County of Santa Clara Office of Reentry Services Releases a $6.1M Request for Proposals for Services

County seeks providers serving individuals returning to community from jail or prison to help break cycles of incarceration and improve public safety

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. ­— On November 27, the Office of Reentry Services released a $6.1 million request for proposals from qualified organizations providing services to reentry clients. Successful bidders will assist clients with the resources, skills, and tools they will need when reuniting with family and tackling barriers to reentry. Individuals with criminal records often find it difficult to acquire housing, employment and public benefits.

The Office of Reentry Services (ORS) partners with many County of Santa Clara agencies and community-based contractors, who collaborate to provide services through the Reentry Resource Center, a one-stop shop model to provide those recently released from custody with streamlined access to resources. This approach is designed to reduce the likelihood that individuals will reoffend.

“Our County is a leader in providing community members, who have been involved with the criminal justice system, with the tools and support they need to stay out of jail and prison and rebuild their lives,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Cindy Chavez. “The organizations we are contracting with are crucial partners making our communities healthier and safer.” Supervisor Chavez chairs the Santa Clara County Reentry Network, which develops and implements the County’s plan for providing reentry services. 

The County is seeking proposals from organizations that can provide services in four main categories: psychoeducation and psychosocial programs, legal services, employment services, and service navigation.

“These are the types of resources that will help our reentry community members heal and that will help break the generational cycle of incarceration,” said Miguel Márquez, County of Santa Clara Chief Operating Officer. “Investing in programs that address many of the main underlying causes of crime—poverty, mental illness, homelessness, unemployment and lack of education—reduces crime and saves taxpayers money in the long run.”

Psychoeducation and psychosocial programs focus on positive emotional coping mechanisms and family reunification. Providers in this category may offer curriculum such as Seeking Safety, an evidence-based form of counseling to help individuals with trauma or substance abuse, or Moral Reconation Therapy, which can help increase moral reasoning skills.

Types of legal services the County is seeking include informational workshops and legal representation for clients. These services may be related to family law, such as legal separation and child support, or civil law matters that affect clients’ access to housing, employment and public benefits.

For employment services, the County will be accepting proposals from contractors who can provide: (1) programs incorporating job readiness training, transitional employment, employment connection services and peer support; (2) programs that can provide immediate short-term placements for clients such as a Day Worker Program; and/or (3) employment services for individuals being supervised by Parole agents.

Lastly, the County needs organizations that can help clients with service navigation to connect them to resources in the community such as housing, mental health services, substance use treatment, primary health care, peer mentoring, education, and other resources.

The County may award contracts to multiple organizations. Contract work will commence on July 1, 2019. The deadline for proposals is January 18th at 3 p.m. at the Reentry Resource Center, located at 151 W. Mission Street, San Jose, CA 95110. More information on this solicitation (RFP-CEO-FY19-0132 Adult Reentry Services) can be found on www.bidsync.com. Any questions regarding this solicitation should be submitted through www.bidsync.com.

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About the Reentry Resource Center

In 2011, California’s Public Safety Realignment Act (AB 109) was passed to reduce overcrowding in California’s prisons. Commonly referred to as ”Realignment,” this legislation shifted the responsibility of incarcerating and supervising lower-level, nonviolent offenders from the state level to the county level. Now, felons who commit non-violent and less serious offenses serve their sentences in county jails, instead of state prisons, and are supervised by local probation departments, instead of parole. To assist the counties with taking on this challenge, funding was allocated to each local jurisdiction, and each county was tasked with determining how to distribute the funds most effectively. The County of Santa Clara used part of its funding to establish the Office of Reentry Services in 2011 and the Reentry Resource Center in 2012.

About the County of Santa Clara, California 

The County of Santa Clara government serves a diverse, multi-cultural population of 1.9 million residents in Santa Clara County, the sixth largest county in California. With a $7 billion budget, more than 70 agencies/departments and 20,000 employees, the County of Santa Clara plans for the needs of a dynamic community, offers quality services, and promotes a healthy, safe and prosperous community for all. The County provides essential services including public health and environmental protection, medical services through Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC), child and adult protection services, homelessness prevention and solutions, roads, parks, libraries, emergency response to disasters, protection of minority communities and those under threat, access to a fair criminal justice system, and scores of other services, particularly for those members of our community in the greatest need.

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