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In Section C of the RFP, it reflects services not listed in Section B; does this mean we are responsible for providing all services mentioned in Section C, or just the ones listed in Section B?
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Your “Instruction Notice for Request for Proposals” indicates proposal submission has changed from previous solicitations. Exactly what is different?
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On the references, are we permitted to use federal probation or pretrial officers from districts other than those from Southern District of California as a reference?
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How is the lowest bidder determined?
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Does the incumbent have any advantage in the selection process?
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I am a sole practitioner who would like to submit a proposal, but am unable to provide all of the services in Section B. What are my options?
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Are “staff” different than “subcontractors?”
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If I do not have copies of monitoring reports for the previous 18 months, what do I submit?
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Am I required to enter a number in Item #8 in Section A, which is the first page of all RFPs (Form AO 367)?
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I see there is a change in your billing procedure pursuant to Section G.3 h. and i., as it appears we are no longer authorized to bill for a portion of a session between 0 - 15 minutes. Is this correct?
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In Attachment J1, you are asking for number of defendants and offenders “unsuccessfully discharged” from the program. Could you please define what unsuccessfully discharged means? The only type of discharges we have would be successful completion of the program and probation or termination at the request of the USPO/Pretrial due to incarceration, fleeing, or charges being dropped. All three of these circumstances seem to be covered under question number 9 as “other types of discharges.”
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Is there a preference given to a vendor who offers discounts for prompt payments?
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Under the RFPs for Substance Abuse Treatment Services (SA01-SA07) are providers required to use a specific manualized curriculum for group (PC2022)?
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For the Wanberg and Milkman manual, will providers have to purchase them?
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Can the Southern District please provide the per-service per-unit bid amounts for current contracts rather than the relatively unhelpful “totals” for previous winning bids?
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With respect to Solicitation 0974-16- SA01 SD Metro Substance Abuse, regarding Manualized Group sessions, it states in addition to having separate Spanish and English groups, a group must be offered at 7:00 p.m. on a weekday. Can it be assumed there needs to be both a Spanish group and English group offered at the 7:00 p.m. time required?
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As a follow-up question, as Phase I of the curriculum requires two, 90-minute sessions of Manualized Group per week, can it be assumed that administration of the services would require, at a minimum, four group sessions per week (2 English- One at 7:00 p.m./One at another time and 2 Spanish- One at 7:00 p.m./One at another time)?
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Breathalyzer Log and Sweat Patch Log templates were included as part of the solicitation but not discussed in the content of the solicitation. Will there be a requirement for either of these during administration of the services?
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In relation to Section B, Estimated Monthly Quantities for the requested services are provided for the anticipated duration of the contract years of 2016, 2017, and 2018. Vendors are also provided a link to pricing details of the previous solicitation, FY13, for the anticipated duration of the contract years of 2013, 2014, and 2015, which are also broken down by estimated monthly quantities. As we are provided estimated monthly quantities, as opposed to estimated yearly quantities, can it be assumed that the award totals listed in the pricing details for FY13 are representations of the sum of one month from each year of 2013, 2014, and 2015? In other words, would the division of the award total listed by 3 years be a representation of the estimated average cost of services per year or would it be a representation of the estimated average cost of services per month?
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Is your district soliciting for outpatient and detoxification services only as it relates to substance abuse treatment services, or are you also soliciting for long-term residential substance abuse treatment?
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Can the case staffing conferences be held via conference call or must they be in person?
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Will the US Probation representative come to our facility for the meeting or will we go to their office?
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The RFP for El Centro (SA04) mentions that some urine screening items will be provided, but not all items are mentioned as provided to the selected vendor. Can you please confirm if the following will be provided to the vendor at no cost to the vendor? a) Temperature strips, b) Specimen bottle, c) Chain of Custody Forms, d) NIDTs, e) Courier to transport urines to San Diego
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Will all urines be required to be sent to the lab located at the US Pretrial facility in San Diego, or just the Pretrial urines?
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Can we use a restroom for urine screening that has the following? a) While not in our office suite it is directly next door, b) It has a coded entry to limit use of the bathroom to other renters, c) We can control the use of the restroom during the screening limiting it to the observer and the person being monitored
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Are polygraph services part of the bid for sex offender treatment?
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Regarding the Background Statement, if one is in private practice and there are no monitoring reports or subcontractors, how is that section to be completed?
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Is meeting with the client to complete an orientation prior to starting treatment, 3-way meetings with the probation officer and client, and/or meeting with the offender to develop the 90-day treatment plan, billable as an individual session?
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What is the total life of the contracts for SA01; SO01; and MH01?
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What qualifications does the therapist need to run the co-occuring groups?
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What manuals are acceptable for the CBT treatment program
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Can you sub contract out urine collection to another location?