REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL The Isabella County Community Corrections Advisory by knowledgegod


									                              REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

The Isabella County Community Corrections Advisory Board is soliciting bids from
Counseling Agencies. We are interested in contracting to deliver jail and community-based
group therapy and education services to clients under supervision of the Isabella County
Trial Court. The cognitive restructuring program to be delivered is specifically designed for
the Isabella County Community Corrections. While the program has components of
substance abuse within its structure, its primary aim is to include those therapeutic elements
of cognitive change represented in evidence-based practices. The bids are for the continuous
operation of the following programs between January 1, 2009 and September 30, 2009
with the possibility of contract renewal for one year beginning October 1, 2009.

Pre-treatment Groups: the open groups are 5 weeks in duration, meets once a week and
lasts for 1.5 hours per session in the Isabella County Jail (times and days of the week are

Treatment Groups: There are two outpatient groups per week (Group A and B) that focus
on skill building, which includes emotional regulation, dealing with cravings, skillful
thinking, problem solving and relapse prevention. The semi-open groups are 12 weeks in
duration and meet for two sessions per week, with each session lasting 1.5 to 2 hours (the
dates and times of the groups are negotiable). Treatment groups are held in the community,
and therefore the prospective agency must be able to provide space and facility to
accommodate up to 12 participants per group.

It is estimated that up to 100 clients will be served per year. It is frequently the case
that two treatment groups are running at the same time, so providers are encouraged
to consider this when submitting bids.

Aftercare Groups: The open aftercare group meets once a week. The prescribed amount of
time and number of sessions of any particular client are determined by the diagnostic and
overall clinical impression of needs by the Evaluator/Group Facilitator. This occurs upon
completion of the treatment group. Aftercare groups utilize the basic tenants from the
program design - utilizing enhanced and real world applications of the skills acquired
throughout the therapy.

Drug Testing: The agency will administer random three (3) random drug screens for all
participants in the treatment groups. The test kits will be provided by Community

This renewable contract is for a period of one year. Bid proposals are due no later than
November 3, 2008 and should be directed to: Joe Caleca, Coordinator, Isabella County
Community Corrections, 300 N. Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858. The following must
be submitted as a part of the proposal:

       1) Evidence of a documented history of providing evidence-based group
          treatment to the offender population.
                  • Treatment efficacy should be supported by existing research.
                      Providers should be able to document an ability to facilitate
                      participation, commitment and trust in the group setting

       2) Documented evidence of staff trained and/or experienced in the delivery of
          cognitive-based therapies.

       3) A willingness to be trained and evaluated by the program’s designer.

       4) Evidence of self-evaluation
                 • The agency shall document the process(es) used for evaluating
                     performance as they relate to organizational goals, performance, and
                     objectives. This may include the documentation of incorporation of
                     feedback from accrediting bodies, referral sources, clientele, funding
                     agencies, and/or internal reviews.

       5) A sample substance abuse/psycho-social assessment with identifying information
                 • Assessment should include information relevant to psychosocial
                    history, family history, substance use history, diagnostics with DSM-
                    IV criteria, and treatment recommendations.

       6) A sample aftercare plan with identifying information blacked out.
                • The aftercare plan should include a description of relevant aftercare
                    issues a client would address following incarceration and the specific
                    plan by which the issues can be addressed.

       7) Evidence of a demonstrated ability to identify mental health issues.
                 • The agency should provide documentation of an ability to
                     differentiate mental health issues and make appropriate referrals

       8) Evidence of a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with referring and
           evaluation agencies.
                 • This documentation may come in the form of letters of support from
                     such agencies, or other documentation that would give evidence of
                     collaborative relationships with referral sources, or with those
                     involved in reviewing the agencies performance.

       9)     Evidence of Agency licensure and any certifications held.

                  •   The agencies are not required to be accredited but licensure of the
                      Agency is. Evaluators and Group Facilitators employed by the
                      Agency to implement services of the OCC contract are minimally
                      required to possess valid certification to provide prevention services
                      in the State of Michigan.

In addition to the requirements outlined above, the Board is asking that the Agency:

   1) Be accessible for treatment fidelity checks to be provided by a contracted agency

   2) If required, attend 3-4 meetings per year with the Community Corrections Advisory

   3) Provide timely discharge summaries from all treatment groups, including a full
      multi-axial assessment and treatment plan at the completion of pre-treatment to the
      Community Corrections Coordinator. The assessment shall include a summary of the
      pre-treatment group participation, preparedness and appropriateness for the treatment
      group, clinical impressions and any recommendations for aftercare/follow-up or
      referral for clients at the completion of the 5-week educational group, and the 12-
      week treatment group.

   4) Provide weekly attendance/participation reports to the Probation Department,
      Community Corrections Coordinator and Drug Court. The probation agent will
      participate in the treatment process by mandating the groups, agreeing to regular
      contacts by the therapists about their mutual clients, and joining treatment sessions
      whenever possible.

   5) There will be clearly defined successful and unsuccessful discharge criteria that are
      agreeable to the courts.


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