The Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is requesting
information from providers of culturally-specific services related to their qualifications
and interest to support DHHS’s efforts, primarily in Child Welfare Services (CWS), to
provide culturally appropriate and informed services for all Native American children,
youth and families who receive services and support from DHHS.
Any services provided should support the agency's mandate to make active efforts to
protect children and preserve Native American families by supporting the following
Decreasing the number of Native American children in out-of-home care;
Supporting family reunification efforts;
Supporting Native American youth by enhancing connections to their family,
Tribe, cultural identity, and support networks;
Decreasing the time for reunification of Native American children in out of home
care with their families;
Supporting culturally responsive mental health and social services treatment
Providing support to caregivers;
Increasing the placement stability of Native American children in out of home
This is a Request for Interest (RFI) only. This RFI is issued solely for information and
planning purposes – it does not constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP) or a promise to
issue an RFP in the future. This RFI does not commit the County to contract for any
service whatsoever. Responders are advised that the County will not pay for any
administrative costs incurred in response to this RFI. All costs associated with
responding to this RFI will be solely at the interested party’s expense. Not responding to
this RFI does not preclude participation in any future RFP(s), if any are issued.
Proposed Scope of Services
DHHS is issuing this RFI to understand the services that potential providers would be
interested in and able to provide. DHHS is interested in identifying a range of potential
services, from child-specific or family-specific to system-enhancing services. Letters of
Interest may reflect the ability and interest to provide one, some, or all of the services
listed below. As both child/family-specific and system-enhancing services may be
specific to certain Tribes, DHHS may seek similar services from multiple providers.
Direct Services for Children and Families Involved with Child Welfare Services
Child Welfare Services (CWS) seeks to provide culturally appropriate services for
children and families with an open CWS case.
Services to be provided may include, without limitation:
Supporting Native American children, youth and families by enhancing
connections to their Tribe, cultural identity, and support networks.
Providing support to Native and Non-Native caregivers of Native American
children, assisting them in providing culturally appropriate services as a
Convening meetings with parents, caregivers, social workers, clinicians, resource
families (foster parents), and identified Native children and young adults to
complete cultural assessments, establish cultural goals for individual case plans
and to agree upon an intervention strategy for each participating Native person
Advise on culturally responsive intervention strategies that can be incorporated
into a specified Native family/child/young adult's mental health and/or child
welfare case plan.
Provide the services of recognized individuals from Tribal Nations who possess
proficient skills and acquired knowledge of Tribal customs and traditions to act
as case-assigned cultural mentors assisting in implementing culturally responsive
mental health and/or child welfare case plans.
Individual and small group sessions with caregivers (biological, adoptive and step
parents, resource families/foster parents, extended family) to support
implementation of Identity-based Cultural Intervention Strategies.
With consultation with Tribal programs/departments, coordinate chaperones and
arrange participation in cultural /ceremonial activities and events of local Tribal
Assist the Native children, young adults and families who are currently involved
with programs and services of DHHS to re-align themselves with traditional
cultural values and practices of their respective Tribal Nations and to strengthen
their self- pride and cultural identity.
Services to Support Differential Response
CWS seeks to offer culturally appropriate services to families who are subjects of a child
abuse or neglect report, and either the report is “screened out,” or the report is
investigated but no case is being opened. A family may request or accept the offer of
supportive services in order to increase family strength and prevent future child welfare
Services to be provided may include, without limitation:
Supporting Native American youth and/or caregiver and/or family by enhancing
existing and available connections to their Tribe, cultural identity, and natural
Work with Tribal or tribal custom-informed community partners to create or
expand opportunities for engagement with families and/or provision of direct
support services that enhance connections to their Tribe, cultural identity, and
natural support networks.
Community work to enhance community engagement and destigmatize receipt of
services and provide a culture of community support for Native children and
families apart and aside from direct provision of services.
In consultation with Tribal programs/departments, coordinate chaperones and
arranging participation in cultural /ceremonial activities and events of local Tribal
Work with families to develop family-specific plans to identify needed resources
and then utilize resources and natural supports with a focus on enhancing
connections to their Tribe, cultural identity, and natural support networks.
Assist referred Native children, young adults and families to realign themselves
with traditional cultural values and practices of their respective Tribal Nations
and to strengthen their self-pride and cultural identity.
Interested applicants may submit a Letter of Interest that describes the applicant’s
experience and qualifications. The letter should include the applicant’s:
1. Contact information including the following:
a. Contact Name;
c. Organization or Business Name;
d. Phone number and e-mail address.
2. Statement of Qualifications;
3. Description of relevant prior experience;
4. Description of skills and experience of personnel who would be involved in the
project including subcontractors;
5. Examples of pricing structures/rates.
Applicant Letters of Interest should be succinct (a maximum of four (4) pages is suggested)
and directly relevant to the above requirements.
Applicant Letters of Interest should be addressed to:
2440 6th Street
Eureka, California 95501
Letters may also be submitted via email to: Ashley Garrett, Staff Services Analyst III,
Letters of Interest must be received by the department no later than September 6, 2019
October 1, 2019 at 4:00 P.M.
Applicants’ questions to clarify the Letter of Interest must be in writing and received no
later than August 26, 2019 September 18, 2019 at 4:00 P.M.
Applicants may e-mail questions to: Ashley Garrett, Staff Services Analyst III,
All materials submitted in response to this Request for Letters of Interest will become the
property of DHHS and will be returned only at the option of DHHS and at the expense of
the applicant submitting a Letter of Interest.
One copy of your Letter of Interest and Statement of Qualifications will be retained by
DHHS and may be disclosed as a public record.
DHHS Program Administration and staff will review the Letters of Interest and then invite
qualified applicants to discuss further capabilities and costs and other requirements and