Project Title: Adult Sex Offender Treatment
Project #: RFI-23-2020
Issued by: Multnomah County view agency website
Publish Date: 7/24/2019
Due Date: 8/19/2019 This opportunity has closed.

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Description

INTRODUCTION  Multnomah County (the County) seeks responses from firms that are interested in providing information on treatment for adults convicted of sex crimes. Information gathered as a result of this Request for Information (RFI) may assist the County in the development of any potential solicitation(s) and provide the County knowledge of available services or products in the market place. This RFI is an inquiry only. Responding to this RFI is voluntary and will in no way affect consideration or evaluation of any proposal submitted in response to a subsequent solicitation. No monetary exchange or contract will result from this RFI. BACKGROUND AND POTENTIAL SCOPE OF PROJECT The County Department of Community Justice (DCJ) supervises about 900 individuals convicted of sex crimes, of whom roughly 200 have been identified as Level 3 or predatory. DCJ is seeking information from providers who are interested in treating individuals under supervision for sex crimes in Multnomah County. PURPOSE The purpose of this RFI is to acquire information regarding comprehensive adult sex offender treatment in Multnomah County. Treatment is a critical component for effective management of individuals with sex crimes convictions, especially when combined with appropriate supervision. Treatment can substantially reduce sex crime recidivism and reduce the likelihood of further victimization. The primary focus of sex crime treatment is community safety. ELIGIBILITY All offenders with Sex Offender Package A or a probation judgment ordering sex offender evaluation and/or treatment are required to complete an evaluation and if recommended, enter sex offender treatment.  The evaluation is conducted by an approved sex offender treatment provider. Offenders with Sex Offender Package B shall enter and complete or be successfully discharged from a recognized and approved sex offender treatment program at the direction of the parole officer.  The Parole Probation Officer (PPO),and manager will determine whether a referral to sex offender treatment is appropriate. If an offender meets criteria as a low risk sex offender, the offender shall be directed to engage in treatment as a self-pay client.  The offender will be in violation of failure to comply with sex offender treatment only if the offender has the financial resources and “willfully” refuses to pay. If an offender’s risk level increases to moderate or high per the combined STATIC-99/STABLE-2007 in the future, the offender shall no longer be identified as a low risk sex offender. Periodic polygraph examinations will continue to be subsidized for offenders identified as low risk who are indigent. Identification as a low risk sex offender is based on the combined Static-99/STABLE-2007 score.  An offender may have a higher OCMS score which will determine level of supervision but will not make the offender eligible for subsidy.  Level 3 or Predatory offenders identified as low risk will not be provided subsidized treatment.  Research suggests low risk offenders who associate with high risk offenders are more prone to future offense than low risk individuals without high risk associations, therefore DCJ desires to segregate low and high risk individuals in treatment groups. REQUIREMENTS Only clinical sex offender therapists, associate sex offender therapists, and secondary associate sex offender therapists certified under ORS 675.375 are eligible to treat DCJ clients. Certified clinical sex offender therapists who do not hold an active Oregon mental health professional license, or equivalent license as determined by the office, upon initial certification, may continue to engage in the practice of sexual abuse specific treatment as a certified clinical sex offender therapist only if the person obtains an Oregon mental health professional license or equivalent license as determined by the Office by January 1, 2021. Treatment providers shall follow the Sex Offender Treatment Board’s adopted practice standards and guidelines, currently the 2014 Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), Practice Standards and Guidelines. A copy of the Practice Standards and Guidelines may be purchased at the website: www.atsa.com/form.html. The information is also available by contacting ATSA: 4900 S.W. Griffith Drive, Suite 274, Beaverton, OR 97005, Phone: (503) 643-1023, Fax: (503) 643-5084, email: atsa@atsa.com.  Sex offender treatment providers who are treating DCJ clients must employ interventions that reflect best practices in the field of sex offender treatment/assessment and have been shown to be effective at reducing sexual recidivism.  Sex offender treatment providers who treat clients must be capable of and willing to work with Court mandated offenders as part of a multi-disciplinary team and provide sex offender evaluations and ongoing risk/need assessment in accordance with the Service Plan, including the capacity to:   Assess a client’s risk utilizing accepted risk assessment instruments (i.e., Static-99R, Stable-2007, Acute-2007). Identify criminogenic needs to be addressed in treatment. Take into consideration the capabilities of each client and make adaptations in methods of treatment, as appropriate. Determine level of treatment intensity. Recommend changes in treatment plans, including frequency of treatment based on a client’s progress in acquiring pro-social skills, attitudes, and behaviors, and meeting other treatment goals and objectives. Group treatment utilizing cognitive-behavioral and risk-needs-responsivity approaches should be a primary methodology. Additionally, sex offender treatment providers should utilize written curriculum materials/manuals that outline the goals of treatment, behavioral objectives, and activities.  The focus of treatment for sex offender clients shall include, but not be limited to: Identify and acknowledge deviant sexual interests and arousal; Identify and alter thoughts and attitudes supportive of sexual offending; Acquire skills for sexual self-regulation and develop skills to assist with general self-regulation; Developing positive relationship skills; Understanding the sequence of events and risk factors associated with offending; Developing effective coping skills to manage identified risk factors; and Identifying and utilizing positive support networks (individuals in the community who may become part of an extended supervision network, such as family members, employers and others as appropriate), as well as pro-social activities.  Clients with clinically identified co-occurring disorders may either be directly addressed or referred to other appropriate professionals/agencies, as discussed with the parole officer. Those found to be manageable within the supervision and community service plan will be approved by the parole officer.  QUESTIONS FOR RESPONDENTS List any evidence-based practices used in your approach to sex offender treatment. What are the most feasible and cost effective strategies for segregating low and high risk clients? How do you coordinate safety planning with the assigned parole officer? How do you use polygraphs? How do you contain client costs for missed appointments? How do you manage client balances due to stay below $100 at any given time? How do you track remaining subsidy eligibility and balance for each client? What is the average interval between client visits and following up with the assigned parole officer for routine treatment and emerging issues? Would it be helpful for Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties to utilize the same reporting tool for sex offender treatment? Would you be interested in evaluating case management and reporting tools that may be considered by Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties? CONFIDENTIALITY Multnomah County is required to disclose non-exempt public documents pursuant to ORS 192.410-192.505). ORS 192.502(4) exempts the County from disclosing information submitted in response to a solicitation where the information is such that it “should reasonably be considered confidential.” A respondent who determines that information within a response meets the statutory requirement and desires that such information remain confidential shall mark the bottom of the pages containing such information with the word “CONFIDENTIAL.” If a respondent marks every page of a response as “CONFIDENTIAL”, the statutory requirement is not met; any response so marked will not be deemed to have been submitted in confidence, and upon request, the entire response will be disclosed. The County will keep properly marked information confidential unless ordered to release the information and materials by the District Attorney pursuant to ORS 192.460. SUBMITTED MATERIALS PROPERTY OF COUNTY All materials submitted for any portion of this Request for Information shall become the property of the County, and will not be returned to respondents. SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS Response must be submitted electronically through this Sourcing Event. 

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