Item Coversheet

Action Item - 31.

Title: Ratification of Memorandum of Understanding with Providers offering Addiction Services ($6,000,000)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration


The Administration recommends that the Board of Education ratify the execution and performance of a Memorandum of Understanding by The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, as follows:


One Day at a Time Recovery, Inc.

Anti Drug and Alcohol Crusaders, Inc. (ADAC)

Northern Children's Services

Corporate Alliance for Drug Education, CADEkids

Shalom Inc.

Philadelphia Black Women's Health Alliance 

Einstein Health Network 

Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association (SEAMAAC)

The Philadelphia Prevention Partnership

Southwest Community Development Corporation

United Communities Southeast Philadelphia

Wedge Medical Center, Inc.

Youth United for Change

Health Promotion Council

Gaudenzia Inc. 

Jewish Family and Children's Services of Greater Philadelphia

Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc.

CORA Services, Inc.

Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.

Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.


Purpose:  To provide students with access to mental health and substance abuse services through the Office of Addiction Services (OAS)


Start Date:  9/1/2020


End Date:  6/30/2025


Value of Services not to exceed:  $6,000,000



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The School District of Philadelphia has a longstanding relationship with the Office of Addiction Services (OAS) through the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities Services (DBHIDS). This partnership allows the substance abuse prevention providers listed above to provide multiple services for our students. These services include substance abuse prevention, treatment programming, and the Student Assistance Program (SAP) which is a state-mandated program that helps assess and connect students with services. This action item is to accept an in-kind donation, valued at $6,000,000, for the services described above. Prior to now, many of the substance abuse providers' partnerships were documented by executing a  school partnership agreement.  After recent review of the school partnership agreement requirements with the Office of General Counsel, it was decided that a memorandum of understanding was more appropriate based on the value and type of services provided.  A ratification is requested since this critical work has been ongoing since the expiration of several  school partnership agreements and the conclusion of the review.   

Anchor Goal(s) Supported:  Anchor Goal 1 – All students will graduate college and career ready

 Office Originating Request: Student Support Services