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City of Albuquerque: Social Services and Behavioral Health Services

Deadline: December 8, 2017

The City of Albuquerque will support organizations that provide services for populations in need of specific social services. Priority activities include:

  • Provide stay in school services: Funding will support organizations that work with students who are at risk of dropping out of school. Supported services may include, but not be limited to, tutoring or other educational experiences such as life and skills training that will result in improved academic achievements. Expected outcomes may include: (1) measurable sustained youth enrollment in program through graduation; (2) measurable improvement in grade level for reading, mathematics, and other school related class work; and (3) measurable increase in life skills development or employability.
  • Therapeutic art program for persons who are homeless: Funding will support a therapeutic art program targeting persons who are homeless or precariously housed with one identified behavioral health need. Services for this program may include: (1) closed therapeutic art sessions to clients of social service agencies who are homeless and near homeless which foster skill development and relationships among clients and the agency; and (2) implement public art exhibits in the community with various venues to raise public awareness of homelessness and/or behavioral health. The proposed project must demonstrate how the agency will leverage Medicaid funds to cover the cost of services.
  • Crisis counseling and support services for victims of sexual assault: Funding will support services to persons who are victims of sexual assault with an emphasis on under-represented populations. Services for this program must include: (1) year around, 24 hours per day crisis counseling and advocacy services; (2) individual, group, and family therapeutic services; and (3) administration of appropriate assessment and evaluation tools to evaluate and reduce trauma symptoms and stress levels of assault victims. The proposal must demonstrate how the agency will leverage Medicaid funds to cover the cost of services.
  • Provide substance abuse outpatient treatment services for school-age youth: Funding will support evidence-based outpatient substance abuse treatment services for economically underserved, school-age youth (elementary through high school age) to improve outcomes affecting quality of life in the areas of health, education, housing, and interpersonal relationships. There is particular interest in substance abuse outpatient treatment services based on models that evaluation research has demonstrated are effective. Services in this program should include: (1) administering a substance abuse assessment; (2) group and individual counseling; (3) family education and counseling; and (4) referral to additional supportive services. Successful applicants will also include in their proposal: (1) a description of how the applicant will evaluate their activities to demonstrate program effectiveness, including outcomes that specify increased scores on tests of resiliency, protective factors, and conflict management; and (2) a description of all relevant referral sources. The proposal must demonstrate how the agency will leverage Medicaid funds to cover the cost of services.
  • Preventative outreach services for youth: Funding will support programs that provide outreach services to youth who reside in the geographical priority areas of Albuquerque (see note below). Services under this contract may include: (1) services to reduce/prevent gang activity, criminal activity, family violence issues and/or substance use/abuse; (2) provide appropriate referrals to programs for gang prevention/intervention, behavioral health treatment and prevention, and stay in school programs; and (3) evidence-based assessment completed at intake and training based on the assessment. Expected outcomes may include: measurable reduction in criminal activity, measurable reduction in school suspension, and entrance into behavioral health treatment and/or prevention programs. Successful applicants will also include in their proposal: (1) a description of the program evaluation to demonstrate program effectiveness; (2) a description of all relevant referral sources; and (3) a clear description of the outreach services. The proposal must demonstrate how the agency will leverage Medicaid funds to cover the cost of services.
  • High School Equivalency (HSE) instruction and workforce readiness training for adults: Funding will support services that provide HSE instruction and workforce readiness training for adults from lower income households. Services may include: (1) conducting objective assessment of basic skill levels of program participants; (2) documentation of client income eligibility for services according to City guidelines (see eligibility below); (3) provision of high school equivalency diploma instruction to all program participants; and (4) provision of workforce readiness training activities to program participants. Expected outcomes may include successful attainment of HSE, measurable increase in employment of participants, and measurable increase in wage of participants.
  • Residential treatment for youth and young adults: Funding will support residential treatment of substance use disorders for youth and young adults (ages 14 through 21). There is particular interest in substance use disorder residential treatment services based on models that evaluation research has demonstrated are effective. Services in this program should include: (1) administering a substance use disorder assessment; (2) group and individual counseling; (3) family education and counseling; and (4) provision of additional supportive services. Successful applicants will also include in their proposal: (1) evidenced based model(s) that will be used for identifying behavioral health needs; (2) a description of the discharge process, especially related to ongoing and aftercare, which may include any MOU’s and aftercare referrals currently in existence; (3) a description of all relevant referral sources; and (4) a clear description of the evidenced based model(s) used for treatment and support services. The proposal must demonstrate how the agency will leverage Medicaid funds to cover the cost of services.
  • Workforce development for homeless and/or precariously housed women: Funding will support a job development and job training program for women who are low-income, homeless, and/or precariously housed. Services will include but are not limited to: (1) skill development and employment training; and (2) financial literacy. Expected outcomes may include graduates of the program obtaining employment and/or housing after completion of the program. Successful applicants will also include in their proposal: (1) a description of how the applicant will evaluate their activities to demonstrate program effectiveness; and (2) a description of all relevant referral sources.

Note: The City of Albuquerque has identified nine priority populations and nine priority geographic areas: 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. Priority neighborhoods are: Alta Monte, Barelas, Santa Barbara Martineztown, Trumbull, Crest Planning Area, West Mesa, Sawmill, Downtown Core, and San Jose. Although these are not the only populations and/or neighborhoods that are eligible for and the focus of City funding, they are priorities.

Amount: Dependent upon priority, as follows:

  • Provide stay in school services: A total of up to $127,080 is available
  • Therapeutic art program for persons who are homeless: A total of up to $38,760 is available
  • Crisis counseling and support services for victims of sexual assault: A total of up to $317,000 is available
  • Provide substance abuse outpatient treatment services for school-age youth: A total of up to $100,760 is available
  • Preventative outreach services for youth: A total of up to $92,060 is available
  • High School Equivalency (HSE) instruction and workforce readiness training for adults: A total of up to $76,500 is available
  • Residential treatment for youth and young adults: A total of up to $152,500 is available
  • Workforce development for homeless and/or precariously housed women: A total of up to $15,650 is available

The services funded are to commence July 1, 2018 and continue through June 30, 2021. The contract is eligible for renewal for two additional one-year periods based upon performance and availability of funds.

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.
Eligible beneficiaries are residents of Albuquerque whose annual family incomes are at or below 80% of the median family income for the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) as established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, unless otherwise specified.

Link: https://cabq.gov/family/our-department/request-for-proposals/family-department-rfps/

Note: A mandatory pre-proposal conference will be held on October 30, 2017.

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