BIP Program RFP Released

The New York State Department of Health has issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). DOH funding link

The statewide BIP RFA provides for up to $45 million in Innovation Fund Grants to mitigate barriers to community-based care in all regions of the state for Medicaid beneficiaries with long term care needs.

The New York State Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) provides an unprecedented opportunity to make strategic investments in non-institutional Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS). BIP aligns with the guiding principles of New York’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) initiatives and the Olmstead Decision to reach the maximum number of people, in the most integrated setting and cost effective manner.

New York State’s BIP plan has allocated approximately $45 million in Innovation Fund Grants to mitigate barriers to community-based care in all regions of the State for Medicaid beneficiaries with a disability. The focus of the BIP Innovation Fund is to:

  • Increase the number of individuals served in non-institutional settings;
  • Improve access to community-based LTSS services;
  • Ensure stakeholders have a dynamic role in creating service solutions that have a lasting impact on regional LTSS delivery system; and,
  • Promote provider expertise by offering opportunities to “think differently” about how to best address barriers in transitioning from institutional to community-based settings, or assisting individuals to remain living within their communities.

Schedule of Events

Questions Due (by email only) April 4, 2014
Questions Due (by email only) April 4, 2014
Applicant Teleconference/Webinar Registration April 4, 2014
Applicant Teleconference/Webinar: April 8, 2014 from 10:00 to 11:00AM
Questions, Answers and Updates Posted April 15, 2014
Applications Due May 7, 2014 by 5:00PM

Contact Information

  • Karen M. Ambros, Project Director
    Division of Long Term Care
    New York State Department of Health
    Empire State Plaza
    Corning Tower, Room 1913
    Albany, NY 12237

Applicants must demonstrate how the proposed innovation will impact rebalancing in New York State through one or more of the following BIP-related goals:

  • Increase in the number of services and/or improvement in access to community-based services;
  • Identify barriers to home and community-based care, and effectively mitigate the identified barriers to meet the needs of the individuals served;
  • Increase capacity and/or service utilization of existing programs; and

Increase opportunities that make it possible for individuals to remain in their homes and communities or transition out of institutional settings.


AND make a difference in the lives of people living with psychiatric disabilities

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