Request for Proposals

New! November 13, 2020 Presentation Slides with general comments and YouTube video (below) for Safety Net, Children & Families FY21 applicant agencies.

September 8, 2020: Request for Proposals (RFP).  SAFETY NET mental health services. CHILDREN AND FAMILIES mental health services. THIS RFP IS NOW CLOSED.

The Board of Trustees requests proposals for mental health services from qualified, 501c)(3) charitable non-profit mental health organizations in Jackson County, Missouri. Proposals are due electronically October 9, 2020 before 12:00 Noon. Eligibility: Applicant agencies are limited to 2020 Community Mental Health Fund Contractors. First-time applicants please see the “community investment” page of our website for pilot funding requirements and eligibility.  Application: Eligible applicants simply Log In, using their current username and password to reach the electronic application.  Each agency is responsible for maintaining its username and password. We cannot recover lost login credentials. Proposals can be saved in draft until finalized and submitted. All attachments to the proposal are uploaded in the application page.  Questions and Answers: During an open question period, applicant agencies submitted written questions.  The 2021 Q&A Document includes all questions and provides responses. It is specific to the current RFP. Service Unit Costs:  New!  Service unit costs were updated September, 2020.  The required documents page of our website has the new information, plus forms and information to assist applicants. 2020-2021 Changes: Proposal instructions have changed. Program managers and others involved in proposal submission should review the instructions and consider their responses to the new information requirements as soon as possible. The below videos are the Pre-Proposal Presentation and also the Application Walkthrough. Click here for the presentation as a PDF.


Important dates:

  • September 16, 2020 at 10:00 AM:  Pre-Proposal zoom meeting
  • September 22, 2020: Deadline for applicant questions in writing. Responses posted 9/24 (see Q&A above)
  • October 9, 2020 before 12:00 Noon: Deadline. Proposals and all attachments must be submitted
  • November 13 at 9:00 AM (tentative): Appropriations Committee will interview applicants for funding. Details to be announced.

Application does not guarantee funding. If selected for funding, applicants will receive a one-year, performance-based contract that is legally binding. Material omissions or misrepresentation may result in contract termination and legal consequences including recovery of granted funds. The Board of Trustees reserves the right to amend contracts due to non-performance, changes in funding availability, or other causes. Periodic progress reporting is required. Physical facilities and records shall be reasonably open for on-site audit.

We consider these types of applications year-round:

  • Pilot Applications  – for applicant agencies that do not have a grant from the Community Mental Health Fund
  • Community Education – for non-profit agencies
  • Mental Health Innovations – only currently funded agencies are eligible to apply
  • Training Grants – only currently funded agencies are eligible to apply

See our Community Investment page for more information. Please contact us before before submitting your application.  Carefully review the instructions because limitations apply.  It may take up to 60 days for review.