RFP for Psychiatric Emergency Service

Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Psychiatric Emergency Service on April 20, 2018.

The purpose of this RFP is to seek qualified, interested providers to engage in negotiations regarding the development and provision of a Psychiatric Emergency Service (PES) in the Region 6 geographical area.

The mission of the Region 6 PES is to provide an integrated, person-centered approach to the delivery of emergency psychiatric services by providing adult consumers (age 19 and older) the right level of care, at the right time, in the right setting.  Rather than triaging and transferring psychiatric consumers as is standard practice at the typical community hospital emergency department, consumers at the PES are evaluated, receive robust treatment, and are allowed time for observation and recovery.  The PES will consist of accessible, professional, specialized, cost-efficient services to consumers experiencing a psychiatric crisis.

To submit a proposal, please see the following documents:

Letters of Intent

Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare must receive Letters of Intent by Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (CST) from applicants interested in completing a proposal(s). Applicants must submit Letters of Intent to be eligible for funding; however, submitting Letters of Intent does not bind the organization to submit an application. Letters of Intent must be either hand delivered or mailed to:

Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare,

4715 S 132nd St., Omaha, NE 68137

Attn: Taren Petersen

Please do not fax or e-mail Letters of Intent. Letters of Intent must reference this RFP and the service identified within.

Questions & Answers

Correction: Section VII-Application Process – Schedule of Events – The Review and Recommendation of Proposals by the Behavioral Health Advisory Committee should read Monday, July 2, 2018.

Correction to PES-RFP Guidelines: In the RFP Guidelines, Section II – Request for Proposals – PES Capacity, the data presented was collected over the six month period of July 2017 to December 2017.

Question: Does the Waiting Room/Intake Area really need so many clinical staff? (See p. 6 of the PES RFP). If new patients will be seeing the full clinical team in the Assessment/Treatment area, isn’t it redundant to have a full team in the Intake area?

Answer: Good question.
There are different ways to do this. You may opt not to station a complete team in the intake area full-time. However, certain, very acute admissions to PES might need to be seen immediately at the front door by a team that includes, at a minimum, security, nursing and psychiatry. Examples include an individual needing collaborative de-escalation for psychotic agitation and potential combativeness, or a person with chest pain and command hallucinations to suicide following a cocaine binge that needs emergency medical and psychiatric screening. Cases like these show why a full clinical team should be available to deploy to the Intake area as needed. A social worker can interview family. A peer specialist can relieve some fears.

As mentioned in the April 20th Bidder’s Conference, applicants are welcome to vary the specifics of their proposed PES design as long as it achieves the goals, fulfills the functions, and adheres to the philosophy of the PES as laid out in the RFP.  Applicants must also follow service definitions.

For questions please contact: Taren Petersen,