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City of Albuquerque: Social Services and Behavioral Health Services

Deadline: November 24, 2015

The Social Services and Behavioral Health Services program will support organizations that provide services for populations in need of the following:

  • Outreach and Prevention Services to Reduce the Incidences of Domestic Violence among Asian Populations: Up to $96,000 will be available to support a program providing comprehensive advocacy services, counseling and case management services to Asian victims of domestic violence, their children, and other secondary victims.
  • Families and Schools Together (FAST): Up to $152,850 is available to replicate the FAST program at multiple sites within the City of Albuquerque. FAST is an evidence-based program for children, up to 12 years of age and their families, which reduces risk factors associated with substance abuse and related problem behaviors. Of the four different FAST models, each serving a distinct group of children and their families, the City of Albuquerque is primarily interested in the Elementary School FAST model serving children in Kindergarten through 5th grade and their families.
  • Evidence-based Prevention/Early Intervention for Children and Adolescents: Up to $346,460 is available to develop and implement innovative, evidence-based early intervention/prevention services for children and adolescents at risk of developing anti-social behaviors including violence, substance abuse, and delinquency. The Department is primarily interested in early intervention and prevention projects based on models that evaluation research has demonstrated are effective. Among the promising approaches identified by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration are: (1) Multi-systemic therapy (MST); (2) Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT); (3) Strengthening Families Program; and (4) All Stars™.
  • Child Witness to Domestic Violence Services: Up to $357,000 will be available to support an an evidence-based program, targeting children who have witnessed domestic violence, which reduces short- and long-term developmental and behavioral problems related to the violence that they have witnessed.
  • Youth Mentorship Services: Up to $186,280 will be available to support services that provide mentoring to at-risk youth. Services under this contract may include, but not be limited to: (1) utilizing volunteers to provide mentoring services on a one-to-one basis to at-risk youth; (2) providing each child participating in the program a variety of academic, recreational, and/or social activities; (3) conducting mentorship activities in both site- and community-based settings; and (4) providing professional support of matches.
  • Provide Youth Recreation, Socialization and Tutoring Activities: Up to $21,000 is available to support the services that provide constructive youth recreation, socialization and tutoring activities. Services may include, but not be limited to: 1) maintaining a structured environment where youth may participate in programs designed to improve their socialization skills with other youth; 2) tutoring services to improve reading, mathematics, or other school related class work; and 3) guidance in areas of improvement needed to complete school requirements.
  • General Education Diploma (GED) Instruction and Support Services to At-risk Youth: Up to $188,630 is available to provide General Education Diploma (GED) instruction and job placement assistance to youths from lower income households who have dropped out of school before graduation from high school. Services for this program must include: 1) conducting objective assessment of basic skill levels and supportive service needs of all program participants; 2) documentation of client income eligibility for services according to City Guidelines; 3) provision of General Education Diploma instruction to all program participants; and 4) provision of job development and placement activities to all program participants.
  • Services for a Downtown Teen Center: $219,000 is available for the provision of youth services and activities. Such services and activities should include but not be limited to: providing of quality entertainment with a variety of music and arts programming, increasing access and education to young people who want to get involved in learning the production of musical and other performance events, providing emerging musicians the opportunity to perform and gain exposure in a professional environment, providing entrepreneurial opportunities for young people, building/coordinating programs that are flexible and responsive to youth interests and needs, building opportunities for youth participation in delivery of programs, employment of talented and committed professional staff to create opportunity for youth engagement, and collaborating with community partners to create complementary programs.

The following nine priority populations and geographic areas have been identified: The priority populations are: 1) youth transitioning from foster care and/or the juvenile justice system; 2) female veterans and two parent veteran families; 3) seniors raising grandchildren and seniors over the age of 75; 4) adults with behavioral health/mental health issues; 5) persons with physical disabilities including persons with HIV/AIDs; 6) persons with a history of incarceration; 7) single parent families; 8) victims of domestic violence; and 9) minority populations especially Native American, African American, and Hispanic populations. The priority neighborhoods are: 1) Alta Monte; 2) Barelas; 3) Santa Barbara Martineztown; 4) Trumbull; 5) Crest Planning Area; 6) West Mesa; 7) Sawmill; 8) Downtown Core; and 9) San Jose.

Amount: Amounts available are specific to each social service area, ranging from $21,000 to $357,000 per social service focus area (as detailed above).

Eligibility: An agency which is a unit of state or local government and/or an agency currently incorporated as a nonprofit corporation, duly registered and in good standing with the State of New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, which has not-for-profit status under 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code and which has demonstrated capability in providing the services for which it is applying is an eligible responder.

Link: http://www.cabq.gov/family/documents/rfps/request-for-proposals-from-non-profisocial-services-and-behavioral-health-services-for-fiscal-year-2017

Note: There is a mandatory pre-proposal meeting on October 28, 2015.

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