New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)
12/12/18 4:00 PM Receipt
Grant to a New York nonprofit organization for the management of transitional housing for individuals with a history of mental illness and involvement with the criminal justice system. Applicants must attend the mandatory site tour prior to applying. Funding is intended for a residential program that will support individuals in their transition back into society and independent living without re-offending.
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is seeking proposals from not-for-profit organizations with experience in a) operating a licensed, mental health housing program, and b) serving individuals with a forensic history (involvement with New York State’s criminal justice system) and serious mental illness, to assume operational responsibility of an existing, newly constructed transitional apartment building on the grounds of the Bronx Psychiatric Center (BPC) in Bronx, New York. There will be one award to operate a 48-unit Transitional SRO, to be OMH licensed, that is currently vacant. OMH intends to select a sponsor that has demonstrated an ability to successfully operate an OMH licensed congregate facility; possesses experience serving individuals with a forensic history; and can establish the program in a timely manner. This includes the ability to submit and obtain licensure through the submission of the Prior Approval Review (PAR) application and enter into a long-term lease with the State of New York to occupy the building. In addition, the issuance of an operating contract will be subject to the approval of the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC).
This RFP is being issued contemporaneously with a separate RFP to establish and operate a licensed Intensive Transitional Living Residence (ITLR) within a neighboring building also on the BPC campus. The ITLR is also intended to focus on individuals with a serious mental illness and forensic history, primarily referred from Rockland Psychiatric Center’s forensic unit, or directly from NYS prisons.
The successful awardee of this RFP will be expected to operate the Transitional SRO working in close collaboration with and accepting referrals from the ITLR. The Transitional SRO may also accept referrals from other sources, as described below. OMH recognizes the advantages to having the same organization operate both programs; however, it is not a requirement. The contract to operate the ITLR and Transitional SRO may be awarded to separate not-for-profit organizations. It is not necessary to apply for both RFPs to be considered for an award under this RFP. If interested in applying to become the operator of the ITLR, a separate RFP is being released and a separate application must be submitted. Please refer to the procurement page on the OMH website for additional information.
Scope of Work
The housing and services developed through this RFP are designated for individuals with Serious Mental Illness as defined on Appendix A and who are returning to New York City; and who meet any one of the following eligibility criteria:
- Individuals with a serious mental illness and forensic history (justice involved) who are residents of a facility serving individuals with a forensic history within an OMH Psychiatric Center, specifically including the ITLR on the BPC campus;
- Individuals with a serious mental illness, who are residents of an OMH-operated residential program;
- Individuals with a serious mental illness who are being discharged from an Article 28 hospital or Article 31 hospital and in need of housing or for whom housing would assist in a hospital diversion;
- Individuals with a serious mental illness who are transitioning from a more restrictive level of OMH licensed housing; or
- Individuals with mental illness being released from NYC jails (i.e. Rikers) or NYS prisons.
Individuals being referred from the ITLR program on the BPC campus that is being established concurrently with this Transitional SRO program must receive priority. OMH reserves the right to adjust these criteria to best meet the needs of the target population(s). Note that OMH expects that the project will maintain a combination of the target populations, and will monitor the composition of the tenants to ensure the project meets its intended purpose.
Agencies must work with the Bronx ITLR, OMH Psychiatric Centers (PC), CNYPC Pre-Release Services, Article 28/31 hospitals, Health Homes or other care coordination service, and parole, if applicable, and target future admissions to the appropriate population. The agency will be expected to conduct in-reach; utilize VTC interviewing mechanisms; develop coordinated discharge/admission plans with the referring entity, Health Home Care Managers or other care coordination service; and identify and provide services and supports to ensure successful transition into the community. It is critical that agencies establish partnerships and/or collaborative agreements with at least one of the Health Homes serving the Bronx. If the agency has not yet established networks with Bronx Health Homes, the agency must agree to do so upon the award of thecontract. A list of designated Health Homes is available on the NYS Department of Health’s website at:
It is important to note, however, that establishing a partnership with a specific Health Home does not preclude Supportive Housing agencies from being required to serve all individuals regardless of which Health Home they are assigned to. It is an expectation that agencies will work with all Health Homes regardless of established partnerships.
In addition to receiving HRA 2010 E housing applications directly from referral sources, and the Single Point of Access (SPOA) for housing, agencies are expected to accept referrals from the Reentry Coordination System (RCS) currently operated by the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS). RCS is a centralized referral system for individuals being released from NYS prisons through Central New York Psychiatric Center Pre-Release Services. A mechanism for receiving referrals from Rikers will be developed.
Some of the individuals referred will be under parole supervision and therefore, may be placed on a dedicated mental health parole caseload. A dedicated parole officer has special expertise in mental health and substance abuse issues and is assigned smaller caseloads to meet the unique needs of the target population. The dedicated parole officers work closely with OMH and housing agencies to enhance the opportunities for these individuals to accept living in their communities and reduce criminal recidivism.
