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Veterans Mentor Court - Notice of Intent of Sole Source

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Document Type:PRESOL
Posted Date:Aug 29, 2017
Category: Education and Training Services
Set Aside:N/A

Contracting Office Address

Department of Health and Human Services, Program Support Center, Acquisition Management Services, 7700 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, Maryland, 20857, United States


Veterans Mentor Court Intent to Sole Source: Pursuant to the authority of FAR 13.106-1(b)(1)(i), the Contracting Officer may solicit from one source if the Contracting Officer determines that the circumstances of the contract action deem only one source is reasonably available. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Program Support Center (PSC), Acquisition Management Services (AMS) on behalf of PSC, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) intends to sole source to: National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP); National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) 1029 North Royal Street Suite 201 Alexandria, VA 22314 571-384-1864 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in the Office of Justice Programs within the U.S. Department of Justice are the only federal agencies which fund grant programs specific to problem-solving courts such as treatment drug courts. SAMHSA provides funding to expand and enhance substance abuse treatment services to individuals in treatment drug courts while BJA provides funding to support the operations and maintenance of treatment drug courts. Over the past decade, SAMHSA and BJA have established a formal federal partnership that eliminates duplication of federal efforts while utilizing the separate funding streams of the agencies. This partnership promulgates the expansion of treatment drug courts and substance abuse treatment as these are critical elements of the National Drug Control Strategy developed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). GAO and OMB have lauded SAMHSA and BJA for their partnership in this area. In the past few years, VTCs are the fastest growing type of problem-solving court as the nation turns its focus on assisting U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families, with special emphasis being placed on providing services to military personnel and veterans who have engaged in U.S. combat activities over the past decade of involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. SAMHSA and BJA have engaged in a number of activities that support the promulgation of VTCs, including providing technical assistance through short-term purchase orders to allow other VTCs and/or treatment drug courts to learn more about how to establish or improve VTCs. The procurement and acquisition method chosen for this technical assistance has been a series of purchase orders that allow jurisdictions to visit selected Veterans Treatment Mentor Courts or for these mentor courts to visit interested jurisdictions. This purchase order is designed so that SAMHSA can utilize the technical assistance expertise of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) organization in working with a number of VTMCs. Utilizing the unique capabilities and constituency organization of NADCP, these VTMCs will provide direct technical assistance to SAMHSA staff, SAMHSA funded treatment drug court grantees, BJA funded treatment drug court grantees, and, in general, publicly funded treatment drug court grantees. Since its inception, the NADCP National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) has highlighted treatment drug court programs which exhibit exemplary practice to serve as educational and training sites for the drug court and broader justice field and public through the Mentor Court Network. Continuing in this tradition, National VTMCs serve as model court programs for individuals and court teams interested in seeing a well-functioning VTC in action. Observing a VTC in action is critical to the learning curve of someone who is new to the model. In addition, the National VTMC Network serves as a national "evaluation platform" for outcome studies on the model as well as for the development, identification, and testing of VTC best practices. These VTMCs will serve as the mentor courts and the programs will be required to maintain operations at an exemplary level. NADCP will assist in this process through the provision of technical assistance, training, and periodic site visits to the program as necessary. VTMC programs will also take part in research projects that seek to identify and develop improved program practices, which can then be disseminated to the field, which directly benefits SAMHSA. The NADCP research projects are not funded by this purchase order as they are not part of the scope of work. This requirement order continues SAMHSA program goals of providing training and information to current and potential treatment drug courts in order to improve their clinical interventions and to improve their overall effectiveness. SAMHSA criminal justice drug court grants will receive priority in receiving onsite training and technical assistance. This purchase order allows provision of technical assistance, which includes on-site visits to VTMCs with experts in the field, for court teams interested in learning about how to implement a VTC within their jurisdiction. This allows drug court teams interested in implementing VTCs the opportunity to visit an operational VTMC. This directly links to SAMHSAs Strategic Initiative on Trauma and Justice of reducing the pervasive, harmful, and costly health impact of violence and trauma by integrating trauma-informed approaches throughout health, behavioral health, and related systems and addressing the behavioral health needs of people involved in or at risk of involvement in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)/National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) will provide training and technical assistance (TA) to Veterans Treatment Courts (VTC) or to Drug Courts interested in creating a Veterans Treatment Drug Court. Drug courts interested in training or TA and identified by NADCP to be eligible for onsite TA, will either have up to three staff visit a Veterans Treatment Mentor Court or be provided training and TA onsite, at their own court by NADCP/NDCI staff. Priority for services will be given to current SAMHSA drug courts. This services contract will provide training and information to current and potential treatment drug courts in order to improve their clinical interventions and their overall effectiveness as Veterans Treatment Courts. The tasks in this purchase order will allow SAMHSA/CSAT to use its expertise in criminal justice (specifically drug courts) and substance abuse treatment to provide more knowledge to the field; specifically, how to identify and serve military/veterans in order to deal with the multi-faceted issues this group is facing upon returning to the U.S. from overseas assignments, often involving combat/war assignments. In the past few years, the interest in and funding of Veterans Courts has increased significantly. This is not a solicitation for competitive proposal. No solicitation document is available. All responsible sources that have determined that they can provide the same services may submit product information and a capabilities statement addressing their specific abilities regarding this requirement. The email subject line must reference SAM200889. All responses are due by September 08, 2017, 8:00 AM Eastern Time and can be sent to Fredis Gomez at Fredis.gomez@psc.hhs.gov. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed contract base upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the government.

Original Point of Contact

POC Fredis A Gomez, Phone: 3014924885

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