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Michigan Mental Health Integration Partnership (MIP) Scholars Award

Deadline: December 22, 2017

Funding Available: $50,000.00, with intent to match 1:1 for total award of $100,000

Maximum Applications Allowed Per Applicant: 1


The University of Michigan Depression Center is requesting proposals for the 2018 Michigan Mental Health Integration Partnership (MIP) Scholars program. The purpose of this program is to support U-M faculty who are interested in implementing and evaluating mental health services or clinical interventions that promote integrated care and seek to improve access to evidence-based practices for lower income and Medicaid eligible populations with behavioral health care needs in the state of Michigan.

The Michigan Mental Health Integration Partnership (MIP) aims to improve the lives of Michigan residents by enhancing access to care for consumers with behavioral health care needs. Through public-private partnerships with provider organizations and community foundations, MIP involves U-M clinical experts who work with community partners to implement state-of-the-art care models to enhance quality of care and well-being of children and adults from lower income communities in Michigan and inform the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) regarding integrated care best practices, with an eye towards improving overall health in Michigan and beyond.

Project Focus: The MIP Scholars award supports the implementation and evaluation of mental and physical health integration programs. This includes, but is not limited to, implementing mental health services in non-traditional settings, integrating mental health services into primary care, integrating physical health services into mental health care settings, and evaluating existing programs or evidence-based practices in these settings. Because the intent is to match the award with the State of Michigan, projects must align with State priorities.
Past MIP project topics include:

  • Integration of mental health services in primary care for vulnerable populations
  • Implementation of school-based CBT for students
  • Development and implementation of a support program to help new fathers enhance family engagement and parenting skills


  • The project lead is based at U-M, and has an appointment at the University of Michigan that qualifies him or her to be a principal investigator of a federal grant.
  • The project focuses on implementation and/or evaluation of physical and/or mental health services of individuals receiving mental health services, or integrated mental health services across traditionally underserved settings.
  • The project addresses or informs needs of Michigan’s Medicaid or Medicaid-eligible population beyond a single setting/practice.
  • The project Objectives can be accomplished within one year.
  • Activities such as the provision of medical/direct services are ineligible for funding, but a project may evaluate these services.  
  • The project involves implementation and/or evaluation activities that are NOT considered research (e.g., no patient-level randomization of new treatments).

Funding and Project Duration: Up to $50,000 towards the award will be provided by the University of Michigan Depression Center Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Collaborative Innovations fund, and will be matched with Michigan Medicaid funds, 1:1, for a total award of up to $100,000. Through its partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), MIP intends to facilitate the process of receiving matched Medicaid funds for the awarded project. The award is contingent upon successfully receiving State matched funding and IRB approval or determination of exemption or non-regulated status. Funding is for one year. At the end of the fiscal year, all unspent funds from this award will be returned to the Depression Center and all unspent State matched funds to MDHHS. There will be no extensions beyond the one year.

Submission and Review Process: Proposal deadline: December 22, 2017

Proposals should be submitted electronically via the Competition Space website: 

Application: In order to be considered for a grant, a proposal must contain the following sections:

