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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Exemption #JJW975

Announcement of an Exempt Purchase

Award Info Published Thursday July 9, 2020
Awarded to:
Vendor: Sankofa Psychological Services, Chicago, IL
Amount: An estimated $230,000
An estimated start date of 8/16/2020 through 8/15/2022
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Thursday, July 9, 2020
The University awarded a contract for mental health counselors.
Licensed Mental Health counselors will provide on-campus counseling services and therapy to UIC John Marshall Law School Students.
This purchase is exempt from the usual selection processes of the Procurement Code because the procurement expenditure is for medical supplies or medical services necessary for the delivery of care and treatment at medical, dental, or veterinary teaching facilities utilized by SIU or U of I (30 ILCS 500 / 1-13(b-5)) The therapy/counseling sessions offered by Sankofa to our students are essential for their health. As a satellite school, separated from the main UIC Campus it means our students would be required to travel some distance in order to find appropriate Health services offered by UIC. In addition to providing individual and relationship counseling to students, Sankofa provide consultation on matters of student mental health to the Student Support and Emergency Team. Members of the Sankofa team provide as-needed workshops for the community (students, staff, or faculty). For example, they have offered grief counseling to the community after a student death, speak in faculty meetings about how to help manage student stress, offered a workshop to staff about stress during institutional mergers, and are invited to speak directly in a number of classes.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Jeffrey Walsh
University of Illinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 355-3568
FAX: (312) 996-3135

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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