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Deadline: June 26, 2018

Administrative Office of the Courts: Safe Exchange and Supervised Visitation Services

The Safe Exchange and Supervised Visitation Services program will hire one or more contractors to provide safe exchange and supervised visitation services in the 2nd Judicial District (Bernalillo County). The program will offer safe and nurturing environments in which to monitor visits and exchanges between children, their parents and other family members, as referred by the Courts.

The program shall be used when the best interests of the child are served if confrontation or contact between the parents is to be avoided during exchanges of custody or if contact between a parent and a child should be supervised. The District Court may employ one or more contractors for safe exchange and supervised visitation services by a person: (1) with whom a child may be left by one parent for a short period while waiting to be picked up by the other parent; or (2) to supervise visits among one or both parents and the child.

In the past few years, the concentration has been on the following program activities:

  • Ensuring adequate appropriations from the New Mexico Legislature for Safe Exchange and Supervised Visitation programs across the state
  • Creating a structure of accountability for Safe Exchange and Supervised Visitation programs
  • Implementing the New Mexico Court Standards for Safe Exchange and Supervised Visitation, standards of practice to ensure the safety of children, and identifying methods to evaluate the performance of providers against the standards
  • Providing training and professional development for service providers, including developing and updating a website
  • Evaluating the performance of the Safe Exchange and Supervised Visitation program in New Mexico
  • Implementing the Best Practice Manual and Assessment Tool
  • Operating a statewide data collection and reporting system that accurately reflects progress toward specific measurable outcomes for the program

Amount: A total of $835,000 is available to support programs in the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Judicial Districts. The amount allocated for the Second district (this solicitation) is not specified. Program funding is mainly allocated based on achievement of contractual performance targets in the previous year; thus, individual programs may receive more or less funding than in the prior year. For a new program, consideration will be given to an Offeror’s ability to provide services, the term of the contract, and the potential caseload in the area.

Eligibility: An Offeror is defined as any person, firm, corporation, organization, or partnership choosing to submit a proposal.

Link: https://www.nmcourts.gov/request-for-proposals.aspx

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