New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)
03/23/18 4:00 PM ET
Grants to New York nonprofit organizations for the operation of treatment housing units for individuals with serious mental illness. Applicants must prequalify in the online grants system prior to applying. Housing units will be located in Oneida, Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties.
Purpose of the Request for Proposal:
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is committed to investing in community-based services that will reduce the demand for services and long lengths of stay in inpatient settings. Based on continuing identification of the need for additional residential opportunities to support this mission, NYS OMH is announcing this Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development and operation of up to 56 Apartment Treatment (TAP) housing units, including seven (7) in the Hutchings Psychiatric Center catchment area, and 49 in the Buffalo Psychiatric Center catchment area, for individuals with a serious mental illness.
Scope of Work:
This RFP is issued to provide Apartment Treatment housing for up to 56 individuals with a serious mental illness; seven (7) within the Hutchings Psychiatric Center and 49 within the Buffalo Psychiatric Center catchment areas as defined below, who meet one of the following criteria:
-Individuals with a serious mental illness who are being discharged from State Psychiatric Centers (PCs) or State PC residential programs,
-Individuals with a serious mental illness who are being discharged from an Article 28 hospital or Article 31 hospital and in need of Apartment Treatment Housing or for whom housing would assist in a state hospital diversion from a State PC,
-Individuals with a serious mental illness residing in the region who have a serious mental illness and who are high users of Medicaid Services and referred by Health Homes,
-Individuals with a serious mental illness who are current residents of Community Residences operated by a voluntary provider agency, prioritizing individuals that have a LOS greater than two (2) years,
-Individuals, 18 years or older, with a serious mental illness who are being discharged from a Residential Treatment Facility, OR
-Individuals with a serious mental illness who are currently homeless or residing in a shelter.
A total of 92 units of TAP housing have been allocated for the Hutchings and Buffalo PC Catchment Regions.
Up to Six (6) awards of Apartment Treatment housing units will be made available as follows:
-Group #1 – Seven (7) units designated for Hutchings Psychiatric Center Catchment Region, to be located in Oneida County
-Group #2 and #3 – 39 units designated for Buffalo Psychiatric Center Catchment Region, to be located in Erie County. These units would be divided into 20 and 19 units for Group #2 and #3, respectively.
-Group #4 – Two (2) units designated for Buffalo Psychiatric Center Catchment Region, to be located in Niagara County
-Group #5 – Two (2) units designated for Buffalo Psychiatric Center Catchment Region, to be located in Cattaraugus County
-Group #6 – Six (6) units designated for Buffalo Psychiatric Center Catchment Region, to be located in Chautauqua County
Objectives and Responsibilities:
Apartment Treatment housing and the restorative rehabilitative services provided by the apartment treatment housing provider are intended to be transitional and should be geared to help residents maintain physical and emotional health, participate in community based therapeutic and rehabilitative programs, assist with educational and potential employment opportunities, sustain healthy relationships, and generally improve the ability of residents to enhance the quality of their own lives.
Apartment Treatment programs are transitional. Residents are advised of the full range of housing options. Discharge planning, with appropriate time frames, must commence upon admission. The Program provides support and skills training to individuals in an apartment setting. Using an individualized assessment and service planning process, residents develop meaningful goals, make progress towards their personal recovery, gain skills and independence, learn to use community resources and develop natural community supports.
Apartment Treatment beds must be developed as scattered site units. Units may be one or two-bedroom apartments with each individual having his/her own bedroom.
Staff must have the skills and experience necessary to help residents address physical and emotional needs, participate in therapeutic programs, assist with educational and employment opportunities, and acquire the skills necessary for individual growth and self-sufficiency. Staff must be knowledgeable about housing opportunities in the community and other community services. They must be able to support individuals with co-occurring substance abuse disorders, and have a strong belief in hope and recovery.
Applicants will need to demonstrate within their proposal how they will transition the residents from the Apartment Treatment housing to Supported Housing or other less restrictive settings within their community.
The applicant must work in conjunction with the applicable Single Point of Access (SPOA) entity to approve all referrals into the Apartment Treatment housing prior to admission.
All apartment units must have a valid Certificate of Occupancy and be certified by Central New York or Western New York Field Office staff, as applicable, before occupancy.
There is no capital associated with these units. However, Program Development Grant (PDG) funds are available as part of this contract to assist with commencing a new apartment treatment program funded by OMH. Applicable PDG costs include but are not limited to: initial recruitment, rent or other costs related to the use of space, furniture, some property costs, office equipment and all client related furnishings.
Ongoing funding to support the operation of the apartment treatment units will be provided by a combination of SSI and Medicaid funding, consistent with the OMH fiscal model for the Apartment Treatment residential program. Each agency’s current programmatic structure will determine specific funding amounts. Site specific property costs for the new apartment treatment beds will also be incorporated into the successful applicant’s Gross, Income, and Net (GIN) Medicaid rate calculation.
GrantWatch ID#: 183048
Up to Six (6) awards of Apartment Treatment housing units will be made available.
Each contract will be written for a total period of five (5) years, dependent upon appropriated funding. OMH reserves the right to change the contract term for the first or second year so that it is more or less than 12 months in order to align the contract dates the applicable OMH contract cycle.
Eligible applicants are not-for-profit agencies with 501(c)(3) incorporation that have an OMH Licensed Apartment Treatment Program in one or more of the counties in which beds are being made available under this RFP and wish to expand that program or programs.
Following the opening of bids, a preliminary review of all proposals will be conducted by the Issuing Officer or a designee to review each proposal’s submission for completeness and verify that all eligibility criteria have been met. Proposals that do not meet basic participation standards will be disqualified, specifically:
-Proposals from applicants that do not meet the eligibility criteria as outlined above; or
-Proposals that do not comply with bid submission and/or required format instructions as specified; or
-Proposals from eligible not-for-profit applicants who have not completed Vendor Prequalification by the Proposal Due Date.
All questions or requests for clarification concerning the RFP shall be submitted in writing to the Issuing Officer by fax or email no later than February 9, 2018.
The questions and official answers will be posted on the OMH website as well as an upload in the Grants Gateway by the “Questions and Answers Posted on Website” by February 23, 2018.
Pursuant to the New York State Division of Budget Bulletin H-1032, dated June 7, 2013, New York State has instituted key reform initiatives to the grant contract process which require not-for-profits to register in the Grants Gateway and complete the Vendor Prequalification process in order for proposals to be evaluated and any resulting contracts executed.
Proposals received from eligible not-for-profit applicants who have not been Prequalified by the “Proposals Due” date cannot be evaluated; therefore, such proposals will be disqualified from further consideration.
-RFP Release Date: 01/25/18
-Questions Due: 02/09/18
-Questions and Answers Posted on Website: 02/23/18
-Proposals Due by 4:00 PM Eastern Time (ET): 03/23/18
-Anticipated Award Notification: 04/16/18
-Anticipated Contract Date: 07/01/18
Criteria for Determining Serious Mental Illness
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Carol Swiderski, Contract Management Specialist
Fax: (518) 402-2529
New York State Office of Mental Health
Contracts and Claims
44 Holland Avenue, 7th Floor
Albany, NY 12229
Grant Opportunity ID: OMH01-ATROS-2018
USA: New York: Oneida, Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties