HEADS UP: OMH Request for Applications for Mitigating the Impact of Trauma in Schools

December 8, 2022

Do you have a relationship / partnership with your local school district/s?  Read the information below!

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From: omh.sm.OfficeOfPreventionAndHealthInitiatives <OfficeOfPreventionAndHealthInitiatives@omh.ny.gov>
Date: Thu, Dec 8, 2022 at 2:11 PM
Subject: OMH Request for Applications for Mitigating the Impact of Trauma in Schools
To: lauri@nyscouncil.org <lauri@nyscouncil.org>

Dear Lauri Cole,

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) announces the availability of funds for school districts throughout New York State to implement training and curriculum that will enhance the school’s capacity to be trauma responsive. Public schools across NYS are being offered the opportunity to respond to a Request For Applications (RFA) that will provide funding for districts to implement one or more prevention and intervention strategies, selected from a menu of options, in an individual school or throughout the school district. The program options support universal prevention, are evidence-based or evidence-informed, and are focused on one of the following targeted areas: mindfulness skills, bullying prevention, and creation of a school/district-wide, trauma-informed response to traumatic events.

OMH is offering this opportunity as a REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA). This procurement process is streamlined to ensure both efficiency and efficacy for the applicant. Please access this opportunity in Grants Gateway to understand what this process entails.

All applicants must be registered with the New York State Grants Gateway System. Please do not delay registration into this system.  In order to avoid potential difficulties with this system, OMH strongly suggests that all applicants complete this process as soon as possible.  Please be advised there will not be any exceptions to the deadline posted for this RFA. If you require additional assistance navigating Grants Gateway, please contact:

Grants Gateway Help Desk:

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Phone: (518) 474-5595

Email: grantsgateway@its.ny.gov

It is anticipated that OMH will make up to 61 awards across the state, contingent upon availability of funding.

This funding is specifically designated to implement a program that is not already in place.  The applicant can address a single school site or multiple school sites within a school district. Schools that received funding from the Student Mental Health Support Grant to School Districts are not eligible to receive funding.

OMH has assigned an Issuing Officer for this project. The Issuing Officer or a designee shall be the sole point of contact regarding the RFA from the date of issuance of the RFA until the issuance of the Notice of Conditional Award. The Issuing Officer for this RFA, who shall coordinate on behalf of OMH is:

Carol Swiderski

New York State Office of Mental Health Contracts and Claims 

44 Holland Avenue, 7th Floor Albany, NY12229


For additional information and requirements please refer to the Request for ApplicDear Lauri Cole,ations (RFA)issued by the New York State Office of Mental Health. Mitigating the impact of Trauma in Schools RFA can be found at: https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/rfp

All applications for this RFA must be submitted through the Grants Gateway portal.

Please share this information with your network.

Thank you