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Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center Police Psychological Assessment Services - Attachment

General Information

Document Type:FILE
Posted Date:Nov 06, 2017
Category: Social Services
Set Aside:N/A

Contracting Office Address

Department of Veterans Affairs;Network Contracting Office 4;Laura E. Scott;135 E 38th St;Erie, PA 16504


DISCLAIMER: THIS SOURCES SOUGHT IS ISSUED SOLELY FOR INFORMATIONAL AND PLANNING PURPOSES. IT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A SOLICITATION (REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL OR REQUEST FOR QUOTATION) OR A PROMISE TO ISSUE A SOLICITATION IN THE FUTURE AND SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS A COMMITMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT. RESPONSES IN ANY FORM ARE NOT OFFERS AND THE GOVERNMENT IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO AWARD A CONTRACT AS A RESULT OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. NO FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE TO PAY FOR PREPARATION OF RESPONSES TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. ANY INFORMATION SUBMITTED BY RESPONDENTS TO THIS TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION IS STRICTLY VOLUNTARY. REQUESTS FOR A SOLICITATION WILL NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE. SOURCES SOUGHT: Veterans Health Affairs Network Contracting Office 4, is issuing this request for information/sources sought notice in order to identify contractors that can provide all required psychological assessment services for VA Police officers employed by the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. REQUIREMENT: The Department Of Veterans Affairs, Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center (WB VAMC) is seeking a Contractor to provide all required psychological assessment services for VA Police officers employed by the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. The psychological assessments shall be performed in accordance with the guidelines designed to determine an officer s capability of conducting designated functional requirements essential to the duties of a VA police officer and an officer s suitability to carry a firearm. The memorandum from the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Security and Law Enforcement dated April 19, 2002, titled Psychological Assessment of Applicants for Police Officer Positions provides the most recent guidance for police officer applicant assessments; however, guidance from this directive is also recommended for incumbent assessments. Psychological testing standards for VA Police are found in VA Directive and Handbook 0730, and VA Firearm Policy is found in Directive and Handbook 0720. See: http://www.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub Continuum of Force, Training Units, other law enforcement standards and position descriptions are also available in VA Police Units at each of the participating facilities. VA regulations require an initial psychological assessment for VA police officer applicants, which shall include a structured interview and written psychological testing. The regulations also require an annual psychological assessment for incumbent VA police officers, which are limited to a verbal interview covering only job related factors, unless concerns arise during the psychological evaluation. The initial and annual psychological examination of the applicant/officer s emotional and mental stability shall be performed by a psychologist with recognized expertise in performing the specifically focused exams. While not required by regulation, the ability of a contractor to conduct face to face (rather than telephone) interviews with applicants/officers is preferred. Police officer duties include personal encounters patients, visitors, and other employees. Encounters are often with mentally ill, irrational, or disturbed persons who, although assaultive or destructive, must be handled with understanding, full control of force, and unimpeded judgement. Any emotional or mental conditions which could cause the officer/applicant to be a hazard to others or self during stress situations and/or physical altercations will disqualify. The primary objectives of psychological screening for VA police officer applicants and incumbent police officer are to screen out emotionally unstable individuals and to identify positive psychological characteristics associated successful job performance. Emotional instability, in this context, refers to symptomatology of such severity that the individual s ability to meet the functional requirements of the position, including the carrying and use of firearms, would be impaired. A mental health diagnosis, on its own, cannot be used as a basis for a determination of instability. Suitability, in the psychological screening context, refers to personality characteristics pertinent to an individual s performance in the job and includes interpersonal skills, judgement, decision-making and integrity. The evaluating psychologist will determine, based upon his / her clinical judgement, the exact subset of dimensions to be assessed while adhering to the police officer functional requirements. SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED: When psychological testing is performed, typically, at least two objective psychological tests will be administered, one normed against healthy individuals drawn from the general population to assess suitability for work as a police officer and as a second measure normed against a clinical population to evaluate significant psychological dysfunction (i.e., emotional stability). The choice of how many and which objective measures to employ are the responsibility of the evaluating psychologist; however suitability and stability must both be assessed. The Contractor will be given a two weeks notice for scheduling purposes and will schedule assessments in a timely manner. The exact date(s) and time(s) for performance of services for both incumbent and applicants will be coordinated between the Contractor and the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) or a VA designee. Estimated number of incumbent/applicant police officers per year needing Psychological Assessments Structured Interviews 19 Employee Requirements: Contractor will ensure that all psychologists be employed under this contract participate in the VA Credentialing and Privileging process. Psychologist(s) working on site at Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center will be credentialed and privileged as described in Medical Center Memorandum (MCM) MS-1 (available on request). The Contractor will provide copies of current requirements and updates as they are published. No services will be provided by any contract psychologist prior to completing the credentialing and privileging process outlined above. Privileges will require renewal at least every two years in accordance with Medical Center and Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JACHO) requirements. All Contractor employees who require access to VA sensitive information shall be the subject of a background investigation and must receive a favorable adjudication from the Office of Security and Law Enforcement prior to contract performance. This requirement is applicable to all subcontractor personnel requiring the same access. If the investigation is not complete prior to the start date of the contract, the Contractor will be responsible for the actions of those individuals they provide to perform work for the VA. The North American Industry Classification System Code (NAICS) is 621330 and the small business size standard is $7.5 million RESPONSES: NCO 4 is seeking responses from contractors that are interested in this requirement and can demonstrate their capability to provide the required services. Please respond with the following information: Company Information: Company Name Address, including all office/practitioner locations Point of contact Phone Number E-mail Address DUNS Number CAGE Code Tax ID Number Socio-economic size status A capability statement addressing your organization s ability to perform the required services. Please submit all responses to this notice via e-mail to: Laura E Scott Contracting Officer E-Mail Address: Laura.Scott4@va.gov All responses must be received by 10:00 AM EST on November 10, 2017. Faxes and voice mails will not be accepted. End of Document

Original Point of Contact

POC Laura Scott, Contracting Officer

Place of Performance

Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center;1111 E End Blvd;Wilkes-Barre, PA
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