OMH Family Peer Support Services Readiness Funding

FPSS Readiness Funding Opportunity

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is providing a targeted, one-time funding to current 1650 program code family peer support providers under the children’s behavioral health transformation and transition to Medicaid Managed Care.  Identified providers have been designated for direct provision of family peer support services and youth peer support under the new Children and Family Treatment and Support Services.  Allocated funding is intended to support creating new avenues of referrals and building service volume to serve a greater number of children and families in need.

For more information click on the following resources:

OMH Announcement Letter

Template Criteria for FPSS Readiness Grants

Proposal Q & A

FTNYS has created this platform for information sharing as you prepare your proposals for OMH Readiness Funds.  Send your questions to Laurie Rivera at or call (518) 432-0333 ext. 17.  New questions, and their answers, will be posted here as they are received until September 28, 2018.

Question 1 and Answer

When programs share in the proposal the number of new referrals that they are expecting, does OMH want the number by quarter or by year for each target? OR, would a percent increase overall be OK?

Any of these methods would be acceptable but programs will have to report by number quarterly.

Question 2 and Answer

Is the $500,000 just for the FPSS budget? Or, the agency budget?

The referenced $500,000 is just 1650 program state aid funding.

Question 3 and Answer

How did OMH come up with the amounts eligible to be awarded? It appears that those that make less get less, and those that make more get more.

The amount of money for distribution will be broken into three different amounts:

  • $15,000 for eligible applicants who received less than $500,000 in State Aid Funding in calendar year 2017.
  • $20,000 for eligible applicants who received more than $500,000 in State Aid Funding in calendar year 2017.
  • $30,000 for independent family-run organizations who received State Aid funding in calendar year 2017 regardless of the amount of that funding.

Question 4 and Answer

How many Independent family-run organizations, which receive 1650 funds and are designated to provide Family Peer Support Services, are there? 

There are currently 12 organizations; click on the resource below for more information.

Family Run 1650 501c3 

Question 5 and Answer

What is the turnaround time for replying to the proposal?

The deadline is COB on September 28, 2018.  OMH will be looking for the 5 bullets on the proposal to be addressed. Once a proposal is accepted and funding tier determined, funding is anticipated to be available by the end of October.

Question 6 and Answer

Can the funds be used to hire someone part-time to complete the work?

Yes, so long as the agency feels that is needed.  Please be cautioned this is a one-time, small amount of funding that will not be able to sustain a permanent position.

Question 7 and Answer

Do the funds need to be spent by the end of the calendar year?

OMH anticipates that the agencies will spend the money over four (4) quarters, not by the end of 2018.

Question 8 and Answer

How will agencies decipher how many new families they will be serving?

That should be an estimation. Agencies will not be evaluated on the number of families they serve.  It is suggested that agencies utilize the number of families to be served from a provider’s designation application as a starting point.

Question 9 and Answer

How complicated does the business plan for managing referrals have to be?

A provider’s business plan should reflect a spending plan based on the parameters of the proposal.

Question 10 and Answer

Are agencies eligible to receive the funding if they are designated by September 28, 2018 and have not received their designation letter?

It is the intent of OMH to have all of our existing providers become designated.  If a provider hasn’t received their designation letter but has submitted an application, OMH will take that into consideration on a case by case basis.

Question 11 and Answer

Are agencies allowed to pool their funds to get a bigger bang for their buck?

Yes, if pooling funds to leverage marketing makes sense to agencies.  Please consider how the individual agencies are going to expand their services to nontraditional referral sources within their designated counties as outlined in the proposal.

Question 12 and Answer

What is the difference between the “proposal” and the “Comprehensive Work plan” due Dec. 31st?

The proposal is top of the trees overarching vision for the funding.  By 12/31/18 OMH is looking for a comprehensive work-plan that addresses the details/the “how” of your proposal.

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