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City of Albuquerque: Social Services and Behavioral Health Services

Deadline: February 3, 2015

The City of Albuquerque, Department of Family and Community Services, will provide support for services to persons who suffer from severe mental illness or co-occurring disorders, and who are precariously housed. Funds are allocated by the City Council to address the most critical areas of behavioral health need as designated by the Behavioral Health Task Force: intensive case management, supportive housing, and a crisis stabilization center.

The Priority Activities/Scope of Services are as follows:

  1. Supported Housing for Homeless Persons with Behavioral Health Needs: Provide supported housing assistance to a minimum of forty (40) persons experiencing chronic homelessness that have mental illness or co-occurring disorders. Collaborate and work in partnership with selected case management agency(s) and other supportive service providers in order to assist participants to maintain their housing.
  2. Case Management Services for Homeless Persons with Behavioral Health Needs: Provide case management and supportive services to a minimum of forty (40) persons experiencing chronic homelessness that have mental illness or co-occurring disorders. This case management shall include case managers and an array of wrap around services provided by the applicant or in partnership with other agencies, as appropriate. Services should include, but not be limited to: intensive case management; individual and group treatment; life skills training; vocational assistance where appropriate; access to medical and psychiatric health care, including medication; access to public benefits; support in maintaining stable housing; etc.
  3. Crisis Stabilization Center: Operation of a center where patients with mental health needs would be initially assessed, stabilized, and provided appropriate care and after-care referral and coordination. Proposals should describe how the creation of a lower level service model produces opportunities for individuals to control symptoms without the cycle of crisis-to-crisis emergency room and/or jail visits. The essential goal is to divert people that need mental health stabilization away from emergency services and in-patient beds while making more efficient use of scarce resources, filling a need that is not currently being met in our community, and also improving the safety, stability and wellbeing of clients.

Amount: Total: Up to $625,000.

Eligibility: An agency which is a unit of state or local government and/or a 501(c)(3) agency in good standing with the State of New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, and which has demonstrated capability in providing the services for which it is applying.

In accordance with the Administrative Requirements, programs must target residents whose annual family incomes are at or below 80% of the median family income for the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Link: https://cabq.gov/family/documents/rfps/request-for-proposals-from-non-profit-or-governmental-agencies-for-social-services-and-behavioral-health-services-rfp-number-rfp-dfcs-chscp-15-01/

Note: There is a mandatory pre-proposal conference on Thursday, January 22, 2015.

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