The Woodruff Foundation announces the 2012 Woodruff Incentive Award. The purpose of the Incentive Award is to stimulate the development and implementation of a new approach to solving a longstanding problem in behavioral health, perhaps in one of these areas:
- Improved integration with primary health care, with its promise of reducing overall health care expenditures and addressing the glaringly premature mortality of people with severe mental illness.
- Collaboration among behavioral health agencies and across systems, with the potential of reducing infrastructure costs, increasing efficiency, and maximizing clinical excellence.
- Workforce realignment, with the possibility of attracting, developing, and retaining the most skilled clinicians.
- Cultivation of new revenue sources, to address the ongoing challenge of too few dollars in the public behavioral health system.
The award will go to the agency or collaborative of agencies that proposes the most promising innovation. Winners will receive $10,000 towards planning or early stage implementation and a trip the National Council for Community Behavioral Health Conference in Chicago, IL in April 2012. The winners will also have the opportunity to develop their concept into a detailed project plan that will be considered for funding of up to $200,000 in 2013-2014. The winners will be chosen by a Judge’s Committee comprised of Woodruff Foundation Trustees and community members.
Only agencies that have been invited to apply can participate as the lead agency. Invited agencies are past Woodruff Foundation grantees that meet certain additional eligibility criteria. Lead agencies may collaborate with each other and/or with any other Cuyahoga County nonprofit organization from health, human service, education or other sectors. Applications for the award must be submitted by 4:00 pm on January 13, 2012.
The Incentive Award application uses the same online account that your organization may have used previously for the Woodruff, Bruening, Abington, Ellie or Althans foundations. How you launch your application will depend on whether your organization has previously established an account:
If your organization has an online account with FMS, but you have not yet started your application for the Incentive Award: Click Start a New Application below and select returning online applicant.
If your organization does not have an online account with FMS: Click Start a New Application below and select new online applicant to establish an account.
If you have already begun your application and wish to return to it, click Continue an Incomplete Application.
If you do not know whether your organization has an account with FMS, feel free to call the Woodruff Foundation at 216/566-1853 for help.