There is no negative impact to the County General Fund associated with the Recommended Action.
The funding of $62,500.00 to cover the cost of the Agreement, for the period July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, to provide the 52 Week Batterers Intervention Program is included in the Agency’s FY 2015 Recommended Budget. No additional expenditure appropriation is needed.
On April 14, 2014, the Social Services Agency released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the 52 Week Batterers Intervention (Domestic Violence) Program. The contract term was for one year with optional four (4) one-year extensions contingent upon vendor satisfactory performance, availability of funding and the needs of the County. The RFP was posted online using BidSync (www.BidSync.com) with a due date of May 30, 2014.
Family and Children Services of Silicon Valley was the only organization that responded to the RFP. The review panel evaluated the proposal and recommended that the Social Services Agency enter into an agreement with Family and Children Services of Silicon Valley to provide the 52 Week Batterers Intervention Program.
REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATION
Pursuant to Board Policy 184.108.40.206, the Board of Supervisors is the only body that has authority to enter into contracts and issue solicitations on behalf of the County, unless contracting authority has been specifically delegated to someone other than the Board by state law, county Ordinance Code, resolution, or express action of the Board.
Pursuant to Board Policy 220.127.116.11(B) (Formal Competitive Procurement (2) Professional and Non-Professional Services;) on April 14, 2014, The Social Services Agency (SSA) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the 52 Batterers Intervention Program.
Approval of this agreement will allow the SSA to work in conjunction with Family and Children Services of Silicon Valley to provide 52 Week Batterers Intervention Services to DFCS families who have court-ordered requirement to enroll in a 52 Week Batterers. The Social Services Agency, Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) will provide administrative oversight over the program.
Although this Agreement’s budget will not exceed $100,000 for FY 2015, Family and Children Services of Silicon Valley will have other Agreements with the Social Services Agency in FY 2015 with cumulative budgets exceeding $100,000. Therefore, in accordance with Board of Supervisors policy 18.104.22.168(3), the Social Services Agency is requesting that the Board of Supervisors approve the Agreement with Family and Children Services of Silicon Valley related to the 52 Week Batterers Intervention Program.
The recommended action will have a positive child impact on the Every Child Safe, Safe and Stable Families Indicator by ensuring that families afflicted with domestic violence will have access to the 52 Week Batterers Intervention Program. The program will make substantive changes to the family milieu with the goal of creating a safe and stable home environment for children to thrive in.
The recommended action will have no/neutral impact on seniors.
The recommended action will have no/neutral impact on sustainability.
Services provided as part of this Contract are available to clients referred from the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) who have a court-ordered requirement to enroll in a 52 Week Batterers Intervention Program (BIP). Domestic violence intervention services are crucial mainstays of child welfare case plans that seek to break the cycle of violence and create healing for the family. During fiscal year 2013-2014, 80 referrals were made to the BIP.
Children exposed to domestic violence may suffer emotional trauma, physical health problems, behavioral problems in adolescence, and emotional difficulties in adulthood. Children exposed to domestic violence often learn destructive lessons about the use of violence and power in relationships. Research has found that 50% of batterers who abuse their intimate partner, also abuse their children.
There is an estimated 30% to 60% overlap between domestic violence incidents and child abuse. It is further estimated that allegations of domestic violence and substance abuse comprise nearly 80% of child welfare cases. Exposure to domestic violence is considered a form of general neglect which made up 57% of the 1,242 substantiated allegations of child abuse during the last 12 consecutive months ending on April 30, 2014.
The 52 Week Batterers Intervention Program provides batterer intervention services using an approved curriculum that meets the certification requirements of the Santa Clara County Department of Probation (DOP), “Standards for Batterers Intervention Programs and Certification”.
The BIP program format will consist of a 52 Week open enrollment curriculum integrating lectures, group classes, group discussions, and counseling. Each weekly session will incorporate the five (5) mandatory themes required according to the County of Santa Clara, Department of Program "Standards for 52 Week Batterers Intervention Program and Certification."
The five (5) mandatory themes are:
1. Gender Roles,
3. The Nature of Violence,
4. The Dynamics of Power and Control, and
5. The Effects of Abuse on Children and Others.
Contractor will ensure that the open enrollment format includes client exposure to the entire curriculum to ensure client completion of all curriculum components independent of the client's enrollment date. Each weekly session will be two (2) hours in length. Course tools include, but are not limited to: participant role play, control logs, worksheets, and individual homework assignments.
CONSEQUENCES OF NEGATIVE ACTION
The Agreement with Family and Children Services to provide the 52 Week Batterers Intervention Program will not be approved as a consequence of negative action.
STEPS FOLLOWING APPROVAL
The Clerk of the Board will notify Aleesha Malkani, Alfredo Nevius and Jackie Howe from the Social Services Agency following the processing of the legislative file.