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Regional Problem Gambling Resource Centers

Grant to a New York Nonprofit to Operate
Treatment Centers for Problem Gambling

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New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

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04/23/18 5:00 PM EST


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Grant to a New York voluntary agency and other nonprofit organizations for the development, implementation, and coordination of problem gambling service centers in eligible regions throughout the state. Nonprofit applicants must prequalify in the online grants system prior to applying. Services provided include prevention, treatment, and recovery, and gambling facility coordination.


The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) announces the availability of funding and is seeking Proposals from eligible Bidders interested in developing, implementing and overseeing seven Problem Gambling Resource Centers (PGRCs) across the State to ensure access to culturally relevant problem gambling services.

In 2013, the Legislature recognized the need to promote increased awareness of and access to problem gambling services. They included, as part of the enacted legislation that established the ability for casino development in NYS, the requirement that new casinos deposit a $500 annual license fee into the Commercial Gaming Revenue Fund to be appropriated to OASAS for every slot machine or table approved by the NYS Gaming Commission. These funds are required to be used exclusively for problem gambling education and treatment purposes.

Currently, there is limited access to care for problem gambling services throughout the State. Through this procurement, OASAS plans to expand access to client centered care in seven regions throughout the State. Each PGRC will function as the central hub within its geographical region and be responsible for the facilitation of problem gambling awareness, community education, prevention, treatment and recovery support.

In addition to working with community based services, the PGRCs will work with their local gambling facilities to address problem gambling, and coordinate referrals for those in need of help.

Vision for the Regional PGRCs:

The goal of this effort is to establish seven PGRCs across the State of New York and develop a community wide infrastructure that will raise public awareness of problem gambling, and improve access to prevention and treatment, while also building collaborative relationships with local gambling facilities. The new PGRCs will be geographically located to best represent all areas of the State of New York. The PGRCs will be located in the following regions: Mid-Hudson, Northeast, Central, Finger Lakes, Western, Long Island and New York City - which includes the five boroughs – Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.

Scope of Work:

A. Regional PGRCs

The Bidder will be responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of seven Regional PGRCs to ensure access to culturally relevant problem gambling services in all communities within such region. In addition, the PGRCs will build collaborative relationships with local gambling facilities to ensure problem gambling information and referrals are appropriately accessible to those that may identify as having a gambling problem.

The PGRC will act as a first point of contact for referrals from the HOPEline through a warm transfer, and engage potential clients in a brief screening and engagement session to facilitate an effective referral based on their identified needs. OASAS will supply the PGRCs with access to the New York State OASAS Problem Gambling Referral and Private Practitioner online database that will include referrals for problem gambling services statewide, as well as tracking private practitioners in each of the regions who are providing approved problem gambling treatment services. The database will be coordinated and facilitated by a statewide entity with whom each PGRC will be required to collaborate closely with to ensure accuracy and consistency.

Services must incorporate the following in each of the seven Regional PGRCs.

1. Prevention Efforts:
-Provide support and collaboration with OASAS community prevention providers to coordinate and implement problem gambling prevention programming in their communities which must include the prevention of underage gambling.
-Implement local public awareness campaigns and support any statewide problem gambling campaigns.
-Coordinate community based problem gambling education programs that target community members and key stakeholders.
-Develop and coordinate a regional community partnership advisory council with the goal of identifying problem gambling issues in the region and collaborate on the implementation of effective prevention, treatment and recovery efforts.

2. Treatment and Recovery Efforts - Treatment and Recovery services will be offered in each region through several different client centered options including:
-OASAS certified/funded treatment providers who meet requirements to provide problem gambling treatment.
-Private Practitioners who are listed in the statewide database to receive referrals for problem gambling treatment services.
-Recovery services that support problem gambling.

3. Gambling Facility Collaboration:
The PGRCs will serve as the community-based contact for the legalized gambling facilities in the region. The PGRCs will work collaboratively with all local legalized gambling facilities to address problem gambling and underage gambling, as well as assist when patrons are in need of services.

B. Geographic Distribution

PGRC’s will be located in each region outlined below. Attachment A details the specific counties that are covered in each region. The Successful Bidder must have a physical presence in all seven regions.

Upstate - New York:
-Finger Lakes

Downstate – New York:
-Long Island
-New York City, includes the five boroughs (Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183283

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

OASAS intends to enter into one contract with one vendor to deliver all the services outlined in the Scope of Work section of the RFP.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Annually, up to $3,300,000 is anticipated to be available to establish seven Regional PGRCs, pending availability of funding.

