Government Contract | Nebraska
Agency Processed Services

Bid Information


Bid Alert No: 00002652306

Bid Title: Agency Processed Services

Agency Bid No. Title: 109007 O3

Received Date: 06/16/2021

Close Date: 07/30/2021

Purchase Type: Term: 06/30/2023 - Option to Renew

Delivery Point: Not Stated, Nebraska

Delivery Date: Not Stated

Special Notices: Questions Due By 06/24/2021

Specifications

Specifications include, but are not limited to: The Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Children and Family Services (CFS) consists of onePolicy Section and five (5) service areas. The Policy Section includes the Child Welfare Unit (CWU), the EconomicAssistance (EA), Child Support Enforcement Unit (CSEU), and the Comprehensive Quality Improvement (CQI). ThePolicy Section coordinates the administrative supports to facilitate efficient operation of its programs, policies, andservice offering. The CWU specifically develops policy and provides technical assistance in the areas of child abuseand neglect and juvenile services for its staff, other division staff, and community partners. CQI is responsible formonitoring the quality of DHHS service provision via case reviews, audits, federal and state compliance reviews,contract monitoring, utilization and capacity management, and other data analysis and reporting. The five (5)Service Areas provide direct case management services to the children and families involved with child welfare.In April 2006, the State of Nebraska reached its all-time high of 7,803 children in the custody of DHHS as statewards. Approximately 70% of those children were in out-of-home care. At the direction of the Governor, DHHSbegan a systematic review of the children who had been in state care for long periods of time, to determine how tomove those children to permanency. As a result of those efforts, the number of state wards on September 30, 2019in out of home care had dropped to 3,114 children. DHHS has focused its efforts on timely, safe permanency forchildren with their family whenever possible.The vision of DHHS is to ensure the safety of children, reduce the percentage of children and youth in out-of-homecare, reduce the length of time children and youth remain in out-of-home care, and provide safe permanency forchildren in a timely manner and provide for community safety. DHHS philosophy is to utilize Family CenteredPractice and evidence-based/promising practices while utilizing trauma informed care principles. DHHS seeks toincrease the family/community involvement in safety and/or case plans by utilizing both informal and formalsupports and services as needed to provide for child/community safety while maintaining the family structurewhenever possible and to provide for the permanency and well-being of children served.Two ways which DHHS helps children achieve permanency are adoption and guardianship. Since Calendar Year2002, the number of children achieving permanency through these means has been increasing. The number ofchildren adopted in 2018 reached 537. Last five years, 2014-2018 average total adoptions has been 514. As ofOctober 31, 2019, Nebraska had 5,671 adoption assistance cases and 929 guardianship assistance cases. Thecurrent appropriation of State funds for post-adoption and post-guardianship services is approximately $1.5 millionper year.1. The Contractor must provide services as outlined in Neb. Rev. Stat. 71-824.2. Provide post-adoption and post-guardianship support and services to families who meet one of the followingcriteria;a. A family that has current adoption assistance agreement or guardianship assistance agreement withDHHS for a child who was a DHHS ward;b. A child who lives in Nebraska and was adopted or whose guardianship arrangement is at risk of disruptionor dissolution that would result in a foster care placement;c. A family that has adopted a child or became guardian of a child and is currently residing in the state ofNebraska; ord. A family that has been referred by DHHS or other sources. Contractor will accept referrals for individualswho were adopted or entered guardianship up to their twenty-first (21st) birthday.3. Within thirty (30) calendar days, initiate phone or face-to-face contact with the families who have adoptivechildren or children who enter guardianship who are turning the age of eight (8) or older. Explain the range ofpost-adoption and post-guardianship supports and services that includes education. In situations when thefamily declines services, identify trainings the family could benefit from and provide the training information tothe family. Identify next steps the Contractor would take to support the family. Contractor must provide amonthly report to DHHS of families who have declined services.4. Provide intervention services not to exceed one hundred eighty (180) days unless approved by DHHS ProgramSpecialist or Program Administrator. Intervention services have three (3) separate tiers:a. Tier 1: Initial month to second month of referral at minimum one (1) face-to-face contact per week withyouth and parent;b. Tier 2: Third and fourth months from received referral at minimum two (2) face-to-face contact per monthwith youth and parent; andc. Tier 3: Fifth and sixth months from received referral at minimum one (1) time per month contact with youthand parent.d. If intervention services are approved beyond the initial one hundred eighty (180) days, then subsequentpayments for the seventh and eighth months will be at Tier 1, the ninth and tenth months will be Tier 2,and the eleventh and twelfth months will be Tier 3.5. Intervention services will include but not be limited to advocacy, in-home crisis management, mental healthreferrals, respite care, training and education, support groups for parents and children, and mentoring.a. The Contractor will understand how to complete the Nebraska Permanency Resource Responsibility Tool,used to assess daily stipend rates to assistance payments if eligible.b. If the Contractor receives a referral, but the family declines services, the Contractor will submitdocumentation regarding efforts made to engage and identify services offered to the family.c. Contractor will implement evidence-based interventions that are identified as well supported rated on theTitle IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse that meets requirements of the Family First PreventionServices Act (FFPSA). The criteria for evidence-based interventions are:i. Is trauma informed, trauma capable;ii. Is culturally humble and linguistically appropriate;

Product Codes: 95243, 95247, 95259, 95218

Agency Information


Issuing Agency: State of Nebraska - Department of Health and Human Services

State: Nebraska

Agency Type: State and Local

Phone: 402-471-6473

Email: dhhs.rfpquestions@nebraska.gov

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