Professional and Court Services RFP 035: Drug Court Mental Health Services in Schenectady, New York

Agency: The New York State Contract Reporter
State: New York
Level of Government: State & Local
Category:
  • Q - Medical Services
Opps ID: NBD15621706809870951
Posted Date: Sep 29, 2017
Due Date: Oct 24, 2017
Source: Members Only
Issue Date: 09/29/2017 Contract Number: PCS RFP 035
Professional and Court Services RFP 035: Drug Court Mental Health Services in Schenectady, New York
Description:

The New York State Unified Court System (UCS) Office of Court Administrations Division of Professional and Court Services is soliciting proposals for the purpose of establishing a contract to provide mental health support services for the Schenectady County Treatment Court.

UCS operates problem-solving courts, among them drug courts, which help judges and court staff respond to the needs of litigants and the community. Problem-solving courts look to the underlying issues that bring people into the court system, employ innovative approaches to address those issues, and seek to simplify the court process for litigants. A drug court involves an intervention by the court in cooperation with a team of specialists in social services, treatment, and criminal justice professionals in the local community. In return for a promise of a reduced sentence, appropriate non-violent addicted offenders are given the option of entering voluntarily into court-supervised treatment. The rules and conditions of participation are clearly stated in a contract entered into by the defendant, the defense attorney, the district attorney, and the court.

UCS has applied for funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance for the purpose of funding the Schenectady County treatment court to enhance mental health services by reducing wait times for mental health evaluations, improve referrals to match treatment to a participants specific needs, improve coordination of care, and improve participant outcomes in the drug court program. The project aims to improve service delivery and outcomes and reduce relapses and recidivism rates for justice involved individuals with COD.

UCS seeks proposals from a licensed mental health provider doing business within or with the capacity to do business within the Schenectady to provide mental health support services for a minimum of 60 participants per year. This includes evaluation and treatment planning services and appropriate trauma-specific treatment services to the treatment court.

The selected applicant will:

  • through the provision of licensed mental health clinicians, the applicant will: provide an expedited mental health evaluation within 72 hours of referral for all participants whether or not the individual has health insurance; assess the treatment needs of participants; medication management and linkages/referrals to mental health supports or increased level of care or provide evidence-based treatment services to treatment court participants; report to the court on the participants attendance, compliance with medications (if applicable) and stability of mental health;
  • provide participants with the appropriate level of individual and group counseling along with placing those clients in other treatment groups that are recommended according to their individual needs (if applicable);
  • link with the applicants medical doctor for referrals for medication-assisted treatment related to mental health if needed;
  • collaborate with project and court staff to ensure that participant services are designed to accommodate the participants vulnerabilities and prevent re-traumatization;
  • utilize the scope of knowledge of mental health issues and provide further screening for unaddressed needs;
  • act as a liaison between the applicant and the courts, as well as with the countys existing mental health systems to share information and make appropriate referrals;
  • work closely with the Resource Coordinator and treatment court staff to provide information required by the granting agency; and
  • assist with data collection and performance measures.

Applicants must provide appropriate supervision and oversight for any staff included on this project. The successful applicants staffing plan should include:

Treatment staff necessary to fulfill the treatment needs of the project including staff to facilitate trauma-informed services in a group setting. Staff should include a trauma specialist who holds a masters degree with a background in mental health.

The total available funding for the services is $371,888 over the term November 1, 2017-September 30, 2020.

For more information, visit http://www.nycourts.gov/admin/bids/currentsolicitations.shtml

Due Date: 10/24/2017 2:00 PM

Contract Term: November 1, 2017 - September 30, 2020

Location: Schenectady, New York

Ad Type: General

Primary Contact: Unified Court System, NYS
Division of Professional and Court Services
Office of Grants and Contracts
Amelia Hershberger
Management Analyst
2500 Pond View
Suite 104
Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033
United States
Ph: 518-238-4357
Fax:
ahershbe@nycourts.gov
Secondary contact: Unified Court System, NYS
Division of Professional and Court Services
Office of Grants and Contracts
Amelia Hershberger
Management Analyst
2500 Pond View
Suite 104
Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033
United States
Ph: 518-238-4357
Fax:
ahershbe@nycourts.gov

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