Family Support Services

Agency: Cecil County
State: Maryland
Type of Government: State & Local
NAICS Category:
  • 561110 - Office Administrative Services
  • 624190 - Other Individual and Family Services
Posted Date: Feb 6, 2020
Due Date: Jun 30, 2020
Solicitation No: RFQ 19-07
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Family Support Services
  • Department: Purchasing
  • Category: RFQ
  • Solicitation Number: RFQ 19-07
  • Pre-Opening Date/Time: 09/13/2018 1:30 PM
  • Opening Date/Time: 06/30/2020 4:00 PM

Cecil County Circuit Court is requesting qualified vendors for CUSTODY EVALUATIONS & THERAPEUTIC SERVICES. Qualified vendors shall be selected meeting the requirements listed in the RFQ for the following: Custody Evaluations, Therapeutic Visitation, Parent Coordinator, Case Monitoring, Custody Evaluations with Psychologicals, Psychological Testing.

REPLIES RECEIVED UNTIL SERVICES FILLED RFQ 19-07 Family Services.

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THIS IS NOT AN ORDER!!
DATE: September 13, 2018
REQUEST FOR QUOTATION
Cecil County Purchasing Office
200 Chesapeake Blvd, Ste 1400
Elkton, MD 21921
R.F.Q. NO. 19-07
Return quotes to:
Connie Kamit; Buyer
E-mail: ckamit@ccgov.org
Phone: 410-996-5396
Fax: 410-996-5232
REPLIES RECEIVED UNTIL SERVICES FILLED
TITLE: Quotes: Cecil County Circuit Court, Cecil County, Maryland:
Description
1. Cecil County Circuit Court is requesting qualified vendors for CUSTODY
EVALUATIONS & THERAPEUTIC SERVICES. Qualified vendor/s shall be
selected using the following requirements:
Custody Evaluations:
(per MD Rule § 9-205.3)
The Court may request a Family Assessment or a Full Custody Evaluation. The
Assessment/Evaluation will include interview(s), (parents, child/ren, counselors,
significant others, and extended family when necessary), as well as observations
of the family unit, and home studies.
Providers may be required to provide testimony to the Court. For your
information, an estimate of the possible total number of evaluations annually is
60(divided among contractors).
Required Skills and Experience
Providers should have a Masters or Doctorate Degree in the field of
psychology and mental health. Providers should possess a Social Work
or Mental Health License (LCSW, LCSW-C, LCPC)
Providers shall have education or training in child development, child
and adult psychopathology, interviewing techniques, and family
systems.
Formal training in conducting custody evaluations preferred.
Evaluators shall adhere to the ethical principles of their own
professions and should abide by the standards of practice as
established by one (1) of these or similar associations (AFCC or APA).
Minimum five (5) years’ experience working with individuals and
families in a mental health or behavioral/social sciences setting.
Evaluators must have understanding of the complexities of the divorce
process, an awareness of the legal issues regarding custody and
visitation in Maryland.
Familiarity with effects of domestic violence, conflict, alienation,
alignment, and substance abuse on children and families is essential.
Providers should participate in interdisciplinary trainings and
professional seminars and maintain familiarity with current research,
professional literature, and standards of practice regarding family
dispute resolution, evaluation, and treatment of families.
Reporting Requirements
Providers will be responsible for submission of a professional and detailed
evaluation to the Court via Family Support Services upon completion by the due
date determined by the court.
Fee for service: between $600.00-$3,000.00
Therapeutic Visitation:
Providers will perform therapeutic evaluation services between children and
parents. The goal is to afford children and parents the opportunity to re-establish a
meaningful and positive parent/child relationship in a supervised and safe setting.
Visitation may occur in the home or office. If providers have a safety concern prior
to any visitation services, they should contact the Circuit Court.
Required Skills and Experience
Providers should have a Bachelor’s Degree in social work, mental
health or in the human services field. Masters Degree Preferred.
Providers should have familiarity with effects of separation and
divorce on the lives of children and families when parents live apart.
Familiarity with effects of domestic violence, conflict, alienation,
alignment, and substance abuse on children and families.
Knowledge and understanding of the workings of the Family Law
Divisions in Circuit Courts.
Reporting Requirements
Providers will be responsible for submission of a professional and detailed report to
the Court via Family Support Services upon completion by the due date determined
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by the court.
Fee for service: $100.00 per hour
Parent Coordinator:
The function of a parenting coordinator is to help parents involved in high conflict
cases, resolve their differences regarding their children and their care in a manner
that serves the best interests of the children, minimizes conflict between the parents
that could harm the children and fosters cooperation between parents.
Coordinator provides ongoing monitoring of the case and may assess the situation
and educate the parties regarding child development and communication with all
involved parties.
Required Skills and Experience
Providers should have a Master’s Degree in the Social Work, Mental
Health or Human Services Field. Should have formal education and
training in child development, child and adult psychopathology,
interviewing techniques, and family systems. Providers should have
