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DISC 1174
Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA)

The New York State Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS) announces a discretionary funding opportunity for qualified entities that can conduct a Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) for the New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB). NYSCB provides vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to about 4,500 participants with blindness and visual impairment through seven district offices located throughout New York State. Federal Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) regulations require that a CSNA be conducted every three years. The results and recommendations from this assessment are incorporated into the annual plan submitted by NYSCB to the RSA. This advertisement is public notice that OCFS is seeking to contract with an organization to conduct a CSNA for NYSCB which will involve an evaluation of NYSCB case management data, along with primary data collection through surveys and focus groups.

RFP 1159
Kinship Caregiver Support Programs

The New York State (NYS) Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has released this Request For Proposals (RFP) to solicit applications from qualified applicants to provide Kinship Caregiver Support Programs (KCSP) to increase the state’s capacity to support and strengthen families and promote the permanency and well-being of children. Applicants must agree to provide required services to families in a minimum of two or more NYS counties and/or boroughs of New York City (NYC). Programs should be designed to meet the unique needs of kinship families, with a goal to maintain and support children residing in permanent households.

Submission of Proposals

Application submission for this RFP will occur in two steps (specific information regarding these steps is located in RFP Section 5.4 Proposal Content and RFP Section 5.5 Proposal Submittal Process):

  1. First, applicants will complete an online application form as instructed in RFP Section 5.5 Proposal Submittal Process. Applicants will automatically receive a confirmation email from funding@ocfs.ny.gov after they submit their completed application form.
  2. Second, applicants should reply to the confirmation email to attach and submit all supporting documents outlined in RFP Section 5.4 Proposal Content to complete their submission process. All required documents must be submitted to funding@ocfs.ny.gov or the application submission will be considered incomplete.
  3. Please use Attachment 9 – Submission Checklist to ensure all required documents are completed and submitted to OCFS via email.

Please refer to RFP SECTION 5.0 PROPOSAL CONTENT AND SUBMISSION for additional information and submission requirements.

IFB 1168
Psychiatric Services at Brentwood and Industry Residential Centers

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Division of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth (DJJOY) operates the state's residential juvenile justice programs for juvenile delinquents and juvenile offenders and oversees locally operated foster care, child abuse, daycare, and Youth Development and Delinquency Prevention Programs (YDDPP) for juvenile delinquents and juvenile offenders.

OCFS DJJOY is issuing this Invitation for Bids (IFB) to seek contractors to provide psychiatric services for juvenile delinquent youth and youthful offenders residing at Brentwood Residential Center and Industry Residential Center.

RFP 1166
2024-2025 AmeriCorps Formula Pool

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services on behalf of the Commission on National and Community Service (hereafter “the Commission”) seeks applicants for 2024-2025 AmeriCorps formula grant funding. The Commission is a governor-appointed commission with a diverse, non-partisan body of, among others, representatives of business, labor, education, government, human service agencies and community-based organizations. The Commission directs national service policy for the state and directly administers funding awarded by AmeriCorps for National and Community Service (hereafter “AmeriCorps” or “AMERICORPS”) to support New York State AmeriCorps programs.

IFB 1146
Qualified Individual Services

The New York State (NYS) Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) operates the state's residential juvenile justice programs. The OCFS Division of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth (DJJOY) operates the residential programs and Community Multi-Service Offices (CMSOs) for juvenile delinquents, juvenile offenders, and adolescent offenders. The Performance Review Unit (PRU) within DJJOY is issuing this Invitation for Bids (IFB).

OCFS is seeking licensed clinicians to provide Qualified Individual (QI) assessments of OCFS-placed juvenile delinquent youth in identified regions and statewide in accordance with the federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) and corresponding NYS standards.

IFB 1138
Site Clearing and Vegetation Control

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Bureau of Capital Facilities & Services announces the release of this Invitation for Bids (IFB) to solicit bids for the Landfill Cap Mowing Maintenance contract at the Rush Landfill located in Monroe County within the land parcel of Industry Residential Center, 375 Rush-Scottsville Rd, Rush, NY 14543.

Please note: There is a mandatory pre-bid site visit and inspection for this IFB. An RSVP will be required to attend. Please see IFB Section 1.3 Calendar of Events and Appendix D – Scope of Work Section 1.06 for more information regarding this requirement.

