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New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department: Forensic Interviews and Family Advocacy Services

Deadline: April 9, 2015

The Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) is seeking proposals to establish contract(s) for the statewide procurement of Forensic Interview and Family Advocacy Services. This funding is designed to develop or maintain a statewide, coordinated, and comprehensive forensic interview and family advocacy service delivery system that includes the following elements:

  • Flexible and designed to meet the needs of clients at the local and/or regional levels
  • Inclusive of and responsive to the ethnic, cultural, racial, and socioeconomic diversity of the state, and local community
  • Meets or is striving to meet national and state standards for the type of services provided
  • Results-focused with clearly defined and measurable outcomes for the clients served

CYFD’s Children’s Behavioral Health Division (CBHD) is seeking to partner with organizations across the state of New Mexico to support, facilitate, and promote the implementation of the national standards as the foundation for providing comprehensive, high quality forensic interviews and family advocacy services. Goals are to:

  • Provide funding support to statewide Forensic Interview and Family Advocacy Services (FIFAS) for children, youth, and young adults (ages 0 to 18, or up to 21 if already CYFD-engaged) who are alleged victims of abuse, maltreatment, sexual assault, or who have witnessed violent crimes
  • Improve the emotional, mental, and behavioral health of these children
  • Minimize the traumatic effect on the child from multiple interviews
  • Produce optimal quality and sufficient quantity of information to enhance investigation for law enforcement agencies, the district attorney’s office, CYFD, and/or Tribal Social Services
  • Provide referrals and linkages to other community-based service providers offering trauma-affected behavioral health services for the non-offending parent, caregiver, or other family member

CBHD will be seek to develop partnerships with existing FIFAS that are willing to expand their service delivery to underserved locations, or organizations that are not currently partnered with CBHD that are already providing services in these sections of the state.

Amount: Contract award for up to four years.

Eligibility: CYFD is seeking to support organizations that are either already accredited by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA), or are working towards becoming accredited by NCA.

Link: http://cyfd.org/for-providers/rfp

Note: A pre-proposal conference will be held on March 19, 2015. Attendance is highly recommended.

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