The following schedule has been established:
Jan. 8 RFQ released
Jan. 15 Deadline for submission of questions from potential applicants
Jan. 21 Responses to all potential applicants' questions posted online
Jan. 25 Requests for qualifications closes
Jan. 29 Identification of finalists and requests for additional documentation
Feb. 8-12 Applicant interviews
A decision will be made the week of February 14.
Responses to questions. All questions regarding the RFQ must be submitted to ACE Awareness Foundation Executive Director Renée Wilson-Simmons via email at email@example.com. The foundation office is closed due to COVID-19; no responses will be provided to messages or questions left on the office voicemail. Applicants' questions will be answered via email within 24 hours of submission, and all questions and answers will be compiled into one document and posted at https://aceawareness.org/ on January 20.
If your organization/agency meets the qualifications requirements and becomes a finalist, you will be contacted and asked to provide financial statements and evidence of physical and technical capacities. After reviewing those documents, we will schedule interviews with organization representatives. During the interview, the following will be discussed:
Whether your organization/agency is prepared to operate at least one UPP
Your organization's commitment to the UPP's stated values (below)
How your organization will address universality
How your organization will evaluate and improve its operations over time
Your organization's level of confidence in its ability to secure funding for UPP operation beyond the one-year funding period
Whether your organization has therapists credentialed to accept health insurance or is prepared to go through the credentialing process for its clinicians
The UPP Values
Adverse childhood experiences occur in all types of homes, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or religious affiliation. Our work is universal.
Although ACEs are universal, access to appropriate and quality prevention and mitigation services are not. Our programs and services are accessible to all types of families.
Parenting is difficult for everyone. We respect and support the efforts of all parents.
The effectiveness of ACEs prevention will depend on the quality of programs and services. Our work is informed by research and is continuously improving.
We acknowledge that existing policies and practices have not produced the changes we seek in our community. We must adopt, test, and replicate new and fundamentally different approaches to prevention if we are to manifest our vision.
No single institution can successfully pursue our mission. We are committed to true collaboration and will work to build the trust necessary to bring positive change to our community.
Your interest in serving as a UPP operator is greatly appreciated. You will be informed of your organization's status by January 29.