Single Source Procurement: Disease Intervention Services

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.

Disease Intervention Services is an evidence-based prevention activity targeting high risk populations in order to reduce the transmission of STD and HIV infections in the community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that partner services be delivered by health department public health staff. The Bureau of STD Prevention and Epidemiology provides funding to those counties with the highest rates of syphilis, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea to provide STD disease intervention services including patient interviewing, linkage to care and partner elicitation as well as notification of sexual partners of disease exposure and referral to medical care. These funds strengthen the local infrastructure in high morbidity counties to successfully deliver this core public health function. The AIDS Institute is requesting an enhancement to the current contract with Erie County Department of Health. Additional funds are being added to Erie County's Disease Intervention contract to support the addition of a Partner Services Supervisor.

Erie County was competitively selected in 2012 as one of five counties in the jurisdiction to receive an award for STD Disease Intervention Services through a competitive procurement process. (RFA #1108121229) This RFA funded five New York State County Health Departments to reduce morbidity and mortality from STDs and support the infrastructure that is necessary to provide STD disease intervention services. These services include patient interviewing, counseling and education, partner referrals/services, and partner notification. This procurement funds current contracts through December 31, 2016.

Erie County consistently ranks among the top two counties for rates of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia infection and top ten for rates of early syphilis. Given the sexually transmitted disease morbidity in the county (ranks first in Chlamydia and gonorrhea morbidity and in top eight for syphilis morbidity) establishing a supervisory position is integral to effective disease intervention activities. This request is critical and necessary to strengthen local infrastructure and capacity for disease intervention and is consistent with partner services infrastructure in other high morbidity counties. Because this request parallels the infrastructure available in the four other funded agencies, it does not disadvantage any other applicants. The objective is to maintain the same level of capacity across New York State.

Procurement / Program Name Disease Intervention Services
Contractor Name(s) Erie County Department of Health
Contract Period 1/1/2014 – 12/31/2016
Contract Number(s) C028066