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City of Albuquerque: Social Services and Behavioral Health Services

Deadline: November 18, 2016

The City of Albuquerque’s Social Services and Behavioral Health Services program will support organizations that provide the following priority services:

  • Support services for persons experiencing homelessness: Approximately $58,440 is available for services that will provide morning, afternoon, and evening meals for persons experiencing homelessness or other very low-income populations. Services may include, but are not limited to: 1) outreach services to ensure that homeless persons are aware of the availability of meals at specific location(s); 2) the actual provision of meals to homeless or other very low-income persons; and 3) to ensure access and availability of information regarding other services for persons experiencing homelessness. Payment of services shall be based on a “unit of service” reimbursement. The offeror shall propose a “per meal” cost.
  • Crisis services to children who have been abused, neglected, and abandoned: Approximately $96,830 is available for services that are not Medicaid reimbursable, to children and families who are low- to moderate-income. Services in this program should include, but are not limited to: 1) providing crisis services to children who have been abused, neglected, and abandoned; 2) providing support and counseling to children and their families in cases of suspected sexual abuse or severe physical abuse; and 3) providing case management to families experiencing abuse and neglect. The proposal must include best practices for this specific population. The proposal must demonstrate how the agency will leverage Medicaid funds to cover the cost of services.
  • Food distribution services: Approximately $225,680 is available for food distribution services, measured in pounds, to persons experiencing homelessness, other very low- to moderate-income persons, or to organizations that provide meals and food packages to the aforementioned populations in Albuquerque. Services under this contract may include, are not limited to: 1) food delivery to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, daycare centers, and emergency shelters serving persons experiencing homelessness and/or who are of low to moderate income; and 2) food delivery directly to the person(s) experiencing homelessness and/or who are of low to moderate income. Payment of services shall be based on a “Unit of Service” reimbursement. The Offeror shall propose a “per pound” cost.
  • Prevent and reduce youth participation in gangs: Approximately $733,000 is available for services that reduce the incidence of youth participation in gangs. Services in this program should address services, based on best practices, that will deter gang participation in at least two quadrants of the city that may include, but not be limited to: 1) interventions tailored to the unique characteristics of families with gang involved or at-risk for becoming gang involved youth; 2) interventions that utilize a solution-focused approach that most directly influence the youth’s psycho-social adjustment and behaviors; 3) interventions for maladaptive interactions that are directly related to the youth’s behavior problem; and 4) establishment of plans to help families develop more effective interactions. The proposal must include how the agency will leverage Medicaid funds to cover the cost of services.
  • Provide direct services to the urban Native American Indian population: Approximately $193,800 is available for culturally relevant services to low- and moderate-income urban Native Americans who are living in Albuquerque. Behavioral health services provided should include, but are not limited to: 1) administering an evidenced based substance abuse assessment; 2) group and individual counseling; 3) family education and counseling; 4) case management; and 5) referral to supportive services. Additional services should include, but are not limited to: 1) providing assistance in securing needed social and support services to improve quality of life; and 2) receiving referrals from community partners for needed support services. Successful applicants will conduct outreach specifically to urban Native Americans. The proposal must include how the agency will leverage Medicaid funds to cover the cost of services.
  • School-based substance abuse outpatient treatment services for middle school-age youth: Approximately $187,500 is available for school-based substance abuse outpatient treatment services for middle school-age youth. Services should include, but are not limited to: 1) administering an evidenced based substance abuse assessment; 2) referral to other treatment services; 3) group and individual counseling; 4) family education and counseling; 5) case management; and 6) referral to supportive services. The successful respondent will detail the relationship with Albuquerque Public Schools to provide services at an area middle school, including a Memorandum of Understanding. The proposal must include how the agency will leverage Medicaid funds to cover the cost of services.

The City of Albuquerque has identified nine priority populations and nine priority geographic areas as the focuses of programming activities.

The nine priority populations are:

  • Youth transitioning from foster care and/or the juvenile justice system
  • Female veterans and two parent veteran families
  • Seniors raising grandchildren and seniors over the age of 75
  • Adults with behavioral health/mental health issues
  • Persons with physical disabilities including persons with HIV/AIDs
  • Persons with a history of incarceration
  • Single parent families
  • Victims of domestic violence
  • Minority populations especially Native American, African American and Hispanic populations

The nine priority neighborhoods are: Alta Monte, Barelas, Santa Barbara Martineztown, Trumbull, Crest Planning Area, West Mesa, Sawmill, Downtown Core, and San Jose.

Amount: Contract awards will be made. The total amount available is dependent upon priority activity, as detailed above. Grant range amounts were not specified.

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.

Link: https://www.cabq.gov/family/documents/rfps/request-for-proposals-for-social-services-and-behavioral-health-services-for-fiscal-year-2018

Note: There is a mandatory pre-proposal conference on October 19 at 1:30 pm at City Hall.

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