IFB 1165
Automatic Vending Machine Service NYS DOT I-88 Rest Areas

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Commission for the Blind, hereinafter known as the Commission, as authorized under the Federal Randolph Sheppard Act of 1974, the New York State Unconsolidated Laws, Section 8714-a, the New York State Social Services Law, Sections 20 (3) (d) and 38, and the New York State Public Buildings Law, Section 3 (13), is soliciting bid proposals for automatic vending machine service for the purpose of providing income, benefits and services to legally blind New York State residents.

IFB 1152
Automatic Vending Machine Service Various NYC Locations (US TSA, Courthouse, US FDA)

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Commission for the Blind, hereinafter known as the Commission, as authorized under the Federal Randolph Sheppard Act of 1974, the New York State Unconsolidated Laws, Section 8714-a, the New York State Social Services Law, Sections 20 (3) (d) and 38, and the New York State Public Buildings Law, Section 3 (13), is soliciting bid proposals for automatic vending machine service for the purpose of providing income, benefits, and services to New York State residents who are legally blind.

RFP 1131
NYS Learning and Enrichment After-School Program Supports (LEAPS)

Most recently amended on 4/4/2024

The New York State (NYS) Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) mission is to serve New York's public by promoting the safety, permanency, and well-being of our children, families, and communities. OCFS effectuates results by setting policies and building partnerships at the federal, state, county, and community levels that aim to positively impact practice. OCFS funding investments assist communities in creating and/or enhancing the provision of quality services in the areas of childcare, child welfare, juvenile justice, adult protective services, and services for the legally blind and visually impaired.

OCFS has released this RFP to solicit competitive applications to the NYS Learning and Enrichment After-school Program Supports (LEAPS) initiative to serve youth from Pre-K (with SACC waiver) through age 12 at time of enrollment. Eligible not-for-profit (NFP) organizations may submit proposals for the development and/or continuation of quality after-school programs in partnership with local schools and/or school districts.

Please Note: This RFP was amended on 2/22/2024, 2/29/2024, 3/13/2024, 3/28/2024, and 4/4/2024. The deadline for submission of proposals was extended to 4/25/2024 by 4:00 PM Eastern Time. The Attachment 10 – Eligible School Districts to Serve for LEAPS was updated to expand eligibility. Please refer to amended and updated documents for additional information.

Request For Proposals (RFP) and RFP Attachments
Important Application Submission Reminders
  • Applications are due April 25, 2024 by 4PM Eastern Time
  • The Application Process has Two Steps
    1. Submit the online application using the online form. After submission, a confirmation email from funding@ocfs.ny.gov will be sent. If the confirmation is not received, please contact funding@ocfs.ny.gov immediately.
    2. Reply to the confirmation email to submit all required RFP Attachments listed on Attachment 12. After submission of your required attachments, OCFS will reply confirming receipt of your documents.

    All documents must be received by the application deadline. Late documents will not be accepted.

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Questions and Answers

Questions received by OCFS have been organized by category into multiple sections.

Submission of Proposals

Application submission for this RFP will occur in two steps (specific information regarding these steps is located in RFP Section 5.4 Proposal Content and RFP Section 5.5 Proposal Submittal Process):

  • First, applicants will complete an online application form as instructed in RFP Section 5.5 Proposal Submittal Process. Applicants will automatically receive a confirmation email from funding@ocfs.ny.gov after they submit their completed application form.
  • Second, applicants should reply to the confirmation email to attach and submit all supporting documents outlined in RFP Section 5.4 Proposal Content to complete their submission process. All required documents must be submitted to funding@ocfs.ny.gov or the application submission will be considered incomplete.
  • Please use Attachment 12 – Submission Checklist to ensure all required documents are completed and submitted to OCFS via email.

Please refer to RFP SECTION 5.0 PROPOSAL CONTENT AND SUBMISSION for additional information and submission requirements.

Evaluation of Proposals

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications to submit a Proposal in accordance with RFP Section 3.1 Minimum Qualifications and RFP Section 3.2 Prequalification Process. Bidders not meeting these requirements will be disqualified from further consideration.

