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Mental Health Update

December 2, 2020
Mental Health Update

MH Update – 12/2/20 – Peer Workforce RFP announcement

The New York State Office of Mental Health is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for eligible applicants to submit proposals to serve as a contractor to educate and support the Peer Workforce.  The program will enhance peer-run organizations’ operational capacity and organizational health.  The support strategies provided will also directly assist non-peer run organizations in their transformation to hire certified peer specialists in their programs.   The strategies include but are not limited to: training non-peer staff  who  supervise peers on best practices for effectively integrating peers into the workplace; aiding OMH in preparing peer staff to work in a variety of Medicaid and other funded environments by operating the “Academy of Peer Services”, on behalf of OMH.

An integral part of NYS efforts to ensure an adequate and qualified peer workforce available to NYS agencies is the Peer Accreditation process. The successful bidder, working with the New York State Peer Specialist Certification Board (  (or subsequent successful bidder) will be responsible for augmenting existing training on the Academy of Peer Services platform so that individuals will meet the training requirements of the Peer Specialist Certification Board.

This RFP can be found on the OMH website under Procurement Opportunities at:

The RFP can also be found on the Grants Gateway at:

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