Single Source Procurement: HIV/STD/HCV and Related Services for Young People

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 AIDS Institute is requesting to amend Contract C30980GG to support the ongoing development and maintenance of the Sexual Health Promotion for Youth Leadership (SHPYL) app.

Social media tools have the potential to deliver HIV/STD/HCV and positive sexual health prevention messages/programs to the target population in a cost-effective way through a mechanism that they are already using. This is a one-of-a-kind social networking app (in both Android and Apple compatible versions plus a website/database for content and app management) that currently targets young people 16-24 years old. By using a highly interactive and engaging format, it connects young people with medically accurate, science-based information about comprehensive sexual health, and provides resources and referrals to medical and social services in their local community.

The app contains a geo-location component that will allow users to be directly connected to a range of services including: sexual and reproductive health, mental health, STD testing and screening, HIV testing, housing, food, sexual assault services, tutoring, dental care, counseling, college admission and financial aid. The referrals will be tracked and reported directly from the app to the host organization, Oswego County Opportunities (OCO), which will then, in turn, report completed referrals and other metrics (user information and actions) to the AIDS Institute.

The additional deliverable we propose is a natural extension of this program, which is why DOH chose to amend an existing competitively procured contract and not process a discretionary contract for this work. Additionally, The agency has extensive experience in the use of social media to provide HIV/STD/HCV prevention activities that the other contractors participating in this program do not possess. Therefore OCO is the most logical, efficient, and effective recipient for these funds.

Procurement / Program Name HIV/STD/HCV and Related Services for Young People
Contractor Name(s) Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.
Contract Period 3/1/2016 – 2/28/2018
Contract Number(s) C30980GG