“The Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department (BHSD) is seeking proposals from qualified vendors to provide the following services:
1. Transitional Housing Units – Provide interim housing, case management, and other supportive services to Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) and/or co-occurring adults involved in the criminal justice system.
2. Co-Ocurring Outpatient Services – Provide services to SMI adults and older adults with cooccurring disorders whose level of functioning, symptoms, and psychiatric history necessitate service intervention to maintain the individual in community settings. The target population to be served shall be adults (ages 18 to 59) and older adults (60 and over) who are residents of Santa Clara County and are involved in the criminal justice system.
3. Intensive Outpatient Services – Provide Intensive Outpatient services to individuals leaving custody, an inpatient setting, Emergency Psychiatric Services, or an Institute for Mental Disesase, by way of intensive community services and supports for up to 120 days. The population to be served will be high risk SMI and/or Dually Diagnosed (Mental Health and Substance Abuse) adults, ages (18 to 59) and older adults (60 and over) who are involved in the criminal justice system…
Criminal Justice Transitional Housing Units
The County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services Department (BHSD) is seeking proposals from qualified applicants to provide Transitional Housing Units (THU) for individuals involved in the Adult Criminal Justice System of Care.
II. Background Information
Research studies have indicated that individuals discharged from correctional facilities into the community without appropriate housing are at increased risk of incarceration. According to a 2013 report, the Council reported that, “Individuals without stable housing are already at greater risk for incarceration than the general population. However, sub-groups within the homeless population—namely individuals with mental health issues, veterans, and youth—have even more widespread incarceration histories.”
At the end of 2015, the County of Santa Clara conducted its biennial Point-in-Time Count of the homeless and found that 6,556 individuals were either on the streets, in encampments or in shelters. A survey administered shortly thereafter indicated that there were 2,169 chronic homeless individuals in Santa Clara County. Of the total homeless population, 39% had a mental illness, 38% had a substance abuse condition, 22% suffered from chronic physical illness, and 30% had a physical disability. Furthermore, 30% of homeless individuals spent at least one night in a correctional facility. Thus, available housing services are invaluable to homeless individuals residing in Santa Clara County, particularly the Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) population and those involved in the Criminal Justice System.
III. Target Population and Geographic Area
The target population to be served will be high risk clients involved in the Criminal Justice system that are:
A. SMI and/or co-occurring adults (ages 26-59) with full Medi-Cal benefits or have no health insurance;
B. Homeless or at risk of homelessness (e.g., leaving an institutional setting);
C. Residents of Santa Clara County; and
D. Open and receiving services through the BHSD Criminal Justice Services (CJS) Division.
All clients will meet Medi-Cal medical necessity criteria. THUs will provide stable housing for Behavioral Health Criminal Justice Involved clients that are transitioning from incarceration, residential treatment, or hospitalization…
Co-Occurring Outpatient Services
The Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department (BHSD) is seeking proposals from qualified applicants to provide integrated outpatient treatment to individuals who have co-occurring disorders, mental health and substance abuse conditions, and whose level of functioning, symptoms, and psychiatric history necessitate outpatient services to maintain the individual in the community.
Services shall be provided to adults ages (18 to 59) and older adults (60 and over) who are residents of Santa Clara County, and involved in the behavioral health criminal justice system. Individuals shall have full scope Medi-Cal benefits or be uninsured. CONTRACTOR must be Dual Diagnosis Capable to address the relationship between the mental health and substance-related disorders and its effect on the client’s readiness to change, as well as relapse and recovery environmental issues, through individual and group program content. Client’s readiness to change will be assessed in regard to substance abuse and mental health conditions.
Additionally, the CONTRACTOR shall comply with the following requirements:
A. CONTRACTOR must have current Medi-Cal certification or become Medi-Cal certified to provide Medi-Cal reimbursable services on or before the contract start date of March 1, 2017.
B. CONTRACTOR must have current Drug Medi-Cal certification or have the ability to become Drug Medi-Cal certified on or before the contract start date of March 1, 2017.
C. CONTRACTOR shall maximize Drug Medi-Cal eligible services where appropriate and which conform to the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System model that has been developed for Santa Clara County.
II. Background Information
On December 15, 2015 the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the creation of a Santa Clara County Jail Diversion and Behavioral Health Subcommittee of the Re-Entry Network. The subcommittee with will consider best practices, receive public testimony, and deliver recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. While being cognizant that service integration at the community level is key, their recommendations will lead to increased public safety, improved health outcomes, reduced recidivism, and positive fiscal impacts. Partnerships in mental health, substance use, social, justice, and other services are essential to developing a well-coordinated response.
The BHSD recognizes the importance of these recommendations and is committed to partnering with Community Based Organizations to make co-occurring services available to Santa Clara County adult and older adult residents who are involved in the criminal justice system and need treatment. These services will be strategically located within the catchment areas of Santa Clara County.
III. Target Population
The target population expected to be served shall be: adults (ages 18 to 59) and older adults, (60 and over) who are residents of Santa Clara County; have full scope Medi-Cal benefits or are uninsured; and are involved in the behavioral health criminal justice system. The target population should also include individuals with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) and co-occurring substance use disorders. Additionally, the CONTRACTOR shall provide services that are appropriate for adults in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer and/or Questioning (LGBTQ) communities.
These individuals exhibit a significant impairment in their emotional, cognitive, or behavioral functioning which may interfere substantially with their ability to remain in the community without supportive treatment or services. This target population will meet the medical necessity criteria in order to receive Medi-Cal specialty mental health services, pursuant to Title 9, California Code of Regulations (CCR), Chapter 11, Section 1820.205, 1830.205 and 1830.210.
CONTACTOR is expected to provide services in a variety of settings, including outpatient clinics, clients’ place of residency, or within the community, as appropriate.”
Excerpted from County of Santa Clara’s bid packet, “Solicitation RFP-BHS-FY17-0080 Criminal Justice Transitional Housing, Co-Occurring & Intensive Outpatient Svcs.”