Single Source Procurement: End of AIDS - Long Island Crisis Center - Mobile Van

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.

On June 29, 2014, Governor Cuomo made an important announcement, in which he detailed a three-point plan to "Bend the Curve" and move us closer to the end of the AIDS epidemic in New York State. The goal is to reduce the number of new HIV infections to just 750 (from an estimated 3,000) by 2020.

The Governor's three-point plan includes:

  1. Identifying persons with HIV who remain undiagnosed and linking them to health care;
  2. Linking and retaining persons diagnosed with HIV in health care and maintaining them on antiretroviral therapy to maximize HIV viral load suppression so they remain healthy and to prevent further transmission; and
  3. Facilitating access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for high-risk HIV negative persons.

An important component of ending AIDS is reaching out to the highest risk communities and working with them to implement the three points which are part of the Governor's plan. One of the identified high-risk groups is young MSM of color. Long Island Crisis Center was selected through a recent procurement to provide targeted outreach, HIV/STI/HCV referral and testing services, mental health and substance use services, and Health Education – Risk Reduction interventions, including the DEBI Mpowerment (a proven behavioral change model), to young gay men/MSM of color ages 13-24 primarily from high need communities of color in Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island.

Long Island Crisis Center (LICC) has been implementing part of their program in these high need communities of color using an existing van. This van now has significant mileage/depreciation and has reached the end of its useful life. Because the van is an integral part of the program's success and because LICC is reaching a high need community identified as a priority target for the End-of-AIDS, DOH will allow a one-time-only purchase of a new van. LICC's van provides transportation services for LGBTQ youth who live in impoverished communities of color in Nassau County on Long Island. These communities include Hempstead, Roosevelt, Freeport and Uniondale and all are areas identified as high risk in the AIDS Institute's Community Need Index.

Procurement / Program Name End of AIDS - Long Island Crisis Center - Mobile Van
Contractor Name(s) Long Island Crisis Center
Contract Period 12/1/2014 – 11/30/2015
Contract Number(s) C027619