Applications will be evaluated and scored by trained reviewers using a structured, preapproved evaluation instrument. The final score will be based on the average of the reviewer scores. The technical proposal (evaluation of the work plan) will be worth 80 points of a proposal’s total score, and the information contained in the cost proposal (evaluation of the budget) will be worth 20 points of a proposal’s total score. Proposals will be rated by a review team using the scoring values in Section 5.4 Proposal Content. The maximum score for the cost and technical components will be 100 points. Applications that receive a minimum average score of 65 points or more will be considered for funding. Award recommendations will be based on highest-scoring applications within identified regions and ranked by final average score. NYC and downstate will be one region and the remainder of the state (“Rest-of-State”) will be the second region. OCFS may, at its discretion, take geographic and school district distribution into account to achieve more balanced statewide coverage.

Please refer to RFP SECTION 6.0 MINIMUM CRITERIA/EVALUATION PROCESS for additional information.

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IFB 1160
Grant Compliance Review Services – Child Care Stabilization 1.0 Monitoring (Reissue)

The New York State (NYS) Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) announces the release of this Invitation for Bids (IFB) to perform a grant compliance review of childcare providers’ expenditures for funds they received from the Child Care Stabilization Grants. OCFS is required to monitor how providers used their grant awards and has determined contracting with a third party is the best course of action due to the time and resources needed to perform these reviews. Approximately 750 providers will be receiving a grant compliance review.

RFP 1103
Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Services, Including Legally Exempt Caregiver Enrollment Services

Amended 02/05/2024

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity: Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Services, including Legally Exempt (LE) Caregiver Enrollment Services. This request for proposal (RFP) is for the purpose of awarding contracts to qualified not-for-profit community-based organizations that demonstrate the ability to provide services as described herein. CCR&R agencies represent a critical link between the State’s efforts to oversee and strengthen the child care system and provide quality child care services to New York State (NYS) children and families. CCR&R agencies make the child care market more effective by increasing access and resources for child care providers and families. CCR&R services must be flexible, respectful of individual choice, and serve parents of all economic and ethnic groups.

RFP 1156
Chafee Funds Program – Beyond Foster Care (CFP-B) & Education Training Voucher (ETV) Programs

The New York State (NYS) Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has released this Request For Proposals (RFP) to solicit competitive proposals for a vendor to develop two websites that will each have an online application: one website to support the Chafee Funds Program – Beyond Foster Care (CFP-B) and another website to support the Education Training Voucher program (ETV). CFP-B and ETV are federally funded and, generally, disseminate limited financial assistance to youth ages 18-23 (CFP-B) and ages 17-23 (ETV) who are aging out of foster care or formerly in foster care. Refer to Sections 2.1 and 4.1 for more specific information regarding the target population of these programs. The portals being sought via this RFP will provide the ability for eligible young adults to apply for the programs, as well as the ability to transfer funds to colleges/universities, vocational programs, and eligible young adults via electronic transfer, paper check, and/or the use of a cash card.

RFP 1134
New York State Children and Family Trust Fund

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) announces the release of this request for proposals (RFP), which provides funding from the New York State William B. Hoyt Memorial Children and Family Trust Fund (Trust Fund). This initiative is designed to support community-based family resource and support programs with the goal of preventing abuse/maltreatment and/or preventing the recurrence of abuse/maltreatment; and improving outcomes for families at risk of or experiencing child abuse and other forms of family violence.

RFP 1088
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Targeted Post-Adoptive Services

The New York State (NYS) Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has released this targeted request for proposals (RFP) to solicit competitive applications to fund one (1) post-adoption program for families who meet Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) eligibility requirements and are residing within any of the five (5) boroughs of New York City (NYC).

OCFS currently supports post-adoption community-based programs throughout NYS. This program must be designed to provide services across all five (5) boroughs of NYC. Applicants may apply for funding to start a new program or continue an existing program. A new program must begin providing services within sixty (60) calendar days of the contract start date. Program services must include case management and referral, support groups, education, family engagement and maintenance, and family preservation.

The award resulting from this procurement will have a five-year contract term from June 1, 2024, to May 31, 2029, for an award of up to $325,000 per year.