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New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department: Juvenile Community Corrections Programs and Services

Deadline: September 11, 2015

The Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) partners with communities to strengthen families in New Mexico to be productive and self-sufficient. The Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) Division of CYFD, consistent with the New Mexico Children’s Code, strives to: protect the public interest, hold children who commit delinquent acts accountable for their actions, provide programs of care and rehabilitation to juveniles, provide victim restitution, and provide effective deterrents to juvenile delinquency, including community-based programs. The primary focus for funds awarded through this RFP is to reduce client recidivism in the juvenile justice system through systematic integration of evidence-based principles.

The Juvenile Community Corrections (JCC) Program is a unique approach to working with adjudicated delinquent youth. Programs utilize a team approach which includes the client, family, contracted agency, local public schools staff, the Juvenile Probation staff and other significant individuals in the client’s life to provide participants with program services based on the client’s individualized needs.

The model for JCC that the JJS Division of CYFD seeks to fund is an array of comprehensive approaches using competent qualified staff to provide innovative, effective, and outcome-based services. Offerors may propose to provide the following services at the community, county, or judicial district level: life skills, family support, education, facility transition services, job preparation, case management, community services, and innovative services.

The JCC program’s target population is as follows:

  • All adjudicated youth who are on probation status who are at risk of further involvement with the Juvenile Justice System. This includes Consent Decrees regardless of level of adjudicated offense (misdemeanor, felony, and probation violations are eligible).
  • Committed youth who are on supervised release status. JCC providers may initiate JCC services and planning while the client is in CYFD custody.
  • Adjudicated youth on probation who are at risk of having their probation revoked.

Program goals are:

  • Conduct a Casey Life Skills Assessment to identify the individualized needs of the client and develop a Service Plan for those areas that have been identified in conjunction with the Juvenile Probation Office
  • Divert adjudicated youth from incarceration
  • Provide services to assist incarcerated youth transitioning back into the community
  • Provide services and interventions for clients including community service and/or reasonable restitution to society and victims
  • Provide individualized services to the client and family

The following are funding priorities under this RFP:

  • The necessity for gender responsive programming: Contractors are encouraged to identify gender specific needs within their target population and identify innovative approaches to serve these clients.
  • Provision of service to underserved rural communities with unique needs. Contractors are encouraged to serve multiple counties by developing satellite offices to serve underserved areas of the state.
  • Geographic distribution of services to the target population.
  • Development of new, effective, and outcome-based family support services for the families of youth committed to juvenile correctional facilities.
  • Culturally competent services delivered without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental handicap, or serious medical condition, spousal affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, be excluded from employment with or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity.
  • Enhanced programming for youth on supervised release status from JJS facilities.
  • Innovative, best practice programs which have shown positive outcomes.
  • Quality programming and client satisfaction with services.
  • The ability to provide the following service components: family support, education development, life skills, facility transition, job preparation, case management, community services, transportation and innovative services.

Amount: Contract award. The annual amount is contingent on current and future funding from the New Mexico Legislature or other funding sources (no amount is currently provided). Funding will be awarded for a one year period, with the option to extend for an additional three years. It is expected that multiple awards of funds will be made. Final funding decisions will be made to ensure an adequate service mix in all geographic areas of the state.

Eligibility: Offerors must:

  • Be a public/private non-profit agency, government agency, public institution, or for-profit agency current with all licensing and reporting requirements of New Mexico
  • Meet the CYFD administrative and fiscal standards
  • Have a working knowledge of or a background in, administration of the Juvenile Community Corrections programming and its philosophy, history, requirements, and activities
  • Have experience in providing training or technical assistance for Juvenile Community Corrections staff, parents/legal guardians, and adjudicated youth
  • Have business management and organizational skills that can supplement experience in the professional field described above
  • Be willing to operate the program according to the standards provided by CYFD
  • Have an ethnically diverse staff
  • Have a multi-lingual staff
  • Have knowledge and experience in working with community-based programs that serve adjudicated youth
  • Have experience in providing culturally competent, gender responsive, and strength-based services that produce positive outcomes
  • Have experience in maintaining data that identifies demographic characteristics
  • Have support of the county and municipality where the program will provide services

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

Note: Acknowledgment of receipt is due on August 21, 2015. A recommended pre-proposal conference will be held on August 27, 2015.

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