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Family Initiative Coordination Services Project (FICSP)

Grant to a New York Organization to Develop a Family
Training Program for Early Childhood Interventions

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New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Division of Family Health, Bureau of Administration

Deadline Date:

02/23/18 4:00 PM ET


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Grant to a New York qualified vendor to help develop, coordinate, and deliver a comprehensive family training program with the goal of improving early intervention. The training program will help families in developing advocacy and leadership skills so they may better support their children with special needs.

Through this Request for Proposals, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) is seeking competitive proposals from qualified vendors to assist in the development, coordination, and delivery of a comprehensive Family Initiative Training Program that supports and develops parent involvement in all aspects of the Early Intervention Program. The purpose of this training is to help families develop leadership and advocacy skills to be able to better advocate on behalf of their children with special needs.

The Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities is authorized under Part C of the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). A statewide Early Intervention Program (EIP) was established at the New York State Department of Health (Department) under Public Health Law (PHL - Title II-A, Article 25) in 1992 and has been fully operational since July 1, 1993.

The mission of the EIP is to identify and evaluate, as early as possible, those infants and toddlers whose healthy development is compromised and provide for appropriate intervention(s) to improve child and family development. The EIP provides a range of therapeutic and supportive services for eligible children with disabilities ages birth to three years and their families.

The Family Initiative Coordination Services Project (FICSP) facilitates, supports and develops parent involvement in all levels of the EIP. The FICSP develops and implements a training program, referred to as Partners, that provides parents with the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills, network with each other, and learn how to become better advocates for the care of their child with special needs on the local, state, and national levels. The FICSP also facilitates and supports parent attendance at national conferences on early childhood development, and facilitates parent involvement on the New York State Early Intervention Coordinating Council (EICC). The EICC is a 30-member Governor appointed Council that advises and assists the Department in the administration of the EIP. There are six (6) parent members on this Council.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 130702

Number of Grants:

It is the Department’s intent to award one (1) contract from this procurement.

Term of Contract:

This contract term is expected to be for a period of five (5) years and three (3) months commencing October 1, 2018, subject to the availability of sufficient funding, successful contractor performance, and approvals from the New York State Attorney General (AG) and the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC).

The initial three (3) month period is a transitional period to provide time to prepare for the initial training.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Minimum Qualifications to Propose:

NYSDOH will accept proposals from organizations with the following types and levels of experience as prime contractor:
-Two (2) years of experience providing instructional trainings that incorporate adult education and learning techniques both in a classroom setting and in using a web-based technology/application.

Experience acquired concurrently is considered acceptable.

For the purposes of this RFP, a prime contractor is defined as one who has the contract with the owner of a project or job and has full responsibility for its completion. A prime contractor undertakes to perform a complete contract and may employ (and manage) one or more subcontractors to carry out specific parts of the contract.

Failure to meet these Minimum Qualifications will result in a proposal being found non-responsive and eliminated from consideration.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bidders that demonstrate experience with the following requirements are preferred:
-At least five (5) years’ experience working with parents and other family members of children under three (3) years of age with disabilities; and/or
-At least three (3) years’ total experience in the facilitation of focus groups or advisory groups, and/or
-At least three (3) years’ total experience in the implementation of parent training or advocacy programs.

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule of Events:
-Deadline for Submission of Written Questions: January 24, 2018 by 4:00 PM ET
-Responses to Written Questions Posted by DOH (On or About): February 8, 2018
-Deadline for Submission of Proposals: February 23, 2018 by 4:00 PM ET
-Anticipated Contract Start Date: October 1, 2018

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Elizabeth Wood

Bureau of Contracts
New York State Department of Health
Empire State Plaza
Corning Tower, Room 2827
Albany, New York 12237

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP# 17459

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York