A friendly and important reminder: Applications for support from the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) are due July 24th, 2020 at 12:00 PM CDT.
As you may know, the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, in collaboration with the Office of Governor JB Pritzker, established the ICRF to disburse privately-raised funds to nonprofit organizations across the state serving individuals, families, and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.
ICRF’s final round of funding will maintain the ICRF’s mission of meeting basic needs of Illinois residents most heavily burdened by COVID-19, while supporting communities to meet their needs going forward. Specific goals include:
Serve basic needs: Continue to meet the basic needs of Illinois residents as outlined in ICRF’s founding principles, in line with ICRF’s ‘response fund’ mission
Address issues related to COVID-19: ICRF seeks to solve problems that are directly linked to COVID-19 (either newly emerging from or magnified by the crisis)
Focus primarily on Black / Latinx communities: Deepen the prioritization of communities most burdened by COVID-19 through a focus primarily on Black / Latinx communities
Support sustainable infrastructure: Help forge new partnerships, shore up sustainable programs, and/or model new ways to address basic needs
Achieve state-wide reach with the entire round: Each grantee does not need to cover the state, but the totality of the round should reflect geographic balance
ICRF is looking for big ideas that are aligned with their goals and fit each of the identified eligibility requirements. Grants for this round will be between $350,000 - $2,000,000. (Note that a project must meet all requirements to be considered for this round of funding).
To apply for an ICRF grant, please click here to access the application link. Applications will close on July 24th, 2020 at 12:00 PM CDT.
For additional information about the application, or any questions you may have, please see the Frequently Asked Questions on the bottom of the homepage or reach out to the ICRF team at email@example.com. I am confident that many significant, life-altering opportunities will emerge from this effort to strengthen our state.
Gov. Pritzker Announces New Mitigation Plan to Prevent Resurgence of COVID-19 in Illinois as State Surpasses Two Million Tests
New Plan Outlines General and Industry-Specific COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts for the State’s 11 Emergency Medical Services Regions
CHICAGO – Governor Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike today announced a new COVID-19 mitigation plan focused on combating a resurgence of cases while maintaining the progress the state has made towards bending the curve over the last four months. As states across the country experience a surge of new COVID-19 cases, Illinois remains an outlier with lower hospitalization and infection rates and one of the highest rates of testing in the U.S.
The resurgence plan recognizes that the state is in its strongest position to combat the virus since the pandemic began, with a robust testing operation regularly yielding more than 30,000 tests per day, expanded tracing operations with 1,450 contact tracers, a growing stockpile of personal protective equipment, and hospital surge capacity. The plan also accounts for months of additional data and research as public health experts reach a greater scientific understanding of this virus and how it spreads.
“Illinois now has the lowest infection rates among all our neighboring states and one of the lowest positivity rates in the country – and it’s because of the individual actions of millions of our residents,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Opening up our economy does not have to come with a spike in cases. Other countries have done it successfully while reducing cases and infection rates. But that requires vigilance on the part of all of us. It’s imperative that individuals, families, workers and businesses follow the recommendations doctors have given about vital mitigations and that we act quickly if we see any outbreaks and upticks, signs that could lead to a surge of coronavirus infections.”
“This plan ensures we are looking at all available data to make timely decisions to protect the health of our communities,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “By assessing key metrics that indicate both the disease burden and the capacity of each COVID-19 region to respond, we can then take targeted actions within specific regions to help mitigate the spread of this deadly disease while keeping as much of our state open as possible.”
The following metrics will be used to determine when the spread of the virus in a region requires additional mitigations:
Sustained increase in 7-day rolling average (7 out of 10 days) in the positivity rate and one of the following severity indicators:
Sustained 7-day increase in hospital admissions for a COVID-19 like illness
Reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities (ICU capacity or medical/surgical beds < 20%)
OR three consecutive days averaging ≥ 8% positivity rate
The updated guidance from IDPH establishes three tiers of mitigations that can be implemented should a region meet the resurgence metrics.
Some mitigation strategies in higher risk settings, like indoor bars and restaurants, will be automatically applied in a region that meets resurgence criteria to prevent rapid spread of COVID-19. A larger list of mitigation strategies relating to settings like retail, fitness, and salons and personal care will be available if testing and contact tracing data at the local level indicate those mitigations to be prudent.
Mitigations will be applied on a regional basis based on the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Regions that have traditionally guided IDPH in its statewide public health work. Expanding to 11 regions allows for a more granular approach in this phase of the response to COVID-19. The new regions follow county lines to account for counties that are in more than one region of the EMS system.
Since March, the Pritzker administration has implemented policies and programming to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Measures have included issuing a stay at home order to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, expanding the state’s contact tracing program, and building upon testing availability across Illinois.
The state has also worked to expand its contact tracing operation, with approximately 1,450 contact tracers now working across Illinois. Over the next week, 26 local health departments will receive additional funding from the state, representing over $127 million of available grant funds for contact tracing. With these funds, local health departments will hire approximately 1,330 contact tracers over the next few months and significantly expand their contact tracing efforts.
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Demonstrate the Impact of SOAR: Enter Your Outcomes
The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center is working with SOAR providers across the country to collect 2020 SOAR outcomes! We are counting SOAR-assisted Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applications with decisions between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020. Report your outcomes in the SOAR Online Application Tracking (OAT) system to demonstrate the power of the SOAR model. If you have questions, please reach out to your SOAR Liaison to help you through the process!
A house is more than just a home, it’s a place to stay safe and secure—especially true during a pandemic. Thanks to #BuiltforZero communities' commitment to building a future where veteran homelessness is rare and brief, 75,000 veterans now have a place to call home. We're grateful for our core partners
You're invited to a four-part virtual training session for healthcare providers on how to bill Medicaid managed care (MMC). Hosted by ICOY's Medicaid Technical Assistance Center (MTAC) on July 21, 22, 28, and 29, these four 90-minute live training sessions will allow you to learn more about specific MMC billing topics, network with your peers, and ask questions of the presenters, Sage Health Strategy.
Register below for any of the following four training sessions:
Information about a study examining a program that aims to enhance the parenting skills of parents of infants who are staying in shelters (http://mybabysfirstteacher.net/). The study is being conducted by Dr. Janette Herbers at Villanova under a National Science Foundation grant. As part of the grant, Dr. Herbers and her students are looking to survey shelter staff about their perspective on training needs in order to inform a short curriculum on child development targeted at shelter staff.
Want to get more involved with SHPA? One of the best ways to stay in the know with all things SHPA and permanent supportive housing is to join our standing committees. All committees meet by phone so that members from all over the state are able to join. Visit our website for committee descriptions:
SHPA Committee Meetings Scheduled: Legislative Committee - Third Thursday of the Month@9:00a Resident Committee - Fourth Wednesday of the Month@4:00p Governance Committee - Fourth Tuesday of the Month@2:00p Standards & Best Practices Committee - Fourth Monday of the Month@11:30a
(schedules subject to change as determined by committee chairs)
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