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RFP:  School-Based Prevention Programs


Montgomery County ADAMHS RFP Page

On Occasion, Montgomery County ADAMHS will have a need to request additional services from our provider network. These additional request will come in the form of Request for Proposals (RFPs).

School-Based Prevention Programs

Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) is requesting proposals that will support a modern prevention infrastructure that takes a comprehensive approach to evidence-based prevention services. For the Fiscal Year 2019 Application for Funding Cycle, ADAMHS will accept applications for evidence-based prevention programs that are primarily held within the school setting. These programs must be evidence-based utilizing SAMHSA's EBP criteria (Identifying and Selecting Evidence based Interventions-section IV Executive Summary When an EBP does not exist for the prevention service being proposed or the target population being proposed to serve, Evidence Informed (or Promising Practices) are acceptable.

ADAMHS will accept applications for the following NEW services:

Prime for Life is an evidence-based motivational prevention and early intervention program specifically designed for people who are making high-risk choices. Developed by the Prevention Research Institute (, it is intended to change drinking and drug use behaviors by changing beliefs, attitudes, risk perceptions, motivations, and the knowledge of how to reduce their risk of alcohol and drug related problems throughout their lives. ADAMHS is interested in funding this program primarily as a response to local high schools that have begun testing students for alcohol and other drug use. Too often, schools refer students to therapeutic services when a student produces a positive drug screen. But many of these young people do not require a treatment level of care; instead, they need an intensive prevention service. This project will provide schools with that appropriate level of service. Services must have the ability to be mobile, taking the service to the school or community, and potentially serve multiple counties. Referrals may come from schools, parents, and/or court systems. Funding requests for this service may range from $80,000 to $115,000.

Prevention Services for Children of Addicts (COAs) are a priority for ADAMHS and will be funded under this RFP. COAs are a highly vulnerable and are at a high risk for future substance use, abuse, and potential dependency due to both genetic predispositions and environmental factors. As a result of the opioid crisis, more children have entered the child welfare system, are struggling academically, and are experiencing traumas that too often lead to developing mental health and addiction problems. ADAMHS is interested in funding prevention services that will target this population. Proposers who receive an award will work with the Recovery Alliance of Montgomery County Ohio (RAMCO), a collaborative of recovery centers and recovery support services. RAMCO will serve as a sounding board for this pilot project and will create connections to the recovery centers where the prevention services will ultimately be provided. Proposed services must:

  • Have the ability to service children across the age spectrum including elementary, middle school, and high school grade levels;
  • Be fluid, using standalone sessions that are effective with transient populations;
  • Include coping strategies that prepare young people for their parent(s)’ potential relapse; the chronic nature of addiction means that relapsing to alcohol and/or drug use is possible; and
  • Include drug refusal skills so that young people can gain the skills to say no when they are confronted with peer pressure to use.
Funds may be used for curriculum development to develop a program that will meet all of these criteria. Funding requests for direct services only may range from $80,000 to $100,000. Funding requests that propose both direct services and curriculum development may request up to $120,000.

Additionally, ADAMHS will accept applications for the EXPANSION of the following services:
  • PAX Good Behavior Game is a form of classroom management implemented directly by classroom teachers that teaches students self-regulation, self-control, and selfmanagement. ADAMHS is interested in maintaining current PAX services and expanding this service to a broader number of Montgomery County schools. Funding requests for this service may range from $600,000 to $900,000.
  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a best practice model that integrates screenings for depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug use as part of grades 6-12 vision, hearing, and scoliosis screenings. All students are screened for high risk behaviors and prevention messages are provided to those identified as at risk. Those students that screen as high risk receive an immediate path to treatment.
Proposed services must include screening all students within a school building with the option for parents to opt out if they do not want their child screened. This is the only model that will be accepted. Schools that want parents to “opt in” (meaning, the parent has to sign a permission slip to allow their child to be screened) will not be included in this service.
Additionally, there must be an expansion component built into the project design for this service. The initial requested budget may range from $100,000 to $250,000 with the potential of amending the contract amount up to $500,000 during the fiscal year as interest from the schools grow and new schools are brought on board.

  • Youth Led Prevention trains youth leaders who are willing to take a vocal and public drug-free stance to become agents of change within their schools. The framework trains youth leaders and their adult advisors on how to implement effective peer-led prevention within their schools. ADAMHS has a significant interest in expanding YLP into as many middle and high schools as possible. In order to expand, a county-wide model has been developed by ADAMHS and other community partners. In Fiscal Year 2019, ADAMHS will fund one organization to oversee and implement the county-wide expansion.
Qualified applicants will possess the ability to become fluent in the Youth Empowerment Conceptual Framework and Strategic Prevention Framework models, and to teach these frameworks to local school members and youth. They will work closely with ADAMHS staff and with consultants chosen by ADAMHS to ensure YLP services are provided according to best practice standards. Proposed projects must also include a plan to coordinate and implement a Youth Advisory Board(s) (YAB) that will work in conjunction with the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition (MCPC) ( The YABs will ensure diversity of youth representation from across the county and will pull youth leaders together to strategically plan prevention strategies and activities within their home schools and across the county. They will also provide a youth voice to MCPC’s prevention strategies. Funding requests for this service may range from $100,000 to $150,000.

As in years past, ADAMHS will CONTINUE to accept applications for: 

All proposed prevention services should be focused primarily on benefitting Montgomery County residents. However, they may include regional collaborative initiatives to expand the number of students reached beyond Montgomery County’s borders.

Montgomery County ADAMHS is particularly interested in supporting programs that can be both sustained at the proposed locations while also expanding to new locations in the future. This is due in part to the large number of schools that do not have any evidence-based prevention programs to offer students. Applications that clearly articulate a long-term plan for how the program will be sustained and expanded in future years will be given priority.

Selected proposals may be awarded a one-year agreement beginning as early as July 1, 2018 and ending no later than June 30, 2019.

A Complete Description package can be downloaded here


All proposals must be submitted using the following guidelines:

  1. Proposals must be submitted electronically using the ADAMHS Application for Funding Web Portal
  2. Questions about this RFP will be accepted until 12:00 noon on Friday, April 20, 2018. All questions should be sent via email to Andrea Hoff, Responses to questions and any modifications to the RFP will be posted on the ADAMHS website at
  3. Completed proposals must be submitted via the Application for Funding Portal no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
  4. Late proposals will not be accepted or considered.
  5. Emailed proposals will not be accepted.
  6. Faxed proposals will not be accepted.
  7. Hand delivered proposals will not be accepted.
  8. Montgomery County ADAMHS reserves the right to reject any proposal that does not follow one or more of the Submission Requirements or guidelines expressed within this RFP
Any requests for exceptions to any of the RFP requirements contained herein must be submitted in writing by 12:00 noon (EST) on April 20, 2018. Requests should be sent to Andrea Hoff, Director of Prevention & Early Intervention, Montgomery County ADAMHS, 409 E. Monument Ave., Suite 102, Dayton, OH 45402 or by e-mail to All requests for exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to the final decision of the Montgomery County ADAMHS