Exciting news: The MA Department of Mental Health just released its Request for Responses for a new Safe Havens program in Western Massachusetts, specifically in Hampden County. Safe Havens offers 24/7 supervised and supportive transitional housing for individuals with multiple disabilities who are experiencing chronic homelessness who are not able to utilize traditional shelters. It is a proven model that saves and transforms lives, and reduces health care and other public health costs.

Please see the RFR here: COMMBUYS – Bid Solicitation

And the Procurement Calendar is below:

Bid Release DateNovember 10, 2022
Deadline for Request for Accommodations for the Bidders’ ConferenceNovember 17, 2022, by 4:00 p.m.
Virtual Bidders’ Conference November 29, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.See Subsection 2.2 below for more information.
Deadline for Submission of Questions through COMMBUYS Bid Q&ADecember 6, 2022, by 4:00 p.m.
Posting of Answers to Bid Questions (Estimated)December 13, 2022
Deadline for Posting Responses on COMMBUYSDecember 28, 2022, by 4:00 p.m.
Review of ResponsesDecember 29, 2022 to January 12, 2023
Contract Negotiations (Estimated)January 12, 2023 to January 19, 2023
Contract Awards (Estimated)January 23, 2023
Anticipated Contract StartMarch 1, 2023*
Estimated Contract TerminationJune 30, 2025

*DMH will work with awarded bidders to address any start-up issues, including adjusting the Contract start date.

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