SA Federation for Mental Health: Call for proposals

SA Federation for Mental Health
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 23 August, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

The SA Federation for Mental Health is thus looking to contract an experienced, reliable and qualified service provider:

  1. To determine which formal and informal assessment practices are currently being utilised within a range of protective workshop (located in urban, peri-urban and rural areas of SA), as relevant to all persons with disabilities (NOTE that this initiative does not only relate to persons with mental disabilities, but should also take into consideration persons with physical and other disabilities)
  2. To utilise the findings of the abovementioned process to develop a new assessment tool for protective workshops, to be utilised during initial intake and ongoing streaming processes within protective workshops (again aimed at all persons with disabilities)

Over the past five years, SAFMH has, in partnership with Cape Mental Health and the National Department of Social Development, been working on the development of a psychosocial support model for protective workshops in South Africa. Protective workshops are facilities that are typically run by Non-Governmental Organisations at community level, aimed at providing persons with disabilities with opportunities for personal enrichment, skills development and other opportunities for empowerment within a dedicated activity-based environment.

However, these ambitions have not always been realised and protective workshops, under the guardianship of the Department of Social Development, have been undergoing a review over the past few years, aimed at transforming protective workshops to ensure that all persons with disabilities accommodated within these facilities can be supported and empowered more effectively.
 
There is at present a dire need for the development of a comprehensive, standardised assessment tool, aimed at facilitating effective placement and ongoing streaming of service users (covering all types of disabilities) within South African protective workshops. Because, at present, no consistent (formal or informal) methodology is being used to assess service users and / or track their progress within all protective workshops, it is essential that:

  1. Research be conducted on the types of formal and informal assessment processes that are currently being utilised in protective workshops across SA
  2. A new, comprehensive, all-encompassing assessment tool be developed, taking into consideration current good practices and the need to consistently assess service users with all types of disabilities in protective workshops across SA. Key to this is also the fact that the new proposed assessment tool should be user-friendly to such an extent that non-professional staff could utilise the tool, with training from professional staff, thus following a task-shifting approach

The SA Federation for Mental Health is thus looking to contract an experienced, reliable and qualified service provider:

  1. To determine which formal and informal assessment practices are currently being utilised within a range of protective workshop (located in urban, peri-urban and rural areas of SA), as relevant to all persons with disabilities (NOTE that this initiative does not only relate to persons with mental disabilities, but should also take into consideration persons with physical and other disabilities)
  2. To utilise the findings of the abovementioned process to develop a new assessment tool for protective workshops, to be utilised during initial intake and ongoing streaming processes within protective workshops (again aimed at all persons with disabilities)

Interested parties can request bid documents from Leon de Beer at  leon@safmh.org

The deadline for bid documents is 16:00 on the 23rd of August 2019.

For more about the South African Federation for Mental Health, refer to www.safmh.org

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