The County of Orange (County) Health Care Agency (HCA) is seeking interest from qualified organizations to provide School-Based Behavioral Health Intervention and Support Services-Early Intervention Services. The primary goal of this program will be to provide a highly intensive early intervention approach to behavioral health problems for children ages five (5) to 13 years of age, through 8th grade level who are at high risk of school failure. Program goals are to normalize participants’ behavior through general and individualized accomplishments; teach children social skills; provide parents trainings to reinforce behavior modification strategies; and assist participants with transitioning to the next academic setting.
These services will be funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The MHSA represents a comprehensive approach to the development of community based mental health services and supports. The MHSA allocates 20% of the funding for Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) services as a key strategy to prevent mental illness from becoming severe and disabling, to prevent negative outcomes resulting from untreated mental illness and to identify individuals at risk of or indicating early signs of mental illness or emotional disturbance and linking them to treatment and other resources. Prevention and Early Intervention services involve reducing risk factors or stressors, building protective factors and skills, and increasing resiliency.
The Health Care Agency, Behavioral Health Services has developed a PEI plan that make resources available for preventing and addressing the earliest signs of mental health problems, and a service system that is accessible to a diverse population. The most recent MHSA Plan Update including descriptions of current PEI programs services can be viewed at http://ochealthinfo.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=57758. If your organization is interested in, and capable of providing the requested School Based Behavioral Health Intervention and Support Services – Early Intervention Services by contract with the County, please carefully review the Solicitation Interest and submit your statement as directed in the Section II “Information Requested.”
Please note that bid closes on November 16, at 2:00pm.