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May 2022 - FAQs from the Field
Notable Questions

Funding


Question:  My DSA considers our basic state grant award obligated when the Notice of Award is received, is that correct?

Answer:  No.  The Code of Federal Regulations considers an obligation to be when the Council places an order for services, contracts, and sub-awards as authorized by the Council.  Click here to read an Information Memorandum on this topic.

Question:  Where can I find the official State Allocation Table for Councils?

Answer: The FFY 2022 funding table and estimates for FFY 2023 are posted on the Administration for Community Living website.  

 

State plan implementation

Question:  When are state plan revisions due?

Answer:  No later than August 15, 2022.  Council staff will submit all revisions in the Verity system and complete the State plan revisions tracking form and email your assigned program specialist.  We anticipate the Verity System open for revisions on June 1, 2022.

Question:  If my Council wants to make some changes to our annual work plan key activities.  These changes were NOT requested by ACL staff, can we do that?

Answer:  Yes.  You will indicate any additional plan changes made by the Council in column 3 of the state plan revisions tracking form.  

Question:  Where can I find a copy of the Annual Work Plan template?

Answer:  You can find a word version of the annual work plan template with guidance on the itacchelp.org website.  
 
Membership

Question:  Can race/ethnicity requirements be met through a family member of a Council member?

Answer:  No.  The race/ethnicity requirements are applied to the person that is appointed to serve as a Council member by the Governor of a State/Territory.
Other

Question:  Can you show me some examples of how other Councils are meeting the Stevens amendment requirements?

Answer:  Yes!  Thanks to the South Carolina and New Jersey Councils for sharing!

The South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $1,143,720.00 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS.  Council efforts are those of the grantee and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.  
 
This work is supported by the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, in part by grant number 2001NJSCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Washington, D.C. 20201 as part of a financial assistance award totaling $2,098,439.00 with 85% funded by ACL/HHS and 15% funded by the State of NJ.  Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions.  Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.
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