Office of AIDS
Released Funding and Supplies Opportunities
Strategic HIV Prevention Projects (formerly called “HIV Demonstration Projects”)
Since the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) in 2010, and as emphasized in the 2015 update to the NHAS, the effectiveness of treatment as prevention and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as prevention strategies has become clear. The most effective approaches are those that focus on those most at risk for acquisition or transmission of HIV, and include an array of strategic prevention strategies focused on biomedical, behavioral, and structural interventions. Effective interventions also address psychosocial factors, such as stigma or intimate partner violence (IPV), that directly influence HIV prevention and transmission.
The Office of AIDS (OA) at the California Department of Public Health is soliciting responses to this RFA for funding for Strategic HIV Prevention Projects that are meant to reach individuals at high risk for HIV infection and enhance their engagement with HIV care and prevention. Eligible applicants, as listed in the RFA, include California health departments and community-based organizations in the jurisdictions representing more than 98 percent of all Californians living with HIV. Established by Senate Bill 870, state General Fund local assistance in the amount of $2.85 million annually was approved to establish up to four projects. OA will determine the final funding levels for each award based on responses to this RFA and local factors including geographic area and HIV prevalence.
Priority populations to be reached through these Strategic HIV Prevention Projects include gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men, transgender women, people who inject drugs, and partners of HIV-positive people. Special emphasis should be placed on young gay and bisexual men, young transgender women, and gay and bisexual men and transgender women of color.
This RFA is aligned with the NHAS, which directs federal HIV prevention funding allocations to the jurisdictions and communities where HIV is most heavily concentrated, and prioritizes resource distribution to activities most likely to reduce HIV transmission. In order to meet the goals of the NHAS, this RFA will support implementation of an array of evidence-based strategies that include biomedical, behavioral, and structural interventions tailored to the needs of diverse and underserved populations at high risk for HIV and/or of being lost to care. The intent of the Strategic HIV Prevention RFA is to provide:
Increased access to HIV and HCV testing
Increased linkage to HIV care
Increased retention in HIV care
Increased awareness of and access to PrEP
Increased engagement and retention in PrEP-related services
OA looks forward to receiving applications from all eligible entities in order to support implementation of Strategic HIV Prevention Projects to reduce new HIV infections, improve health outcomes, reduce HIV-related health disparities, and achieve maximal results in addressing the HIV epidemic in California.
The Strategic HIV Prevention Projects RFA can be accessed here: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/aids/Pages/OARFAlistings.aspx
Please note the following important dates:
- Questions about the RFA must be submitted in writing by email to StrategicPP@cdph.ca.gov by Monday, March 27, 2017 by 5 pm PST.
- Questions and responses will be posted on this webpage by Monday, April 3, 2017.
- Mandatory electronic Letter of Intent is due on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by 5 pm PST.
- Electronic application submission is due on Monday, April 17, 2017 by 5 pm PST.
Please see the RFA for Letter of Intent and application submission information.
If you have any questions about the information in this letter, please contact Matthew Willis at Matthew.Willis@cdph.ca.gov or at 916-449-5797, or send an e-mail to StrategicPP@cdph.ca.gov.
For more information, please refer to:
Strategic HIV Prevention Projects RFA (PDF)
California Syringe Exchange Supply Clearinghouse
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Center for Infectious Diseases (CID), Office of AIDS (OA) announces the establishment of the California Syringe Exchange Supply Clearinghouse and the opportunity for authorized California syringe exchange programs (SEPs) to apply to participate in the program. The Supply Clearinghouse will offer a baseline level of needles and syringes, other harm reduction supplies and sharps waste disposal services on an ongoing basis to authorized California SEPs. This opportunity is in partnership with Point Defiance AIDS Project, doing business as North American Syringe Exchange Network (NASEN) to prevent the transmission of HIV and hepatitis C virus and other blood-borne diseases and to enhance the health and wellness of people who inject drugs by strengthening the statewide network of service providers and increasing the organizational stability of California syringe exchange programs.
Authorized syringe exchange programs interested in receiving supplies from the new California Syringe Exchange Supply Clearinghouse can request an application from NASEN by emailing Shantel Davis at Shantel@nasen.org.
All authorized California SEPs are eligible to apply. Participating programs will be required at minimum to provide syringes and other harm reduction supplies, collect sharps waste, provide referrals to drug treatment, HIV and HCV services, and collect and report data about their services to OA.
Notification of Intent of Award Contracts in Response to the Request for Applications (RFA) #15-10916: HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Navigator
HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Navigator Services Program
Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a biomedical intervention for HIV-negative individuals that is demonstrated to be effective at reducing the risk of HIV infection by over 90% when taken consistently. A comprehensive and system-wide approach is necessary to ensure that HIV-negative persons at risk of being exposed to HIV are effectively linked to and managed on PrEP.
In SB75 (Committee on Budget, Chapter 18, Statues of 2015), the California Legislature appropriated funding to establish PrEP Navigator Services Programs to reach individuals at high risk for HIV infection. The Office of AIDS (OA) at the California Department of Public Health is soliciting responses from eligible entities (EEs) for funding, and will determine final funding levels for each awardee based on RFA responses and local factors including geographic area, HIV prevalence, and other PrEP implementation dollars available in the area.
All California Local Health Jurisdictions (LHJs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) within those jurisdictions that meet RFA criteria are defined as Eligible Entities. Any eligible CBO within an LHJ can apply directly to OA. EEs are encouraged to apply for this funding individually or in collaboration with other EEs.
