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Bernalillo County: Suicide Prevention Services

Deadline: April 15, 2019

Bernalillo County will support organizations to provide suicide prevention services for youth and adults who experience suicidal ideation or who are at risk for suicide in Bernalillo County. Services should also encompass the needs of family or community members supporting individuals who are considering suicide. Proposed projects are expected to draw on both evidence based practices as well as promising practices in the area of suicide prevention. In true alignment with problem based procurement, applicants are asked to provide a solution that lessens the prevalence of suicide and suicidal ideation in Bernalillo County.

The intended intervention(s) include the provision of suicide prevention programing and services. The described interventions could include education and training programming as well as direct services. Suicide prevention focuses on decreasing risk and promoting resilience and coping within the community. While the intent of the proposal is to remain flexible and non-prescriptive, below are some key components of suicide prevention interventions recommended by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2017) that could be addressed.

  • School gatekeeper training: for school personnel to learn to identify students at risk and how to respond.
  • Community gatekeeper training: for community members in contact with youth.
  • General suicide education: teaches students about warning signs and how to seek help and often incorporates activities to develop self-esteem and social competence.
  • Screening: questionnaires and other screening instruments are used to assess risk and provide further assessment and treatment; repeated measures may be used to assess change or program effectiveness.
  • Peer support: programs that are designed to foster peer relationships and competency in social skills with high-risk youth.
  • Crisis centers and hotlines: trained volunteers provide phone counseling and other services to suicidal persons. These programs may offer a “drop in” crisis center visit or make a referral to other mental health services.
  • Intervention after a suicide: focus is on friends and relatives of a person who has committed suicide to help with effective coping.

Amount: Several programs may be funded at a total cost not to exceed $1,000,000 per year. The County will fund one or more interventions for two-year contracts with the expectation that some of those programs will be scaled-up and/or funded for subsequent years.

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

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