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New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department: New Mexico Community Based Domestic Violence Services

Deadline: March 29, 2016

The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) is seeking to establish contracts for the procurement of prevention and intervention domestic violence services for the CYFD target populations that are in accordance with nationally recognized best and/or promising practices. CYFD’s priority for services is to meet state and federal funding requirements under the Federal Violence Prevention and Services Act while providing a comprehensive service mix statewide and ensuring a fair distribution of funds within urban and rural areas.

Funding will support the establishment and maintenance of programs and services designed to:

  1. Prevent incidents of domestic violence and dating violence by providing immediate emergency shelter, supportive services, and access to community-based programs for adult and youth victims/survivors of domestic violence or dating violence and their dependents.
  2. Provide specialized services for children exposed to domestic violence or dating violence, underserved populations, and victims who are members of racial and ethnic minority populations. The definition of underserved populations include the following: a) populations underserved because of geographic location (such as rural isolation); b) underserved racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistically diverse populations; c) populations underserved because of special needs (such as language barriers, disabilities, immigration status, or age); and d) other special needs populations determined to be underserved (sexual orientation or gender identity; male victim/survivors; economically disadvantaged victims).
  3. Increase awareness of domestic violence and dating violence and increase accessibility of domestic violence and dating violence services.
  4. Reduce the frequency and impact of domestic violence perpetration by providing domestic violence offenders with the skills, information, and knowledge to avoid using abusive behavior in the future.

Awarded applicants will provide trauma-informed domestic violence specific services to the required populations. Eligible services include:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Shelter Care and Support for Children
  • Community Navigation
  • Survivor/Child Witness/Offender Service Assessment and Plans
  • Specialized Skills and Knowledge (Individual and Group)
  • Domestic Violence Counseling (Individual and Group)
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Native American Traditional and Cultural Services
  • Drug and Alcohol Screening
  • Mental Health Evaluation
  • Travel and Transportation
  • Community Outreach
  • Community Training
  • Direct Civil Legal Services
  • Innovative programs as approved

Amount: Multiple contract awards will be made. Funding will be awarded for a four year period.

Eligibility: Dependent on the populations eligible for services, as follows:

Victim/Survivor and Child Witness Services – The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply:

  • Be a program whose primary mission is to provide domestic violence services and be an organization that is aware of the needs of and has a documented history of effective work with domestic violence or dating violence, and is committed to following best and/or promising practices in the field of domestic violence services.
  • Make available 24-hour domestic violence crisis intervention services.
  • Be a local public or private non-profit organization, or a local or tribal government, with focus on and capability to provide the domestic violence services and authorized to provide these services and/or do business in New Mexico.
  • Must have and maintain the capacity to implement the billing and data collection system identified by CYFD.
  • Be able to implement and willing to comply with all standards and requirements as outlined in the CYFD Domestic Violence Service Definition Manual (SDM) as periodically updated and amended; see www.cyfd.org.
  • Demonstrate existing domestic violence training for staff providing direct services and a willingness to secure ongoing training as outlined in the SDM.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the area to be served and an ability to respond to the cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic needs of that area.
  • Must be willing and able to comply with all federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) service delivery and reporting requirements as outlined in the SDM.
  • Must have an active DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number.
  • Comply with the federal conflict of interest standards.

Domestic Violence Offender Services – The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply:

  • Be an organization that has documented experience working with domestic violence offenders and committed to following best and/or promising practices in the field of domestic violence services.
  • Be a public or private organization, or local or tribal government, with focus and capability to provide the domestic violence services requested and authorized to provide these services, and/or do business in New Mexico. Must have and maintain the capacity to implement the billing and data collection system identified by CYFD.
  • Be able to implement and willing to comply with all standards and requirements as outlined in the SDM as periodically updated and amended; see www.cyfd.org.
  • Demonstrate existing domestic violence training for staff providing direct services and a willingness to secure ongoing training as outlined in the  SDM.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the service area and an ability to respond to the cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic needs of that area.
  • Be willing to follow and meet service requirements as mandated.
  • Be an approved Domestic Violence Offender and Treatment or Intervention (DVOTI) program under 8.8.7 NMAC to receive court referrals for convictions of Battery Against a Household Member or Aggravated Battery Against a Household Member or a tribal program to which tribal courts make referrals for DV intervention services following the tribal court’s conviction of Battery or Aggravated Battery Against Household Member or similar crimes.
  • Organization was an approved DVOTI program in 2015 AND provided DVOTI services for 12 months or longer.

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

Note: A recommended pre-proposal conference will be held on March 3, 2016.

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