New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)
12/12/18 4:00 PM Receipt
Grant to a New York nonprofit organization for the development of a transitional residence 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 Office of Mental Health announces this Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development and operation of a 20 bed Intensive Transitional Living Residence (ITLR) on the Bronx Psychiatric Center campus for individuals with a serious mental illness who meet the following criteria: are current patients of NYS OMH Psychiatric Centers who were admitted into the State Psychiatric Center immediately following a prison sentence; or are being released from NYS prison and are at the highest risk of recidivism without appropriate support and intervention as determined through an OMH central review process. Final approval 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).
The 2015/2016 Enacted NYS State Budget authorizes funding for the development of a specialized ITLR to focus programming on individuals with a forensic history who meet the highest level of need and risk for recidivism, especially those who would be homeless. Engagement will be instrumental in the ITLR to encourage participants to maximize the benefit of this specialized housing and to prevent them from moving on prematurely. Programming utilized will support what has been learned in previous settings, particularly Aggression Replacement Training (ART) and Interactive Journaling. Additional programming and support will focus on rehabilitation and risk reduction, including vocational and peer services, health and wellness and the development of independent living skills. Residential staff will be trained in Motivational Interviewing, Sensitizing Providers to the Effects of Correctional Incarceration on Treatment and Risk Management (SPECTRM), and the related Re-Entry After Prison (RAP), as well as the utilization of HCR 20 risk assessment results.
This RFP is being issued contemporaneously with a separate RFP to occupy and operate an existing, vacant transitional apartment building within a neighboring building also on the BPC campus. The Transitional SRO is also intended to focus primarily on individuals with a serious mental illness and forensic history, including those referred from the ITLR, which is the subject of this RFP.
The successful awardee of this RFP will be expected to operate the ITLR working in close collaboration with the organization operating the Transitional SRO and referring individuals from the ITLR to the Transitional SRO. 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 Transitional SRO, 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.
Applicants are required to develop a proposed budget that reflects a rich staffing model and ensures a minimum of three staff persons on a 24-hour basis as a safety measure. The staffing model should be sufficient to provide an intensive level of services designed to prepare individuals to transition to a more independent level of housing. Professional and paraprofessional staff should include the following, which generally should be available in daytime, evening and weekend hours:
- Licensed Practical Nurse(s) (LPN);
- Licensed (credentialed) professionals (which may include, but is not limited to LMSW, LMHC, CASAC, Licensed Practitioner of Healing Arts) (daytime, evening, weekend);
- Rehabilitation Counselors (daytime, evening, weekend);
- A Program Manager;
- 24-hour coverage of three Residence Counselors (which may include Case Manager/ Day Counselor, awake overnight staff);
Staffing may also include support staff; peers/peer bridger; vocational counselor; recreational counselor; and maintenance staff. Consideration should be given to addressing the substance abuse counseling needs of the population; appropriate staff qualifications; and training in working with individuals with behavioral health needs and criminal justice involvement.
The applicant will be expected to enter into a lease with State of New York. The budget should also account for costs based on the anticipated terms of the lease, including telephone/ IT equipment and services; insurance; repairs and maintenance; utilities (fuel for heat and hot water); extermination; water and sewer charges. Additional considerations in developing a budget include food expense, administration, and expected resident fees. OMH estimates the operational costs, not including staffing or food, to be approximately $29 per square foot for this program. The program will occupy an area of approximately 9,700 square feet. Note that the funding will be provided by direct State contract. No Medicaid billing will be involved.
GrantWatch ID#: 184416
Eligible applicants are not-for-profit agencies with 501(c) (3) incorporation that a) have experience providing housing and supportive services for any special needs group that is contracted for and monitored by a city, state or federal government agency and b) operate licensed mental health housing programs and c) have experience working with individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system.
A tour of the site will be held for all interested bidders on October 23, 2018 between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.
The address of the site is:
1500 Waters Place
Bronx, NY 10461
Upon entering the campus, take the first available right turn. The ITLR will be located in Building #34, the second building on the right opposite the parking lot.
Note that the tour is mandatory for all interested bidders, 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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Criteria Determining Serious Mental Illness:
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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