RFP for Counseling Services for Domus
Domus seeks to collaborate with a service provider(s) that is interested and willing to
engage our young people and their families in counseling services. We are looking for
providers who want to work with young people in non-traditional settings, who are
comfortable providing services in the home and in the community, and who are excited
about engaging a population that has been resistant to traditional therapy.
Youth who are enrolled in one or more Domus program, which include: Domus House,
Passages, Trailblazers Academy, Stamford Academy, Bridges, Project Hope, Westhill
Family Advocate program, Lion’s Den, Extended Day Program at Domus’ new
Lockwood Avenue location, and Chester Addison Community Center. Many of our youth
have had traumatic stress exposures, multiple losses, and insecure attachments. Services
will also be provided to the family members of the enrolled young people, through group,
individual, and/or family therapy.
Domus will provide the funding for this initiative. Agencies and independent clinicians
are encouraged to help offset the cost of services by obtaining reimbursement from third-
party payers when possible.
Domus will provide $50,000 for a minimum of 50 to 75 slots. At any given time during
this contract period, there should be 50 to 75 slots available for Domus youth/families. If
a young person is discharged from counseling services, an alternative youth/family
member is given that slot. For the purposes of this RFP, a young person and his family
are counted as a single slot. Agencies/individuals may propose the number of
slots/amount of funding they require. One provider need not bid on the entire project.
Funding for creative engagement activities is included in the above amount. Domus will
not be responsible for reimbursing for activity-related costs.
Period of Award:
The award period will begin on or about October 1, 2009, and will end on August 31st,
2010. We expect contracted providers to supply services through the summer months.
Scope of work:
Domus is looking for providers who are:
Willing to provide creative approaches to engaging young people and families
Willing to take initiative for creating relevant programming based on the
needs of young people and families
Willing to provide treatment in the home and/or school when needed
Willing to provide treatment to young people in non-traditional settings
(basketball court; diner; on a walk to get ice cream). Contracted providers are
expected to utilize allotted funds to offset costs of non-traditional engagement
activities. Domus will not provide additional funding for these costs
Willing to work on a flexible schedule based on the needs of young people
Willing to explore and utilize alternative payment methods such as VOCA
free care services(Victim of Crimes Act) and health insurance to help offset
the cost of services
Willing to devote a considerable amount of time to engagement and
relationship building (ex// no 3 missed appointments and you’re out)
Willing to work closely with Domus staff to implement strategies for assisting
young people in their day to day lives (school, work, community center)
Willing to work closely with Director of Clinical Services to continuously
evaluate and adapt services based on changing needs of our young people and
Possessed of the understanding that many of our young people have been in
traditional therapy for much of their lives and feel it has not helped them
Willing to approach services in a way that creates a new experience of
treatment for young people and families
Willing to allow Domus to interview and accept or reject any proposed
clinicians that will be working on the project
Committed to helping a young person obtain a higher level of care only when
absolutely necessary and willing to continue to work with the young person
until that alternative service has been identified and the young person has
begun the treatment.
We are looking for the following types of evaluative services:
Emergency mental health evaluations (with understanding that service need
has already been deemed appropriate by an LCSW)
We are looking for the following types of treatment services:
Multi-modal treatment approaches that address physiological and
psychological impact of trauma (especially trauma of the chronic type)
Evidence based trauma informed interventions
Mind/Body therapies –yoga, boxing, physical movement
Eye Movement De-Sensitation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Group treatment approaches with young people and/or parents
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Expressive Art Therapy
Family Work with difficult to engage families
Psychiatric treatment and medication management
Other services that providers believe are helpful with this population
Length of Service:
Each young person will have an individualized counseling service plan developed. This
plan will be based upon the goals of the young person, the young person’s individual
needs, and the clinical progress that a clinician believes the young person able to make.
Clinicians will work closely with the young person, the young person’s family, and the
family advocate/Domus staff member to aggressively hit the target goals that the young
person has set, so they are not indefinitely languishing in counseling.
Referrals will be made by Domus staff as well as: young people self referring; parent
referrals; and community referrals. Providers must be able to meet referring entities
where they are. Although every effort will be made for referrals to be complete and
thorough, an incomplete referral should not hold up the counseling process. Many of our
young people have incomplete psychological histories, and we will rely on the awarded
agency to help us secure any previously completed mental health evaluations and/or
assessments. It is our expectation that the awarded provider will actively begin the
counseling process within 2 weeks of referral (except in urgent cases in which the
provider is expected to provide more immediate assessment and intervention)and will not
delay the process due to inadequate referral information.
Deadline for receipt of proposals: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, at 3pm. The person
listed below must receive one original and 6 copies no later than 3pm local time,
irrespective of method of delivery, at the following location:
Director of Clinical Services
Domus (at Stamford Academy)
229 North Street
Stamford, CT 06901
Each copy must be complete, collated, and ready for reviewers. Faxed or electronic (e-
mailed) versions will not be accepted.
Must be submitted by e-mail by 4p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2009 and directed to
Courtney Baker (email@example.com). Responses will be given on or around
October 14, 2009. All questions and responses will be e-mailed to all applicants.
1. Please provide us with a description of your agency and why you believe your
agency is well situated to provide these services to our young people.
2. Please talk about the ideas you have for engaging young people and their families
in treatment in non-traditional settings and with non-traditional methods.
3. How do you envision reaching out to a young person or family who misses
sessions or is otherwise reluctant? What is your philosophy on why sessions are
4. Please identify the number of slots your organization is willing to provide and the
accompanying budget for those slots.
5. Please talk about how you view the partnership between the awarded agency,
parents, the young person and the Domus staff. Are you familiar with Domus’
philosophy? Core principles? How are these aligned with your
agency’s/individual philosophy and core principles? What does it mean to you to
never give up on a person?
Page Limit 10 (excludes cover sheet and appendices)
Submission Format Clipped copies
Font Size 12 point
Paper Size 8.5 X 11 (Portrait)
Margins 1 inch all sides
Font Type Times New Roman
Line Spacing Double
Respondent will include, in order:
1. Cover sheet
2. Application questions
Appendix 1 Organizational Chart
Appendix 2 Staff Resumes
Counseling Services RFP, Domus
Name of Agency:
Application Contact Person:
Contact person phone number and Fax:
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