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Bernalillo County: Community Engagement Teams

Deadline: June 7, 2019

People at risk for a mental health crisis need services to prevent a deterioration of their mental health. Currently, Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque provide various mental health care services in areas of prevention, maintenance, outpatient support, sub-acute crisis intervention, and emergency care.

Due to this, Bernalillo County is seeking proposals for Community Engagement Teams (CET) aimed at offering timely assessments and referrals to individuals experiencing sub-acute mental health conditions. CET teams are intended to reduce law enforcement interventions and decrease the number of hospitalizations. The primary function of these CETs will be to connect and serve people in need of sub-acute mental health services both before and after a behavioral health crisis. The goals of these teams will be to reduce crisis events, to prevent hospitalizations and law enforcement interventions, and to increase a client’s access to care and continuity of existing care. Core details about the CET, including the logistics of team functionality, client engagement, client referral and referral sources, and client follow-up, will be developed collaboratively throughout the request for proposal process.

Optimally staffed CET will consist of an interdisciplinary team that is a combination of some or all of the following types of professionals:

  • A clinician (psychiatrist or psychologist) licensed for independent practice
  • A peer with lived experience in mental illness or substance abuse
  • A case management professional
  • Any of the following: Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADAC), or Community Health Worker (CHW)

Bernalillo County prefers that at least two of the CET members be licensed and/or certified behavioral health professionals who can provide supervision to peers. If a position on the proposed CET team does not require a license or certification, or if a member of the proposed CET team is not licensed or certified in their area of expertise, the Offeror will be asked to provide a justification. Preference will be given to CET teams that can demonstrate cultural competence, fluency in languages appropriate to the population served, non-discriminatory practices, and experience in outreach to the population to be served. Preference will also be given to Offerors who are a Children’s Services Act (CSA), Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), Community Mental Health Center (CMHC), or a Cervical Cancer Screening Supplement (CCSS) provider; all providers are required to bill Medicaid for reimbursable services.

Bernalillo County will fund multiple teams available for service. These teams will be staggered throughout the week in order to have at least one team available 7 days a week.

Amount: Programs may be funded at a total cost not to exceed $500,000 per year (which includes New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax).

Eligibility: An Offeror is defined as any person, corporation, or partnership who chooses to submit a proposal.

Link: https://www.bernco.gov/general-services/request-for-proposals.aspx

Note: A non-mandatory pre-proposal meeting will be held on May 15, 2019 10:00 AM (local time) at One Civic Plaza NW, 10th Floor Purchasing Conference Room C, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

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