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Office of Mental Health

Supplemental Block Grant and FMAP Funding

Recent federal legislation provides supplemental funding to mental health services through time-limited expansions of:

  • Community Mental Health Services (CMHS) Block Grant
  • Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) share of funds for Medicaid programs

The Office of Mental Health (OMH) will be working with community stakeholders to identify opportunities for these funds to best meet unmet prevention, treatment, and recovery needs for people with or at risk of serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance.

Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Supplements

OMH has received two notifications of awards for supplemental CMHS Block Grant funding totaling $126.3 million.

SAMHSA indicates that this funding should address unmet need and capacity growth with an emphasis on crisis services,

Review the OMH CMHS Block Grant Supplementary Funding Report for more information.

Federal Medical Assistance Percentage Rate Increase

Investments made under Section 9817 of the American Rescue Plan include rate increases for:

  • Assertive Community Treatment
  • Rehabilitation in Community Residence
  • Personalized Recovery Oriented Services
  • Adult Home and Community Based Programs (HCBS)

These programs will receive ongoing and temporary investments as a direct result of the American Rescue Plan. Pending approvals, all rates are effective beginning in October 2021. Permanent rate increases will continue after April 1, 2022.

Medicaid Behavioral Health Rehabilitation programs will receive temporary rate increases for recruitment and retention of experienced and dedicated direct care and other staff. Measures include:

  • targeted loan forgiveness
  • tuition reimbursement
  • hiring and signing bonuses
  • longevity payments
  • expanded student placements
  • shift differential pay
  • retirement contributions

These enhancements are effective October 2021 through March 2022.

OMH posts up-to-date rate information for all programs at OMH Medicaid Reimbursement Rates

The New York State Department of State posted pertinent Federal Public Notice (FPN) for affected programs:

Assertive Community Treatment FPN (Clarification raises rates to 10.4% / 8.5% workforce for the period 10/7/21 through 3/31/22 to be published 10/27)

Personalized Recovery Oriented Services FPN

Medicaid State Plan Amendments (SPAs) for affected programs will be published when they are submitted to CMS. SPAs are available through the Department of Health.

Current Funding Opportunities

OMH has issued the following requests for interest and/or proposals (accessible to interested parties and eligible applicants via the New York State Contract Reporter).

Supportive Crisis Stabilization Centers- Issued June 30, 2022
Benefits & Work Incentives Navigator Training Investments: Round Two- Issued July 27, 2022
Managing and Adapting Practice: Evidence-Based Practices in OMH-Licensed Community Based Provider Agencies to Serve Children and Families- Issued July 27, 2022

Past Funding Opportunities

First Episode Psychosis Coordinated Specialty Care (Statewide)- Issued June 18, 2021
Young Adult Assertive Community Treatment (NYC)- Issued July 29, 2021
Youth Assertive Community Treatment (Statewide)- Issued August 4, 2021
Young Adult Assertive Community Treatment (Western NY)- Issued August 19, 2021
Peer-to-Peer Supported Transition Program (Statewide)- Issued August 26, 2021
Systems of Care Grant- Issued October 21, 2021
Peer Group Support for COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts in Congregate Settings- Issued November 17, 2021
Intensive Community Based Services for Children/Youth- Issued August 31, 2021
Expand Certified and Credentialed Peer Capacity- Issued October 29, 2021
Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Technical Assistance Initiative- Issued December 23, 2021
School Based Mental Health Clinic Services for Children and Youth- Issued December 23, 2021
HCBS/CORE Peer Navigators- Issued January 18, 2022
Young Adult Assertive Community Treatment (Rest of State)- Issued January 31, 2022
988 Crisis Call Centers- Issued February 10, 2022
Adult Assertive Community Treatment - 14 New Teams- Issued February 11, 2022
Benefits & Work Incentives Navigator Training Investments- Issued March 15, 2022
Specialty Training for Peer Workers & Supervisors- Issued March 17, 2022
Peer Support Services Technical Assistance Center (Peer-TAC)- Issued April 7, 2022
Peer Specialist Workforce Advancement & Mentoring Network for Peer Specialists- Issued April 7, 2022
Statewide Training on Youth Mental Health First Aid- Issued April 14, 2022
Intensive Training and Consultation on Best Practices in OMH Mental Health Treatment for Children and Youth Dually Diagnosed with Mental Health Challenges and Intellectual/Developmental Disability- Issued April 14, 2022
Intensive Crisis Stabilization Centers - Issued January 28, 2022
Youth Assertive Community Treatment (Statewide)- Issued March 31, 2022
Community Supports to Non-Profit Entities for Children & Families with Significant Mental Health Needs- Issued April 5, 2022
Treatment Supports for OMH-Licensed Community Based Provider Agencies- Issued April 5, 2022

