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RFP for Peer Supports Training Program


Request for Proposals for Peer Support Specialists Grant Project

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to fund one organization to develop and pilot a peer supports training program. Through the program, people with developmental disabilities (DD) will be trained to be peer support specialists and help other people with DD create person-centered service plans. The deadline to submit a proposal is August 30, 2017.

People with DD who have not been fully integrated into their communities may find it hard to imagine the opportunities they have to live independently. On the other hand, some people with DD may have experience living independently. These people who do have experience living independently — peers — can support other people with DD:

  • to see what is possible,
  • to identify opportunities for achieving their goals, and
  • help them to successfully address barriers.

A peer can also support another person with DD who is not integrated into their community by:

  • providing guidance and encouragement,
  • listening, and
  • serving as a bridge to the community.

TCDD has funded peer support projects in the past. This RFP will focus on connecting (A) people with DD who receive home and community-based services (HCBS) that require a person-centered service plan with (B) well-informed peers who can support them to take control of their own plans.

About the RFP
TCDD will fund one project for up to four years to develop and pilot a peer supports training program. Through the program, people with DD will be trained to become peer support specialists.

Peer support specialists will be people with DD who live in the community and use publicly-funded services and supports. Peer support specialists will learn how to support other people with DD to understand their options and lead their own person-centered planning process. Coaches will help peer support specialists develop action plans and identify resources.

TCDD expects the project to:

  • develop a training curriculum for peer support specialists and coaches
  • identify and train at least 20 people with DD to become peer support specialists
  • ensure each peer support specialist assists at least 10 people with DD to create a person-centered service plan

Public agencies, not-for-profit organizations, secondary schools and post-secondary institutions, faith-based institutions, and for-profit businesses may apply. The entity that applies for this grant must be the entity that will administer the grant and receive, disburse, and account for grant funds. Individuals may not apply for this grant.

Grant Funds Available
TCDD may award one organization a maximum of $100,000 for year one and $125,000 for years two through four. Funding for the second through fourth years is not automatic.

Key Dates
Proposals are due to TCDD by 5 p.m. Central Standard Time on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Late proposals will not be accepted. TCDD will notify applicants about decisions within 30 days following TCDD’s November 2017 Council Meeting. The earliest expected project start date is January 1, 2018 (this date may change).

More Information and Submitting a Proposal
For more information, the complete RFP is available on the Notice of Funds Available 2017-4 Peer Support Specialist webpage on the DD Suite website. Proposals for this RFP and all forms must be submitted using DD Suite.

If you have questions after reviewing the complete RFP, email Danny Fikac, Planning Specialist, or call him at 512–437–5415.