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Updated: Cooperative Agreement – Curriculum Development: Planning and Implementing Effective Mental Health Services in Jails
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Updated 6/27, 6/26: (See questions and answers below)

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for an 18-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2013. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve developing curriculum, based on the Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP) model, to train participants in the purpose, functions, and operational complexities surrounding the housing and treatment issues of inmates exhibiting signs and symptoms of mental illness. The awardee will produce a program description (overview), detailed narrative lesson plans, a participant manual that follows the lesson plans, and presentation slides for each lesson plan. A qualified awardee will have expertise in developing effective mental health treatment inside of jails and extensive experience in working with local jails on issues related to inmate mental health treatment. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Jails Division.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) has been merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Questions and Answers:

Question: Under the Scope of Work, Meetings, section, it is indicated that there will be two initial meetings with NIC staff and up to 5 SME's. How long will these meetings be?

Answer: I would plan on 2 1/2 to 3 days per meeting.

Question: During the refinement of the draft curriculum, the awardee will meet up to two times with NIC staff.  How long will these meetings be?

Answer: I would plan on 2 days per meeting.

Question:   Is the awardee responsible for the cost of printing training materials, lesson plans, and participant manuals?

Answer: Awardee must supply all of these to the instructors.  NIC will supply participant manuals for the class.

Question: Will the curriculum training pilot take place in Washington DC?

Answer: No site has been selected for the pilot as yet.

Question: I have read the Solicitation for a Cooperative Agreement, #4410-36M, and I need some clarification or definition of "Participants".  Who will the curriculum be delivered to?  Will it be directed for education of staff members in facilities, management staff or community members who are potential resources to take part in delivery of services?  

Answer: In answer to your questions, “The purpose of this curriculum is to help local jail practitioners and mental health service providers 1) understand the key elements of effective mental health services for jail inmates and 2) forge a productive working relationship to provide services for these services.”  This is directly from the RFP under Supplementary Information on page 3.  Jail practitioners would include the jail administrator or other key commanders and the service providers would include the person or persons responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of the effected inmates.

Question: May a state prison apply for this cooperative agreement?

Answer: Yes.  Any applicant with the qualifications specified in the Request for Proposal may apply.  Those qualifications include references to experience in working with jails on mental health treatment for inmates.  The project focuses on jails.

Jails and prisons face somewhat different challenges in working with the mentally ill.  For example, arrestees with mental illness who are brought to the jail may have had no previous mental health treatment or may not be taking their prescribed medication.  On the other hand, prison systems usually receive medical records, including information on diagnosis and treatment, for inmates transferred to their custody.

Also, prisons systems may have facilities dedicated to housing and treating inmates with mental illness.  Most jails, in contrast, do not have a separate facility for these inmates and are often challenged in providing suitable housing, treatment, and programs within their limited resources.

Question: Would NIC like applicants to include letters of support in their proposal?

Answer: Letters of support are not required, but you may include them in the 30 pages allotted for each application.  Letters of support, however, will not be considered when NIC scores the proposal.  Your proposal will be scored according to the criteria listed in the Request for Proposal.

Question: Are the lesson plan, participant manual, and presentation slides included in the 30-page limit for the proposal?

Answer: The lesson plan, participant manual, and presentation slides are not included in the 30-page limit.  They are separate.

Posted Thu, Jun 6 2013 11:11 AM by Susan Powell


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