2007-11-30 / Community

State RFP For Dependence Treatment Services

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith has announced that the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) has released a new request for proposals (RFP) for chemical dependence treatment services in New York City.

"This RFP is an opportunity for OASAS-certified, not-for-profit treatment agencies to provide long-term supportive and transitional housing to homeless single adults who have completed substance abuse treatment," Smith said.

This is the latest step in the New York/New York III Supportive Housing Agreement, a combined city and state effort announced in November, 2005, to develop and fund 9,000 new units of supportive housing in the city over a ten-year period.

According to Smith, "Previous agreements produced 5,000 units of housing for single adults with serious and persistent mental illness who had some history of homelessness. [This] agreement, however, is targeting a much broader range of clients."

Qualified contractors must have successful experience in providing housing and/or services to the targeted populations; must ensure that their programs can be easily reached by public transportation; and be prepared to serve as resources for and/or provide off-site services to program clients.

The training areas that would be provided by the contractors to staff include: health education and infectious disease prevention; nutrition;

relationship skills; crisis intervention; counseling techniques and

motivational interviewing; depression screening; street drugs and their effects; symptoms of overdose and withdrawal; best practices in employment services; harm-reduction and housing first service approaches, including safe injection, safe sex practices, the availability of naloxine to prevent death from opiod overdose, addiction treatment and recovery, and the "stages of change" model; and trauma and relapse prevention.

For more information on the grant, interested providers may visit:

http://www.oasas.state.ny.us/hps/sta te/documents/2007NY-NYIIIPlan Supp.pdf. "I hope numerous providers will look into this RFP. It is an opportunity for them to help individuals who have already taken several positive steps on the road to recovery," Smith said.

All applications must be received by the close of business on Friday, December 14, 2007.

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