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RFQQ 2023HCA5 Certified Peer Counselor Testing Services



HCA Solicitation #2023HCA5

SOLICITATION TITLE: Certified Peer Counselor Testing Services

SOLICITATION BUDGET: $140,000 – up to five awards



Find the full solicitation on Washington’s Electronic Business Solution (WEBS). Vendors not registered in WEBS will not receive updates or amendments to the solicitation, which may put them at a disadvantage.

Estimated Schedule of Procurement Activities

HCA Request for Qualifications and Quotations Released

April 24, 2023

Pre-Bid Conference (not mandatory)

May 8, 2023 - 1:00 PM

Questions Due

May 15, 2023 - 10:00 AM

Interested Subcontractor Information Due

May 15, 2023 – 10:00 AM

Answers Posted*

May 19, 2023 - 10:00 AM

Interested Subcontractor Information Posted

May 19, 2023 – 10:00 AM

Complaints Due (if applicable)

May 22, 2023

Bids Due

May 30, 2023 - 10:00 AM

Announce “Apparent Successful Bidder” via WEBS

June 14, 2023

Debrief Request Deadline

June 20, 2023 - 10:00 AM

Bidder Debrief Conference Dates (via Zoom)

June 21-23, 2023

Estimated Contract Start Date

July 1, 2023


Purpose and Objectives

The Washington State Health Care Authority, hereafter called “HCA,” is initiating this Request for Qualifications and Quotations (RFQQ) to solicit Bids from organizations interested in providing Certified Peer Counselor (CPC) testing by holding Testing Events to build the Behavioral Health workforce across Washington State. HCA is seeking one (1) or more Washington based organizations that value recovery and understand the need to ensure consistency and dependability of the Washington State CPC testing. The organization(s) will promote recovery and resiliency principles during all Testing Events.

HCA seeks to make the best use of limited resources while providing the highest quality testing experience. Bidders must be able to provide an environment conducive to the successful administration of the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) approved CPC written test and oral test. Bidder will facilitate and administer the written test, and will facilitate and monitor oral test which will be administered and scored by an approved panel of CPCs hired by Bidder.

HCA intends to award up to five (5) contracts to provide the services described in this RFQQ.

All approved CPC Training Events are facilitated by CPCs and all approved CPC Testing Events are proctored and administered by CPCs. DBHR has approved three curriculums: Standard, Youth and Family, and Bridge. Each of these curriculums focus on the same core competencies. All three (3) training curriculums result in the same certification of completion, and therefore have the same testing requirements. For CPC certification, participants who have successfully completed a CPC Training Event are required to take a written test and an oral test administered by a DBHR approved testing panel.

The current and expected future demand for more CPCs has increased the need additional CPC Training Events and Testing Events. HCA is looking for organizations to provide a diverse group of oral panelists to meet the culturally diverse Peer support workforce and administer the written and oral exams.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Licensed to do business in the state of Washington or provide a commitment that it will become licensed in Washington within 30 calendar days of being selected as the Apparent Successful Bidder.
  2. Must have at least two (2) staff members with a minimum of two (2) years of experience each with the HCA/DBHR Certified Peer Counselor program; with at least one (1) of those years being an Approved Oral Panelist.
  3. Must be a Peer Run Organization, as defined herein, dedicated to behavioral health recovery support services with headquarters located in Washington State.
  4. Must have experience with participating in holding a training and/or testing event with a minimum of five (5) participants.

Solicitation Coordinator


Tiffany M. Bryden

E-Mail Address


WEBS Commodity Codes:

924-16 - Course Development Services, Instructional Training

924-18 – Educational Services, Alternative

924-20 - Examination and Testing

952-21 – Counseling

924-25 - For Credit Classes, Seminars, Workshops, etc.

924-41 – Instructor-led, Classroom Training (Technical)

924-42 – Instructors, Classes for the Public

924-60 – Not-For Credit Classes, Seminars, Workshops, etc.

Submit any questions or concerns regarding this solicitation to the Solicitation Coordinator shown above.

Closing Date: 
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
WA State - Heath Care Authority
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