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Contractor for Curriculum Adaptation and Training Curse Development for Mental Health First Aid for Seniors - Shared Services West


Oakville, ON, CANADA
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When we set out to build our vision and future, we connected with our community - patients, families, visitors, physicians, staff and volunteers (over 23,000).

The foundational goals of our new strategic plan - quality, access and sustainability - anchor everything we do. Our mission for a new kind of health care is built on an inter-connected system of care organized around patients - inside and outside the hospital.

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  • The right care, in the right place, at the right time
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Contractor Position(s):  Curriculum Adaptation and Lead Instructors for Mental Health First Aid for Seniors Program - contract based on deliverables
Please note that this Contractor position is being issued through Shared Services West through a Request for Proposal ("RFP"). For further details on how to submit your proposal please visit   and refer and download Bid # 154795 - The anticipated Contract Start Date is October 15, 2013      
Project Background
The Mental Health Commission of Canada established Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) as an essential training initiative through which individuals learn via attending a two-day course how to help someone developing/experiencing mental health problems until professional treatment is received or the crisis is resolved. 
The MHFA Canada manual is based on the original Australian version. Content was modified, adapted and edited for Canada. The MHFA program has been disseminated nationally and internationally in eighteen (18) countries and has been adapted for youth. Trillium Health Partners would be the world wide pioneer in adapting the MHFA for the senior population.
Mental Health First Aid for Seniors would be an adaptation of the manual created by a group of experts in Seniors Mental Health from Trillium Health Partners and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. The revised manual content would be utilized in the design and development of the curriculum for the MHFA for Seniors training course the Customer wishes to create. The goal of the MHFA for Seniors training course is to be utilized by anyone who interacts with seniors, and to help build knowledge and health literacy, encourage peer support, and facilitate caregiver guidance towards appropriate professional care.
The following is an excerpt from the RFP 154795 - Curriculum Adaptation - Mental Health First Aid for Seniors. The complete RFP documents may be accessed at
The objective of this RFP is to engage with an individual or a team with a background in instructional and/or curriculum design to join the Customer's project team to prepare the materials that will be used to train the instructors who will then teach the course.
This RFP is being issued by the Trillium Health Partners to obtain Proposals for the Adaptation of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training initiative (curriculum) to the Senior population and the development a Training Course using the adult training model.
RFP Issued to Proponents
September 5, 2013
Deadline for Questions and Submit Notice of Intent (Schedule A)
12:00pm EST September 12, 2013
Deadline for Issuing Addenda
September 13, 2013
Submission of Proposals/ Closing Time
2:00 pm September 23, 2013
Evaluation Period
September 24 - October 3, 2013
Anticipated Award Date
October 4, 2013
Anticipated Start Date
October 15, 2013
Schedule E - Scope of Work
The Customer is seeking to hire a Qualified Professional or a Team ("Contractor" ) with a background in instructional and/or curriculum design to join the Customer's project team on a contract term that may range from six to eight (6- 8) months.
The specific goals of this project are to collaborate in the preparation of the materials to be used to train the instructors who will then teach the course. The Curriculum adaptation will occur in consultation with the Editorial Board chaired by Dr. Richard Shulman, the Steering Committee and the program evaluation team who are located at Trillium Health Partners.
The project would be divided in two (2) phases as follows:
Phase 1
The Contractor will be responsible for:

1.    Assessing the learning needs of future Mental Health First Aid for Seniors instructors and participants.
2.    Researching best practices related to similar program developments.
3.    Creating detailed course curriculum and instructor training manual adapted from the Mental Health First Aid for Seniors draft manual which will include the following but not limited to:

                          i.    Course objectives.
                         ii.    Lesson plans.
                        iii.    Presentation materials using the existing Mental Health First Aid materials and curricula adapted as necessary according to the MHFA for Seniors manual.
                        iv.    Reviewing video scripting, selecting artwork and other media for inclusion into the curriculum.
                         v.    Consulting and collaborating with the Chief Editor, project manager, project writers, script writer and program evaluator to complete project goals
4.    Pilot testing with Focus Group
                       i.       Proposing and participating in a pilot plan
                      ii.       Assess pilot participants to create an evaluation framework
                      iii.       Gather baseline data for evaluation phase, if feasible.

 Budget: $10K to $15K
Phase 2   (Optional )
      i.        Go - Live Training current and interested Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructors as well as qualified psychogeriatric resource consultants or other individuals with appropriate background to become course instructors/facilitators.
     ii.        Gathering data to create an evaluation framework

Budget: To be determined
Please note that Trillium Health Partners will reserve the right to proceed with Phase 2 but pricing and workplan should be provided in the Proponent's proposal.
1.   Key Qualifications for the Individual or Shared by the Team
Experience in teaching, instructional design, and program development.
Current experience in Mental Health First Aid or similar mental health or geriatric program instructor/facilitator (if team, at least one of the team members).
Post-secondary certificate/degree(s) in a related field such as education, instructional design, curriculum development, or adult education is considered an asset (if team, at least one of the team members).
Excellent writing skills, understanding of adult learning methodologies and communication needs of elderly.
Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills required combined with the ability to prepare and teach in a classroom setting.
Proficiency with MS Word, Power Point, Excel. A dynamic, flexible, and hard-working individual who is passionate about learning and development.
Ability to think critically, work independently and effectively in order to prioritize needs and produce assigned deliverables.
Self-motivated and self-directed while able to work in a collaborative manner.
2.   Deliverables
1.    Detailed and scripted instructor's course binder
2.    Participant's handout materials (workbook, binder)
3.    Supplementary educational materials
4.    Framework for course development and restructuring which will outline the approach and process utilized for the course development
5.    Pilot plan
Contact Information for Bid Administrator
All questions and communications of any kind regarding this RFP must be directed to the Bid Administrator, unless otherwise requested by the Bid Administrator.
Name: Liliana Carreon Martinez
Title: Contract Specialist
Address: 2295 Bristol Circle, Oakville, ON L6H 6P8
Phone #: 905-287-2870 ext. 114
Facsimile #: 905-287-2873

    Trillium Health Partners is committed to fostering a healthy and positive work environment in accordance with applicable legislation, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations, as well as the organization's policies and procedures.


We will accommodate your needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada.
We would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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