Anka Behavioral Health Starts New $1.9 Million Veterans Transitional Housing Services Contract

By: OPEN MINDS Weekly News Wire

On September 16, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded a $1.9 million contract to Anka Behavioral Health, Inc. to provide transitional housing and support services for veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The services will be provided to veterans participating in the TBI program at the VA’s Martinez Outpatient Clinic in the VA Northern California Health Care System. The initial contract period runs through September 16, 2015, followed by two one-year renewal periods.

The VA released the request for proposals (RFP VA26114Q0560) on May 19, 2014. The VA sought proposals from contractors to provide housing, care, treatment, and rehabilitative services to veterans diagnosed with TBI. This is a new VA pilot program. Proposals were due by June 20, 2014. The VA awards notice mentioned no other responses to the RFP.

The Supportive Transitions and Rehabilitation for Veterans (Anka STAR Vets) Program is a three-year contract. Reimbursement is on a per diem basis. Each year, the contractor will provide at least eight individual fully furnished dwellings; two of the units must have two bedrooms. The housing must be located with 15 miles from the Martinez VA in Martinez, California where the veterans are receiving outpatient services at the TBI clinic. The contractor provides a solution that offers veterans the opportunity to participate in life coaching and case management, coordinates transportation services for the veterans, and delivers direct support services that facilitate the veterans’ transitions from the VA Community Living Center back to the community.

Non-profit Anka Behavioral Health was founded in 1973. It provides a range of behavioral health services for children and adults, serving more than 15,000 individuals annually. Approximately 36% of Anka’s operations involve transitional housing to multiple and diverse populations, including adults and children with intellectual disabilities, individuals with mental health and co-occurring disorders, veterans, and individuals experiencing homelessness. Anka has two transitional housing contracts with the VA for homeless veterans, one in Antioch, California and one in Akron, Michigan. Both programs provide supportive transitional housing for up to two years supporting a maximum of 12 veterans at any one time per program.

A link to the full text of “Department Of Veterans Affairs RFP VA26114Q0560 Seeks Transitional Housing & Support Services For Veterans With TBI” may be found in The OPEN MINDS Circle Library at

OPEN MINDS last reported on Anka in “Low ACT Referrals From State Lead Anka Behavioral Health To Exit Delaware Contract,” which published on August 12, 2013. The article is available at

For more information, contact:

  • Karen Wise, PsyD, Senior Vice President of Northern CA Program Services, Anka Behavioral Health, Inc., 1850 Gateway Boulevard, Suite 900, Concord, California 84520; 925-825-4700, ext. 6419; E-mail:; Website:
  • Nandini Johnson, Contract Specialist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 5342 Dudley Boulevard, Building 98, McClellan, California 95652; 916-923-4562; E-mail:; Website:
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