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Issue Date: 08/25/2020 Contract Number: TBD

PCS RFP 083: Schenectady County Treatment Court Mental Health Services


Description:

The New York State Unified Court System (UCS) Office of Court Administration’s Division of Professional and Court Services (DPCS) is soliciting proposals via this Request for Proposals (RFP) 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 is the recipient of an award by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for the purpose of funding the Schenectady County Treatment Court in Schenectady, New York, by providing mental health support services to 60 court-involved participants.

The maximum available funding over the Contract Term (September 28, 2020 – September 30, 2021) for the performance of Project Services is $184,704 (“Maximum Funding”).

The Schenectady County Treatment Court seeks to enhance mental health services by reducing wait times for mental health evaluations, improve referrals to match treatment to a participant’s specific needs, improve coordination of care, and improve participant outcomes in the drug court program.  This includes evaluation and treatment planning services and appropriate trauma-specific treatment services to the treatment court.  The project aims to improve service delivery and outcomes and reduce relapses and recidivism rates for justice involved individuals with co-occurring disorders. 

A single contract will be awarded for a term effective on or about September 28, 2020 and terminating on September 30, 2021 (“Contract Term”).

UCS shall have the option to extend the contract for a maximum of twelve (12) months upon the same terms and conditions (except for the budget, which will be subject to agreement by the parties and approval by UCS) as of the expiration date of the Contract Term. Any such extension is subject to the approval of the NYS Attorney General and the NYS Comptroller.

Proposals will be considered only from applicants who meet the following qualifications:

Applicants must possess at least two years of experience (as verified by Proposal Cover Sheet response) in performing services relevant to those described herein.

Applicants must have facilities in Schenectady County or the ability to provide services within the county.

Experience working with high-risk and underserved individuals in culturally diverse communities is preferred.

UCS seeks proposals for the performance of the services (Project Services). The selected applicant shall be required to:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Link with the applicant’s medical doctor for referrals for medication-assisted treatment related to mental health if needed.
  4. Conduct bi-weekly support groups for men and women to cover topics such as healing spiritual, relationships and parenting.
  5. Collaborate with project and court staff to ensure that participant services are designed to accommodate the participant’s vulnerabilities and prevent re-traumatization.
  6. Utilize the scope of knowledge of mental health issues and provide further screening for unaddressed needs.
  7. Act as a liaison between the applicant and the courts, as well as with the county’s existing mental health systems to share information and make appropriate referrals.
  8. Attend all court hearings and other meetings as needed.
  9. Assist in collecting and maintaining all data as required by BJA.
  10. Staff will maintain project logs, reports and records in appropriate files and database(s) and provide continuous feedback to participants’ progress with team members.
  11. Provide appropriate supervision and oversight for any staff included on this project.

 

Required Staffing:

1. Mental Health Clinician

Experience working with substance use and/or co-occurring disorder population preferred.  The Mental Health Clinician must demonstrate skill in identifying primary treatment/intervention needs, such as mental health problems, and other areas of concerns. 

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in the field of mental health counseling, social work, or a related relevant field with two (2) years of relevant experience. Experience working with criminal justice referred clients highly desired.

 2. Case Manager (part time)

Experience working with substance use and/or co-occurring disorder population preferred.  The Case Manager must have experience facilitating groups and individual sessions.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in field of criminal justice, social work, counseling, psychology, sociology, criminology.  CASAC or other qualified healthcare credential is strongly preferred.  Experience working with criminal justice referred clients highly desired. 

3. Nurse Practitioner (part time)

The Nurse Practitioner should have training and/or experience in co-occurring disorder services (preferred).   

Qualifications: New York State certified and licensed Nurse Practitioner. 

For more information, visit http://ww2.nycourts.gov/admin/bids/currentsolicitations.shtml

Due Date: 09/21/2020 2:00 PM

Contract Term: On or about September 28, 2020 – September 30, 2021

Location: Schenectady County Treatment Court

Ad Type: General


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