High Plains Regional Education Cooperative: Evidence-based Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting ServicesDeadline: October 9, 2020
High Plains Regional Education Cooperative is seeking to support qualified individuals or organizations to provide evidence-based Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program 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 Evidence Based Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Services is per New Mexico State Intergovernmental Agreement with the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (NMECECD) for Fiscal Year 2021.
The Home Visiting program shall: 1) implement and comply with the Home Visiting Program Standards as periodically updated and amended; and 2) Procure Home Visiting programs that meet the evidence-based criteria as defined by the US Department of Health and Human Services in New Mexico to:
- Provide evidence-based home visiting supports to families
- Strengthen parental commitment to children, and enhancing the well-being of both children and their parents
- Ensuring that participation includes: Parents and caregivers (including adoptive and teen parents) with children under age five and expectant parents or those with children under the age of five
The awarded contractor shall commit to the following activities:
- Provide home visiting services to least 30 families statewide each fiscal year, as often as requested by the family, according to the Family Service Plan and family needs. Providing services during non-traditional hours, if requested by the family. Services to be provided for children prenatal to five 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 more details).
- The home visitor shall 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 MIECHV staff meet the professional requirements indicated in the New Mexico Home Visiting Standards, including timelines for compliance.
- Participate in reflective supervision, at a minimum, twice per month.
- 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.
- Conduct quarterly presentations and coordinating meetings to community partners.
- 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.
Amount: Contract award. The contract may be extended for up to three additional one year periods.
Eligibility: Offeror is defined as any person, corporation, or partnership who chooses to submit a proposal.