Children, Youth and Families Department: Statewide Community Based Prevention and Promotion Home Visiting ServicesDeadline: May 2, 2018
The Statewide Community Based Prevention and Promotion Home Visiting Services will support organizations that will provide culturally and linguistically appropriate Home Visiting services to clients including cross-cultural communication and respect for the linguistic, ethnic, and gender-based differences that contribute to cultural identity. Funded Home Visiting Programs will work collaboratively at the local, regional, and state levels to support the establishment of a comprehensive and aligned quality early care, education, and family support system that is available to all children and their families in New Mexico. Home Visiting Programs shall prioritize serving parents and caregivers (including but not limited to: biological, foster, adoptive, and teen parents of children pre-natal to three years of age) to prevent adverse childhood experiences and promote positive early childhood development and well-being, as well as support school readiness. Selected programs will be required to provide services to families using the current New Mexico Home Visiting Program Standards (available at the following link: https://cyfd.org/home-visiting).
The New Mexico Home Visiting Program works in partnership with parents and other caregivers to promote the child’s healthy development by reducing risks factors related to the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). The Home Visiting program is comprised of an integrated approach that implements research-based practices by:
- Ensuring prenatal care and support for the expectant mother and family
- Promoting healthy, responsive and effective parenting
- Providing supportive interventions addressing parental risk factors
- Connecting babies and toddlers with necessary developmental, health and related services
- Assessing and addressing the concrete needs of the family
Home Visiting Programs funded by CYFD shall provide a continuum of services to families based on family preferences, needs, strengths and risk factors. Services provided through Home Visiting Programs are:
- Flexible and designed to meet the needs of families
- Inclusive of and responsive to the ethnic, cultural, racial, linguistic and socioeconomic diversity of families served
Additional levels of service: To ensure that the New Mexico Home Visiting program addresses the complex needs of the New Mexican children, families and communities the New Mexico Home Visiting Program has been designed with two interacting levels of service depending on the family/community needs. All program options must comply with Level I Home Visiting requirements, standards, strategies, and principles as a foundation. Levels are detailed further below:
- Level I Home Visiting – Prevention and Promotion: This is a prevention-promotion program for families who are expecting, or have children under the age of three, these services are non-categorical, free, and offered on a voluntary basis to families. Level I Home Visiting services are designed to address the needs of the majority of children and their families served. Promoting safe nurturing relationships between young children and their care giver, and implementing strategies that prevent adverse childhood experiences and promote wellbeing.
- Level II Home Visiting – Targeted Interventions and Prevention: Level II Home Visiting targeted services are designed to provide research-based interventions as a strategy to reduce adversity and thereby help improve brain and body wellness for children within the context of the family. Home Visiting Level II interventions can help prevent or reverse the negative effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) by providing strategies with families that will support building resiliency for young children through stable and nurturing relationships between children and caring adults.
- Level II includes a Pilot for Specialized Programming (Level II-S). This is being piloted to fund Home Visiting Programs interested in implementing specialized programming to serve the most vulnerable population in the community, understanding that when young children face many challenges they compromise their ability to thrive. Level II-S services are designed to address complex factors (e.g., homelessness, domestic violence, prolonged neo-natal and infant intensive care stay, families with parents who struggle from mental health disorders) with a strong collaboration and coordination with community agencies. Home visiting programs in isolation are not effective in achieving improvements in child or family outcomes.
Amount: Multiple contracts will be awarded. Awards are for a term of four years. Rates per service option are:
- Level I base rate: $3,500 per family
- Level I plus base rate: $4,000 per family
- Level II plus base rate: $5,000 per family
- Level II-S base rate: $6,000 per family
Note: Level I and Level II Plus are Home Visiting Level I and/or Level II services that require additional cost (e.g. travel to rural areas, serving high-need Level I and/or Level II families that require more intensive higher “dosage”) and/or higher than required staff qualifications, training/additional professional development. A differential pay of ($500 / family) is added to the Level 1 and Level II Home Visiting base fixed rate for demonstrated costs such as travel, training, training material, per diem and mileage.
- Currently CYFD State-funded Home Visiting Programs may respond to expand or change the composition of their existing program.
- Level I Statewide Community Based Prevention and Promotion Home Visiting Services: New or current CYFD Home Visiting Providers who are seeking to start or expand Level I Community Based Prevention and Promotion Home Visiting Services. Offerors that prioritize serving parents and caregivers (including but not limited to adoptive and teen parents of children pre-natal to three years of age) to prevent adverse childhood experiences and promote positive early childhood development and wellbeing as well as support school readiness through new Home Visiting Programs.
- Level II Statewide Community Based Targeted Interventions and Prevention Home Visiting Services: Current CYFD Home Visiting Providers who are on Contract with CYFD for Level I or Level II and are looking to expand their program. Level II providers must adhere to the eligibility criteria of Level I Statewide Community Based Home Visiting Services.
- Level II -S Statewide Community Based Targeted Interventions Specialized Home Visiting Services: Current CYFD Home Visiting Providers who are on Contract with CYFD for Level I and Level II who are looking to expand their program. Level II-S providers must adhere to the eligibility criteria of Level I and Level II Statewide Community Based Home Visiting Services.
Current CYFD Home Visiting providers who have programmatic findings of non-compliance and program deficiencies on current CYFD contracts including serious audit exceptions relating to fiscal procedures, and providers who are currently on a corrective action plan are not eligible to apply.