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DHHS Interpreting Services Vendor List (ISVL) Request for Applications (RFA)

Hearing Aid Provider Services

National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) Trainer Vendor List

 

DHHS Driver/Support Service Provider Vendor List Applications (RFA)

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice:
Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing

Date of this notice:
June 22, 2016

Working Title of the funding program:
DHHS Driver/Support Service Provider Vendor List Applications (RFA)

Purpose: The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to create a list of qualified individuals interested in providing driver and support services to Department of Health and Human Services on an as needed basis.

Description: DHHS a have issued this RFA to satisfy the demands of the State and Federal laws, Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the DHHS Communication Accessibility Provision to benefit their clients, consumers and staff in providing reasonable accommodations which include drivers and support services.

This list is designed to:
• Provide a vendor list of qualified Driver/Support Services Providers that can provide statewide services pertinent to Deaf-Blind consumers, clients, or staff, including mixed group (hearing, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing, Deaf) meetings.
• Establish standards including rate of pay for vendors wishing to be on the list to provide D/SSP services.

Each DHHS Division and Office can utilize the DSSVL list to easily identify and secure qualified services for Deaf-Blind consumers, clients, or staff and/or mixed group meetings, trainings, community forums, or public hearings and other Division or Office events, in the shortest amount of time possible at a standard hourly rate.

Eligibility:
• Application proves individual or agency can perform services stated in the scope of work;

• Applicant must be 18 years or older and possess a valid NC driver’s license for a minimum of two years and possess a good driving record as verified through the NC Department of Motor Vehicles.

How to Apply:
1. Contact ashley.benton@dhhs.nc.gov or the Administrative Office of the NC Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing to request the RFA;

2. Read the RFA (PDF format/sample);

3. Return application and all required documentation to NC Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing for approval.

DSSPVL applications may be received prior to July 1 or during the service period of July 1, 2016– June 30, 2019.

How to Obtain Further Information:
Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing
Attn: DSSPVL Contracts Administrator
2301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2301
Phone: (919) 8741-4511
Email: ashley.benton@dhhs.nc.gov

Physical Address:
DSDHH
1100 Navaho Drive, Woodoak Building, GL-3 Raleigh, NC 27609

 

 

Captioning Services Vendor List (CSVL)

Division Issuing Notice: Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing

Date of Notice: April 22, 2016

Working Title of the funding program: DHHS Captioning Services Vendor List (CSVL)

Purpose: The objective of this Request for Application (RFA) is to create a list of qualified vendors that the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) staff can use when obtaining Captioning services. This vendor list will be used by all employees of DHHS Divisions, Institutions and Offices to secure Captioning services to facilitate communication access needs for both staff and consumers on an as needed basis.

Description: DHHS and its Divisions and Offices have issued this RFA to satisfy the demands of the Communication Accessibility Provision and the American with Disabilities Act in addition to benefiting their clients, consumers and staff in providing reasonable accommodation. By offering captioning services in addition to other ways to communicate such as Sign Language Interpreter Services, functional equivalency is achieved.  All parties using this service will rightfully and equally obtain and share information, better express ideas, issues, and concerns without the constraints of communication/language barriers.  This promotes a positive environment in the care, concern and wellbeing of all DHHS clients, consumers and staff.

This list is designed to:

  • Provide a vendor list of qualified companies that can provide statewide captioning services to all of DHHS as needed.
  • Establish standards including rate of pay for companies wishing to be on this list to provide Captioning Services.

Each DHHS Division and Office can utilize the Captioning Services list to easily identify and secure qualified Captioning services for meetings, staffing, client needs, trainings, and community forums, public hearings and other Division or Office events, in the shortest amount of time possible at a standard hourly rate. 

 

Eligibility: Vendor staff are expected to wear appropriate attire for the environment where they are to work. Vendor staff are expected to act in a professional manner and adhere to ethical standards in line with the work of captioners certified through the National Court Reports Association: http://www.ncra.org/About/content.cfm?ItemNumber=9430.

Vendor staff, especially the working captionists, are expected to possess basic knowledge of hearing loss. If Vendor staff fails to report for any scheduled services multiple times the state may choose to remove the Vendor from the approved list. DHHS reserves the right to request reassignment or a substitution for any captioning provider that does not meet the standards of performance of the assignment or who is otherwise unacceptable to the user.
 

CART Providers: CART Captioners must transcribe with a minimum accuracy of 96% at the speed of at least 180 words per minute sustained for no less than 55 minutes without a break.

CART Vendor staff are expected to work collaboratively with the Hiring Agency and the consumer(s) to ensure communication needs are met.

CART Vendors are expected to be qualified for the assignment. This includes but is not limited to possessing one of the following certifications issued by the National Court Reporter Association: Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR), Certified CART Provider (CCP), Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC), and Certified Verbatim Reporter (CVR).

Computer Assisted Notetaking (CAN): CAN Captioners must type with a speed of at least 65 wpm and possess a minimum of 12th grade level spelling and keep up with the verbal message with a minimum of 12th grade English.

Vendors are expected to work collaboratively with the Hiring Agency and the consumer(s) to ensure communication needs are met.

CAN Captioners are expected to be qualified for the assignment. This may include but is not limited to possessing one of the following certifications issued by the National Court Reporter Association: Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR), Certified CART Provider (CCP), Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC), and Certified Verbatim Reporter (CVR).

Transcription Services Providers: Transcription services are expected to be provided with 100% accuracy.

Transcriptionists are expected to be qualified for the assignment.  This may include, but is not limited to, possessing one of the following certifications issued by the National Court Reporter Association:   Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR), Certified CART Provider (CCP), Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC), and Certified Verbatim Reporter (CVR).

If required, possess the skills and equipment necessary to encode the text into the video stream as either Closed or Open Captioning. Closed captioning allows the text to be turned on or off by the viewer. Open captioning cannot be turned off and is similar to subtitling.

How to Apply: Please write or contact Jeff Mobley to request an application and a copy of the Request For Applications.  Contact information is listed below. 

How to Obtain Further Information:
Jeff Mobley, Contract Administrator
2301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-2301
Phone (Voice & TTY): (919)874-2239
Phone (Voice & TTY) Toll Free:(800)851-6099
Fax: (919)855-6872
Email: Jeff.Mobley@dhhs.nc.gov
Physical Address: 1100 Navaho Drive - GL 3, Raleigh, NC 27609

How to Obtain Further Information:
David Litman, Contract Administrator
2301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2301
Phone (Voice): (919)299-6668
Fax: (919)715-0926
Email: david.litman@dhhs.nc.gov
Physical Address: Dix Campus, McBryde Building, 820 S. Boylan Avenue 6th floor, Raleigh, NC 27603