Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

Request for New Services (RFNS)

Type: doc
Author: bc
Year of Publishing: 2012

Update for November 5, 2012   - TO ALL PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS:

In light of the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, OPWDD’s Office of Home and Community Living has revised the Timeline of Activities for the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Request For New Services (RFNS) entitled, “Increasing the Number of Less Restrictive Housing Opportunities for People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.”

These dates were modified in order to give prospective applicants in areas affected by the storm an opportunity to review the RFNS in its entirety, and if interested, follow the process and steps outlined in the RFNS to submit an application. 

Revised Timeline of Activities with new submission dates for required sections of the RFNS

OPWDD hopes that these revised dates will provide more agencies across New York State the opportunity to apply for funding in order to meet the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live in less restrictive housing options.

For further information, please contact the Office of Home and Community Living at (518) 473-1973, or send an e-mail to [email protected]

Charged in 2011 with recommending changes that would reduce the dramatic growth in Medicaid spending in New York while maintaining or improving health outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries, the Governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) identified supportive housing for high Medicaid users as one of its initiatives.  In March of 2012, the Governor’s budget established and funded a new Supportive Housing Development Program that will provide service funding, rent subsidies and capital dollars to create supportive housing for high cost Medicaid recipients.  Specific to this RFNS, OPWDD is participating in this new Supportive Housing Development Program statewide under the MRT category Rental Subsidies/Services programs.

With this RFNS, voluntary non-profit agencies could develop a rental subsidies/services program to support people to transition to apartments with ISS rent subsidies and Community Habilitation, Consolidated Supports and Services, or use funds to support people moving from VOIRA 24/7 Supervised IRAs to VOIRA less than 24/7 Supportive IRAs.  Supports and Services will be provided to each person, based on their needs, by agencies awarded funds under this RFNS. Funds under this grant would not be used to supplant Medicaid billings for Supportive IRAs, or, where applicable, CSS services.

The New York State Office For People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is accepting proposals for the creation of a rental subsidy/services program to support people in apartments with ISS rent subsidies and Community Habilitation, Consolidated Supports and Services, or use funds to support people in Supportive IRAs.  Funds are available to support the creation of 180 regional opportunities located within OPWDD’s five (5) Regional Offices for Voluntary Agency Coordination and Oversight:

  1.  Western New York & Finger Lakes
  2.  Central New York, Broome & Sunmount
  3.  Capital District, Taconic & Hudson Valley
  4.  Metro, Brooklyn, Staten Island & Bernard Fineson
  5.  Long Island