NYS Community-Based Organizations – Request for Proposals

This year, the New York State legislature enacted a new independent substance use disorder and mental health Ombuds program (“Ombuds”), that will be supervised by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), in consultation with the Office of Mental Health (OMH). OASAS contracts with the Community Service Society (“CSS”) to administer the Ombuds and provide services to consumers through a helpline and a network of non-profit agencies.  CSS will operate the Ombuds in partnership with five specialist agencies:  Legal Action Center, NYS Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, Empire Justice Center, Medicare Rights Center and The Legal Aid Society.  CSS and its partners invite non-profit community-based organizations to participate in this Request for Proposals (RFP).


CSS anticipates awarding 4-5 contracts to organizations serving New York State to assist with providing education and outreach to individuals with mental health and substance use disorder needs, their families, providers, and local public health entities. Agencies serving the North Country, Long Island, Staten Island, and Western New York are highly encouraged to apply. The grant award is $20,000 - $30,000 for a 6-month period during the first contract year. CSS expects to announce the award on November 8, 2018 via the Community Health Advocates website, www.communityhealthadvocates.org. The contract is expected to begin on January 1, 2019 and to end on June 30, 2019, with the expectation of a renewal for a 12-month period subject to New York State budget appropriations. Project grant and dates are contingent upon receipt of State funds by CSS.


Questions about the RFP are due by October 3, 2018 and should be sent to klopez@cssny.org. Answers will be posted on the Community Health Advocates website, www.communityhealthadvocates.org, on October 8, 2018.


Important Dates:




Release of RFP

September 24, 2018

Questions About This RFP Due

October 3, 2018

Answers Posted

October 8, 2018

Application Due

October 29, 2018

Award Announcements

November 8, 2018

Projected contract start date

January 1, 2019

Awardee Orientation and Two-day Intensive Training in Albany

January 16-17, 2019 (exact date TBD)