The annual funding will be initially allocated as follows:

-Up to $350,000 annually is allocated in each of the following regions: Mid-Hudson, Northeast, Central, Finger Lakes, and Western (Upstate New York Regions) to support the development, implementation and oversight of five regional PGRCs (one in each region), for a maximum total award of $5,250,000 over the three-year contract period;

-Up to $450,000 annually is allocated in Long Island (Downstate Region) to support the development, implementation and oversight of one Regional PGRC in Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk), for a maximum total award of $1,350,000 over the three-year contract period;

-Up to $1,100,000 annually is allocated to support the development, implementation and oversight of one Regional PCRC in New York City, which will include the five boroughs – Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, for a maximum total award of $3,300,000 over the three-year contract period (New York City - Downstate New York Region).

These amounts may increase or decrease based on future State appropriations. There is no funding for Capital Projects under this RFP.

Term of Contract:

The initial contract will be for a period of three (3) years, with the option to extend the contract for two additional one-year periods, subject to funding availability and appropriations.

The PGRC’s will open in phases. Below are the dates OASAS anticipates that each PGRC will open by region:
-Finger Lakes: November 1, 2018
-Northeast: November 1, 2018
-NYC (includes the five boroughs): February 1, 2019
-Long Island: February 1, 2019
-Mid-Hudson: May 1, 2019
-Central: May 1, 2019
-Western: August 1, 2019

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Bidders:
-Voluntary agencies that operate OASAS certified or funded treatment programs;
-Voluntary agencies that operate OASAS funded prevention programs; and
-Other Not-for-Profit organizations that are authorized to do business in New York State that submit a Proposal

Bidders are advised that OASAS may not fund a Proposal where the Bidder is an OASAS- certified treatment provider that is not in good standing at the time an award is made.

The following definitions apply throughout this solicitation:

-In Good Standing: All of a provider’s operating certificates which are subject to a compliance rating must have a current compliance rating of partial (2 years) or substantial (3 years) compliance.

-OASAS Certified: Pursuant to Article 32 of the New York State Mental Hygiene Law, possession of operating certificate(s) issued by the OASAS Commissioner to engage in the provision of Chemical Dependence Withdrawal and Stabilization Services, Chemical Dependence Inpatient Rehabilitation Services, Chemical Dependence Residential Rehabilitation Services for Adolescents, Chemical Dependence Residential Services, Residential Addiction or Chemical Dependence Outpatient, Outpatient Rehabilitation and Opioid Treatment Services as defined in 14 NYCRR Parts 816, 818, 817, 819, 820 and 822, respectively.

-Voluntary Agencies: As defined in New York State Mental Hygiene Law, section 41.03 paragraph 11, a voluntary agency “means a corporation organized or existing pursuant to the not-for-profit corporation law for the purpose of providing local services.”

-Not-for-Profit Organizations: An Organizations that is tax exempt under Section 501(c) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

For profit or proprietary entities are not eligible to apply for funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A non-mandatory Bidder Conference will be held on March 19, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at 1450 Western Avenue, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12203.

During this conference OASAS staff will provide an overview of the RFP and will be available to answer questions related directly to this RFP. If a Bidder is unable to attend the meeting in person, OASAS will make arrangements for participation in the Bidder Conference via conference call.

Bidders that wish to participate by conference call should contact the Designated Contact Agent by March 16, 2018.

Pre-Application Information:

Pursuant to the New York State Division of Budget Bulletin H-1032 Revised, dated July 16, 2014, New York State has instituted key reform initiatives to the grant contract process which require that not-for-profits must register in the NYS Grants Gateway and complete a Vendor Prequalification process.

Bidders must be pre-qualified in the NYS Grants Gateway prior to submitting their Proposal and any award is contingent on the bidder(s) being pre-qualified in Grants Gateway at the time of contract execution.

Questions from potential Bidders will be accepted through March 30, 2018. To the extent possible each question should cite the page and section of the RFP to which it refers. Only questions received by the inquiry due date will be answered and all responses to the questions will be posted on the OASAS website on or about April 6, 2018.

-Release Date: 3/5/2018
-Bidder Conference (non-mandatory): 3/19/2018, 10:00 AM EST
-Deadline for Submission of Written Inquiries: 3/30/2018
-Anticipated Release of Questions & Answers by OASAS: 4/6/2018
-Proposal Submission Due Date and Time: 4/23/2018, 5:00 PM EST
-Anticipated Evaluation of Proposals: 4/30/2018

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Dianne Dion-Jones

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
1450 Western Avenue, 5th Floor
Albany, New York 12203-3526
Reference: “RFP #17112 – Regional Problem Gambling Resource Centers”

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP #17112

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island;   New York: Upstate Region (Mid-Hudson, Northeast, Central, Finger Lakes, Western); and Downstate Region (Long Island)