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Office of Mental Health

Questions and Answers
2010 NY NY III Supported Housing for Adults with Serious Mental Illness Request for Proposals

Q:
The proposal states that no more than 20 beds will be awarded during the initial award process but that any remaining beds will be distributed "not to exceed the amount requested." Does that mean we can/should request more than 20 beds, like 30 for Kingsboro PC? Can we ask for more than one borough, for instance, 15 for Kingsboro PC and 15 for Creedmoor PC?
A:
Yes, you can request more than 20 beds.  Also, you can request to serve more than one borough for Population A and more than one state psychiatric center for Population B. 
Q:
What are the requirements regarding the geographic dispersion of units? If tenants assume all the rights/responsibilities of scatter-site lessees, can we utilize this program to place tenants in our existing 5-7 unit congregate residences?
A:
OMH does not have any requirements regarding geographic dispersion of units.  All units must be located in one of the five boroughs of New York City.  It is permissible to place residents from OMH licensed congregate housing into these scattered site beds and backfill the congregate housing with NY NY III eligible Population A and B referrals.  However, to do so, you will need prior approval from the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), and the OMH NYC Field Office for filling Population A and Population B vacancies, respectively.  You cannot backfill into non OMH housing. 
Q:
Can we restrict entry to the program to individuals who are HIV+ if they meet the eligibility criteria for Population A or Population B?
A:
Housing developed and funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) must serve individuals with a serious mental illness regardless of HIV status. While serious mental illness must be the primary determining factor, persons with HIV/AIDS are eligible as long as serious mental illness is the primary diagnosis. Targeting only individuals with serious mental illness and HIV/AIDS may tend to decrease occupancy rates. OMH has established criteria for determining a serious mental illness.  See Appendix A (PDF) in the Request for Proposals.  Also, you must give priority to individuals under an Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) order within the target population group.

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Q:
I am looking for the Supported Housing Guidelines and all I can find are the Supported Housing Implementation Guidelines.  Am I looking at the right document?
A:
Yes.
Q:
What is the cap and/or range of acceptable administrative cost rates/indirect cost rates associated with this contract?
A:
There are no specific caps.  The Administrative and Overhead rate charged is taken into consideration when the entire budget is reviewed.