Single Source Procurement: Money Follows the Person Community Care Connections Program

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 New York State Department of Health Money Follows the Person Community Care Connections Program has made a determination to issue a Single Source Procurement to one eligible grantee to support ongoing currently funded projects.

The Money Follows the Person Demonstration was created by section 6071 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and extended through the FFY 2020 by Section 2430 of the Affordable Care Act. The Demonstration provides enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) reimbursement for home and community-based services provided to persons transitioning from an institutional setting to community based care, after having been in an institutional setting for more than ninety days. In 2007, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New York State's participation in the Demonstration. The additional federal funds provided by the Demonstration's enhanced match must be used to offset the cost of projects designed to rebalance the State's long-term care system and the contract with Lifespan is strongly aligned with that mission.

Lifespan of Greater Rochester Inc., a not-for-profit organization founded in 1971, has provided service to Rochester area older adults and caregivers for 45 years and currently assists approximately 25,000 older adults and caregivers per year. Lifespan's mission is to provide information, guidance and services that help older adults take on both the challenges and opportunities of longer life in a community setting. Lifespan provides many direct services, advocacy services and guidance to its service population that prevent institutionalization; as well as providing community and professional education. Lifespan is currently a provider of more than 30+ non-medical services, non-biased information, guidance, and education for older adults and caregivers in its region.

Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc. continues to be the vendor which is uniquely qualified and well positioned to continue this important work through its Community Care Connections demonstration project. Lifespan has worked strategically with various community partners to create and provide quality unduplicated services. Lifespan's unique approach to delivering services through the Community Care Connections paradigm effectively integrates a community-based aging services provider as an authentic member of the evolving health care delivery system to help older adults remain healthy in their own homes. The results of Lifespan's comprehensive evaluation of the program are crucial to demonstrating the widespread value of the service model and generalizing and replicating the services through the implementation of the project's sustainability plan. This comprehensive program evaluation is in progress with additional time needed for completion.

Procurement / Program Name Money Follows the Person Community Care Connections Program
Contractor Name(s) Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc.
Contract Period 8/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
Contract Number(s) C030146