RFA: Older Adults with IDD and Their Caregivers

Executive Summary

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for Older Adults with IDD and Their Caregivers (RFA 2020-14). Through these grants, organizations will develop new and innovative initiatives to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who are aging and their caregivers. As this population continues to grow, our system must be better equipped to serve their unique needs during this life stage by providing information, resources, and support.

Individual projects may focus primarily on meeting the needs of people with IDD who are aging, meeting the needs of aging caregivers of family members with IDD, and/or reducing gaps in the long-term services and supports system for people with IDD who are aging.

The funding amount for this RFA is $175,000 for up to five years. Funding is available for up to two projects. The deadline to apply is June 25, 2020.

Background

Today, people with IDD are living longer than previous generations of people with IDD. As people with IDD grow older, they face age-related challenges in various aspects of their lives, including health, retirement, finances, mobility, and community involvement. People with IDD are also outliving parents who are often the primary caregivers. As these caregivers continue to grow older, they often become less able to provide care for their loved ones because they have to address their own health problems, physical disabilities, and other age-related concerns. This inability to care for their child can cause additional stress and anxiety, which can impact the care they provide and limit planning for the future. With a growing number of Texans who are aging, our system must better understand the unique needs of older individuals with IDD and their caregivers to adequately provide support during this life stage.

Project Description & Milestones

The purpose of this RFA is to develop new and innovative initiatives to support people with IDD who are aging and their caregivers. Projects may address the needs of — and include opportunities for — family members, individuals, and professionals. An individual project may focus primarily on:

  • meeting the needs of people with IDD who are aging,
  • meeting the needs of aging caregivers of family members with IDD,
  • reducing gaps in the long-term services and supports system for people with IDD who are aging and caregivers, or
  • some or all of the above.

Examples of what projects might address include:

  • Best practices: Identify, modify, and/or develop a best practice related to supporting individuals with IDD who are aging and their aging caregivers.
  • Continuity of care: Identify the needs for the continuity of care, including residential needs, home and community-based options, and other resources to support aging in place.
  • Futures planning: Develop futures planning programs for people with IDD who are aging and for caregivers.
  • Healthcare needs: Develop a program to identify the physical and behavioral healthcare needs for the person with IDD who is aging and/or their caregiver.
  • I&R: Develop strategies for information and referral (I&R) related to necessary services and supports.
  • Research: Conduct research and collect data regarding the unique needs of individuals with IDD who are aging, their caregivers, and/or providers of long-term services and supports to understand system gaps and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Person-directed: Conduct activities to support person-directed planning as it relates to aging.
  • Self-advocacy: Develop a self-advocacy skills training program and provide the necessary support so people with IDD who are aging and caregivers are informed and empowered to explain their needs to service providers.
  • Services and supports: Develop strategies to find and access the services and supports necessary to support people with IDD to age in place.
  • Support networks: Establish support networks for people with IDD who are aging and for caregivers.

This list is not exhaustive and organizations are encouraged to submit their own innovative ideas. Ideally, informational materials and resources developed through this RFA will be able to be replicated elsewhere in Texas and/or implemented statewide.

Outcomes & Outputs

TCDD expects projects to develop new and innovative initiatives that will focus primarily on meeting the needs of people with IDD who are aging, meeting the needs of aging caregivers of family members with IDD, and/or reducing gaps in the long-term services and supports system for people with IDD who are aging.

Specifically, TCDD expects projects to conduct activities and produce outputs and outcomes in the following three areas:

  • Address Gaps: Identify and begin to address service system gaps to better serve and support adults with IDD who are aging and their caregivers.
  • Innovate: Promote new and innovative initiatives that can have a long-term impact that benefits people with IDD. This might include things such as:
    • enabling more people to have access to services and supports;
    • changing or creating at least one policy, procedure, statute, and/or regulation;
    • educating and sharing information with decision-makers or others in the community;
    • creating new partnerships that increase the capacity of the community to support caregivers and individuals with IDD;
    • creating a new program, model, or technology that continues to be available after the grant funding ends; and/or
    • developing a product that will be of value beyond the life of the grant.
  • Inform: Provide TCDD with up-to-date information and recommendations that can be used to develop further policy actions and future projects.

Grant Award & Term

The anticipated total amount of federal funding available for this project is $175,000 per federal fiscal year during the grant term. At the sole discretion of TCDD, and contingent on grantee performance and the continued availability of funds appropriated by the TCDD Council, grants may be renewed without re-procurement for up to four additional years after the initial award year.

Funds available for these projects are provided to TCDD by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Disabilities, pursuant to the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. Funding for the project is dependent on the results of a review process established by TCDD and on the availability of funds. Non-federal matching funds of at least 10% of the total project costs are required for projects in federally designated poverty areas. Non-federal matching funds of at least 25% of total project costs are required for projects in other areas.

Key Dates & Deadlines

Applications are due to TCDD by 11:59 p.m. Central Time (CT) on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted. TCDD will notify applicants about decisions following TCDD’s August 2020 Council Meeting. Review dates are subject to change.

TCDD holds a webinar to provide more information about TCDD’s processes for application review and grant award. Attendance is not required in order to apply. The webinar was held at 1:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

The deadline to submit questions about the RFA was Wednesday, May 20, 2020. For the submitted questions and corresponding answers, go here.

How to Apply

TCDD uses an online application tool called SMApply to accept applications for RFAs. In SMApply, applicants submit their applications by entering information and uploading documents. All application activities take place in SMApply. The application in SMApply includes detailed instructions regarding what information to include in an application. To apply for this RFA, visit TCDD’s SMApply page.

General RFA Information

To learn more about TCDD’s RFAs, including the application process and what is required of grantees, visit the General RFA Information webpage. For information on completing an application — including a preview of the RFA application, an example of a budget, and more — visit the Resources webpage.