Grants Available


NYS OASAS Funding Opportunity to Support Youth/Young Adults in Recovery

The NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) through its fiscal agent, the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene (RFMH), today announced a funding opportunity for a community-based organization and/or a network of community based-organizations to establish the statewide infrastructure to support local communities of youth and young adults in recovery from substance use disorders.

A successful applicant will ensure that this is a youth and young adult-driven process, which includes “branding” the youth and young adult recovery movement in New York State, establishing a social marketing plan, and providing coordination and technical assistance to burgeoning organizations and communities of youth and young adults in recovery. The target population is comprised of youth and young adults up to age 30.

FUNDING AVAILABLE: RFMH/OASAS will issue one award with a maximum of $450,000 of funding for the anticipated period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Funding for this project is made possible by the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is subject to second year of funding based on Federal Appropriations.

Eligible Applicants: Existing community-based organizations or a network of organizations that are a 501(c)(3), or willing to become a 501(c)(3), operating in New York State and who have experience working with Youth and Young Adults, Recovery Community Organizations, and have experience developing infrastructure. If the applicant does not have 501c 3 status, the applicant must identify an eligible organization that will service as the fiscal agent for the applicant. In addition, the applicant must have or obtain a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number prior to receiving a contract.

Expected Timetable for Key Events:

  • Release Date: April 27, 2017
  • Bidders Questions Due: May 8, 2017
  • Responses to Bidders Questions: May 15, 2017
  • Applications Due: June 1, 2017
  • Anticipated Awards: July 1, 2017

The full RFA can be found here.


NYS Behavioral Health (BH) Value Based Payment (VBP) Readiness Program

OMH and OASAS have announced the NYS Behavioral Health (BH) Value Based Payment (VBP) Readiness Program. This Program represents a unique opportunity to strengthen community-based behavioral health providers throughout New York State, and prepare them to be successful in NYS’ transformation of the health care delivery system.

OMH and OASAS are accepting “Notifications of Interest” from BH providers intending to apply for the program. Responses will help inform the State of provider interest, and will assist in finalizing the specifications of the NYS BH VBP Readiness Program.

The program will fund BH providers to collaborate to form Behavioral Health Care Collaboratives (BHCC), including Independent Practice Associations (IPAs), in an effort to position them to succeed in the VBP environment. There will be funds available for planning, and a larger funding opportunity for implementing a BHCC. Funding will support the development of shared infrastructure for the BHCC, such as clinical quality standards, data collection, analytics, and reporting. The expectation is that BHCCs will leverage their shared expertise to better position themselves to enter into VBP contracts. Proposed BHCCs intending to apply must submit a Notification of Interest no later than June 16, 2017.

Applications must include, at a minimum, agencies delivering all available Medicaid OMH and OASAS services, including Home and Community Based Services (HCBS), either as a lead agency, or as network providers. To maximize the funds available to build necessary infrastructure, providers should consider creating the most comprehensive network possible. As such, applications will be evaluated based on the number of Medicaid Managed Care (MMC) enrollees served by the proposed BHCC. Strong applications will include non-Medicaid providers, physical health providers, housing providers and other organizations addressing the social determinants of health. Applications addressing specialty populations will also be considered. If multiple applications are approved for the same region, they will receive a share of the funds available in that region.

Behavioral health providers that intend on participating in the NYS BH VBP Readiness Program must submit their notification of interest to and

The notification of interest and the responses therein are not binding, however it must be submitted to have your application considered. Only one notification of interest should be submitted from each proposed BHCC.

Please submit questions related to the program to


Cooperative Agreements to Implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Cooperative Agreements to Implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems.  The Zero Suicide model is a comprehensive, multi-setting approach to suicide prevention in health systems. The purpose of this program is to implement suicide prevention and intervention programs, for individuals who are 25 years of age or older, that are designed to raise awareness of suicide, establish referral processes, and improve care and outcomes for such individuals who are at risk for suicide.

Deadline: Applications are due July 18, 2017.

Award: Total available funding of $7.9 million (for five years):

  • Up to $700,000 per year for states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.
  • Up to $400,000 per year for tribes and tribal organizations; community-based primary care or behavioral health care organizations; emergency departments; and local public health agencies.

For additional information as well as application materials, click here.


MH Announces Funding for Assertive Community Treatment in New York City

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) announces the availability of funds for the development of 4 Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams within 2 boroughs of New York City: Bronx and Brooklyn. Each ACT team will serve 68 recipients who have serious mental illness, and have not been successfully engaged by the traditional mental health treatment and rehabilitation system.   Based on current wait lists, the following distribution of 4 new 68-slot ACT teams will be supported by this RFP: Bronx – 1 ACT Team; Brooklyn – 3 ACT Teams.

Deadline: Agencies interested in responding to this Request for Proposal MUST submit a Letter of Intent to Bid to the OMH Issuing Officer by May 30, 2017. The Letter of Intent to Bid is non-binding.

Applications due:  July 18, 2017

Operating Funding:

1st Year* 2nd Year**
Total Gross Costs $974,693*** $1,096,493***
Medicaid Assumption $372,040 $960,482
Net Deficit Funding $569,417 $102,775
Service Dollars $33,236 $33,236

*12-month period assumes start-up and phase-in funding.
**12-month period assumes full year of operating costs.
***Gross Cost includes Service Dollars for 12-month period.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are not-for-profit agencies with 501(c) (3) incorporation that have experience providing mental health services to persons with serious mental illness through programs that are licensed by OMH.

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