Government Contract | Virginia

Bid Information

Bid Alert No: 00000434855

Bid Title: psychiatrist

Agency Bid No. Title: DOC-16-071

Received Date: 12/09/2015

Close Date: 01/12/2016

Purchase Type: Not Stated

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Delivery Date: Not Stated


Specifications include, but are not limited to:PSYCHIATRISTMental Health Services Treatment Guidelines for Psychiatric ServicesThe treatment of emotional and mental disorders within the offender population is premised upon the provision of responsible mental health services within the context of sustaining the safe and orderly operation of each Department of Corrections (Department) facility. The mental health services provided shall be consistent with the Departments mission to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth from crime and to offer programs to help offenders lead crime-free lives.In providing such mental health services, all offenders will be treated with dignity. Upon initial evaluation, the psychiatrist will spend sufficient time with the offender to make a thorough mental health assessment. The psychiatrist will also answer the offenders questions regarding possible diagnoses, treatment and medication options and possible effects. In providing mental health services, the psychiatrist recognizes that offenders being evaluated may be suffering from a variety of emotional problems or mental disorders. The psychiatrist also recognizes that some offenders seek medications for personal gain not related to any objective signs of mental disorder.Medications and treatment should be ordered based upon clinical need and not in response to an offenders request, desire or demand. At a minimum, an offender who receives psychiatric services should have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder (per DSM-IV). If no medical need exists, an offenders request for medication should be denied and no medical treatment or medication ordered.When prescribing medications, the psychiatrist will monitor the effects of such medications on a regular basis and continue such prescriptions only as long as deemed necessary and discontinue medications as soon as considered appropriate. Long-term use of medications to address adjustment or situational problems is discouraged. Medications should not be prescribed to placate offenders or to alleviate mild symptoms, which may be indications for the need for psychological and/or other services.Promotion of lasting behavioral change will be emphasized in the treatment of an offenders mental health issues, with the utilization of medications considered as a tool to help engender responsiveness to therapeutic efforts. Offenders with histories of substance abuse or dependence shall be closely evaluated and medications shall be cautiously considered in order to deter prescription dependence and to promote sobriety as a treatment goal. Additional guidelines for the prescription and use of certain types of medications (e.g., benzodiazepines) shall be adhered to as approved by the Department.

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Product Code: 94876

Agency Information

Issuing Agency: Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Corrections

State: Virginia

Agency Type: State and Local

Contact: Karen Cook Procurement and Risk Management, 6900 Atmore Drive, Room 2150, Richmond, Virginia, 23225

Phone: 804-887-8225

Fax: 804-674-3530




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