(3/4 time to Full Time)

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT)

Early Childhood Services 

The CSKT Early Childhood Services Department is requesting bids for speech/language services for the period of February 2021 to September 30, 2023.

Scope of work: CSKT Early Childhood Services has an enrollment of about 270+ children ranging from 0 to 5 years of age. Children are screened at least 2 times per school year. In some cases it is recommended that speech/language services may be needed. Head Start/ Early Head Start locations are on the Flathead Reservation – 1 center in Polson, 1 center in Turtle Lake, 2 centers in Pablo, 3 centers in Ronan, 3 centers in Mission, 1 center in Arlee and the potential of home-based services for children 0-5 not enrolled in the program.

The Speech Pathologist will be coordinating with the ECS Special Services Coordinator on referrals for children to receive services. An evaluation will be done by the Speech Pathologist and recommended services will be discussed with the Special Services Coordinator. Once services are started the Speech Pathologist will need to keep case notes on the children they provide services to and keep the Special Services Coordinator updated weekly. In some cases consultation may be requested by parents and/or Early Childhood Services staff on an as needed basis. It is required that the Speech Pathologist be a provider for Medicaid. The Speech Pathologist will be responsible for billing Medicaid for the eligible children that receive services. Early Childhood Services will only cover costs for the children who are not on Medicaid. It is required that the Pathologist spend at least 70%of his/her time on direct therapy with the child(ren); 15% of his/her time on documentation; and 15% of time on staffing/parent consulting. It is the Speech Pathologist’s responsibility to provide own training (CEUs) and licensing requirements. ECS will pay mileage from the ECS administrative building to various sites at the federal mileage rate. Specific assessment materials will be provided by ECS. Depending on case load, the speech pathologist may employ and supervise additional staff who meet the requirements of ECS, a registered speech –language aide or licensed speech-language pathologist. Additional funding and information will be provided to ECS prior to hiring additional staff.

The Speech/Language services will be needed for variable hours.

Early Childhood Services operates from 8 am – 4:30 pm – Monday- Friday. Children are in the centers Monday – Friday, times varying depending on centers. 

Proposal requirements: Proposals must include 

1.) Professional license in the area of Speech/language services. Documented specialized knowledge. Relevant work experience must be shown in a resume or curriculum vitae, including outline of qualifications and appropriate credentials (copies of professional license, specialized training, etc.), and professional references.

2.) Ability to commit 20-40 hrs per week to the provision of this service.

3.) Proof of liability insurance or proof that the individual is an independent contractor.

4.) Proof of Workman’s Comp or exemption certificate.

5.) Description of recent experience in doing this type of work.

6.) Detailed description of cost required to provide this service. Responses should be clear in terms of incidental costs, as well as hourly rates, travel expenses, etc. All proposals are negotiable between Early Childhood Services and the contractor.

Proposals must be received by 4:30 on Thursday January 21, 2021. Mailing address: Early Childhood Services-PO Box 1510- 35401 Mission Drive- St. Ignatius, MT 59865, ATTN: CARRIE ANTOINE- SEALED BID-Speech Pathologist.

The proposals will be reviewed with a decision made in the 5 to 10 working days after bid closing. 

 This is an Indian Preference Proposal. We reserve the right to refuse any or all bids. For more information call Carrie Antoine at 406-745-4509 ext. 5506 or Jody Jones at ext.5520. 

Indian Preference Certification 

This is an Indian preference bid and Tribal contractors who wish to receive Indian preference must obtain a certification by the Indian preference office as a legitimate Indian-owned business prior to submission of the bids. This certification must be included with your RFP response. 

The selection of the successful contractor and award of this project will be per the provisions of the CSKT Indian Preference Ordinance 101A. It is the sole responsibility of the bidder/respondent to obtain and provide proof of Indian Preference certification from the Indian Preference Office.

All proposals will become the property of the CSKT Early Childhood Services. The Tribes reserve the right to accept and reject and negotiate any element of any proposals received.



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