It has been announced that the Office of Mental Health (OMH) has released a Request for Proposal that will create a one-time $10 million Non-Profit Behavioral Health / Developmental Disability Providers Health Information Technology (BH-DD HIT) Investment Program. Said program has been created to support the acquisition of:

  1. information technology systems,
  2. electronic health records,
  3. billing systems, or
  4. other hardware and any other infrastructure costs associated with the inclusion of behavioral health or developmental disability services in the Medicaid Managed Care benefit package.

With the total funding available being $10 million, the award ceiling for each winning contractor is $50,000 for a one year contract. Funding is available to not-for-profit agencies. To qualify as an eligible not-for-profit agency the agency must be (1) licensed, (2) certified, or (3) approved by the Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Office of Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and its purpose must be to continue the provision of critical mental health, developmental disability, and substance abuse disorder services to millions of New Yorkers.

You can find applications located on the New York State Grants Gateway website.


Nicholle Mezier, CPA, MBA

Nicholle Mezier, CPA, MBA


Nicholle is a Manager of Cerini & Associates’ audit staff where she brings experience in audit, review, and consulting services to our general business, nonprofit and special education clients. Nicholle has worked with a large number of nonprofit clients, predominantly focusing on social service providers, healthcare providers, foundations, educational institutions, and arts and culture organizations. Nicholle’s technical knowledge allows her to provide specific services, including financial statement audits, internal and claims audits, and nonprofit outsourced accounting services. Nicholle has also contributed to the firm’s various newsletters.