WCBHB REQUEST FOR FUNDING
Funds for these services come from federal and state subsidies, grants and entitlements as well as fees and donations. The board approves expenditures and sets policies to assure the best use of public funds. The Behavioral Health Board also educates the public about its agencies and programs and keeps up-to-date about the best methods of prevention and treatment.
Washington County Behavioral Health Board (WCBHB) is a governmental agency established by Ohio Revised Code Chapter 340 to manage the County’s public behavioral health system. As such, WCBHB serves as the local behavioral health authority. In this role, WCBHB envisions a county where people live and thrive in communities that promote and support behavioral health and wellness.
WCBHB is committed to enhancing the behavioral health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities through:
• The promotion of behavioral health and wellness, education, prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery;
• The creation and leadership of an integrated network of providers that promotes universal access to comprehensive, data-driven services; and
• Advocacy and leadership of behavioral health-related efforts to align resources, programs, and policy.
Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), WCBHB is seeking qualified organizations interested in providing prevention programs, mental health and/or addiction services, and/or recovery supports to residents of Washington County, Ohio. WCBHB is committed to selecting service providers that are particularly dedicated to providing high quality, culturally and linguistically competent care that is responsive to the diverse needs of vulnerable populations.
Providers will need to meet or exceed the Federal and State Medicaid standards for agreed upon services; adhere to the Requirements and Procedures for Mental Health Services provided by agencies spelled out in Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 5122-29; and fulfill the requirements of the WCBHB as set forth in this RFP.
This RFP is open to governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and for-profit organizations that provide prevention programs for children, adolescents, and/or adults, mental health and/or addiction services, and/or recovery supports. While preference will be given to governmental agencies and non-profit organizations, the WCBHB may also consider for-profit organizations that demonstrate excellence in meeting the needs of their clients. The organization should be located in southeast Ohio—ideally, Washington County—but the WCBHB may also consider programs, services, and activities that benefit a major portion of Washington County, Ohio. While preference will be given to contract proposals, the WCBHB may also consider grant proposals from governmental agencies and non-profit organizations.
The WCBHB does not endorse a particular evidence-based practice or list of practices, but will give preference to proposals that incorporate best practices. Proposals should include evidence and rationale for the efficacy of their proposed approaches.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
WCBHB requests proposals from qualified providers of programs, services, and facilities that can help WCBHB meet one or more of the essential elements of the community-based continuum of care required by the Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 340. These elements include the following:
1. Prevention and wellness management services consistent with the Future of Prevention Theory issued by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services https://mha.ohio.gov/Schools-and-Communities/Community-and-Housing/SPF/Future-of Prevention
2. Outreach activities—locate persons in need of mental health services or addiction services and inform them of available services and recovery supports
3. Engagement activities—help persons who receive mental health services or addiction services to obtain services necessary to meet basic human needs for food, clothing, shelter, medical care, personal safety, and income
4. Assessment services
5. Care coordination
6. Residential services
7. Outpatient services
9. Intensive (e.g. partial hospitalization and assertive community treatment)
10. Withdrawal management
11. Emergency and crisis
12. Inpatient services (where appropriate)
- Psychiatric care
- Medically managed treatment
13. Recovery supports
- Peer support
- A wide range of housing and support services, including recovery housing • Employment, vocational, and educational opportunities
- Assistance with social, personal, and living skills
- Multiple paths to recovery (e.g. twelve-step approaches and parent advocacy connection) • Support, assistance, consultation, and education for families, friends, and persons receiving mental health services, addiction services, and recovery supports
14. Addiction services and recovery supports for all levels of opioid and co-occurring drug addiction
15. Protecting the rights of persons receiving any elements of the community-based continuum of care
16. Ensuring that persons receiving care are able to utilize grievance procedures applicable to the elements they are receiving.