Workforce Funding Information

Governor Hochul Announces Availability of $21 Million in Federal Funding to Strengthen the State's Mental Health Workforce- Issued October 14, 2021
Guidance on Eligible Workforce Funding Activities under CMHS Block Grant- Issued October 29, 2021
Guidance on Eligible Workforce Funding Activities under Enhanced FMAP- Revised November 30, 2021
OMH Workforce Funds Certification-Attestation: CMHS Block Grant and Enhanced FMAP- Issued October 29, 2021

Adult BH HCBS and CORE Funding Information

Guidance on Expansion and Implementation Eligible Funding Activities for Adult BH HCBS and CORE Services under Enhanced FMAP- Issued February 18, 2022
OMH-OASAS CORE/BH HCBS Certification-Attestation: Enhanced FMAP- Issued February 18, 2022

Fiscal Reporting Requirements for Supplemental CMHS Block Grant and FMAP Funding

The OMH Community Budget and Financial Management (CBFM) group requires the use of the Quarterly Expenditure Report on all federally funded (in whole or in part):

  • Contracts
  • Purchase Orders (PO)
  • State Aid Letter awards issued to local government units and local providers

OMH expects that providers continue to follow normal Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in reporting revenues and expenses within the Consolidated Fiscal Report.

Reporting Schedule: Quarterly reports must be submitted at the close of every calendar quarter until the provider has fully expended their grant award. All supporting documentation must be transmitted to OMH with the final expenditure report.

  • 1/1 – 3/31 (quarterly report is due back to OMH by 4/30)
  • 4/1 – 6/30 (quarterly report is due back to OMH by 7/31)
  • 7/1 – 9/30 (quarterly report is due back to OMH by 10/31)
  • 10/1 – 12/31 (quarterly report is due back to OMH by 1/31)

The excel version of the completed expenditure report must be emailed by the required reporting deadlines to CBFM-FederalUnit@omh.ny.gov with the following subject line:
Quarterly Expenditure Report – Project Title - Provider Name - Contract or PO Number

Please note: An incorrect subject line could delay the processing of an expense report. All backup and supporting documentation for every expense claimed must be submitted with your final expenditure report.

OMH CMHS Block Grant and eFMAP Grant Reporting Instructions
OMH CMHS Block Grant and eFMAP Grant Template
CFR Reporting for Supplemental CMHS Block Grant Awards

Public Feedback

To ensure these resources are applied toward the areas of highest need under CMHS and CMS guidelines, OMH has and will continue to engage with stakeholders to allocate and track these funds.

In April 2021, OMH held a series of regional stakeholder feedback sessions to receive input on the allocation of this funding. The feedback received during these sessions, in addition to the written feedback received and other stakeholder input, will be used to develop plans for these funds as they become available.

Stakeholder Feedback Session Recordings

Hudson River Region - April 19, 2021
Long Island Region - April 20, 2021
New York City - April 26, 2021
Western New York Region - April 29, 2021
Central New York Region - April 30, 2021

More Information

CMHS Letter from SAMHSA to New York State Office of Mental Health - March 11, 2021
CMHS Response Letter from the New York State Office of Mental Health to SAMHSA - April 5, 2021
CMHS Response Letter from the New York State Office of Mental Health to SAMHSA - May 5, 2021
FMAP Letter from CMS to State Medicaid Directors - May 13, 2021
CMHS Letter from SAMHSA to New York State Office of Mental Health on American Rescue Plan Act Block Grant Guidance - May 18, 2021
CMHS Letter from the New York State Office of Mental Health to SAMHSA - July 9, 2021
New York State Department of Health Enhanced Federal HCBS Funding Page- eFMAP
COVID-19 Mitigation Response Letter from the New York State Office of Mental Health to SAMHSA - October 1, 2021

 

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Office of Planning.