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Office of Mental Health

Capital Grants for Preservation, Expansion and/or Restructuring of Children’s Clinics and RTFs

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) announces the availability of capital funds through a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the preservation, restructuring and/or expansion of OMH Article 31 Licensed Residential Treatment Facilities (RTFs) and Mental Health Clinics licensed to serve children throughout New York State.


Proposals must be submitted on-line via the Grants Gateway by 4:00pm on 8/1/2018.

*OMH apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause, but the posting of the Q & A’s, tentatively scheduled for 6/14/18 has been delayed. It is anticipated that they will post by COB on Monday, 6/25. Please note that we cannot consider the posing/submission of any additional questions. Thank you.

Q&A’s were posted on 6/26/18.

OMH is extending the period for application submission in response to the “Capital Grants for Preservation, Expansion and/or Restructuring of Children’s Clinics and RTFs” in Grants Gateway until Tuesday, August 14th at 4:00:00 pm. Proposals are now due to be submitted on-line via the Grants Gateway by 4:00:00 pm on 8/14/18.

July 9, 2018 – Please be advised that the Questions and Answers have been updated to reflect the additions of Questions (and Answers) 46-48.

Tuesday, August 14th – OMH is clarifying that county run OMH article 31 freestanding clinics (who received VAP funding) are eligible and will allow for the submission of proposals to the “Capital Grants for Preservation, Expansion and/or Restructuring of Children’s Clinics and RTFs” RFP. As such, the due date for the proposals from all applicants will be extended until October 10, 2018 with tentative award notification of November 14, 2018. Should you have any questions, please email Carol Swiderski, the Procurement Officer, directly at

The Question & Answer period will be re-opened. The new deadline for submission of Questions is Thursday, September 6th. The Answers will be posted on OMH’s website on Wednesday, September 19th. Questions are to be submitted to Carol Swiderski at

September 28, 2018

Please be advised that several of the responses to the Q&As that posted on 6/26/28 have been revised. The answers which are revised are the following: 1, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21.

NOTE: These revised responses supersede any Q&A responses previously posted, as well as eligibility responses previously addressed by the Contracting/Issuing Officer

October 26, 2018

Due to the robust response to the Capital Grants for Preservation, Expansion and/or Restructuring of Children’s Clinics and RTFs Request for Proposals, the New York State Office of Mental Health will make award notifications on December 7, 2018. OMH wants all proposals to receive the thorough review they deserve.

December 14, 2018

Please be advised that this RFP is being re-opened. Please refer to the “RFP Extension Details – 12/14/18” pdf above for information.

December 18, 2018

Several inquiries have been made as to the specific reasons for the extensions and re-opening of the “Capital Grants for Preservation, Expansion, and/or Restructuring of Children’s Clinics and RTFs” RFP.

To provide additional clarification for all current and prospective applicants, OMH offers the following:

  • OMH’s intent was for all child serving Article 31 licensed clinics designated as Vital Access Provider (VAP) programs to be eligible to compete for this Request for Proposal (RFP). The VAP programs were designated under Part 530 of 14 New York Codes, Rules and Regulations to stabilize and preserve access needed clinic services throughout all geographic regions of the state.
  • In the original RFP, the eligibility language in Section 2.5 inadvertently excluded county operated clinics. As such, OMH exercised its right to make clarification and extend the due date so that these county clinics including designated VAP providers would have an opportunity to apply.
  • As part of the Question and Answer (Q&A) process, numerous questions were posed seeking clarification on whether certain licensed agencies and/or programs would be eligible to apply. OMH later realized that the Q&A responses with the revised issuance inadvertently excluded nonhospital based freestanding providers that also had a separate Article 28 license for their diagnostic and treatment centers. As such, OMH exercised its right to extend the date of award to provide all eligible entities including designated VAP providers with an opportunity to apply.
  • To ensure maximum participation and awards, OMH is revising the passing score from 70 to 65. OMH is making this change to ensure that all the funds available will be fully allocated and awarded to applicants. Furthermore, if the selected projects are subsequently withdrawn by the applicant, the RFP will allow for the award to other viable projects with the highest passing scores.

OMH is taking these steps to preserve and ensure open and fair competition, and at the same time, fulfill its mission and meet agency needs to award these funds to support capital projects for the children’s system.

DATE – Friday, February 22, 2019

Please be advised that OMH will have reviewed all applications and determined awards by COB on Friday, 2/22/19.

Award letters will be drafted and emailed to providers no later than COB, Monday, 2/25/19.

Thank you.