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Memo To: Interested Community Mental Health Agencies
From: Joe Valentine,
Executive Director
North Sound Mental Health Administration
Date: October 30, 2012
Subject: Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

The North Sound Mental Health Administration (NSMHA) is seeking applications from agencies that have a license, have applied for a license or have a provisional license as a Community Mental Health Agency (CMHA) to serve NSMHA enrollees and individuals in the five-county region that includes Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties. We are seeking service providers for:

  • Outpatient and Medication Services
  • Intensive Outpatient Services Adults and Older Adults
  • Evaluation & Treatment (E&T) Center

If you are interested in being a provider of one or more categories of services in one or more of these counties, you are invited to study the enclosed packet and complete the required forms.

The NSMHA will be holding a non-mandatory Bidders' Conference on Friday, November 9, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon) at the NSMHA offices, 117 N. 1st Street, Suite 8, Mt. Vernon, WA. If your agency is interested in submitting an application, you must return the enclosed Letter of Interest form by close of business (5 p.m.) Wednesday, November 28, 2012. If these forms are not submitted you will not be eligible to submit an application. However, returning these forms does not commit you to completing a full application. Questions regarding this process or the application must be received in writing by NSMHA by Monday, November 26, 2012. Answers to all questions will be mailed to all applicants on or around Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

Four copies of the completed and signed Application Form must be received by NSMHA at 117 N. 1st Street, Suite 8, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273-2858 by close of business (5 p.m.) Friday, February 1, 2013. Postmarks are not acceptable. Email or fax will not be accepted.

NSMHA will award multiple contracts and will select only a sufficient number of providers to meet the projected NSMHA service needs. Applicant agencies will be evaluated by an Evaluation Team that will score the Application. The NSMHA leadership will recommend finalists to the Board of Directors based on the Evaluation Team's findings. Awards will be announced on Monday, April 8, 2013. Appeals of the selection decision must be made within one week of notification to the NSMHA Board of Directors. Provider selected must be prepared to provide services for the Evaluation and Treatment Center (E&T) beginning Monday, July 1, 2013. Providers selected must be prepared to provide services for the Outpatient and Medication and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) services for Adults/Older Adults beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

NSMHA reserves the right to: reject any and all Applications; extend the Application submission date; amend the RFQ; and waive any irregularities or informalities in any Applications. NSMHA shall be the sole judge of the merits of each Application.

Important Dates

  • October 30, 2012: RFQ released to the public
  • November 9, 2012: Non-Mandatory Bidders Conference
  • November 26, 2012: Due date for questions regarding Application and/or selection process
  • November 28, 2012: Due date for Letter of Interest form
  • December 12, 2012: Target date for release of Responses to Questions
  • February 1, 2013: Due date for completed RFQ Applications
  • April 8, 2013: Target date to announce Contract Awards
  • July 1, 2013: Contract start date for Evaluation and Treatment (E&T) Center
  • October 1, 2013: Contract start date for Outpatient and Medication Services and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) for Adults and Older Adults

RFQ Packet

RFQ Awards



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