NBC’s Apprentice Winner Awarded Billion Dollar U.S. Dept. Of Health Contracts

Image of Randal Pinkett, winner of The ApprenticeCall it “The Midas Touch.” Dr. Randal Pinkett, season four winner of NBC’s The Apprentice and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BCT Partners, a national consulting firm delivering a full-range of program management, research and evaluation, technical assistance, and information technology services to the U.S. Government, has been awarded two contracts with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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BCT Partners will provide a broad range of research, evaluation, technical assistance, and training services to SAMHSA as well as mission critical IT requirements such as Cloud Computing, Mobile Applications, Information Security and Health IT across the entire federal government. In doing so, BCT will capitalize on the anticipated opportunities resulting from the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold President Obama’s health care law.

Within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) there are provisions designed to increase incentives to physicians and other health and mental health professionals to provide integrated, coordinated care that can help catch health issues before they become more serious concerns.

The SAMHSA Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract has total ceiling of $900 million during the next five years. The NIH Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 3 (CIO-SP3) IDIQ Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) has a total ceiling of $20 billion for the next ten years. BCT Partners’ awards fall under SAMHSA IDIQ Domain I and IV (Small Business) and all ten of the NIH CIO-SP3 Task Areas (Small Business and 8a).

“The SAMHSA and CIO-SP3 contracts are significant wins for our company,” said Dr. Pinkett, “They demonstrate the depth and breadth of our expertise in supporting complex, nationwide initiatives. They also exemplify our commitment to working with federal government agencies – helping achieve their missions and thereby improving the lives of the people they serve.”

The BCT CIO-SP3 Team consists of nine organizations and the BCT SAMHSA Team consists of eight organizations with comprehensive healthcare and IT expertise – including a renowned worldwide research organization, an innovative college of public health, and a leading integrated care management system – to deliver innovative solutions to government agencies facing challenges in health and IT.

Reflecting diversity in size, ownership, and location, the CIO-SP3 partners are (listed by state):
* American InfoTech Solutions, Washington, DC
* Aurotech Corporation, Clarksville, Maryland
* Conquest Security, Gaithersburg, Maryland
* Get Real Consulting, Rockville, Maryland
* CapitalNovus, Fairfax, Virginia
* Plexus Scientific, Alexandria, Virginia
* Heritage Digital, Florence, South Carolina
* CACI – Arlington, Virginia
* Minority Information Technology Consortium (MITC), Chicago, Illinois

The SAMHSA partners are (listed by state):
* SRI International – Menlo Park, California
* L&M Policy Research – Washington, DC
* Avar Consulting – Rockville, Maryland
* Summa Health System – Akron, Ohio
* Kent State University College of Public Health – Kent, Ohio
* Integrity Management Services – Alexandria, Virginia
* CACI – Arlington, Virginia
* Minority Information Technology Consortium (MITC), Chicago, Illinois

“I am honored to be working with such a well-respected, deeply talented team,” said Lawrence Hibbert, President and Chief Technology Officer. “And, we are excited about the opportunity to provide innovative healthcare solutions for SAMHSA and the federal government through these contract vehicles.”

About BCT Partners
BCT Partners is a national consulting firm that delivers a full-range of program management, research and evaluation, technical assistance, and information technology services in the areas of housing and community development, economic development, workforce development, children and families, health, and education. We deliver these services by leveraging deep subject-matter expertise, a rigorous project and knowledge management methodology, and information technology as an enabler to help build capacity, drive efficiencies, enhance decision-making, and improve outcomes for our clients. Our team of professionals, subject matter experts and academics work closely with government agencies, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, educational institutions, foundations, and philanthropic organizations to design and implement programs that strengthen communities across the country. Learn more about our passion and work at www.bctpartners.com.

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Dr. Rahn Bailey Named 113th President Of National Medical Association

Dr. Rahn Bailey NMA President

Rahn Kennedy Bailey, MD. FAPA, was installed as the 113th president of the National Medical Association (NMA) during the NMA 2012 Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in New Orleans, LA. The official ceremony held in the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Riverside Hotel.

The new NMA president introduced his agenda for the upcoming year which included addressing mental health issues in the African- American community.

Dr. Bailey is also the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Dr. Bailey earned his MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (1990) and his B.S. Degree in Biology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated Cum Laude with Departmental Honors. He has been a longstanding member of the NMA, serving in many roles including speaker of the NMA House of Delegates, the governing body of the association.

Dr. Bailey completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Texas at Houston and Texas Medical Center Affiliated Hospital and where he served as Chief Resident (1993-1994).

Additionally, he was the chairman for the Katrina Response Effort of the NMA. In this capacity, he led teams of physicians in treating the mental health needs of those displaced by the hurricane. Dr. Bailey is a national forensic expert, who has testified in civil, racial discrimination, and criminal cases.

“Healthcare policy is changing rapidly and, for more than 100 years, the National Medical Association has been at the forefront of the effort to provide quality healthcare for medically underserved populations,” says Bailey. “I look forward sharing the policies and positions of the NMA and we will continue to make a difference in meeting the health care needs of all Americans.”

Dr. Bailey’s legacy of service within the NMA includes his tenure as Speaker of the House of Delegates of the NMA. He is a recipient of the Isaac Slaughter Memorial Leadership Award.

In 2006 Dr. Bailey was named Region V Physician of the Year by the NMA for his exemplary efforts in coordinating medical care for victims of Hurricane Katrina. He received the NMA Postgraduate Physician Award (1998). He is active in the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and is the deputy representative to the APA Assembly from the Black Caucus of the APA. He is currently president of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association (May 2012-May 2014).