Providers are invited to submit a proposal addressing the provision of school-based counseling at Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD), a unique educational community that serves approximately 6,000 students in grades 6-12. PAUSD is rich in tradition and academic excellence and students reflect diverse backgrounds, socially and socioeconomically. Students present with unique challenges, typical of children living in a fast paced, high performance, technologically driven society. Specifically, two years ago PAUSD lost several students to suicide, the second suicide cluster in the last several years. In response to the tragedies the district provided on site counseling, community support and outreach to students and families. For the upcoming school year, PAUSD is interested in receiving proposals that address the ongoing issues that students face in light of these recent events. Proposals should establish how Provider would work with school site personnel to support students toward wellness and balance in their lives. Proposals should use evidence-based school counseling models, with a specific explanation of how short term, school-based counseling will benefit individual students, student groups and families (i.e. stress-management, family conflict, coping strategies for grief and loss, anger management, conflict resolution, social skills training, organization and self-management, substance abuse therapy, and parenting skills), as well as the school community as a whole.

RFP for School-Based Mental Health Services

 

 

Questions & Responses
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Do current providers need to complete the RFP?

Yes. Any organization interested in applying for the RFP must apply as per the RFP instructions.  

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Does the District anticipate a similar level of funding will be available for the 2017-2018 school year as in the 2016-2017 school year?

The RFP is for the 2017-18 school year.  Funding will be based on costs of the proposal accepted for 2017-2018.

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On page 4 of the RFP (final bullet point in item C), providers are asked to speak to service delivery in relation to the Wellness Center Consent and Confidentiality policies. The search tools of the Gunn, Paly, and PAUSD websites did not locate the polici
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Does the District anticipate having a similar level of District personnel in mental health positions for the 2017-2018 school year?

There are no major changes anticipated to district personnel in mental health positions  for the 2017-18 school year.

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How will responses to RFP questions be shared?

The responses to the questions can be found on the PAUSD website under Counseling Services

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Does this RFP replace the existing therapy services provided by other providers or are these services additive to the current services being offered?

The RFP seeks mental health providers/organizations to serve as the primary mental health providers for PAUSD secondary schools.  With this being said, there are other auxiliary mental health services/contracts that will continue in the 2017-18 school year.  

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Who evaluates the proposal?

The proposal will be evaluated by PAUSD administrators and staff.

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What are the diversity and language needs for therapists?

PAUSD serves a diverse student body.  Information on student demographics can be found online by reviewing School Accountability Report Cards (SARC).

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When was the last RFP and can we get a copy of it?

The district has partnered with the same provider for secondary services for a significant period, therefore an applicable RFP is not available.

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Will PAUSD grant a submission deadline extension?

Due to our short timeline to secure services for next year, we are not in a position to offer an extension on the RFP deadline

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Can you disclose the range of budget for this project?

Budget projection ought to be based on organizations' costs to provide services.  Therefore we do not have a disclosure of range of budget to share