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Office of Mental Health

Partnership to Support Aging in Place in Communities Severely Impacted by COVID-19

The RFP was developed in accordance with Section 7.41 of the Mental Hygiene Law, which calls for OMH to establish a geriatric service demonstration program to provide grants to providers of mental health care to older adults. The RFP calls for the development of local partnerships between behavioral health and aging support services to provide outreach, off-site services and supports, engagement with peers and the innovative use of technology to meet the unmet needs of older adults in New York State. This round of grants will focus on supporting aging in place for individuals, age 55 years and older, with mental health and substance abuse issues, and will focus on communities severely impacted by COVID-19.



  1. Please be advised that the due date for the Letter of Intent (Section 2.2 and corresponding Timeline in Section 2.3) has been extended to Friday, June 25, 2021. NOTE: the requirement is still a mandatory submission.
  2. There was a typo in the build of the RFP in the Grants Gateway. The RFP itself, which is correct (please see Section 1.2/page 4 and Section 5.3D), lists as awarding up to $300,000. However, in Grants Gateway, the budget submission section in the Program Specific Questions (Question 5.3D1) states to prepare for up to $266,000, which is incorrect.

Please budget up to $300,000.

5/20/21 – Update

Please disregard the Update from May 14th as the direction given was incorrect.

In the original build of the RFP in the Grants Gateway, errors were made in both the upload of worksheet to be provided in response to Question 5.3C.2(j) (what was uploaded would be the worksheet to be provided in response to Question 5.3C.2(k) and the failure to upload the second worksheet at all. We apologize for the confusion and the erroneous guidance given on the May 14 update (as that provided the same worksheet that was already uploaded into the Pre-Submission Uploads page).

The correct Excel worksheet attachments in response to the related question are provided and indicated in response to the appropriate question above.


A question was posed that brought to OMH’s attention a technical error in the construct of the RFP in the Grants Gateway. As this has the potential to impact an applicant’s ability to work on/complete an application prior to the posting of the Questions and Answers on May 27, 2021, OMH is making the Question and Answer available now.

Question - In Grants Gateway, question 5.3C.2(j) offers a text box allowing 250 characters, while 5.3C.2(k) offers a text box of 4,000 characters. Can OMH clarify what type of content it is expecting to receive in the 250-character box (e.g., would “See attached chart” be adequate?) ? Can OMH clarify what type of content it would like in the 4,000 character-box for 5.3C.2(k), particularly as it relates to the “chart” referenced on page 26 of the RFA for this sub-question 5.3C.2(k) (and why is this text-box indicating so many more characters than the preceding sub-question)?

Answer – An error was made when developing/creating the RFP in the Grants Gateway, respective to Question 5.3C.2(k). This was not meant to be a narrative response. There is a separate worksheet that should have been placed in the Upload Properties page that applicants could access and upload in response to Question 5.3C.2(k). Unfortunately, the Gateway does not allow for OMH to go back in and provide the appropriate worksheet after the RFP was published. As such, OMH will make the worksheet available on OMH’s website where the RFP is posted - Applicants can access and print the PDF worksheet there and upload it in response to Question 5.3C.2(k) as that question does allow for an upload to be provided. It must be cautioned that this question does not require an upload, so an applicant can get past the question without providing it, please make sure to upload it in response before moving on to the next question. There is another option of uploading this worksheet in the Grantee Document folder, but it is recommended that it be provided directly in response to the question itself.


Please be advised the following changes have been made to the Timeline:

  • Application Due Date – Wednesday, June 30th
  • Anticipated Award Announcement – Wednesday, August 11th