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Board Action Request

Item Description:
Thirteen Agmts with local agencies to provide services to children at risk for truancy and/or educational neglect, 07/01/19-06/30/20, combined total NTE $1,210,000

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following Agreements for services to children at risk for truancy and/or educational neglect through the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Be@School Program during the contract period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 with a combined total NTE of $1,210,000 be approved:


PR00001066 with Centro Tyrone Guzman in the amount of $80,000;

PR00001067 with Division of Indian Work in the amount of $60,000;

PR00001068 with East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc. in the amount of $85,000;

PR00001069 with Headway Emotional Health Services in the amount of $240,000;

PR00001070 with Ka Joog in the amount of $45,000;

PR00001071 with Legal Rights Center, Inc. in the amount of $45,000;

PR00001072 with Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota in the amount of $70,000;

PR00001074 NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, Inc. in the amount of $65,000;

PR00001075 with Phyllis Wheatley Community Center in the amount of $70,000;

PR00001076 with Pillsbury United Communities in the amount of $85,000;

PR00001077 with The Link in the amount of $160,000;

PR00001078 with YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities in the amount of $165,000;

PR00001079 with YWCA of Minneapolis in the amount of $40,000; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the total combined funding available for all thirteen vendors shall not exceed $1,210,000; that the department will manage the contract expenditures with this funding allocation; that the Chair of the Board be authorized to sign the Agreements on behalf of the county; and that the Controller be authorized to disburse the funds as directed.


The Be@School Program focuses on improving school attendance for children who have been reported to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office because of the child’s unexcused absences. Be@school is an early intervention program with a target population of youth between the ages of 5-17, residing in Hennepin County who are referred when the youth has six or more unexcused absences from school. Each of the selected contractors provides services to children at risk for truancy or educational neglect. Contractors will use the Be@School process model for providing services and receive referrals via the County Attorney's Be@School information link (BASIL) computer system.


Hennepin County is committed to equitable academic outcomes across racial and cultural groups. Vendors serve African American, Native American, Latino, Somali, Hmong and recent immigrant families in a culturally relevant manner. Vendors monitor school attendance and encourage school attachment and achievement. Vendors also assess the barriers to school attendance, provide parent education and assist in referrals for family support services.

Where applicable, vendors will provide Child Welfare-Targeted Case Management (CW-TCM), a Minnesota Legislature approved Medical Assistance covered service. CW-TCM services will be available for eligible students who are at risk of educational neglect or truancy. Non-Medical Assistance eligible students will also receive case management services.

Recommendation from County Administrator: Recommend Approval