Description of the goods or services required
The Midland Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force (MRDATF) is one of ten Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Forces in Ireland that were set up in 2003 on foot of recommendations from the National Drugs Strategy (NDS), to facilitate a more effective response to the drugs problem in areas experiencing the highest levels of substance misuse and involve those directly affected by the problem in the development of an area based drug strategy. The MRDATF and its sub-structures bring together members, representing the community, voluntary and statutory sectors, public representatives and key interest groups to develop and co-ordinate a collective and integrated response to drug and alcohol problems in the midland region which covers the catchment area of Longford, Westmeath, Laois and Offaly. This partnership work is carried out under actions as set out in the National Strategy Reducing Harm Supporting Recovery, A health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017 – 2025.
HSE CADS (Community Alcohol & Drug Service) was established to deliver a range of services to include assessment, treatment and rehabilitation in the community. These services are available to both adults and U18’s who are concerned with their own or another person’s drug and/or alcohol use. The overall purpose of the service is to seek to minimise drug and alcohol related harm in order to have a positive impact on individuals, families and communities. The service also offers assessment and treatment for gambling addiction.
MRDATF & HSE CADS in association with Longford & Westmeath Education & Training Board (LWETB) co-ordinate and fund a range of Drug & Alcohol Prevention & Treatment Support Services which operate across the four midland counties. The services are as follows:
Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI) DATS (Drug & Alcohol Treatment Support) Project This Project delivers a community based Drug & Alcohol treatment support, family support, harm reduction, rehabilitation and aftercare service to individuals over 18 years and families. Staff team includes one Service Co-ordinator, five Drug & Alcohol Project workers & one Family Support Specialist position.
Extern Ireland MYDAS (Midlands Youth Drug & Alcohol Support) Project This Project delivers a community based Drug & Alcohol Prevention & Treatment support service to individuals under 18 years and families. Staff team includes one Service Co-ordinator, four Drug & Alcohol Support workers & one Under 18 Counsellor.
The MRDATF & HSE CADS is seeking expressions of interest from suitably experienced/qualified individuals or organisations to deliver the following training to the Drug & Alcohol Prevention & Treatment Support Service Providers (as detailed above):
1.Deliver Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) training. CRA is a comprehensive behavioral program for treating substance-abuse problems. It is based on the belief that environmental contingencies can play a powerful role in discouraging or reducing excessive drinking or drug use. Consequently, it utilizes social, recreational, familial, and vocational reinforcers to assist consumers in the recovery process. Its goal is to make a sober lifestyle more rewarding than the use of substances.
2.Deliver Adolescent CRA training. CRA the original model is focussed on adults only & Adolescent CRA is focussed on young adults up to the age of 23
3.Deliver CRAFT training. CRAFT is an evidence based treatment programme for family members of service users engaged in treatment or who are not ready to engage in treatment and is designed to increase the chances of the substance users entering into treatment as well as improving the lives of the Concerned Significant Others (CSO’s). In relation to the CRAFT training it is proposed that those participating in this training will be made up of relevant members from existing HSE Treatment Services, the MYDAS & DATS team but also in attendance will be staff operating within other relevant sectors from the midland region eg. Youth Services, Family Resource Centres.
4.Accreditation – All participants who complete the training sessions will be required to become accredited in CRA/ACRA/CRAFT and fully participate in the supervision criteria in order to ensure competency and fidelity to each model. Where required participants will also be required to attend and participate in group supervision/skills sessions
The requirements of this assignment are as follows:
A tender assessment panel will examine all tenders received. The panel will have to be satisfied that the method, training, supervision proposal and schedule meet the tender objectives and are cost effective. The panel will also take into account other criteria to include the following:
1.Clear demonstration and understanding of training to be delivered in line with tender requirements
2.Level, depth, nature of experience in the area (quality of and relevance of previous work). Training will only be delivered by a fully accredited trainer who is proficient in the CRA/ACRA/CRAFT model
3.Applicant must clearly detail an outline of training and the number of training workshops to be delivered. This information to be captured on a proposed detailed training and supervision timetable/schedule which must be included in the application submitted.
4.Ability to effectively manage and complete the contract within given timeframe.
5.Overall assessment and quality of training & accreditation process proposal.
6.Be informed by the overall aims and objectives and actions of the National Strategy Reducing Harm Supporting Recovery, A health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017 – 2025 and the Healthy Ireland Framework 2013-2025.
7.Disclosures of any conflict of interest.
8.Description of cost to include the following: •Number of days required and a daily charge
•Detail breakdown of costs for each training module eg. Cost of individual training workshop, cost associated with participants submitting tapes & supervision costs
•Overall costing should be clearly detailed and specified with a breakdown of the individual elements
•Fixed price cost including VAT where applicable
9.Must attach reference for similar work carried out recently
10.Detail of any other relevant information the applicant considers appropriate
11.All applicants must be registered for tax purposes and have evidence that they are tax compliant
The MRDATF & HSE CADS does not commit itself to accepting the lowest of any tender. The lowest quote will not necessarily guarantee the contract. Once the tender has been accepted, any price increases during the term of contract will not be accepted