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Frequently Asked Questions

House Enrolled Act No. 1007

An RFP is in development and will detail all information needed for successful completion of a proposal. A scoring matrix will be shared for full transparency.


Ideally, we would prefer to see a partner that has access to and is trusted in the community, and by the population they intend to serve.

Yes, information from the Attachment A document will be shared with interested applicants. It will act as a list of service standards that agencies can reference to during the hiring process of the care coordinators.

New care coordinators will receive HCV 101 and case management training from the Training Coordinator through the Damien Center. The training coordinator will also be responsible for training testers to conduct HIV/HCV/STD testing. Preferred qualifications would still be up to the host agencies, however, lived experience and a strong ability to connect to their community would be considered qualifications. The attachment A will be shared with applicants so they can ensure their job description reflects the required activities of the grant.

Yes, entities that wish to use a fiscal agent and still apply through THFGI will be allowed. It will be required that the fiscal agent be willing and able to follow through with partnering to provide reporting to The Damien Center. If entities wish to partner with The Damien Center, they understand that the care coordinators will be employed through The Damien Center and will be placed at their host site. The Damien Center would also play a role with all positions placed to assist with training a provision of other resources.

Each care coordinator will be housed at the host agency. It will depend on the specific needs of their agency and community. It is up to the host site’s discretion how a care coordinator will be placed, whether they will be mostly out in the community or at their site. Each care coordinator’s work setting may look different.

The care coordinator will take direction from the host site in partnership with The Damien Center where all activity and reporting will be filtered through. Regardless of whether the care coordinator’s funding is granted directly to their host agency or through Damien Center, the care coordinator will need to have a site supervisor who oversees their work and holds them accountable.

Care coordinators will either be employed by the agency where they’re stationed, or they will be employed by Damien Center and stationed at their host agency. We expect most care coordinators will be employed by their host agency, but we wanted to provide another option for small organizations who don’t have the grant administration capacity to employ the care coordinator.

Regardless of how the Care Coordinator is employed, we hope all Care Coordinators across the state will make their clients aware of local treatment options as well as the telehealth treatment option available through The Damien Center. Regardless of the treatment option the patient chooses, they will continue to work with their local HCV Care Coordinator to make sure their holistic needs are being met. If they opt into the telehealth treatment option, a telehealth navigator will assist them if they hit any roadblocks in their telehealth treatment. The local care coordinator will be able to collaborate with the telehealth navigator as needed to meet that patient’s needs and ensure a cohesive care team.

It is strongly encouraged. Agencies who complete that survey ensure that they receive any and all guidance on the process of applying, etc. However, failure to complete the SOI wouldn’t exclude an agency from applying they might not have all the information they would need to submit a complete proposal.

ZIP Coalitions will be sent a spreadsheet with details of who has completed the statement of interest survey and what positions they are interested in applying for. The completed statement of interest surveys for that region will also be shared. In addition, a link to a recorded region-specific data presentation from Josh Dowell at IDOH will be shared. If a region wishes to request additional information from the survey respondents, that will be handled on a case-by-case, or region-by-region basis. The Health Foundation is happy to gather this information, upon request, as requested.

ZIP regions are welcome to create their own system of ranking potential partners and making recommendations. We do not wish to prescribe this process. Please see question 1. Please refer to the HEA 1007 standards of care on the Ask and Act website. These standards will be posted soon.

Yes, because these are federal funds – we cannot exclude an interested agency from applying.

There has been a strong emphasis on ensuring that ZIP Coalitions and their local knowledge and perspective are considered as part of this process. ZIP Coalitions should ideally have more familiarity with organizations/agencies/service providers in their respective regions to have a better feel of who either has the capacity and/or ability to operate this program. It is our intent to leverage a recommendation from the ZIP Coalitions similar to that of a letter of recommendation from a stakeholder when an agency is applying for funding. If the agency who is applying receives a recommendation from the ZIP Coalition, then that agency will receive additional points on the scoring rubric.

ZIPs can give the full 20 points to applicants, if desired, as there are no limitations on scoring. Each applicant should be scored individually.

Scoring Committee - Conflict of Interest

When/how will Damien/THFGI circulate the names of applying organizations and have scorers identify their conflicts of interest prior to the scorers receiving the applications to score?

They will receive the application but will have to self-declare that they won’t score that application. If there is a COI on that application, the scorer can write their name at the top, check the box saying they will abstain from scoring that application, and then can leave the scoring sheet blank.

 

Scorers with a COI with one organization would need to abstain from scoring that one application. They are still permitted to score all other applications.

If so, will there be discussions between scorers about this ranking? If so, will scorers with COI’s be involved in discussions of the final rankings of organizations that they have a COI with?


Yes, scores will be shared with all scorers. There will be a virtual debriefing of the scoring committee statewide. In the debriefing meeting, the scores will be shared with the scoring committee and discussions will be available for THFGI to take into consideration.

Applications would be reviewed by the whole scoring committee except for the individuals who have a COI with a particular organization. The scoring committee will consist of around 25 individuals. Final scores and feedback will be shared but the individuals who scored will not be identified.