High Plains Regional Education Cooperative: Community Based Level II Home Visiting ServicesDeadline: October 9, 2020
The High Plains Regional Education Cooperative (HPREC) is seeking to qualified individuals or organizations to provide Level II Home Visiting Services to pregnant women and families, particularly those considered at-risk, to ensure that babies are born healthy; children are physically, emotionally and mentally healthy; children are safe; children and parents have nurturing relationships; and the family is connected to formal and informal supports in the community. Services contracted by HPREC for Community Based Level II Home Visiting (HVLII) Services is per New Mexico State Intergovernmental Agreement with the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (NMECECD) for Fiscal Year 2021.
The awarded contractor shall:
- Provide home visiting services to at least 20 families statewide each fiscal year as often as requested by the family, according to the Family Service Plan and family need. Providing services during non-traditional hours, if requested by the family. Services to be provided for children prenatal to three years old.
- Provide information on how to access the following services for all families: Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program; Human Services Department Food Stamp Program; Medicaid On Site Assistance/Presumptive Eligibility (PE/MOSAA); and other appropriate community programs and services, as appropriate.
- Develop a Family Services Plan.
- Provide home visiting services as often as needed based on the results of the internal multi-disciplinary assessment process (see solicitation for a detailed listing of required services).
- Provide support and information to parents on topics that include: development, implementation and support of safety plans for issues with domestic violence; home safety and injury prevention; safe sleep for babies; use of primary care versus the emergency room; breastfeeding and/or its alternatives; baby’s growth as measured by weight gain; support parent/s’ questions about their child’s health; support parent/s in obtaining health care/well child checks for the infant/toddler; and support the parent/s in obtaining the scheduled childhood immunizations.
- Ensure that home visiting Level II staff meet the professional requirements indicated in the New Mexico Home Visiting Standards, including timelines for compliance.
- Each home visiting staff shall participate in Reflective Supervision, at a minimum, twice per month.
- Each home visiting staff shall participate in Administrative Supervision
- Collaborate with community programs such as hospitals, the WIC program, teen parent programs, obstetricians and gynecologists, primary care physicians, and other entities to develop a network and referral process.
- Home Visitors working on the Level II services must conduct quarterly presentations and coordinating meetings to community partners (including but not limited to: Protective Services, Juvenile Justice, Family Infant/Toddler Program, Drug Court, Child Care, etc.) according to the New Mexico Home Visiting Standards for Level II Pilot.
- ECECD contractors that have or could have primary custody of children for at least twenty hours per week are required to have background checks on any employee, staff or volunteer that has direct care responsibilities or potential unsupervised physical access to clients.
- Ensure that all home visitors report any suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation to the Children, Youth and Families Statewide Central Statewide.
- Ensure that all database requirements are met and entered into the Home Visiting database and provide the required reports as requested by the Agency.
- Maintain Family Files onsite according to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) requirements.
- Participate in all training including reflective supervision phone calls, and quarterly meetings as required by the Agency.
- Participate in the New Mexico Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (TQRIS), Home Visiting, and FOCUS in the timelines specified by the Agency.
The Home Visiting program shall implement and comply with the Home Visiting Program Standards as periodically updated and amended.
Amount: Contract award. The contract may be extended for up to three additional one year periods.
Eligibility: An offeror is defined as any person, corporation, or partnership who chooses to submit a proposal.