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Leveraging Opportunities in Healthcare Reform - 2015 Learning Lab

Request for Applications – Issued February 24, 2015

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Eligibility for this Request for Applications

Applications are invited from New York City nonprofits that are members of United Neighborhood Houses, the Supportive Housing Network of New York, or the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies.


Federal and New York State healthcare reforms will change the way services are provided to the people dependent on Medicaid for their care, including those served by settlement houses, supportive housing providers, and behavioral health agencies. As part of these reforms, New York State is developing new networks to offer a broad range of coordinated services to high-need individuals. To meet individuals’ complex needs, these networks will include health, mental health, and substance abuse agencies, as well as housing, health plans, hospitals, and social service providers. Moving away from a traditional fee-for-service model, reforms offer opportunities for settlement houses, supportive housing providers, and behavioral health agencies to enter into new relationships with other organizations, including contracts with these networks, to advance common goals around improved health and well-being.

To help settlement houses, supportive housing providers, and behavioral health agencies leverage opportunities in this new environment, The Trust is offering a Learning Lab. The Learning Lab is designed to enable organizations to navigate the healthcare system reforms and manage their roles effectively in the evolving environment. The Learning Lab will provide a facilitated self-assessment and preliminary planning process to help organizations gain the knowledge and practical skills needed to participate in the evolving healthcare system. Five interactive sessions will include:

  1. Healthcare reform and models for care integration (Session 1)
  2. Options for providing specific services in the evolving healthcare environment (Session 2)
  3. Financial analyses of potential services to offer in the evolving healthcare environment (Session 3)
  4. Alignment and integration strategies to provide services in an evolving healthcare environment (Session 4)
  5. Development of value propositions to engage in the evolving healthcare environment (Session 5)

Other topics will be considered based upon needs identified in organizations’ applications. The Learning Lab will offer a mix of large group and organizational learning techniques, including site visits, and participants will be given assignments to complete between sessions. Participants will be assisted in developing strategies and value propositions for their organizations to engage in the evolving healthcare environment.

Ten (10) organizations will be chosen by The Trust to join the Learning Lab. To ensure maximum benefit to participating organizations, each selected organization will be required to send the same two (2) senior staff members (e.g., Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, or Senior Program Director) to each of the five sessions. There also will be one session for the Chief Executive Officer and Board leadership from each organization. Please note the following schedule:

  • Session 1: April 15 from 9am – 12noon
  • Session 2: April 29 from 9am – 12noon
  • Session 3: May 13 from 9am – 12noon
  • Session 4: June 10 from 9am – 12noon
  • Session 4b: June 15 from 5:30 – 7:30pm (for board leaders and Chief Executive Officers)
  • Session 5: June 24 from 2:00 – 5:00pm

Applying for the Learning Lab

Applications must be submitted by email as Word or PDF documents to in 12-point font on pages with at least 1 inch margins. Applications should be three (3) to five (5) pages in length. This page count does not include the requested attachments (see below). Please paginate all documents and include your organization’s name on each page. Please also provide email and phone for an individual at your organization with whom we can discuss the application. Only one (1) application per organization will be considered.

  1. Are you a member of the United Neighborhood Houses, the Supportive Housing Network of New York, or the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies? If yes, which one(s)?
  2. What is the organization’s mission? Describe your organization’s programs/services, including any state licenses and current participation in healthcare reform networks, such as Performing Provider Systems (PPS), Health and Recovery Plans (HARPS), and Health Homes (HH).
  3. What is the organization’s target population, number of individuals served, and geographic reach? How do you think your organization’s engagement in healthcare reform could benefit your clients?
  4. What are the traditional and current funding streams for the organization’s services? What opportunities for additional funding streams has the organization explored?
  5. In what areas does the organization need assistance so it can adapt to healthcare reform? How would the organization like the Learning Lab to address these needs? Please be specific about the knowledge and skills you would like to acquire through the Learning Lab.
  6. What, if any, preliminary steps has your organization taken or planned to take to respond to health care reform?

Please also include the following attachments:

  1. Please provide an organizational chart for your agency.
  2.  Please list names and titles of two (2) senior staff members that will participate in the Learning Lab.
  3. Please submit a letter of support for the organization’s participation in the Learning Lab that is signed by both the organization’s Chief Executive Officer and Board Chair/President.

Submission Deadline

To apply, email your application to by 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 18th. The subject line should consist of “Health Reform – [Agency Name]”. If your organization is selected to participate in the Learning Lab, you will be notified no later than Friday, April 3, 2015.

Proposal Review Process

The selection committee will review all proposals, using the following criteria:

  • Timely completion of all application requirements, including answering all questions.
  • Commitment of organization’s leadership by having 2 senior leaders plan to attend all Lab sessions and complete interim assignments between sessions.
  • Clear articulation of the interests of the organization in engaging in the evolving healthcare environment.
  • Evidence of specific actions already taken to respond to healthcare reform, such as reaching out to other community-based organizations or engaging in conversations with healthcare networks.

Information Session/Bidders Conference

We will hold an Information Session/Bidders Conference on Monday, March 9, 2015 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. To attend, please email by Wednesday, March 4, 2015. When you RSVP we will provide you with the meeting location. We can only accommodate 2 people per organization at the Information Session/Bidders Conference. Organizations do not have to attend the Information Session/Bidders Conference in order to apply to participate in the Learning Lab.

Important Dates

Information Session/Bidders Conference: Monday, March 9, 2015 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by 5:00pm Eastern

Selection announced: Friday, April 3, 2015

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