 
Other Sources of Bond Funds for Nonprofit Organizations
There are bonding dollars available through other state agencies including:
 
  • Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Department of Developmental Services
  • Department of Children and Families
  • Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Department of Social Services
 
Email Brittany Kaplan, Policy Intern for more information about the individual state agency bonding processes:  OPM.Intern10@ct.gov
 

The Role of the State Bond Commission
The State Bond Commission, convened by the Governor on a monthly basis, approves the issuance of state bonds. 
 
The January 9, 2014 State Bond Commission agenda includes a number of awards to nonprofit organizations.  These grants are funded through DSS, DCF, DMHAS, DECD and other state agency bond pools.
 
None of these grants were funded through the Nonprofit Grant Program referred to earlier.  However, the State Bond Commission approved the release of the total FY14 allotment for the Nonprofit Grant Program at this meeting ($20 million).  These funds will be disbursed once the Nonprofit Grant Program award process has been completed.
 
See the agenda for the January 9 meeting, including a full list of the bonding recipients here.
 
 
 
 
CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING ISSUES NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) FOR SPECIAL PRIORITY PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS
 
December 23, 2013: The NOFA is directed to applicants seeking either (a) to design and administer a program on behalf of DOH for the purpose of expanding affordable housing opportunities in Connecticut or (b) to construct a new residence or renovate an existing structure for the purpose of creating new affordable housing units. This NOFA is intended to support Programs and Projects that achieve one or more of the following goals:
 
  1. Contribute to ending homelessness in Connecticut, including, without limitation, homelessness among veterans of one or more of the branches of the U.S. armed forces;
  2. Affirmatively furthering fair housing in Connecticut; and/or
  3. Create affordable housing opportunities in transit-oriented developments.
 
Prior to the submission deadline, applicants may contact Ed LaChance via email at Edward.lachance@ct.gov with any questions regarding this NOFA. All such questions received before 4:00 P.M. on February 17, 2014, will be answered on a rolling basis and the questions and answers will be posted on the DOH website.
 
Applications for funding under this NOFA will be accepted at the offices of DOH, 505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT 06106-7106 until Monday, March 3, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
The full Notice of Available Funding can be found here. For more information, please visit the Department of Housing website.
 
 
 
 
SUPER STORM SANDY RFA STILL AVAILABLE
 
Apply now. The application process is still open.
 
The Connecticut Department of Social Services has been awarded $10.5 million in federal funding under the Social Services Block Grant to cover certain expenses resulting from Super Storm Sandy. The funds are to be used by eligible nonprofit organizations and municipalities for a range of social, health and mental health services for individuals, and for repair, renovation and rebuilding of health care facilities, child care facilities and other social services facilities.
 
The federal Super Storm Sandy SSGB Supplemental Funds will support disaster relief services such as:
• case management services;
• counseling;
• housing services;
• information and referral;
• protective services for adults;
• protective services for children;
• renovations/repairs; and
• administrative services
 
Nonprofit agencies and municipalities interested in applying to become service providers can find the “Request for Applications” and additional information about the disaster relief program on the state’s CT Recovers website at www.ctrecovers.ct.gov.
 
The RFA can also be viewed here.
 
The deadline for application is: April 1, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
 
Access Health CT, Connecticut’s health insurance exchange, is sponsoring numerous Enrollment Fairs. For more information, please visit here.  You can also sign up to receive regular briefings from Access Health CT.
 
For more information about the ACA and small businesses, visit the Access Health CT Small Business page.
 
An archive of information regarding the Affordable Care Act can be found here.
 
 
 
 
 
STATE INNOVATION MODEL INITIATIVE (SIM)
 
The state will submit its State Healthcare Innovation Model Grant to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services by the end of December.  The SIM Plan will outline Connecticut’s blueprint for providing healthcare services to 80% of the population.
 
For more information about the SIM process, visit here.
 
For further information, including an electronic copy of the plan, visit here.
 
 
 
 
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NONPROFIT LIAISON FOCUS AREAS
 
Work Group on Deemed Status and Licensing:  Working with State health care licensing agencies, nonprofit provider representatives and the state's information technology system to develop single licensing application and an online posting resource and consolidated licensing policies and procedures and to initiate deemed status pilots
 
Governor's Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services:  Developing a report for the Governor in fall 2013 based on the recommendations of the Cabinet Work Groups
  • Work Group on Jobs
  • Work Group on Population Results
  • Work Group on Contract Procurement and Administration with subcommittees  on  bonding, cost standards and contract procurement
 

Bonding for nonprofit health and human services providers:  Implementing the Governor’s major bond allocation and modifying current bonding policies and procedures
 
Governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission:  Coordinating mental health presentations, assisting with full Commission in writing Commission report
 
Affordable Care Act:  Coordinating policy discussions on impact on nonprofit community-based providers in relation to their role as employers and the impact on their employees
 
 
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RESOURCES
 
Department of Economic and Community Development
 
 
Department of Administrative Services
 
 
Judicial Branch
 
 
 
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