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Ann Marie T. Sullivan, M.D., Acting Commissioner
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Superstorm Sandy Social Services Block Grant (Sandy SSBG) Funding

Superstorm Sandy's devastating power impacted the lives of millions of New Yorkers and caused damage and suffering in hundreds of communities across the State. The storm and its aftermath exacerbated the needs of the State’s health and human service providers. To address the needs of these providers who were impacted by Superstorm Sandy and the adults and children they serve, and help them recover and rebuild, the State of New York will distribute $200,034,600 in federal Superstorm Sandy Social Services Block Grant funding through a public solicitation for proposals.

Sandy SSBG resources are dedicated to covering necessary expenses resulting from Superstorm Sandy, including social, health and mental health services for individuals, and for repair, renovation and rebuilding of health care facilities, mental hygiene facilities, child care facilities and other social services facilities.

New York will allocate Sandy SSBG funding to address four Focus Areas:

  1. Repair, renovation and rebuilding;
  2. Uncompensated operational costs, including provision of critical services during/after Superstorm Sandy;
  3. Ongoing support and social services for those impacted by Superstorm Sandy; and
  4. Flexibility to ensure that additional eligible social service needs resulting from Superstorm Sandy can be addressed.

Sandy SSBG funding must be used for costs that are:

  1. Directly related to Superstorm Sandy and populations that were impacted by it;
  2. Not reimbursed and not currently eligible for reimbursement by the federal government (including FEMA), private insurance and any other public or private funding sources. Duplication of benefits is prohibited.

All proposals must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. on August 30, 2013. For more information and to apply for this funding Leaving OMH site go to the Governor's website.