Objectives and Responsibilities
The Transitional SRO property was recently constructed and has not been occupied. It is located on the grounds of the Bronx Psychiatric Center. The property has a floor area of 10,000 square feet, is six stories, and has 48 studio apartments, each with its own kitchenette and bathroom. The common areas for tenants include a large dining room, a computer room/library, a gym, laundry facilities, and a backyard garden. Staff offices are located on the ground floor of the building. The property is connected to the NYC water, electric, gas and sewer utilities and is not in need of significant repairs.
The agency selected to establish operations of this program must be experienced in providing person-centered services to individuals with forensic histories, and maintaining linkages to other services in the community. The on-site services should reflect evidence-based practices that promote wellness and recovery and be consistent with OMH’s commitment to disparities elimination and cultural competence. They should be geared to help residents maintain physical and emotional health, participate in therapeutic and rehabilitative programs, assist with educational and employment opportunities, sustain healthy relationships, and generally improve the quality of their lives. Staff should have the skills and experience necessary to help residents set meaningful goals, develop mastery over their psychiatric illness, and make progress towards their own personal recovery. Supports for individuals with co-occurring substance abuse disorders should also be provided. Information on evidence-based practices can be found on the Internet at
In addition, staff should have appropriate training in working with individuals with behavioral health needs and criminal justice involvement and participate in educational workshops such as those offered by the Academy for Justice-Informed Practice, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Training through the Academy for Justice-Informed Practice will be available to all staff hired for this program. Staff training opportunities include but are not limited to: understanding violence and staff safety; understanding the criminal justice system; supporting mandated clients including working with parole; trauma-informed care for justice involved individuals; reducing recidivism; promoting recovery; the clinical impact of incarceration; and first person perspectives on the experience of incarceration to recovery.
The Transitional SRO is licensed Housing and is considered transitional housing. For this program the expected length of stay is ideally less than 12 months, but may extend beyond 12 months on a case-by-case basis. Agencies must adhere to the OMH Part 595 regulations. Consumers should have access to treatment services and other supportive services, as needed. Services and supports may be provided in the community or on-site by staff. Agencies should demonstrate how they will transition the OMH consumers into the community, create an environment that promotes recovery and wellness and assists consumers with co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse.
GrantWatch ID#: 184415
OMH Operating Funding for the Transitional SRO will be funded annually at a gross program level of $26,412 per bed. Of this amount, approximately $20,000 per bed can be budgeted towards on-site services and supports, and $6,412 per bed may be budgeted towards property expenses (non-debt service). Licensed CR-SROs are funded annually through a combination of consumer fees (SSI Level II less 70% of SSI Living Alone) at $6,469 per person (assumes an 90% collection rate) and OMH net deficit funding at $19,943 per bed.
Eligible applicants are not-for-profit agencies with 501(c) (3) incorporation that have demonstrable experience in a) operating a licensed, mental health housing program, b) providing mental health services to persons with serious mental illness through programs that are licensed by OMH or are under contract with OMH or a county Local Government Unit (LGU), and c) working with individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system.
A tour of the site is scheduled for all interested applicants on October 23, 2018 between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM.
The address of the site is:
1500 Waters Place
Bronx, NY 10461
Upon entering the Bronx Psychiatric Center campus, take the first available right turn. The Transitional SRO building is Building #36, the fourth building on the right opposite the parking lot.
Note that the tour is mandatory for all interested applicants, as a prerequisite to submitting an application.
- RFP Release Date: October 2, 2018
- Mandatory Site Tour / Bidder’s Conference: October 23, 2018
- Questions Due: October 31, 2018
- Questions and Answers Posted on Website: November 7, 2018
- Proposals Due: November 28, 2018 by 4:00 PM
- Anticipated Award Notification: December 28, 2018
- Anticipated Contract Date: June 1, 2019
If unsure if your agency is an eligible applicant, contact the Issuing Officer.
Please do not delay in beginning and completing the prequalification process. The state reserves 5 days to review submitted prequalification applications. Prequalification applications submitted to the state for review less than 5 days prior to the RFP due date and time may not be considered. Applicants should not assume that their prequalification information will be reviewed if they do not adhere to this timeframe.
All applicants must be registered with the New York State Grants Gateway System (GGS) and all Not-for-Profit agencies must be prequalified prior to proposal submission.
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All questions or requests for clarification concerning the RFP shall be submitted in writing to the Issuing Officer by fax at (518) 402-2529 or by email at Carol.Swiderski@omh.ny.gov.
The Issuing Officer for this RFP is:
Contract Management Specialist 2
New York State Office of Mental Health Contracts and Claims
44 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12229
USA: New York City; New York