Recently, the space used by Lowell Treatment Center and The Quincy Center had to be reprocured following a Request For Response (RFR) that was issued by Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH). Both Lowell Treatment Center and The Quincy Center have leased space for many years and there was an RFR issued by DMH in December of 2015 to reprocure space located at the H.C. Solomon Mental Health Center, Lowell, and Quincy Mental Health Center.

The RFR specified that the organization must use the space to support to provide mental health services that supported the Department’s specific goals for the property and specifically from bidders that would provide a complement of  inpatient services, ambulatory services, crisis stabilization, respite care, or aftercare. In addition, the services provided by organization the must meet all state and federal licensing requirements and beds must be accredited by the Joint Commission and be CMS certified.

The written responses to DMH’s RFRs were submitted in January for both locations. Lowell Treatment Center’s response included a request for some additional space for training and education. The Quincy Center’s submission included a request for new offices to accommodate a partial hospitalization program (PHP). There are currently no PHPs in the greater Quincy area and this level of care represented a positive addition including to support referrals from neighboring organization South Shore Mental Health.

In being awarded the leases or “license to occupy,” AHS secured both spaces for terms of up to five years. According to Judith Merel, Regional Director, Business Development, “The services at both locations were consistent with those identified by DMH as priority populations including adolescents and adults with serious and persistent mental illness and severe dysfunction. We look forward to continuing our positive relationship with DMH as well as with area agencies in both Lowell and Quincy on the delivery of inpatient, PHP and community-based services to meet the behavioral health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities.”

 

From AHS News, March/April 2016