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Fort Drum presses for off-post mental health care options

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FORT DRUM — Citing an urgent need for additional mental-health treatment options at the post’s Guthrie Army Health Center, the Department of the Army and the Army’s Medical Command are soliciting civilian partners for an off-post Behavioral Health Satellite Clinic.

According to the solicitation, released Aug. 17, the clinic would provide outpatient treatment to the post’s approximately 19,000 active-duty service members, offering care such as screenings and crisis counseling, education programs for patients and family members, and medication management.

A post medical command spokesperson was not able to comment on the solicitation Friday.

The plans call for a contractor to lease clinic space, which would be ideally located within 10 to 20 minutes driving distance from the post’s 24-hour North Gate off of Route 11. The clinic will have a minimum of 10 offices, a conference room and a space for video teleconferences.

The clinic will have eight licensed staff members, including two psychiatrists, two psychologists and four social workers qualified for counseling. A cap on payment for each of the licensed staff hires would be $400,000, with no overtime allowed. The clinic will also require staffing for its reception area, though their pay was not listed.

The solicitation calls for contracts for an initial 12-month period starting Oct. 1, 4-to-12-month option periods from October 2013 to the end of September 2017 and a potential 6-month extension of services from October 2017 to the end of March 2018.

As of Aug. 20, the solicitation has received interest from three parties: Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown; Aetna Behavioral Health, LLC, Hartford, Conn.; and Material Integration, Inc., Valrico, Fla. Responses will be taken until Sept. 17.

Full details of the solicitation can be found at www.1.usa.gov/QzIZnZ.

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