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Apartment Treatment Housing for Adults with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) - New York City Region

Grants to New York City Nonprofits for Transitional Housing
and Support Services for Adults with Mental Illness

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New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)

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03/23/18 4:00 PM ET


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Grants to New York City nonprofit organizations to provide transitional housing services for adults with serious mental illness. Applicants must prequalify in the online grants system prior to applying. Recipients will provide apartment treatment housing programs, as well as rehabilitative and restorative services with the goal of enabling residents to maintain health, participate in the community, and enhance the quality of their lives.

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 psychiatric hospitalization and long lengths of stay in inpatient settings. Based on 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 36 Treatment Apartment Program (TAP) housing units in the New York City Region for individuals with a serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorder of substance abuse who meet one of the following criteria:

-Individuals with a serious mental illness who are being discharged from State-operated Psychiatric Centers (PC’s) or State-operated 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 diversion from a State PC,

-Individuals with a serious mental illness residing in NYC who have a serious mental illness and are high users of Medicaid Services and referred by Health Homes,

-Individuals with a serious mental illness who are current residents of an OMH licensed Community Residence or Community Residence – Single Room Occupancy (CR-SRO) operated by a voluntary provider agency, prioritizing individuals who have a Length of Stay (LOS) greater than two (2) years, OR

-Individuals, 18 years or older, with a serious mental illness who are being discharged from a Residential Treatment Facility.

Please note that within these target population groups, individuals with an Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) order must receive priority access.

Five (5) awards of Apartment Treatment housing units will be made as follows:
-Group #1 – Five (5) units designated for the Bronx Psychiatric Center’s catchment area and developed in the Bronx;
-Group #2 – Five (5) units designated for the Kingsboro Psychiatric Center’s catchment area and developed in Brooklyn;
-Group #3 – Seven (7) units designated for the Manhattan Psychiatric Center’s catchment area and developed in Manhattan or a surrounding borough,
-Group #4 - 11 units designated for the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center’s catchment area and developed in Queens; and
-Group #5 – Eight (8) units designated for the South Beach Psychiatric Center’s catchment area and developed in Brooklyn or Staten Island.

Objectives and Responsibilities:

Apartment Treatment housing and the restorative and rehabilitative services provided, 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 educated on 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 units must be developed as scattered site rental units. The rentals may be two or three 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.

Apartment Treatment is licensed under Part 595 of Title 14 of the Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York, (14 NYCRR). Agencies will be required to submit a "Prior Approval Review" (PAR) Application as part of the development process.

The PAR application will be reviewed in accordance with Section 41:34 of the Mental Hygiene Law and Part 595 of Title 14 of the Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York, (14 NYCRR).

Applicants will need to demonstrate within their proposal how they will transition the residents from the Apartment Treatment housing to Scattered Site Supportive Housing or other less restrictive setting within their community.

The applicant must agree to work in conjunction with the Human Resources Administration, Single Point of Access (SPOA), NYC Field Office and OMH operated psychiatric hospitals to ensure appropriate admissions.

All apartment units must have a valid Certificate of Occupancy and be certified by New York City Field Office staff 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 developing a new apartment treatment program funded by OMH. All reasonable costs to develop the beds should be included in the PDG Budget Appendix B and clearly described in the Budget Narrative Appendix B-1.

Operating Funding:

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183049

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Term of Contract:

The anticipated contract start date is 7/01/18.

Each contract will be written for a total period of five (5) years, contingent upon appropriated funding. OMH reserves the right to change the contract term for the first or second year so that it aligns with the applicable OMH contract cycle.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are not-for-profit agencies with 501(c)(3) incorporation that have an OMH Licensed Apartment Treatment Program in New York City and wish to expand that program.

Pre-Application Information:

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 proposal due date cannot be evaluated; therefore, such proposals will be disqualified from further consideration.

All questions or requests for clarification concerning the RFP shall be submitted in writing to the Issuing Officer by 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 February 23 and will be limited to addressing only those questions submitted by the deadline. No questions will be answered by telephone or in person.

-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

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Appendix D: Criteria for Determining Serious Mental Illness:

Contact Information:

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

Funding or Pin Number:

Grant Opportunity ID: OMH01-ATNYC-2018

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USA: New York City;   New York