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File #: 20-1177    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 9/1/2020 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 2/23/2021 Final action: 2/23/2021
Title: Sheriff's Office recommending the Board: 1) Make findings in accordance with Chapter 3.13, Section 3.13.030 County Ordinance, that it is more economical and feasible to continue contracting out forensic toxicology testing services with National Medical Services, Inc. as previously contracted in Agreement 3326; 2) Approve and authorize the Chair to sign retroactive Agreement 5094 with National Medical Services, Inc., for forensic analysis and toxicology services in the amount of $190,000 for the term November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2022; and 3) Authorize the Purchasing Agent, or designee, to execute further documents relating to Agreement for Services 5094, including amendments which do not increase the maximum dollar amount or term of the Agreement, and contingent upon approval by County Counsel and Risk Management. FUNDING: General Fund. Expenditures for the costs of this contract are or will be included in the Sheriff's Office Annual Budget.
Attachments: 1. A - Sheriff NMS Labs Blue Route 09-22-20.pdf, 2. B - Sheriff NMS Labs Agreement 09-22-20.pdf, 3. C - Sheriff NMS Labs Exhibit A 09-22-20.pdf, 4. Executed Agreement 5094
Related files: 18-1630, 16-0981
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Sheriff's Office recommending the Board:
1) Make findings in accordance with Chapter 3.13, Section 3.13.030 County Ordinance, that it is more economical and feasible to continue contracting out forensic toxicology testing services with National Medical Services, Inc. as previously contracted in Agreement 3326;
2) Approve and authorize the Chair to sign retroactive Agreement 5094 with National Medical Services, Inc., for forensic analysis and toxicology services in the amount of $190,000 for the term November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2022; and
3) Authorize the Purchasing Agent, or designee, to execute further documents relating to Agreement for Services 5094, including amendments which do not increase the maximum dollar amount or term of the Agreement, and contingent upon approval by County Counsel and Risk Management.

FUNDING: General Fund. Expenditures for the costs of this contract are or will be included in the Sheriff's Office Annual Budget.
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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
National Medical Services, Inc., provides advanced forensic toxicology, endocrinology and criminalist laboratory services that are paramount to verifying the cause of death in Coroner cases. Currently, El Dorado County does not have the equipment, tools or qualified staff to provide these services. It is more economical and feasible to continue to contract out these services. Human Resources have confirmed that there is not a bargaining unit concern with these services.

There are no current plans for the Sheriff’s Office to take on laboratory testing in the near future even with the addition of the morgue at the new Public Safety Facility; however, should that change, the County would have the ability to terminate the agreement.

National Medical Services, Inc. has been providing selected forensic analyses and toxicology services for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner's Division for many years. There are other vendors that provide forensic toxicology services in the ...

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