Supportive Housing and Community Support Services

State Issues RFP for Dually Diagnosed Individuals
Discharged from State Psychiatric Hospitals

Supportive HousingThe New Jersey Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) has issued an Request for Proposals (RFP) for Supportive Housing and Community Support Services for Individuals Discharged from State Psychiatric Hospitals who are Dually Diagnosed (DD-MI.)

The Bidder’s Conference will take place on:

Monday, January 12, 2015 – 1:30 p.m.
222 South Warren Street
1st Floor Conference Room
Trenton, NJ

Applications are do no later than Monday, February 9, 2015, no later than 5:00 p.m. Chosen applicants will be notified on Monday, March 16, 2015.

Quoting from the RFP, the purpose and intent is:

“ … to develop or expand supportive housing to serve a minimum of 20 individuals who are Dually Diagnosed (DD-MI) in a New Jersey State Psychiatric Hospital.

The total annualized funding is $1,870,000 subject to State appropriations.

Specifically, the DMHAS seeks to facilitate the discharge of individuals on Conditional Extension Pending Placement (CEPP) status. The current RFP will pair housing subsidies funded by the DMHAS and administered by the New Jersey Housing Mortgage and Finance Agency (NJHMFA) with service dollars to develop or expand community supportive housing programs.”

And as further background and information about the population to be served,

“While the Division has a long history of seeking to develop or expand the network of community housing opportunities for persons with serious mental illness, this current RFP is part of a larger initiative related to the Olmstead Settlement Agreement (Olmstead), under which the DMHAS has committed to effecting the timely discharge of persons in state psychiatric hospitals determined to no longer require that level of care. The Division is committed to discharging these persons as promptly as possible after the consumers are placed on CEPP status.

In past community development, the Division has concentrated on the overall development of service capacity as a means of addressing the availability of supports within a context of dynamic service demands. As the Division moves to meet its obligations under Olmstead, however, it has recognized the need to implement a new, more direct strategy of service development, based on the community support needs of specific persons awaiting discharge from the state psychiatric hospitals. This RFP is one in a series of requests that will embrace this approach.”

Click here to view the RFP