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The intersection of children with behavioral health conditions and the juvenile justice system is well documented. It is estimated that 70% of juveniles in the system suffer from mental illness and over 60% also struggle with addiction (see Up To 70% Of Youth In Contact With Juvenile Justice System Have Mental Health Needs). On top of that, nearly 30% of mental illnesses in youth require immediate and significant treatment (see Better Solutions For Youth With Mental Health Needs In The Juvenile Justice System). With a majority of juvenile justice-involved youth suffering from behavioral health disorders, providers of these services – both mental health and human service agencies, and juvenile corrections departments – have shifted their focus toward mental health.

This new focus has led to some very interesting new government initiatives to bring expanded behavioral health treatment services. Last year, the OPEN MINDS team tracked 83 RFPs for juvenile services. In the same year, we reported on 87 awards totaling over $166 million. And, when we look to the year ahead, there are many more juvenile justice RFPs on the horizon – with 15 already released in 2015. Of the 15 RFPs, four are still open and accepting bids:

  1. Texas Seeks Non-Secure Residential Services
  2. Texas Seeks Juvenile Secure Residential Services
  3. Maine Seeks Juvenile Recidivism Report Services
  4. New Mexico Seeks Juvenile Drug Court Treatment Services

For a closer look at contract awards, read the summaries of the larger contract awards from last year:

  • Description: Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice awarded a contract to provide substance abuse treatment services to the Wells Center. 
  • Original RFP: IYC St. Charles Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program
  • Awardee: Wells Center, 1300 Lincoln Avenue, Jacksonville, IL 62650, Phone: 217-241-1871, Fax: 217-243-2278, Contact Person: Bruce Carter
  • Winning proposal: Unavailable
  • Description: California’s San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Services awarded a contract to provide mental health services and outreach services for youth in juvenile detention facilities and field service programs to Social Advocates for Youth, San Diego. Services will include mental health services; individual, group, and family counseling; and psychosocial and substance abuse education. 
  • Original RFP: Dual Diagnosis Services for Juvenile Detention Facilities
  • Awardee: Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), San Diego, 8755 Aero Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92123, Phone: 858-565-4148, Fax: 858- 974-3607, Contact Person: Nancy Gannon Hornberger, CEO, E-mail: nancy@saysandiego.org
  • Winning proposal: Social Advocates for Youth, San Diego
  • Description: California’s San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Services awarded a contract to provide mental health services and outreach services for youth in juvenile detention facilities and field service programs to Social Advocates for Youth, San Diego. Services will include mental health services; individual, group, and family counseling; and psychosocial and substance abuse education. 
  • Original RFP: Treatment of Male Juvenile Offenders Age 10 to 18 who Require Sex Offender Specific Treatment Services
  • Description: California’s San Diego County Probation Department awarded a contract to provide day treatment program services to Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), San Diego. The contractor will provide a day treatment center program that offers an alternative to out-of-home placement for youth in the juvenile justice system. 
  • Original RFP: Reflections Day Treatment Services
  • Awardee: Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), San Diego, 8755 Aero Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92123, Phone: 858-565-4148, Fax: 858-974-3607, Contact Person: Nancy Gannon Hornberger, CEO, E-mail: nancy@saysandiego.org
  • Winning proposal: Social Advocates for Youth, San Diego
  • Description: California’s Orange County Probation Department awarded a contract to provide drug and alcohol/mental health counseling services for wards at the Juvenile Hall, Joplin Youth Center, Youth Guidance Center, and Youth Leadership Academy to the Orange County Department of Education – Safe Schools and Support Services. 
  • Original RFP: Drug and Alcohol/Mental Health Counseling Services
  • Awardee: Orange County Department of Education – Safe Schools and Support Services, 2910 Red Hill, Suite 200, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, Phone: 714-953-6513, Contact Person: Jim Perez, E-mail: jperez@ocode.us, Web Site: http://www.ocode.us/
  • Winning proposal: Unavailable

For a more comprehensive list of the year’s winning contracts, OPEN MINDS RFP HotLine subscribers can view the Top 25 Juvenile Justice Awards from 2014. And for more OPEN MINDS coverage on juvenile justice, see:

  1. Over 40% Of Youth In Juvenile Detention Have Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders At Intake; High Percentage Of Conditions Continue Into Adulthood
  2. 33 States Spend More Than $100,000 Per Person For Highest Cost Juvenile Detention Placements
  3. Illinois Unveils Plan To Improve Juvenile Justice System Through Best Practices
  4. Reducing Recidivism For Youth In The Juvenile Services Division Of The Kansas Department Of Corrections.

And finally, check out The U.S. Juvenile Justice Market: 61,000 Youth In Custody & $6.1 Billion In Annual Spending.


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