  • Title: A brief title of NO MORE THAN 80 characters including spaces and list PI at the top.
  • Project Description: (1-4 pages) Provide a brief description of the project purpose and goals. Include a statement of the problem(s) being addressed, a brief discussion on how you will address it, and how it relates to Michigan State Medicaid practice or policy. The specific goals are described below in your detailed work plan. These goals should be addressing state-wide Medicaid issues beyond a single site or program (even if the project is being demonstrated in a single program as an “index” starting point of a larger initiative), and should have implications for consumers eligible for Medicaid services in the State. Projects cannot be research (i.e., not involve patient-level randomization and testing of a new treatment). Projects that propose implementation, data collection, and formal evaluation are appropriate (e.g., U-M “non-regulated” studies)
  • Relevance to Medicaid: This is a brief description of why this is an important project to address improving Medicaid services or policies in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). (max 1 page)
  • Workplan: A list of objectives and activities that will be accomplished with the award. There is no limit to the number of objectives, but there are two required objectives that must be included. (see attached document for formatting)
    • Objectives: This clearly addresses what the final product(s) will be to assist MDHHS to improve Medicaid services in the state.
    • Activities: List key activities required to achieve the Objective.
    • Measurement: Include how the activity’s progress will be measured. There will need to be at least one measurement criteria for each objective.
    • Required objectives:
      • Objective: To provide the MDHHS Quarterly Reports
        • Activities:
          • 1). Provide written reports to MDHHS on progress pertaining to goals and objectives which can be entered into EGrAMS.
          • 2). Provide in-person and/or phone updates at scheduled meetings with MDHHS representatives.
        • Measurement:
          • 1). Quarterly reports submitted on time and all goals and objectives met by end of project period.
          • 2). Participate in regularly scheduled Medicaid Match grantee meetings with MDHHS representatives.
      • Objective: Partner with the MDHHS to disseminate project results and resources
        • Activities:
          • 1). Project results delivered to MDHHS, and submitted for conference posters or presentations.
          • 2). Disseminate resources to additional agencies across the state through listservs, conferences, and websites.
        • Measurement:
          • 1) Presentations at conferences and program results shared with stakeholders
          • 2) Resources shared with other agencies
  • References: Include any references used in your Project Description
  • Budget: Include a proposed budget for the project. The total funding for the project should not exceed $100,000, double the amount of this award, as the intent is to match this project with Medicaid funds. Funds should be divided 50/50 between the Local match (MIP Scholars Award) and Requested funds (Medicaid match). See attached budget template. budget should only include direct costs The MIP Scholars award provides direct cost funding of $50,000.  Indirect costs will be the responsibility of the award recipient’s department.

Note that:

  • Funds cannot be used to pay for reimbursable services/medical services.
  • Travel is appropriate but it must be directly related to the project.
  • Hosting, supplies, and IT must be well-justified
  • Attending a conference where the project is presented is acceptable.
  • Funds must be spent in the allotted fiscal year (Oct 1-Sept. 30) and cannot be carried over.
  • If project staff includes VA employees, please list under “Other Expenses” and NOT in Salary and Wages. Line item to include FTE and fringe calculation.
  • Budget Justification: must identify each individual working on the project, their role, and the percent of time they will be working on the project. Unidentified personnel can be marked as “TBD” at time of submission
  • Note: Make sure that the project relevance to Medicaid is emphasized throughout the document.

Funding Period: October 1, 2018-September 30, 2019 (Fiscal Year 19)

Award Timeline

November 6, 2017

Application opens

December 22, 2017

Applications due

January 18, 2018

Awards Announced

Revision period if needed before matched application

January 25 2018

Final Projects due to Grants Management

June, 2018

MDHHS announces awards

October 1, 2018

Funding period begins

September 30, 2019

Funding period ends

Applications will be reviewed by an expert panel including the MIP director, co-investigators, and coordinator. Applications will be judged on State priority alignment, the inclusion of Medicaid or Medicaid-eligible populations, and to the extent the project is tackling a new/original problem or idea that past MIP projects have not addressed OR to the extent the proposed project compliments a current or past MIP project.
Reporting: The awarded project must comply with all MDHHS and MIP reporting requirements. This includes quarterly progress reports, monthly FSRs, and a final comprehensive report that will be submitted at the end of the funding period.
Additional Requirements

  • MIP Scholars must attempt to match the awarded amount with state Medicaid funds through the U-M Master Agreement for FY19
  • Comply with all rules and regulations as outlined with MDHHS in the Master Agreement
  • All project staff must complete PEERRS training requirements
  • The PI is responsible to ensure that the project meets the project objectives and requirements established by the U-M and MDHHS. PIs must also:
    • Review and approve PAFs and other financial document requirements.
    • Keep MIP informed on progress and any obstacles that occur.

Further questions
If you have any questions, please contact MIP staff at or by phone by calling 734-615-7001.

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