Virginia Higher Education Opioid Consortium (VHEOC) – RFP 002 State Opioid Response Newsletter Support

August 28, 2019 by


The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) invites a proposal from Virginia Higher Education Consortium (VHEOC) to design and support the development of the DBHDS BiMonthly Newsletter – Printable and Electronic Versions (containing roughly 10 articles). The project scope of work and budget are negotiable.


DBHDS receives a State Opioid Response block grant from SAMSHA. The VHEOC (composed of GMU, VT, ODU, and VSU with UVA as the fiscal agent) will use this source of funding for projects to support Community Services Boards (CSBs) throughout the state and to do projects as requested by the department. When there is a request from DBHDS or a CSB, the VHEOC will circulate the RFP to prospective investigators at the various universities. Dr. Driscoll will integrate and return proposals to the CSB or department. Multi-university responses are welcome.

The DBHDS proposed to provide copywriting, copy editing, proof-reading, and fact checking support for a bimonthly newsletter. The newsletter’s audience will be statewide leadership of community service boards, behavioral health authorities, mental health/substance use disorder industry stakeholders, federal and state government agency management. DBHDS is seeking a grantee to provide ongoing support for the layout, banner heading design, body graphic design, template creation, and any HTML coding needed for the printable and electronic versions of the newsletter.

Prospective grantees should suggest additional services to support DBHDS newsletter services. This activity will integrate with the VHEOC, which will provide a regular newsletter article promoting the Consortium.

It is the bidder’s responsibility to provide all specified materials in the required VHEOC form and format (i.e. Proposal Template). Interested investigators should contact Dr. Driscoll for the template at

Key Dates: 

Proposals are due to Dr. David Driscoll by September 6, 2019. The contract period will be from September 30, 2019 through September 30, 2020; with the potential for four (4) one-year optional renewals.

Filed Under: Funding Opportunities