familiarity with effects of separation and divorce on the lives of
children and families when parents live apart. Providers should have
formal parent coordination training and mediation training. Knowledge
and understanding of the workings of the Circuit Court for Cecil
County.
Fee for service: $125.00 per hour
Case Monitoring:
The function of the Case Monitor is to monitor the parent’s compliance with the
court order and to monitor such services as the following: visitation, mental health
treatment (theirs or their child’s), substance abuse treatment, compliance with
educational services for the child, the parent or child is compliant with any other
agencies involved in assisting the family outside of the court system.
Required Skills and Experience
Providers should have a Bachelor’s Degree in social work, mental
health or in the human services field. Master’s Degree Preferred.
Providers should have familiarity with effects of separation and
divorce on the lives of children and families when parents live apart.
Familiarity with effects of domestic violence, conflict, alienation,
alignment, and substance abuse on children and families.
Knowledge and understanding of the workings of the Family Law
Divisions in Circuit Courts.
Providers should have formal mediation training.
Fee for service: $125.00 per hour
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Custody Evaluations with Psychologicals:
(see attached MD Rule § 9-205)
The Court may request a Full Custody Evaluation with Psychological Testing.
The Evaluation will include interview(s), (parents, child/ren, counselors,
significant others, and extended family when necessary), as well as observations
of the family unit.
Providers may be required to provide testimony or conduct a formal home study,
as ordered by the Court. For your information, an estimate of the possible total
number of evaluations annually is 60-70 (divided among contractors).
Required Skills and Experience
Providers should have a Doctorate Degree in the field of psychology
and mental health.
Providers shall have education or training in child development,
child and adult psychopathology, interviewing techniques, and
family systems.
Formal training in conducting custody evaluations preferred.
Evaluators shall adhere to the ethical principles of their own
professions and should abide by the standards of practice as
established by one (1) of these or similar associations (AFCC or
APA).
Minimum five (5) years’ experience working with individuals and
families in a mental health or behavioral/social sciences setting.
Evaluators must have understanding of the complexities of the
divorce process, an awareness of the legal issues regarding custody
and visitation in Maryland.
Familiarity with effects of domestic violence, conflict, alienation,
alignment, and substance abuse on children and families is essential.
Providers should participate in interdisciplinary trainings and
professional seminars and maintain familiarity with current research,
professional literature, and standards of practice regarding family
dispute resolution, evaluation, and treatment of families.
Reporting Requirements
Providers will be responsible for submission of a professional and detailed
evaluation to the Court via Family Support Services upon completion by the due
date determined by the court.
Fee for Service: VENDOR SHALL PROVIDE COSTS FOR SERVICE
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Psychological Testing:
Provider will perform a forensic psychological examination on a parent or
guardian that is court ordered for reasons to determine if there are any
psychological factors that impede a parent’s parenting skills, and whether their
psychological impediments affect the child/parent relationship.
Required Skills and Experience
Providers should possess either a Psy.D or Ph.D in the field of
psychology and mental health. Providers should have familiarity
with high conflict divorce and custody cases, and shall have
previous experience in collaborating with the Court.
Formal training in conducting these evaluations for court related
services preferred. Minimum five (5) years’ experience working
with individuals and families in a mental health or
behavioral/social sciences setting.
Evaluators must have an awareness of the legal issues regarding
custody and visitation in Maryland. Familiarity with effects of
domestic violence, conflict, alienation, alignment, and substance
abuse on children and families is essential.
Reporting Requirements
Providers will be responsible for submission of a psychological report to the
Court via family Support Services upon completion by the date determined by the
Court.
Fee for Service: VENDOR SHALL PROVIDE COSTS FOR SERVICE
2. The County’s intent is the contract the most qualified vendor meeting the
requirements listed. The County has the option to select multiple vendors to be used
on an on-call basis.
3. If you have any questions, please call Elizabeth Hart at 410.996.5396, or email
questions: ckamit@ccgov.org
4. The Vendor shall provide a copy of a Certificate of Insurance with the
Cecil County, Maryland named as an Additional Insured to liability coverage on the
certificate to include workers compensation, for the duration of the contract. The
coverage listed is the recommended minimum limits of liability:
- General Liability: $2,000,000 Annual Aggregate
$1,000,000 Each Occurrence
$1,000,000 Products and Completed Operations
$1,000,000 Personal Injury and Advertising
- Automobile Liability: $1,000,000 Combined Single Limit
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