Urgent - Phase II Trueblood Diversion Request for Proposals

Do you know of an experienced service provider committed to diverting people with mental illness and other disabilities from the criminal justice system and supporting them in the community? The Trueblood U.S. District Court is seeking existing, experienced and appropriately credentialed providers who can provide:

  • Pre-screening and referral or same day evaluations to direct people with mental illness, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities to less restrictive settings instead of facing jail time.
  • Re-entry services that are robust and include intensive supports to help stabilize people with disabilities upon discharge from jail.

Share this Phase II Trueblood Jail Diversion Request for Proposals & Application Requirements [PDF] with existing, experienced and credentialed providers immediately. The deadline for applying to be a provider is August 15, 2017.

RFP Documents

To request alternative formats of these documents, please contact Dr. Danna Mauch, Ph.D., Trueblood Court Monitor, dannamauch@mamh.org.

Background

Each year, thousands of individuals are sitting for weeks and even months for competency services in jails across the state. None of these people have actually been convicted of any crime, but they are held in jails ill-equipped to meet their mental health needs even though a court has ordered that they be admitted to the state hospitals for the receipt of competency services due to concerns with their ability to stand trial.

In an effort to remedy this problem, in August 2014, DRW filed a case called A.B. by and through Trueblood et. al. v Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Class members are all pretrial detainees waiting in jail for court-ordered competency services that Defendants are statutorily required to provide.

The Trueblood Court has ordered the State of Washington to take immediate steps to reduce the length of time class members are waiting in jail so that no one is waiting more than seven days for admission to a hospital for competency services or fourteen days for a fully completed jail-based competency evaluation. DSHS has been unable to comply with reducing wait times for admission services to seven days or less. 

Because of the failure to reduce wait times, the State of Washington has been found in contempt of court. The State is paying daily fines to the Court. So far, the state has been fined over $15 million. The Court has also ordered that the fines be spent on diverting class members out of jails. 

In December 2016, the Trueblood parties posted the Phase I Diversion Request For Proposals (RFP) and subsequently selected five providers to implement their diversion programs starting on July 1, 2017.  At the time Phase I was issued, the parties anticipated contempt fines would range between $1 and $5 million. However, the current contempt fines exceed $15 million.  Given the unanticipated amount in contempt sanctions, the parties have agreed to issue this RFP as Phase II or an extension of the original RFP.  

Phase II Trueblood Diversion RFP

The Trueblood parties have agreed to four goals in Phase II:

    1. Prevent deeper class member involvement in and recidivism in the criminal justice system;
    2. Reduce demand for competency services;
    3. Minimize the harm inflicted on class members by reducing criminal justice involvement and long term incarceration rates; and,
    4. Serve class members in the least restrictive environment.

Consistent with these goals the Trueblood Court has determined that the focus of this RFP shall be on two key service interventions that are priorities for addressing needs of Trueblood class members. These priorities are:

    • Option I: Pre-screening and referrals or Same Day Evaluations: Pre-screening activities need to be linked to County Behavioral Health Organization (BHO) services, jail mental health services, and DSHS triage services. If properly targeted, these will not only minimize harm associated with incarceration and direct class members to less restrictive services, but will also reduce demand for competency services and disrupt the cycle of competency recidivism.
    • Option II: Re-entry Planning: Providing more intensive support and treatment services to class members upon release from jail is a common sense response to identified needs, which is not standard practice at present. This intervention has potential to not only meet class members’ needs but also to interrupt the cycle of return to the attention of the police and the courts for those individuals who cannot manage without treatment and support. Class members will need both support services and direct services (e.g. housing, substance use treatment, etc.). However, given the scope of this grant, this option will be limited to targeting class members and funding new services rather than subplanting existing services.

    The deadline for applying to be a provider is August 15, 2017. In the next few months, the Trueblood parties intend to submit a Phase III RFP that will extend beyond the scope of work identified in this RFP.  The Trueblood parties also plan on issuing a Request for Information (“RFI”) to determine the perceived gaps in community services that could serve class members.  More information about these diversion requests may be found here.

    Timeline – Phase II Trueblood Request for Proposals (RFP) Key Dates

      • RFP Release:  June 15, 2017
      • Applicant Conference via Teleconference:  June 21, 2017 from 10 AM to noon PST.
      • Questions Accepted:  June 26 – June 30, 2017
      • Responses Posted:  July 7, 2017
      • Letter of Intent Due:  July 14, 2017
      • RFP Response Deadline:  August 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM PST (must be emailed)
      • Oral Presentations for Select Applicants:  August 21 - August 25, 2017
      • Review Committee Selections:  August  30, 2017
      • Submission to the Court:  September 1, 2017
      • Award Notice by Court:  October 1, 2017
      • Project Start Date:  No later than January 1, 2018

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