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RFA Released for Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program Grants

On Jan. 8th, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) announced the long-awaited Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program (SHCFTP), established by Section 2825-d of the Public Health Law. Applications must be submitted through the Grants Gateway and are due by 4 PM EST on Wed., March 14, 2018.

Up to $203.8 million in total is available under the SHCFTP II (Phase 2) through a Request for Applications (RFA) to health care providers that are deemed by the Commissioner of Health to fulfill or will fulfill a health care need for acute inpatient, outpatient, primary, home care, or nursing home services in a community. A minimum of $47 million of this total amount is available for community-based health care providers, which are defined as diagnostic and treatment centers, mental health and alcohol and substance abuse treatment clinics, primary care providers, and home care providers.

The objective of the SHCFTP II (RFA # 17648) is to provide grants to health care providers in support of capital projects, debt retirement, working capital, or other non-capital projects directly related to a capital project that facilitate health care transformation activities including, but not limited to, merger, consolidation, acquisition, or other activities intended to create financially sustainable systems of care or preserve or expand essential health care services. DOH has posted an outline of the grant opportunity here, with more details and a link to the full RFA posted on the Grants Gateway website here. Hinman Straub, LeadingAge NY’s General Counsel, has prepared a detailed summary, which includes a copy of the full RFA.

Substantive questions on the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program II can be emailed to Statewide2@health.ny.gov. All such questions must be received by Feb. 9th, with written responses to be posted on or around Feb. 21st. To register for the informational Applicant Webinar on Wed., Jan. 31st from 10:30 AM to 12 PM, click here. Prospective applicants may submit a letter of interest via the Grants Gateway and email a copy to Statewide2@health.ny.gov. Letters of interest are due by Fri., Feb. 23rd. Submission of a letter of interest is not a requirement of applying for this grant, but organizations that do so will receive notifications when updates/modifications are posted, including responses to written questions.

Please note that not-for-profit grant applicants are required to register in the Grants Gateway and complete the Vendor Prequalification process in order for applications to be evaluated. Information on these initiatives can be found at https://grantsreform.ny.gov/.

LeadingAge NY strongly advocated for the needs of long-term and post-acute care providers to be an emphasis of this round of the Transformation Program. The RFA provides that priority may be given for projects involving community and facility-based post-acute care and long term care support services that:

  • Reduce unnecessary emergency department visits or inpatient readmissions through innovative use of technology or workforce utilization;
  • Establish collaborations across health care provider types;
  • Provide services to patients/residents in a more home-like setting; or
  • Result in long-term financial sustainability of an essential community provider.

LeadingAge NY will keep members posted on the program.

Contact: Dan Heim, dheim@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8866