New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department: New Mexico Child Advocacy Centers
The New Mexico Child Advocacy Centers solicitation seeks to establish a contract for the procurement of the creation and continuation of New Mexico Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) that are dedicated to providing an array of child abuse or neglect intervention services in order to minimize the long-term effects of child maltreatment. These services include: on-site forensic interview services, mental health services, medical services, family and victim advocacy services, and the coordination of investigations. In addition to the service array, a CAC facilitates a multidisciplinary approach to the assessment of allegations of abuse and neglect and the teams of professional involved include child protective services, law enforcement, the local district attorney’s office, medical, behavioral and mental health, victim assistance, and child advocacy.
CACs shall provide the coordination and facilitation to:
- Reduce trauma to children who are the subject of a child abuse investigation
- Maintain primary focus on the needs of the child and non-offending family
- Provide seamless access to necessary services, and support prosecution, medical, mental health, forensic interviewing, sexual assault nurse examinations, and other medically necessary services for the child or non-offending parent(s)
- Ensure prompt and appropriate actions are taken to assure the safety of the child victims
- Minimize the number of interviews for the child victim
- Eliminate the duplication of services
- Assist in the prosecution of offenders
- Provide support for non-offending parents in order to enhance their ability to protect and care for their children
- Promote polices, practices, and procedures that are child appropriate and culturally sensitive
CACs provide culturally competent services to children under the age of nineteen (19) who are victims of child sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect. No child or family is denied serves because of an inability to pay. All children and families who qualify for and need services receive them regardless of race, ethnicity, religious background or socioeconomic status.
The Contractor is responsible for adherence to the following activities: 1) achieve National Child Advocacy Center Accreditation; 2) provide for the co-location of a team of professionals; 3) establish an intake process for screening, triaging, and prioritizing CAC case referrals; 4) coordinate and facilitate a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT); 5) establish a Case Management System that compiles and tracks CAC case information for the purpose of case presentation, referrals to community services, and outcome assessment; 6) develop and implement policies and procedures for the operation of the CAC and the MDT; 7) identify needs and coordinate training activities; 8) community outreach and monitoring; 9) establish a referral process that aligns with other CYFD and State programs to leverage services, including early childhood services, protective services, and behavioral health; 10) quarterly reporting; and 11) address abuse/neglect concerns.
Amount: Contract award for a one year period, with the option to extend for an additional three years.
Eligibility: A CAC must be a legally designated as one of the following: a nonprofit entity with 501 c3 status, or a “local public body” as defined by the New Mexico Procurement Code: County; university; or District Attorney’s Office.
Note: A pre-proposal conference (recommended) will be held on October 30, 2015.
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