Health Improvement for Re-entering Ex-offenders Initiative (HIRE) HIV/AIDS

The HIRE Program seeks to improve the HIV/AIDS health outcomes of ex-offenders re-entering the mainstream population (Re-entry Population) by supporting community-based efforts to ensure their successful transition from state or federal incarceration back to their communities.

It is expected that
applicants will ensure that ex-offenders returning to their communities from incarceration or detention are sufficiently prepared to: maximize their chances for successful reintegration; seek to eliminate the structural and medical barriers to reintegration that are necessary to preserve public safety; acknowledge the roles that families and communities play in the reentry process and ensure that they are sufficiently prepared to take on those responsibilities; and collect the data needed from pre-release and post-release prison medical reports to better evaluate the effectiveness of the project and assist ex-offenders affected by HIV/AIDS.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2009: This is a new program.

It is anticipated that funded projects will increase access and utilization of data and data-related activities, improve coordination/alignment of health services through alliances and partnerships, and/or increase representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the health professional, paraprofessional, and health research fields.

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Ms. Sonsiere Cobb-Souza, Acting Director, Division of Program Operations, Office of Minority Health, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, Tower Building, Suite 600, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

Telephone: (240) 453-8444.
Website Address

http://www.omhrc.gov



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are to be used to support projects or activities consistent with the mission of the Office of Minority Health of the U. S. Public Health Service, and that facilitate improvement in the HIV/AIDS health outcomes of ex-offenders re-entering the mainstream population.

Funds are not to be used for the provision of health care treatment, for construction, or to supplant ongoing project activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

To qualify for funding, an applicant organization must: be located within one of the three targeted states of New York, Florida, or Texas and have a minimum of five years experience providing HIV/AIDS related health and support services and be a: private nonprofit community-based, minority-serving organization (see definitions) which addresses health, human, or correctional services; or public entity (local government) which addresses health, human or correctional services; or Tribal governmental entity which addresses health, human or correctional services; or faith-based organization which provides comprehensive pre-release, transitional or reentry services.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The HIRE Program places primary focus on the reentry populations in the three targeted states, with special emphasis on the following reentry subpopulations: substance abusers, men who have sex with men, and individuals impacted by mental health disorders.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. See published announcement of program.

Award Procedures

Accepted applications will be reviewed by a review panel that will make recommendations on the technical merit based on the published criteria. After considering the recommendations of the panel, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health will make a final decision on funding projects and a Notice of Grant Award will be issued.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Public Health Service Act, as amended, Title XVII, Section 1707 (e)(1), 42 U.S.C. 300u et seq., 42 U.S.C 300u et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants can have a project period not to exceed 3 years, with 12-month budget periods. Following the initial budget period, continued funding is subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory program performance. Payments will be made either on a monthly cash request basis or under a letter of credit. Necessary instructions regarding payment procedure will be provided at the time the Notice of Grant Award is issued. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are required annually.

Cash reports are required for each cash withdrawal or transfer.

Payments will be made either on a monthly cash request basis or under a letter of credit.

Necessary instructions regarding payment procedure will be provided at the time the Notice of Grant Award is issued.

Progress reports are required for each budget period.

Financial status reports are due at the end of each budget period, and a final status report is due 90 days following the end of the project period.

A Final Performance Report is due 90 days following the end of the project period.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.

Records

Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a minimum of 3 years, or longer pending completion and resolution of any audit findings.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0120-0-1-551.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 09 $2,000,000; FY 10 est $2,000,000; FY 11 est $2,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$200,000 to $250,000 75-0942.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR 74 and 92. Specific program requirements are contained in the Federal Register Notice, the application instructions, and the HHS Grants Policy Statement.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Ms. Sonsiere Cobb-Souza, Acting Director, Division of Program Operations, Office of Minority Health, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, Tower Building, Suite 600, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Telephone: (240) 453-8444.

Headquarters Office

Eric C. West, Tower Building Suite 550, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: eric.west@hhs.gov Phone: (240) 453-8449.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Complete review criteria are published in the Program Announcement or can be obtained from the Program contact. Listed below are some criteria used to review applications: (1) consistency of project s objectives relevant to the Program purpose and the federal Office of Minority Health s mission; (2) coherence and feasibility of methodology and activities selected to address the problem as evidence in the proposed implementation plan; (3) strength of proposed grant organization s management capability; (4) adequacy of qualifications and experience of proposed personnel; and (5) strength of analysis of potential impact or innovation the project proposes to generate.



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