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City of Albuquerque: Social Services and Behavioral Health

Deadline: January 5, 2015

The City of Albuquerque has issued a Request for Proposals to solicit innovative and effective proposals from qualified non-profit organizations interested in providing specific social services to populations in need. The City’s Department of Family and Community Services has recently completed a series of city-wide Community Needs Assessments in the areas of “affordable housing”, “social services/supportive housing”, “fair housing” and “economic development.” Based on the results of these assessments, the Department with the help of the Albuquerque Community has identified nine priority populations and nine priority geographic areas that will be one of the focuses of the Department’s programming activities over the 2013-2017 Program Period.

The nine 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
  9. 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.

Although these are not the only populations and/or neighborhoods that are eligible for and the focus of City funding, they are Department priorities.

The Department is soliciting providers for the following sets of social services:

Therapeutic Art Program for Persons who are Homeless: Services for this program may include, but not be limited to: (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.

Crisis Counseling and Support Services for Victims of Sexual Assault: Services to persons who are victims of sexual assault with an emphasis on under-represented populations, including but are not limited to: (1) Year around, 24 hours per day crisis counseling and advocacy services; (2) Individual, group and family counseling opportunities; and (3) Administration of appropriate assessment and evaluation tools to evaluate and help reduce trauma symptoms and stress levels of assault victims.

Stay in School Services: Services that work with students who are at risk of dropping out of school, including but not limited to tutoring or other educational experiences such as life and skills training that will result in improved academic achievements. Expected outcomes may include, but not be limited to (1) measurable sustained youth enrollment in program through graduation; (2) measurable improvement in grade level for reading, mathematics, or other school related class work; or (3) measurable increase in life skills development or employability.

Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment Services for Youth: Evidence-based outpatient substance abuse treatment services for economically underserved, school-age youth to improve outcomes affecting quality of life in the areas of health, education, and housing. The Department is particularly interested in substance abuse outpatient treatment services based on models that evaluation research has demonstrated are effective. Services in this program should include, but not be limited to: (1) administering a substance abuse assessment; (2) group and individual counseling; (3) family education and counseling; (4) referral to supportive services.

School-Based Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment Services for Middle School-Age Youth: School-based substance abuse outpatient treatment services for middle school-age youth, including but 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.

Southwest Mesa Outreach: Outreach services to youth who reside in the Southwest Mesa area of Albuquerque, including but not limited to: (1) onsite 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; mental health treatment and prevention; and stay in school programs, and (3) Life Skills Assessment and training based on the Life Skills Assessment completed at intake. Expected outcomes may include, but are not limited to, measurable reduction in criminal activity, measurable reduction in school suspension, and entrance into behavioral health treatment and/or prevention programs.

General Education Diploma (GED) Instruction and Workforce Readiness Training for Adults: Services that provide GED instruction and workforce readiness training for adults from lower income households, including but not limited to: (1) Conducting objective assessment of basic skill levels of 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 workforce readiness training activities to program participants. Expected outcomes may include, but are not limited to, successful attainment of GED, measurable increase in employment of participants, and measurable increase in wage of participants.

Emergency Shelter Services and Support Services for Victims of Domestic Violence: The operation of emergency shelter services and supportive services for victims of domestic violence and their children. Services for this program must include, but are not limited to: (1) Sleeping accommodations as well as day shelter services for victims of domestic violence; (2) Crisis counseling and on-going case management services designed to educate victims of domestic violence of alternatives to remaining in abusive relationships; (3) Development of individual treatment plans for each participant; (4) Coordination with community support services relevant to the individual needs of the residents; and (5) Plans to partner with the City of Albuquerque Family Advocacy Center in assisting victims of domestic violence. Services under this contract must also include: (1) Provision of a safe, secure and confidential emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children; (2) Operation of a 24-hour-per-day, seven-day-per-week telephone crisis line for victims of domestic violence; (3) Provision of individual and group education and treatment services for adult and child shelter residents; (4) Provision of support group services for child shelter residents to assist them in developing appropriate coping skills. Shelter facilities must be properly zoned and licensed as applicable.

Emergency Shelter Services for Homeless Women and Children: The operation of an emergency night time shelter facility for women who are homeless and their children. Services for this program must include, but are not limited to: (1) Overnight sleeping accommodations for women who are homeless and their children; (2) Evening and morning meals; and (3) Coordination with community support services relevant to the individual needs of the residents. Shelter facilities must be properly zoned and licensed as applicable.

Emergency Shelter and Supportive Services for Homeless Men: The operation of an emergency night time shelter facility for women who are homeless and their children. Services for this program must include, but are not limited to: (1) Provision of safe, secure and confidential emergency shelter for homeless men; and (2) Provision of counseling and other services to assist shelter residents to obtain permanent housing. Shelter facilities must be properly zoned and licensed as applicable.

Emergency Shelter and Behavioral Health Supportive Services for Homeless Men: The operation of emergency shelter services and supportive services for homeless men who suffer with substance abuse and/or mental health conditions. Services for this program must include, but are not limited to: (1) Provision of safe, secure and confidential emergency shelter for homeless men who suffer with substance abuse and/or mental health conditions; (2) Provision of individual and group education for each resident; and (3) Coordination with community support services relevant to the individual needs of the residents, including obtaining permanent housing. Shelter facilities must be properly zoned and licensed as applicable.

