Recovery Voucher Grant Program (RV)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Overview:

The State of Wisconsin is using $2 million dollars of opioid settlement dollars to start the Recovery Voucher (RV) grant program.  This was born out of the recognition that individuals who have safe, stable and supportive housing while in recovery often have better outcomes.  Through this program, clients experiencing category 1, 2, or 4 homelessness and who also have an opioid use disorder (OUD) diagnosis or have been receiving treatment for OUD within the past 12-months are eligible to be housed in a Department of Health (DHS) recognized recovery residence.  DHS recognized recovery residences are located throughout the state and offer the following:

  • Safe, healthy, family-like substance-free living environments that support individuals in recovery from addiction.
  • Recovery residences vary widely in structure, but all are centered on peer support and a connection to services that promote long-term recovery. 
  • Recovery housing benefits individuals in recovery by reinforcing a substance-free lifestyle and providing direct connections to other peers in recovery, mutual support groups and recovery support services. 
  • Substance-free does not prohibit prescribed medications taken as directed by a licensed prescriber for treatment of OUD.

More information on recovery residences as well as a list of DHS ​recognized recovery residences can be found here.  Clients can be supported in a DHS recognized recovery residence for up to 24-months (see Program Manual for full details).

Recipients of this grant will become the administrators of the RV grant program for their Continuum of Care (CoC)/Local Coalition (LC) service area.  As administrators they will receive client referrals from their CoC/LC partners, enter clients into the program, and work with ​DHS recognized recovery residences to house them.  

Agencies can apply for up to $100,000 per year in grant funds depending on the estimated number of people who will be served.  The funds can be spent in the following ways:


​Recovery Vouchers (Program Funds):​

Can cover the cost of a client staying at a DHS recognized recovery residence.  The funds will cover the cost of a bed but cannot cover any additional services such as case management, costs for participating in support groups, recovery support services etc.  

Administrative Funds:

These funds can pay for administrative costs such as, but not limited to, the cost of office space, computers, office supplies, and salaries for agency wide functions such as accounting.  Applicants can request up to 10% of their award be administrative funds but can also request less or none.  


The percentage al​location between ​program funds and administrative funds will be specified in the grantee’s contract.  


**There is also separate funding for an HMIS Lead Agency.  The role of the HMIS Lead Agency will be:

  • ​Hosting and maintaining HMIS software and data
  • Backing up, recovering, or repairing HMIS software and data
  • Upgrading, customizing and enhancing HMIS
  • Integrating and warehousing data, including development of a data warehouse for use in aggregating data from subrecipients using multiple software systems
  • Administering the system
  • Conducting training on using the system or a comparable database, including traveling to the training 
  • Reporting to providers, agencies, the CoCs/LCs, DHS, DOA/DEHCR including but not limited to creating reporting modules to aide in data aggregation, and running reports to meet the needs of the RV grant program

Applicant Eligibility:

Agencies can apply for this funding if they meet ALL of the following qualifications:

  1. They agree to be an administrator for the RV grant program for their Continuum of Care (CoC)/Local Coalition (LC) service area.  This includes but isn’t limited to accepting client referrals, entering clients into the program, and working with DHS recognized recovery residences to house them.

  2. They are members of their HUD-recognized CoC/LC.

    • ​Information on how to find your CoC or LC is below in the Helpful Links, Resources and Tools section.

  3. ​They have current direct experience delivering services to people experiencing homelessness.

  4. They have an active HMIS subscription.  

  5. They are registered with SAM.gov and can show proof of non-debarment/no active exclusions.

  6. Last, there must be a DHS recognized recovery residence within their service region.  

Please note, recovery residences and agencies that have a recovery residence cannot apply due to the inherent conflict of interest created by being both the administrator (providing funding to recovery residences) and the recovery residence (receiving funding from the administrator).  Exceptions to this, will be made on a case by case basis.  If you are interested in an exception, please discuss with the RV Grant Specialist. ​


**Specific eligiblity requirements for applying to be the HMIS Lead Agency include:

  1. ​The applicant must be a local unit of government or a private nonprofit agency.
  2. The applicant must be designated by Wisconsin's HUD-recognized Co​Cs ​as the HMIS Lead Agency for the State of Wisconsin.
If the applicant does not meet the above two requirements, they are not eligibile to apply to be the HMIS Lead Agency.​​


2023 Program M​​anual:​

Detailed information on the RV grant program including program and administrative requirements can be found in the 2023 RV Grant Program Manual.pdf.


2023 Application & Timeline:

Applications for the 2023 RV grant program were openned and posted on 9/7/22 and can be found below:

2023 RV Grant Application.docx

2023 RV Grant Estimated Spend Potential Tool.xlsx (Referenced in the Application)


**Specific Application to be the HMIS Lead Agency:

2023 RV Grant Application_HMIS Lead Agency.docx


Applications are due by email at 11:59pm on October 7, 2022 to the following email address: DOASupportiveHousing@wisconsin.gov.  


A review team at DEHCR will score each application.  The applications will be ranked, and the top scoring applications based on the scoring criteria will receive awards.  


​Below is a tenative timeline.  All dates are subject to change:

​Date

​Activity Description

​9/7/22

​Application and instructions posted

​10/7/22

​Applications due at 11:59pm

​w/o 11/7/22

​Grant Award Notices to Awardees and Non-Awardees will be sent

​w/o 12/5/22

Kickoff Meeting with Grantees (Awardees)

​1/1/23

​Performance Period Starts 

​12/31/23

​Performance Period E​nds


Helpful Links, Resources & T​ools:​​

Information on the following topics can be found at the associated links listed below:​


Contact Information:​​

All questions specifically on recovery residences, and DHS's Recovery Residence Registry can be directed to the Division of Quality Assurance at the Department of Health Services at:

dhswebmaildqa@dhs.wisconsin.gov


All other questions can be directed towards the Recovery Voucher Grant Specialist, Emily Bourne, at:

Emily.Bourne@wisconsin.g​ov

608-261-7068​​