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Mental Health Investments - Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

How do I find specific requests for qualifications (RFQs) and other contract opportunities?

Announcements for all applications will be posted on the Mental Health Investments webpage as they become available. Many of the RFQs will be accessible through the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN), which you may access here. For contract opportunities that are not posted through ORPIN, application materials will be posted directly to the Mental Health Investments webpage.

Why aren’t all contract opportunities posted through ORPIN?

Addictions and Mental Health (AMH) is working to move funds quickly and create opportunities for diverse interested parties. To best accomplish this goal, we are using a number of different procurement methods.

Where can I find the recording and materials from past webinars?

Recordings from past webinars, along with the presentation slides and the fact sheets, are all posted on the Mental Health Investments webpage in the resources and materials section.

Can someone from AMH speak to my organization about these investments? How do I arrange this, and who do I contact?

First, please share the address of the Mental Health Investments webpage with anyone in your organization who would be interested. This may help answer many questions your organization has. If necessary, Project Manager Emily Watson can help you arrange specific speaking engagements.

Are there investments to support addiction services?

Although the investments do not have an addictions focus, they will provide a more comprehensive service array for the many people with mental illness who have a co-occurring addiction. By increasing the capacity to serve these people, including youth and young adults, we can ensure they receive the alcohol, drug or gambling addiction services they need.

What kind of updates are we going to get?

The best way to stay up to date on investments is to regularly check the Mental Health Investments webpage and these Frequently Asked Questions. AMH will update both as soon as information becomes available. In addition, AMH will send regular updates via email. If you want to make sure you are on this mailing list, please contact Project Manager Emily Watson.

How can stakeholders voice their opinions about the implementation of new and ongoing programs?

Consumers, community partners and stakeholder groups played an integral part in developing the 2013-2015 mental health investments. The specific services and system expansions outlined in the 2013-2015 Legislatively Adopted Budget were informed by the valuable contributions made by our community partners such as the Children’s System Advisory Committee and the Community Services Workgroup, to name just a few.

AMH will continue to engage established stakeholder groups throughout the development and implementation process. You are welcome to send questions and comments to Project Manager Emily Watson.

In addition, AMH encourages stakeholders to apply for the appropriate requests for qualifications (RFQs) and other contract opportunities. This is the best way to have direct input on the implementation process.

What information will need to be reported into the Measures and Outcome Tracking System (MOTS) for the new investment funds that providers received? Will different information be reported depending on what grant a provider received?

Reporting requirements for investments will vary by type of service. Technical assistance is available at the MOTS training sessions. For specific investment questions, please contact the Addictions and Mental Health staff member who you have been coordinating with on any award related conversations.

I just found out about the MOTS trainings and can’t attend any of the remaining dates. What kind of technical assistance can you provide?

Please email mots.support@state.or.us and ask to be put on the training waitlist. Please tell us the name and location of your agency. We will review the list and schedule additional trainings as needed.

Are you doing any kind of outreach to minority groups?

AMH is working closely with the Office of Equity and Inclusion to incorporate culturally competent language in contract language and to promote the new investments at minority community outreach events. Groups that specialize in outreach to minority groups are encouraged to apply for the appropriate request for qualifications and other contract opportunities.

I am a Tribal member but I don’t see my award information. Where is it located on the website?

Tribal implementation plans have been approved by Addictions and Mental Health. Tribal awards will be posted on the website in April.

I haven’t heard anything about the trauma investment. Will there, or has there already been, an RFP?

Addictions and Mental Health is developing a Trauma Center for Excellence in collaboration with Portland State University and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). In addition, we will begin contract work on Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) awareness. There will be no RFP generated for this investment.

How long will funding be available for these investment opportunities? Is the funding only available for the rest of the 2013-2015 biennium (18 months) or will the funding be built into ongoing contracts?

The intent is to roll this funding into the next biennium, subject to legislative approval of the OHA budget.

Check back often! This frequently asked questions page will be regularly updated to help answer common questions we receive.

Page last updated: April 7, 2014​​​