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New Mexico Children,Youth and Families Department: Community-Based Prevention and Promotion Home Visiting Services

Deadline: May 27, 2015

The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) is working to expand its Home Visiting Services in anticipation of additional funding. Home Visiting Programs funded by CYFD shall provide a continuum of services to families based on family preferences, needs, strengths, and risk factors. Home Visiting Programs will prioritize serving parents and caregivers (including but not limited to: biological, adoptive, and teen parents of children pre-natal to three years of age) to prevent adverse childhood experiences and promote positive early childhood development and wellbeing as well as support school readiness through new Home Visiting Programs and/or expansion of current programs.

New Mexico’s Home Visiting System aims to provide a variety of research-based and best practice support services by well-trained and competent staff, with the overall objective to increase child well-being and prevent adverse childhood experiences by:

  • Building parental competence
  • Establishing trusting relationships with families
  • Optimizing the relationships between parents and children in their home environments
  • Promoting community-specific home visiting programs that are responsive to cultural and linguistic heritage
  • Educating families on  the expected developmental milestones and working with those families to ensure their children achieve the expected developmental milestones
  • Addressing safety issues and the risks associated with safety concerns
  • Assisting families access social supports and appropriate community resources
  • Actively participating in a coordinated system of services within the community

Selected programs will be required to provide services to families using the current Home Visiting Level I Program Standards (see http://cyfd.org/docs/Home_Visiting_Program_Standards_-_April_2015.pdf). In addition, the programs are required to maintain the minimum number of families awarded. Home Visitors implement tools and screening processes as required in the Home Visiting Program Standards. These identify possible developmental concerns for the child, as well as adverse events that impact the caregiver’s ability to provide a nurturing and safe environment for the infant or toddler.

Priority communities: CYFD will prioritize funding of Home Visiting Programs located within and serving the children living within the boundaries of Early Childhood Investment Zones and/or other targeted communities identified as needing intervention services due to poverty, infant mortality, and child abuse and neglect. See the RFP (Appendix H) for a full listing of priority communities.

Amount: Multiple contracts will be awarded. Awards are for a term of two years. The CYFD Level I base rate is $3,500 per child, and $4,000 for Level I rate that require additional services.

Eligibility: Offeror is defined as any person, corporation, or partnership who chooses to submit a proposal. Current CYFD Home Visiting providers who have programmatic findings of non-compliance and program deficiencies on current CYFD contracts including serious audit exceptions relating to fiscal procedures, and providers who are currently on a corrective action plan are not eligible to apply.

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

Note: A pre-proposal conference will be held on May 1, 2015.

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