New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department: Housing and Life Skills Programs for Transition Age Foster Care Youth
The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) is seeking proposals to establish a contract for the procurement of innovative housing and life skills development programs that are trauma informed and utilize a positive youth development approach in serving older youth in foster care and youth aging out of foster care at age 18.
Objectives are for the program to:
- Provide safe, stable and affordable housing using innovative program models to youth in custody, age 17, and to youth who aged out of foster care, ages 18-21
- Provide life skills development services that builds competencies and adequately prepares youth aging out of foster care to become self-sufficient and successful adults
- Provide trauma informed care utilizing a positive youth development approach to delivering services
Activities include to:
- Establish and operate a safe, stable, and affordable housing program which includes case management services for youth in state or tribal custody, age 17, and for youth who aged out of custody, ages 18-21.
- Establish and operate an innovative life skills development program for youth in state and tribal foster care, age 17, and for youth who aged out of foster care, ages 18-21. Life skills development must be provided in the context of hands-on, everyday real life situations.
- Provide 24 hour supervision, seven days a week, for youth under the age of 18.
- Assist youth in connecting to community resources, opportunities, and supports including mentors.
- Incorporate youth leadership opportunities within the program model.
- Assess the youth’s strengths, needs, abilities, and goals including life skill development and behavioral health.
- Provide individualized plans and services for each youth based on their needs, strengths, goals, and abilities. Plans and services should be trauma informed, youth driven, and based on positive youth development.
- Provide behavioral health services or referrals for such services to youth who request them and youth who are determined to need such services after completion of the CYFD-approved assessment tool.
- Develop safety and stability planning for each youth.
- Provide each youth with individualized vision or goal-oriented and appropriate discharge planning and throughout their stay in the program.
- Establish and operate a trauma-informed and developmentally appropriate practice with youth.
- Provide or assist youth in making healthy and supportive connections with others.
- Establish and set clear financial agreements regarding rent and savings.
- Maintain valid documentation that participants actually received the services.
- Establish and maintain individualized productivity requirements within the program, including employment, education, and/or volunteer activities for each youth.
- Develop and provide a training program, approved by CYFD, for staff providing direct services.
- Provide accurate data and reports to CYFD on or before October 10 and April 10 of each fiscal year.
Amount: Multiple contractual agreements will be awarded for a four year period.
Eligibility: An Offeror is defined as “any person, corporation, or partnership who chooses to submit a proposal.” The Offeror is to be qualified and knowledgeable about the appropriate and adequate fulfillment of the needs of the Protective Services Division of the CYFD, as well as being able to satisfactorily and accurately compile and complete data, records and/or procedural paperwork as requested by the New Mexico CYFD.
Note: A recommended pre-proposal conference will be held on March 25, 2016.
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