Single Source Procurement: Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders

Pursuant to New York State Finance Law § 163.10(b), The New York State Department of Health is presenting the following summary of relevant circumstances, and material and substantial reasons why a competitive procurement was not feasible.

The Department of Health, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention is executing a fourteen-month time extension on three current Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders (CCCEDs) contractors (C026735- C026737). The amended contract will contain a 14 month fixed-term budget. The current contracts with these three CCCEDs expired on March 31, 2016. The Department is extending the current CCCEDs identification through June 4, 2017. This extension will allow the Department to comply with Budget Bulletin H1032, which requires that agencies cease issuing 4/1 start dates for grant contracts. It will also provide additional time for the Department to solicit interest among other eligible entities who may wish to participate in the CCCED program at the end of the contract period, with no lapse in service.

Eating disorders are real, treatable mental health disorders. They frequently coexist with other illnesses such as depression, substance abuse, or anxiety disorders. Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder, 95% of those are between the ages of 12 and 26 years. An estimated 10-15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are males; men are less likely to seek treatment. The prevalence of eating disorders in athletes is 13% in judged sports (sports that score participants) as compared to 3% in refereed sports. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are the most common eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa is characterized as a restrictive disorder, in which food intake is extremely limited. Bulimia nervosa is characterized by binge eating, followed by forms of purging (vomiting, extreme exercise, laxative use) to minimize the effects of overeating. Eating disorders are frequently characterized by a strong need for control, which is manifested through eating behaviors, and may be related to stressful life events. Both anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa can be associated with other serious biological, psychological and sociological morbidity. The treatment of these co-morbidities, in addition to the eating disorder, is critical to an individual’s recovery.

The majority of care for these disorders is provided by Article 31 mental health outpatient clinics. The CCCED contractors conduct public awareness activities; provide treatment to patients with a range of eating disorders; promote, develop and operate of a continuum of comprehensive, coordinated care for persons with eating disorders; provide ready access to care and information, referral and treatment services on eating disorders for consumers; and conduct regional and statewide research efforts into effective methods of education, prevention and treatment, including research on the various models of care.

Contractors were awarded contract(s) as a result of the competitive procurement process. This is a 14 month extension of the contract(s) under the same terms, conditions, and pricing authorized under the existing contract(s). The single source extension period will allow for the continuation of critical services pending outcome of a new competitive procurement to obtain these services.

Procurement / Program Name Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders
Contractor Name(s)

Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders, Northeastern New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders, Metropolitan New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders
Contract Period 4/01/2016 – 5/31/2017
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