Chariho School Parents’ Forum

May 9, 2007

RYSE services locked into one provider

Filed under: Budget,Chariho,RYSE — Editor @ 11:05 pm

One more note on the May 8 meeting.

We were shown a prospective contract with Psychological Centers, Inc. to provide services for the RYSE program.  Board member Abbott suggested that we send this out for bids.   We were notified that at the next meeting we will be voting on the contract, thus there will be no time for competitive bids. 

However, Mr. Ricci told us that RYSE used the Multisystemic (MST) approach to treatement and PC Inc was the only company in RI that could provide these services.

Essentially, MST is a family based system of services (very much in line with the social workers mantra of integrated and collaborative services utilizing and enhancing external supports – something both Abbott and I are very familiar with considering we both have a SW education, I also have a degree in psychology). 

If you recall the meeting when RYSE finances were discussed, we learned that because we use this system, we can get more money from Medicaid than we did previously.

Just like the fact that Chariho is the only district in RI with an in-house program such as RYSE, now we see that PC Inc. is the only provider of these services.  The obvious question is – if they are so good, or so cost effective, why isn’t anyone else doing it? 

Has there ever been a performance evaluation (graduation rates, college enrolments, job placement rates, etc..)?  Barbara Capalbo and I asked for one from the Spec Education Director but it has not been produced.

That being said, I don’t think there is anything “wrong” with the MST program, I just don’t think it is restrictive to competitive bids.  The people providing the services at Psy Centers Inc have the same degree as do the people who provide these services through other agencies.   It’s simply a treatment philosophy that can be performed by anyone with the appropriate degree and training.

We were also told that when RYSE submitted the first RFP (request for proposals) there were 2 bids.   I have asked that the RFP and both bids be presented to the board at the next meeting.



  1. They don’t give you the information you request, because RYSE cannot justify its existence if the truth is known. This is the only logical conclusion. If the data supported the existence of RYSE, you’d have to sit through a Powerpoint presentation at every meeting.

    Comment by Curious Resident — May 10, 2007 @ 12:24 am | Reply

  2. Any discussion about the existence of RYSE being in violation of the Chariho Act? If not, can this be put on the agenda so we can at least have it on record those that support this violation? With the information now in the hands of the Attorney General (thank you Ms. Botelle), you would think a responsible School Committee would at least want to consider the legal ramifications?

    Comment by Curious Resident — May 10, 2007 @ 12:30 am | Reply

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