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Issue Date: 05/10/2024 Contract Number: TBD

DISC # 1174 Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA)


Description:

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. The awarded contractor’s provision of statewide and regional office-level data to NYSCB through the CSNA will facilitate comprehensive planning and policy development and lead to identification of specific areas in need of improvement within services and supports, program practices, and policies. The contractor will work in close consultation with NYSCB staff and the NY State Rehabilitation Council to ensure the accuracy and high quality of the CSNA white paper/policy brief. 

This opportunity is authorized under Section 163 of State Finance Law as a Discretionary Purchase. OCFS intends to contract pursuant to its discretionary purchasing authority under State Finance Law Section 163(6), which authorizes purchases without a formal competitive process in certain circumstances. This funding opportunity is limited to purchases up to the Discretionary Buying Threshold from respondent organizations qualified as:

  • NYS certified Minority and/or Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE)
  • NYS certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOB)
  • NYS Small Business Enterprises (SBE)

Please see the DISC document located on the "documents" tab for additional information and submission requirements.

Due Date: 06/10/2024 4:00 PM

Contract Term: Nine months beginning no earlier than 8/1/2024 and no later than 9/1/2024

Location: Statewide

Ad Type: Discretionary procurements between $50,000 and $750,000


Primary Contact:     Children & Family Services, NYS Office of
Bureau of Contract Management

Procurement Unit
Procurement Contact
52 Washington Street
South Bldg., Rm. 202
Rensselaer, NY 12144
United States
Ph: 518-486-7224
Fax:
funding@ocfs.ny.gov

Secondary contact:     Children & Family Services, NYS Office of
Bureau of Contract Management

Procurement Unit
Procurement Contact
52 Washington Street
South Bldg., Rm. 202
Rensselaer, NY 12144
United States
Ph: 518-486-7224
Fax:
funding@ocfs.ny.gov