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Contracts for Services to New York Nonprofits
for Youth Suicide Prevention Programming

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New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) - Suicide Prevention Center of New York (SPCNY)

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10/27/21 4:00 PM EST


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Contracts for services to New York nonprofit agencies to provide suicide prevention programming for youth. Applicants are required to pre-qualify a minimum of five days prior to the deadline and must submit a letter of intent. The purpose of this program is to continue and build on the implementation of Sources of Strength, an upstream evidence-based suicide prevention program targeting students in secondary schools.

The Sources of Strength Program is a universal suicide prevention program for middle and high school populations designed to decrease the number of students who become suicidal (primary prevention) and increase appropriate responses and adult help for youth who are already at high risk (secondary prevention). During the duration of the contract awarded in connection with this RFP, the Sources of Strength program will be implemented in NYS secondary schools (or other youth serving settings) following approval by SPCNY at OMH.

The recipient will be expected to not only support Sources of Strength implementation in new schools, but also maintain Sources of Strength in schools that have implemented the program in the past. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 196666

Term of Contract:

The contracts awarded in response to this RFP will be for a five-year term.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are not-for-profit agencies with 501(c) (3) incorporation that have experience implementing evidence-based prevention programming in youth-serving organizational settings, such as schools.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Bidder’s Conference will be held on 8/30/21 at 1:00 PM EST. Prospective Proposers’ participation in this conference is highly encouraged but not mandatory.
The purpose of the Bidder’s Conference is to:
- Familiarize bidders with and explain the expectation of contracting with Sources of Strength (national organization);
- Provide additional description of the project;
- Explain the RFP process; and
- Answer any questions Proposers may have related to the project or the process.

The details for the Bidders’ Conference are as follows:
Date/Time – Monday, 8/30/21 at 1:00 PM EST

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Pre-Application Information:

Agencies interested in responding to this Request for Proposal must submit a Letter of Intent to Bid to the OMH Issuing Officer by 10/13/21.

Key Events/Timeline
- RFP Release Date 8/12/21
- Bidder’s Conference 8/30/21 at 1:00 PM EST
- Questions Due 9/17/21
- Questions and Answers Posted on Website 10/6/21
- Letter of Intent to Bid Due 10/13/21
- Proposals Due by 4:00 PM EST 10/27/21
- Anticipated Award Notification 11/19/21
- Anticipated Contract Start Date 1/1/2022

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. If you are not already registered: Registration forms are available at the GGS website:

Proposals received from eligible not-for-profit applicants who have not been Prequalified by the proposal due date of of 4:00 PM EST on 10/27/21 cannot be evaluated; therefore, such proposals will be disqualified from further consideration.

Please do not delay in beginning and completing the prequalification process. The State reserves five (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 their prequalification information will be reviewed if they do not adhere to this timeframe.

Grants Gateway Information:
Sources of Strength RFP Bidders Conference (8/30/21) Recording:

Contact Information:

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

Grants Gateway:

Issuing Officer:
Carol Swiderski
Contract Management Specialist 2
New York State Office of Mental Health
Contracts and Claims
44 Holland Avenue, 7th Floor
Albany, NY 12229

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