Requests for Interest (RFI)

Request for Interest (RFI) #730
Grievance Hearing Officer

Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD), Children and Family Services (CFS) Bureau, announces a Request for Interest (RFI) 730 seeking qualified applicants for a fee-based contract position in Contra Costa County to serve as a CFS Grievance Hearing Officer. CFS provides child welfare services to Contra Costa County residents through various offices countywide.

Statement of Purpose

In order to meet requirements set by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) in response to a settlement decision reached in the Gomez v. Saenz lawsuit, all California Counties are required as of May 1, 2008, to provide for grievance hearings in Child Welfare Services. The Gomez settlement challenged the integrity of the Child Abuse Central Index (CACI) and provided due process rights for individuals whose names have been submitted for listing on the CACI as a result of a qualifying finding that allegations of child abuse or severe neglect are substantiated. The Gomez settlement allows individuals the opportunity to challenge their name listing on the CACI. As required by law, this challenge must be reviewed by a Grievance Hearing Officer.

This RFI is seeking one (1) qualified candidate to serve as a Grievance Hearing Officer for Contra Costa County Children and Family Services (CFS). Individuals whose names are referred for listing on the California Department of Justice CACI, and were not afforded due process, can request a review and/or hearing to challenge the allegation(s). The CFS Grievance Hearing Officer reviews documentary evidence, presides over the hearing and shall determine, based upon evidence and testimony presented, whether the allegation of abuse or neglect is unfounded, inconclusive, or substantiated as defined by the California Penal Code. Upon conclusion of the hearing, the Grievance Hearing Officer will render a written recommended decision within thirty (30) calendar days of the completion of the grievance hearing. The Grievance Hearing Officer is responsible for meeting guidelines required by CDSS and documented in the then current Child Welfare Services Manual of Policies and Procedures:
https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/Regs/cws1.pdf?ver=2019-01-29-130847-963.

Additional Information
Posted:
April 26, 2021

Request for Interest (RFI) #729
Contra Costa Alliance to End Abuse
Collective Impact Fund

The Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department’s (EHSD) Alliance to End Abuse (Alliance), an initiative of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, has led the way in addressing interpersonal violence (domestic/family violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking) in the County since 2001. The Alliance is built on the foundation of public systems and private providers working together to create a safe and nurturing community.

Alliance’s approach includes:

  • Strengthening Systems: Advocating with public and private entities to apply a violence prevention lens to the work they do, as well as piloting new projects.
  • Building Partnerships: Facilitating open sharing of resources, ideas and people power.
  • Educating Professionals and the Community: Hosting workshops and professional development trainings as well as developing tools.

The Alliance supports innovative projects and methods that will add to the collective impact of existing work to end interpersonal violence in Contra Costa County. These innovative project(s) will add value by implementing and/or piloting new or adapted approaches to meet unmet needs, support the well-being of all, and contribute to systems change and collaboration.

Purpose

The intent of this Request for Interest (RFI) #729 is to invest up to $100,000 in hiring one or more consultants (qualified individuals or agencies) to design and implement innovative and collaborative projects aimed at prevention and/or intervention in domestic/family violence, elder abuse, child abuse, sexual assault and/or human trafficking. The intent is to support best/emerging practices and address unmet needs. Examples of projects include: innovative technology-based reporting systems; creating whole family supports; targeted messaging and media campaign designed around primary prevention; reducing recidivism by implementing an offender focused model; expansion and standardization of risk assessment models; prevention approaches, and so on. The goal of this Collective Impact Fund RFI is to identify and select project proposals that will further the above stated mission through funding new, innovative projects.

A county standard contract will be awarded to the successful bidder(s) for the anticipated period of 12 months. Successful bidder(s) must meet insurance requirements before contract inception. The insurance requirements may include automobile liability, general liability, professional liability and workers’ compensation insurance. There is no guarantee that the contract will extend past the initial 12 months. A renewal application, documenting successes during the first contract period, and goals for the second 12 month contract, is required if an extension of the contract period is sought. A maximum of two renewals, for a maximum of 36 months of funding may be permitted depending on results achieved and available funding.

One or more awards may be made depending on the number of competitive responses received.

This RFI is not in itself an offer to work nor does it commit Contra Costa County to fund any proposals submitted. The County is not liable for any costs incurred in the preparation or research of proposals.

Additional Information
Posted:
April 12, 2021