MDHHS issues RFP for expanding child and adolescent health centers


CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for public and private non-profit organizations to expand the child and adolescent health center (CAHC) program.

The CAHC program provides school-based or school-linked health care sites or school wellness programs that serve children and youth between ages 5 and 21, with an exception made for students receiving special education services up to 26 years of age. The program is jointly funded by MDHHS and the Michigan Department of Education.

“Healthy kids learn better,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and deputy director for health at MDHHS. “Child and adolescent health centers promote the health of children, adolescents and their families by providing important primary, preventative and early intervention health care services.”

Centers provide primary care, preventative care, comprehensive health assessment, vision and hearing screening, medication, immunization, treatment of acute illness, co-management of chronic illness, health education and mental health care.

The RFP seeks competitive plans for local projects that will establish new school-based or school-linked CAHC sites or school wellness programs (SWPs). Priority points will be given to new CAHC sites or SWPs in counties not currently served by one of these facilities. Eligible applicants include public and non-profit entities qualified to provide school-based or school-linked health care services.

Funded applicants will receive ongoing technical assistance from the MDHHS project coordinator, which include help with program start-up, reporting requirements and barriers to program implementation.

The first-year program period begins June 1, 2020 and ends Sept. 30, 2020.  During the initial four-months, MDHHS expects to award approximately $1.9 million, with varied award sizes based on the model selected by the applicant. Awards may be renewed annually, with $1.9 million in funding available each year.

Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the MI E-Grants program by 3 p.m., March 17.

For more information or to apply, visit the MI E-Grants website and select "About EGrAMS" link in the left panel to access the "Competitive Application Instructions" training manual. The complete RFP can be accessed under the ‘Current Grants’ section under the “Public Health Administration” link and selecting the “CHCE-2020” grant program.

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