New York State Safe Options Support RFP

The New York State Office of Mental Health has issued an RFP inviting nonprofit organizations to operate specialized “Safe Options Support” (SOS) teams within the five (5) boroughs. The teams will utilize the evidence-based Critical Time Intervention (CTI) model “to provide intensive outreach, engagement and care coordination services” to the estimated 4,000 street homeless individuals in New York City.

To be eligible, responding organizations must be comprised of:

  • One (1) Team Leader
  • Four (4) Licensed Clinicians (LCSW, CASAC, LMSW, LMHC, etc.), including at least one (1) clinician with specialized training and experience working with substance use disorders
  • Four (4) Care Managers
  • Two (2) Peer Specialists
  • One (1) Registered Nurse

By including clinicians on the teams, immediate referral for services will be streamlined and provided instantaneously for much-needed critical assistance.

Services will also include pre- and post-housing placement treatments to include:

  • Frequent outreach and engagement with participants
  • Teaching self-management skills of daily living on the road to self-efficacy and recovery
  • Facilitating connection to treatment and support services

As part of the CTI model, the overall goal is to teach positive community transition and integration. The desired time period is 12 months or less. Further, it will help connect individuals to the right services when immediately identified.

View the complete RFP by downloading: Safe Options Support (SOS) Program: CTI Teams NYC

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said, “No one should sleep on the street anywhere in the State of New York. While the economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic has made the homelessness crisis worse, we know there are longstanding structural inequities that need to be addressed in order to provide New Yorkers with stable, healthy homes.”

Important Submission Information

Proposals are due no later than Monday, March 7, 2022 at 2:00 PM EST.

In order to access the online RFP and other required documents, respondents must first register with NYS Grants Gateway system.

Eligible applicants are not-for-profit agencies with 501(c)(3) incorporation that have experience providing outreach, case management and/or behavioral health services to persons with a history of housing instability and/or street homelessness.

Interested in Responding to the “Safe Options Support” RFP?

The New York State Office of Mental Health seeks a team, like yours, to help their homeless population integrate with the community. If your organization meets the RFP requirements but you need help responding, The Bid Lab can help! Our seasoned experts can help write, edit, review and submit a proposal on time and in full compliance, so you can focus on providing the best service response to this RFP. The Bid Lab works as an overall extension of your team, and we aim to showcase your business as if it were our own. So, schedule a free consultation with us today! Or, give us a call at 1-844-4BIDLAB or email us at Let us help you focus on providing victim assistance while we focus on delivering a top-notch response!

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