Single Source Procurement: Alzheimers Community Assistance Program (AlzCAP)

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

The provision of support services to persons with dementia and their unpaid caregivers who provide 70% of the support needed by people with dementia has been demonstrated to delay nursing home placement. The effectiveness of this approach has been demonstrated by numerous research studies, including a recent study, "Improving Caregiver Well-Being Delays Nursing Home Placement of Patients with Alzheimer's Disease" (Mittelman, Neurology, November 14, 2006), which concluded that enhancing services to the patient and caregiver can improve quality of life for individuals and delay institutional placement by one and half years (557 days). The delayed placement represents up to $199,696 savings per patient (based on average Medicaid annual nursing home cost of $130,681). Coordinated delivery of community based services provided by a Program Coordinator to persons with dementia and their families is essential in maintain people in their communities.

The NYS DOH has an executed sole source contract with the Coalition of NYS Alzheimer's Association chapters to implement the Alzheimer's Community Assistance Program (AlzCAP) for the period 4/1/2013 through 3/31/2018. The state level coalition funds the local Alzheimer's Association chapters which in turn provide support to persons with dementia and their nonprofessional caregivers throughout NYS. These services include, but are not limited to, 24 hour helpline, education for family and caregivers, care consultation, support groups, respite and outreach. The purpose of this request is to add funding to the remaining four years of this contract (4/1/2014 through 3/31/2018). With this additional funding, the Alzheimers Association chapters would provide services to populations (either geographically or specific cultural/ethnic groups) that are currently underserved. In addition, the Alzheimer's Association will identify a program coordinator for the statewide coalition; this individual will be the responsible liaison between NYS DOH program staff and the seven subchapters.

The Coalition of NYS Alzheimer's Association Chapters provide a broad range of unique, evidence-based programs and services for people with the disease, families, care partners, residential care professionals, and professional health care providers. This is the only organization in NYS that provides these services statewide.

Procurement / Program Name Alzheimers Community Assistance Program (AlzCAP)
Contractor Name(s) Coalition of the NYS Alzheimer's Association Chapters
Contract Period 4/1/2014 – 3/31/2018 (4 years)
Contract Number(s) C028497