RFP Questions & Answers

  • Is there a list of what elementary schools “feed into” which middle schools?

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    There is a page on the website that outlines the current patterns. If the link below does not work – you can find it is under the "Our District" tab on the District website home page.

    https://www.iowacityschools.org/domain/3878

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  • About how many referrals do these schools typically have in a month?

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    Historically our school-based referrals are highly vetted by our Student & Family Advocates because we are working to connect students to office-based services first, with school-based referrals being a last ditch effort to connect a student to therapy.  Unfortunately, we do not keep track of the total number of referrals to the agencies that have provided the school-based services in the past because they would include school referrals to both office-based & school-based services.

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  • How many kids did the past mental health therapist serve at each of these schools?

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    For the schools that information was requested on, the average number of school-based therapy clients for each school during a school year is:  Wood (17 clients); Twain (25 clients); Alexander (17 clients); Wickham (4 clients); Coralville Central (8 clients); Penn (10 clients); Garner (15 clients); Van Allen (5 clients); Grant (unknown).  The numbers have tended to vary year to year based on (1) school population changes & (2) provider capacity.  

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  • Are there services that schools are looking for that are not being provided at this time?

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    Group therapy is something that we have not yet been able to sustain as a service offered in schools.  In addition, we are always working on additional ways to increase parent engagement in the school-based therapy model.   

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  • Is there other information you can provide that would be helpful in putting together an RFP?

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    Two pieces of information to consider would be: (1) the increasing number of students & families that attend ICCSD who come from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds and (2) there are potential elementary boundary changes that are coming up in the next few years that may affect each building's need for school-based mental health services.

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  • What are some things other providers are doing that are going well?

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    Our current programming has increased access to individual therapy services for many students who would otherwise not be able to participate in this service due to any, or all, of the following barriers: insurance coverage, transportation, parent work schedules, language barriers, etc. 

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  • What would you like to see offered that is not currently being offered?

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    We are continually working to grow our collective understanding of how schools & communities support students that are perceived as having a "behavior" concern verse how we support students that are perceived as having a "mental health" concern and how trauma informed practices are fluid throughout our work with children & families.  We are open to our partner providers being actively involved in this learning process & would welcome partners who are continually looking to reflect upon their role & the types of needs being identified in a particular building in order to offer the best type of support to students & families.

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  • What type of organization licensure or accreditation do you want us to provide documentation for?

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    This may or may not be applicable to all applicants depending on if the agency has chosen to, or has access to, completing an accreditation or licensing process. Please feel free to include any that you would feel are relevant to the scope of work you would be performing as outlined in the RFP.  

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