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.
Yes. Any organization interested in applying for the RFP must apply as per the RFP instructions.
The RFP is for the 2017-18 school year. Funding will be based on costs of the proposal accepted for 2017-2018.
There are no major changes anticipated to district personnel in mental health positions for the 2017-18 school year.
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.
The proposal will be evaluated by PAUSD administrators and staff.
PAUSD serves a diverse student body. Information on student demographics can be found online by reviewing School Accountability Report Cards (SARC).
The district has partnered with the same provider for secondary services for a significant period, therefore an applicable RFP is not available.
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
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