OA looks forward to receiving applications from all eligible entities in order to support implementation of PrEP navigation systems to reduce new HIV infections, improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities, and achieve maximal results in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in California.
Please note the following important dates:
- Questions about the RFA must be submitted in writing by email to PrEP@cdph.ca.gov by Monday, January 25, 2016 by 5 pm PST.
- Questions and responses will be posted on this webpage by Monday, February 1, 2016.
- Mandatory electronic Letter of Intent is due on Thursday, February 4, 2016 by 5 pm PST.
- Electronic application submission is due on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by 5 pm PST.
For more information, please refer to:
ADAP RFPs and Contracts
- Pharmacy Benefits Management Services
On October 20, 2015, ADAP, in collaboration with the Department of General Services, Procurement Division / Pharmaceutical Acquisitions Section released a request for proposal (RFP) for Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) services, RFP #1503-001. The purpose of this RFP is to select a contractor to administer the ADAP statewide pharmacy network and manage patient medication services for ADAP clients. ADAP’s current PBM contract expires on June 30, 2016. Final proposals were scored on March 7, 2016 and DGS announced the solicitation awardee, Magellan Rx Management, on March 11, 2016. ADAP has worked with DGS and internal CDPH partners to streamline the contracting process. The new PBM contractor currently maintains a large pharmacy network in California ensuring a seamless transition for clients accessing their life-saving medications and also provides PBM services for two other state ADAP programs, New Hampshire and Idaho. Magellan Rx Management will begin providing PBM services throughout the state effective July 1, 2016.
- Enrollment Benefits Management Services
A.J. Boggs & Company will manage an enrollment system to track benefits and coverage for eligible ADAP clients. Clients will be able to provide and update eligibility information and view benefits via a secure web portal. Clients and enrollment workers will also be able to send messages and upload eligibility verification documentation through this secure web portal.
- Insurance Benefits Management and Medical Benefits Management Services
On September 4, 2015, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Office of AIDS, AIDS Drug Assistance Program released RFP #15-10344 for Insurance Benefits Management and Medical Benefits Management services through CDPH’s Contracts Management Unit. The purpose of this RFP is to select contractor(s) to administer premium and medical out-of-pocket cost payments for eligible clients. After a thorough review of the technical requirements and costs, the evaluation team agreed onto award both IBM and MBM services to one qualified bidder which will allow for coordinated insurance benefits. On January 5, 2016, the award for the Insurance Benefits Management and Medical Benefits Management RFP is Pool Administrators, Inc. was announced.
Reviewers Needed for Responses to RFA 15-10916
Funding appropriated by the California Legislature through SB75 (Committee on Budget, Chapter 18, Statues of 2015) establishes PrEP Navigator Services Programs to ensure that HIV-negative persons at high risk for HIV are effectively linked to and provided with appropriate support for PrEP. Funding for these programs will be awarded based on responses to a statewide competitive RFA.
- A review panel composed of Office of AIDS (OA) staff and external stakeholders will evaluate and score eligible applications in accordance with criteria put forward in the RFA.
- Reviewers will be neutral, qualified individuals selected based on the expertise needed to objectively assess the quality of applications and evaluate the merit of proposed activities. All reviewers should possess subject matter expertise and/or direct experience relevant to HIV client navigation and providing HIV prevention and care services to RFA target populations. Reviewers will also need to be able to confirm and abide by a conflict of interest statement.
- Application review will be conducted via webinar – reviewers will not be required to travel. We anticipate that reviewers will need to commit 10-15 hours of time to the review process and be available the week of February 22-26, 2016.
- If you are interested in serving on a review panel, please send an email to PrEP@cdph.ca.gov. If you have any questions about the RFA itself or the RFA review process, please contact Carol Crump at 916-449-5965 or email@example.com.
RFAs Pending Award
- California Statewide Training and Education Program
The State of California, Department of Public Health (CDPH), Center for Infectious Diseases, Office of AIDS (OA), is pleased to announce the continuation of the California Statewide Training and Education Program (CSTEP). OA has the lead responsibility for coordinating state programs, services, and activities related to HIV/AIDS (California Health and Safety Code Section 131019).
The purpose of CSTEP is to provide a statewide mechanism to assess training needs among medical and support service providers, and other professionals working with HIV persons, develop relevant curricula on HIV related topics and health literacy, conduct trainings, establish and maintain accessible training formats, and evaluate training effectiveness. CSTEP responds to HIV service provider needs by offering training on relevant topics including: navigation through health care systems, HIV education, HIV treatment options and adherence counseling, health care benefits, enrollment in health insurance, HIV prevention, and impacts to HIV care services due to the Affordable Care Act. CSTEP trainings are provided using regional in-person, online, and webinar formats. CSTEP is a training program that has been in existence for over a decade and will continue through a twenty four month term, which begins April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2018.
For more information, please refer to:
CSTEP RFA (PDF)
CSTEP RFA Announcement (PDF)
Attachment 1 Cover Sheet (PDF)
Attachment 2 CDPH STD 204 (PDF)
Attachment 3 Budget Detail and Narrative Worksheets (PDF)
Attachment 4 Budget Narrative Description (PDF)
Attachment 5 Contractual Terms and Conditions
CDPH HIPAA (PDF)
CDPH Exhibit D/F (PDF)
If you have any questions regarding this RFA, please email OACareRFA@cdph.ca.gov
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