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Correctional Health Services Psychology Update

By BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services.   Jun 12, 2017
Effective October 1, 2017, health care services in BC correctional centres will be provided by BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS), an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

Project Overview
Over the coming months, leaders from PHSA, BCMHSUS, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, and the Ministry of Health will work collaboratively to plan for and implement this assumption of services.

This change will improve the continuity of care for clients as they move between correctional centres and the community. BCMHSUS already provides forensic mental health services across BC and has a broad network of established external partnerships with regional health authorities, advocacy organizations and other health care agencies across the province.

Collaborative Planning Process
The decision for BCMHSUS to assume responsibility for Correctional Health Services was announced in March 2017. Since then, representatives from the lead organizations have been working together to plan for this change. With a priority to ensure strong health care services for clients, planning is focused on:

  • High quality clinical services
  • Operational integration
  • Change management.

Role of Psychologists
Plans are progressing for PHSA to assume responsibility for health care services in BC Corrections facilities in October 2017. BCMHSUS recognizes the important role of psychologists as key members of the clinical team serving clients in the 10 correctional centres across the province and is committed to providing psychological services for inmates.

PHSA is committed to a consistent and respectful procurement process that ensures all contract service providers are treated fairly. The rate paid by BCMHSUS for contracted registered psychologists is $115/hour.

BCMHSUS invites psychologists to consider applying to PHSA. In order to do so, they will need to follow the Request for Information (RFI) process, outlined below.

Request for Information Process
The Request for Information process is a PHSA requirement. This involves:

  • BCMHSUS will issue a Request for Information on June 23, 2017
  • The Request for Information will be posted on BC Bid
  • Interested parties will be asked to respond with a Receipt Confirmation Form, signaling their intent to respond by July 7, 2017
  • Interested parties will respond to the RFI by the submission deadline of July 26, 2017, via encrypted e-mail
  • The submission must contain:
    • Responses to the RFI Questionnaire and Scenarios presented within it, showcasing solutions and business practices
    • Acceptance of the RFI Terms & Conditions
    • An RFI checklist
    • All other documents requested (Curriculum Vitae, including Registration Number and references).

BCMHSUS will, at its sole discretion, initiate further discussions with selected providers of psychological services. This RFI on its own does not imply a commitment by BCMHSUS to proceed with any procurement activities. If successful in the RFI process, all service providers working for BCMHSUS are required to sign a standardized contract. Contracts outline terms of services to be provided, responsibilities, hours and rate of pay. This ensures everyone is compensated fairly, within the funding expectations of PHSA.

Timeline for Submissions:
RFI Issue Date: June 23, 2017
Receipt Confirmation Deadline: July 7, 2017
Response Submission Deadline: July 26, 2017
Contract Submission Deadline: September 5, 2017

Please contact Karin Jackson at kjackson2@bcmhs.bc.ca if you have any questions about the RFI process.

For more information about us visit our website at www.bcmhsus.ca.


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