Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Health System



May 15, 2009


June 16, 2009







Honorable Board of Supervisors



Jean S. Fraser, Chief, Health System


Louise Rogers, Director, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services



Amendment to Agreement with Shelter Network



Adopt a Resolution:

    1) Waiving the Request for Proposals requirement for shelter services; and


    2) Authorizing the President of the Board to execute an Amendment to the Agreement with Shelter Network for the provision of shelter services, extending the term through June 30, 2010, and increasing the maximum obligation by $72,500, to a new maximum of $125,000; and


3) Authorizing the Chief of the Health System or designee to execute contract amendments which modify the County's maximum fiscal obligation by no more than $25,000 (in aggregate), and/or modify the contract term and/or services so long as the modified term or services is/are within the current or revised fiscal provisions.



Commitment: Ensure basic health and safety for all.

Goal 8: Help vulnerable people—the aged, disabled, mentally ill, at-risk youth and others—achieve a better quality of life.


This Agreement contributes to this commitment and goal by providing individuals and families with intervention and treatment services to support recovery, which in turn contributes to the health and safety of the communities in San Mateo County.


Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) provides a range of services to promote wellness and recovery and to support clients to maintain abstinence and sobriety. The services provided through this Agreement contribute to this measure. 


Performance Measure:


FY 2008-09

FY 2009-10

Percentage of clients receiving case management assistance who are retained in housing



*This is a new measure for FY 2009-10.



The Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000 (SACPA - Proposition 36), mandates that any person convicted of a nonviolent drug possession offense, or any probationer or parolee who is determined to have committed a nonviolent drug possession offense or violated any other drug-related condition of their sentence, shall be diverted from incarceration to licensed or certified community-based treatment programs. Services for SACPA offenders in San Mateo County went into effect on July 1, 2001. In FY 2006-07, Assembly Bill 1808 established the Offender Treatment Program (OTP) to serve offenders who qualify under SACPA, with the goal of improving offender accountability by increasing admission, retention, and completion outcomes, and by expanding treatment services.


Shelter Network is the Peninsula's principal provider of housing and support for homeless families and individuals, and provides comprehensive support services to assist individuals regain self-sufficiency and attain permanent housing. The Alcohol and Other Drug Services Strategic Plan funding recommendations include directing housing subsidies to clients served by the homeless outreach contractor.


Shelter Network provides services for homeless SACPA/OTP offenders who are enrolled in a substance abuse treatment program. The contractor works with treatment providers to ensure that both client treatment and housing needs are met. Shelter Network also subsidizes clients who are transitioning to permanent housing. On February 10, 2009, the County Manager approved a waiver of the Request for Proposals (RFP) process for shelter services, and approved an Agreement with Shelter Network to provide two fee-for-services beds at their facilities on Maple Street. The term of that Agreement is January 1, 2009 through June 30, 2009, and the maximum obligation is $52,500.



This Amendment to the Agreement extends the term through June 30, 2010, and increases the maximum obligation by $72,500. Services provided by Shelter Network will serve to expand available treatment and improve outcomes for homeless SACPA offenders. BHRS is requesting a waiver of the RFP requirement for this Amendment as Shelter Network is a unique provider of these shelter services.


This amended Agreement has been reviewed and approved by County Counsel and Risk Management. The Contractor has assured compliance with the County's Contractor Employee Jury Service Ordinance, as well as all other contract provisions that are required by County ordinance and administrative memoranda, including but not limited to insurance, hold harmless, non-discrimination and equal benefits.



The term for the amended Agreement is January 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010. The original Agreement maximum of $52,500 is being increased by $72,500, to a new maximum of $125,000. Of that amount, $30,000 is funded by the SACPA/OTP allocation; The remaining $95,000 is funded through the Housing Subsidy Program. The funds are included in the BHRS FY 2008-09 Adopted Budget and the FY 2009-10 Recommended Budget. The Net County Cost for this Agreement is $95,000; for FY 2009-10, the Net County Cost is $57,500.