I am writing to alert you that I have advised the Office of Management and Enterprise Services Central Purchasing Division of my decision to cancel the contracts which were recently awarded from the Request for Proposals for the recruitment and retention of Bridge Resource Families (830-1065). You will receive an official notice of cancellation from OMES in the near future.
- The language in the RFP is too prescriptive for performance-based contracts and works against provider creativity, flexibility and capability--all of which are critical to adding value to the services.
- The catchment (service) areas in some parts of the state were artificially defined, working against the reality of how resource homes could be recruited and supported.
- The awarding of one contract per service area does not allow us to take maximum advantage of the universe of agencies capable of providing high quality services.
- The process did not fully allow for partner input to the service delivery design and details.
We will begin immediately to reconstruct a new solicitation process that engages the provider community, incorporating your best thinking and most creative ideas. Our goal is to construct a process that will better enable OKDHS and its partners to provide high quality recruitment, support and retention of resource homes that meet the needs of the children entrusted to our care.
Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Statement by the DHS reform working group in the House of Representatives