Requests for Proposal (RFP), Information (RFI), and Qualification (RFQ) 

Employment and Community Access Services for Adults with Developmental Disabilities RFQ

There is a significant change in the way the Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department (CSHCD) will be contracting with new providers for Employment and Community Access services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As required in our new contract with the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), we are moving to an "open continuous, qualification process." This means that we will be accepting proposal on an ongoing basis. Please see the schedule of when future applications received will be reviewed.

Approximately 900 people are authorized to receive services from qualified providers for one or all of the following services: Individual and Group Supported Employment, and Community Access services. You may see the current rate schedule on the RFQ documents page. Rates may change as a result of any changes in allocation from the state legislature or DDA.

The initial contracting period for new providers is October 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Periodic re-qualification for contracting is done through the Spokane County CSHCD monitoring process. Enrollment in any qualified agency is determined by the choice of those authorized by DDA to receive services. In addition, agencies qualified to provide Individual Employment services are able to provide services to people enrolled in the County's Bridge and School To Work Projects.

To be eligible for consideration for the initial contract period beginning October 1, 2017, proposals must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 31, 2017.

Agencies currently contracted for Employment and Community Access services do not need to reply to this RFQ.


Child Development Services RFP

The Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department (CSHCD) announces the availability of funds for the provision of Child Development Services in Spokane County. Services are to be provided to children ages birth to three who are enrolled in the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and authorized to receive early childhood services. 

The amount of funds available is estimated to be $417,625. Funding is for the provision of services for the period July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Funding is contingent upon the Washington State legislative allocation of 2018 funds. Contracts may be renewed annually through June 30, 2021. 

Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 3, 2017.

Child Development Services RFP closed EOD April 3, 2017 
 

Questions and Answers, Child Development Services RFP:


Q: Should we simply submit a statement indicating we intend to comply with the provisions under the section titled "Statement of Intent to comply with"?

A: Yes, a statement indicating your intent is fine. If awarded a contract, there may be some forms to complete about those criteria (a-g).
 
 

Q: Pertaining the section on "Demonstrate ability to provide service in accordance with the DDA Guiding Values" (from May 3, 2016); I have searched the website and have found the value statements (Respect, Person-Centered Planning, Partnerships, Community Participation) however, I am not sure exactly what is being asked since there is a specific date listed. Are you looking for a short narrative on how we meet those statements listed on the website, or is there another policy that needs to be in place?

A: The Guiding Values is a statement paper that a group of people wrote to update the County Guidelines, which were outdated. The date is just an identifier; it does not mean anything. You can find the Guiding Values on our website at http://www.spokanecounty.org/3528/Requests-for-Proposal

We are looking for a short narrative addressing some of the key components that apply to EI, such as inclusion, relationships, and competence.

Q: In the instructions, it says we must use 12 pt font, double-spaced. I am unable to format the fillable forms that I downloaded from the County website. The specific forms are the Checklist and the Child Development Services Questions. My Adobe software is just the basic reader type. Any suggestions? I don't want to be disqualified due to how the documents are formatted.
 

A: Yes, the formatting of the forms has become a problem. When the forms were created, I thought they would be provided as attachments to the RFP. In order for the two forms to be downloaded onto the website and remain as fillable documents, the formatting needed to be changed. Then your ability to control the font and spacing on the forms was no longer possible. No worries. I will explain the situation to the review committee.