Crisis Shelter Services to Abused, Neglected and Abandoned Children/Youth: Crisis services to abused, neglected and abandoned children and/or youth, including but not limited to: (1) Provide 24-hour shelter care on an emergency or long-term basis for abused or neglected children and/or youth; (2) Provide support and advocacy services to children and/or youth and their families in cases of suspected sexual abuse or severe physical abuse; and (3) Assist families experiencing abuse and neglect to develop new parenting and life skills in order to create healthy and safe home environments for children and/or youth. Shelter facilities must be properly zoned and licensed as applicable.

Motel Vouchers and Leases for Persons who are Homeless: Short-term motel leases and vouchers, up to seven (7) nights, for persons who are homeless. Services are intended for individuals and families who are homeless and whose circumstances are not conducive to their being housed in an overnight emergency shelter. Services for this program may include but not be limited to: (1) Leases with motels, however no more than 25% of the rooms at any one motel may be leased for these purposes; (2) Motel vouchers issued to individuals or families on an as needed basis; and (3) Appropriate supportive services to aid in the transition of persons from the motel into other transitional or permanent housing arrangements.

Displaced Tenant Relocation Services: The implementation of a displaced tenant relocation services to persons, who through no fault of their own, have been displaced because of substandard housing conditions. Services for this program must include, but are not limited to: (1) Coordinate with City departments during tenant displacements; (2) Provide supportive services while locating suitable housing and referrals as necessary; (3) Administer motel vouchers as necessary to eligible persons; and (4) Distribute relocations funds to eligible persons.

Supportive Transitional Housing Services for Homeless Women: The operation of supportive transitional housing services for homeless women who suffer with chronic mental health conditions. Services for this program must include, but are not limited to: (1) Provision of a residential program meeting all government and Health Department regulations for homeless women suffering from chronic mental health conditions; (2) Coordinate professional assessments, individualized treatment plans, and counseling services for all residents; (3) Provide structured activities to increase the independent living skills of residents; and (4) Assist residents in participating in aftercare services after graduating from the residential program. Residential facilities must be properly zoned and licensed as applicable.

Transitional Housing and Related Services for Women Exiting Prison or Jail: The implementation of a program which provides transitional services and related services for women exiting prison or jail. Services for this program must include, but are not limited to: (1) Provision of transitional housing for women exiting prison or jail; (2) Provision of counseling, vocational classes and assistance, parenting classes, and life skill education; and (3) Assistance in transitioning to other appropriate community-based programs and/or support services upon discharge. Residential facilities must be properly zoned and licensed as applicable.

Early Childhood Education Services for Homeless Families: Services that provide childcare for homeless families, including but not be limited to: (1) Full day care services for children from six (6) months to five (5) years of age from families where the primary care giver is homeless and working, seeking employment, or in job training or education activities; (2) Provide supportive and case management services to assist the primary care giver in addressing the causes of their homelessness and secure permanent housing; and (3) Ensure that the day care center is operating in accordance with the day care licensing standards of the State of New Mexico. Facilities must be properly zoned and licensed as applicable.

Day Shelter Services: Operations of a day shelter facility for persons experiencing homelessness. Services may include, but not be limited to: (1) Provision of safe and secure day shelter for persons experiencing homelessness; (2) Morning and/or lunch meals and sack lunches for those who are working, seeking employment, or in job training or education activities; (3) Provide storage space for belongings; (4) Provide shower facilities; (4) Provide communication services; (6) Provide clothing; and (7) Provide guidance and access to other homeless programs, including behavioral health services and housing. Facilities must be properly zoned and licensed as applicable.

Amount:

  • Therapeutic Art Program for Persons who are Homeless: $38,760
  • Crisis Counseling and Support Services for Victims of Sexual Assault: $317,000
  • Stay in School Services: $127,080
  • Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment Services for Youth: $100,760
  • School-Based Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment Services for Middle School-Age Youth: $187,500
  • Southwest Mesa Outreach: $105,060
  • General Education Diploma (GED) Instruction and Workforce Readiness Training for Adults: $76,500
  • Emergency Shelter Services and Support Services for Victims of Domestic Violence: $436,700
  • Emergency Shelter Services for Homeless Women and Children: $44,400
  • Emergency Shelter and Supportive Services for Homeless Men: $250,000
  • Emergency Shelter and Behavioral Health Supportive Services for Homeless Men: $63,000
  • Crisis Shelter Services to Abused, Neglected and Abandoned Children/Youth: $51,000
  • Motel Vouchers and Leases for Persons who are Homeless: $79,180
  • Displaced Tenant Relocation Services: $112,200
  • Supportive Transitional Housing Services for Homeless Women: $25,000
  • Transitional Housing and Related Services for Women Exiting Prison or Jail: $142,000
  • Early Childhood Education Services for Homeless Families: $29,000
  • Day Shelter Services: $146,880

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, and 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 bidding.

Link: http://www.cabq.gov/family/documents/rfps/request-for-proposals-for-social-services-and-behavioral-health-services-for-fiscal-year-2016/

Note: There is a mandatory pre-proposal conference on December 2, 2014 at 9:00 am at City Hall, One Civic Plaza, Albuquerque, NM, 87102.

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