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New Mexico Corrections Department: Behavioral Health and Transitional Living Services

Deadline: March 6, 2019

The New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) will establish multiple contracts through competitive negotiations for the procurement of services that fall under 14 separate Scopes of Work, each one a separate component of the solicitation. Offerors need not bid on all scopes but only on services they are qualified to provide. All Service Providers must provide all necessary personnel, equipment, materials/workbooks, supplies, facilities (with the exception of those housed in state facilities), and services to meet the specification described in the solicitation. All services must be delivered and provided by adequately trained, licensed, and qualified staff in accordance with all the applicable credentialing and licensing requirements, and in compliance with the NMCD.

1. Anger Management/Domestic Violence Treatment: Anger management and domestic violence treatment for individuals under NMCD supervision, probation, or parole. Providers shall provide:

  • Anger Management/Domestic Violence Services: Provider shall have the option to render these services via counseling and/or training/tutoring modalities. Intervention areas shall include, but are not limited to values clarification, self-awareness, communication techniques, relaxation training/stress management, assertiveness skills, anger management, cognitive skills training, and domestic violence perpetrator counseling.
  • Anger Management: The provider will complete a comprehensive assessment with each offender paying particular attention to the needs of the offender regarding issues with anger. Provider must be prepared to provide anger management groups to the offenders whom have been assessed or court ordered to anger management. This shall include individual, group, and/or family sessions in an effort to meet the offender’s needs. The provider will be required to make an outside referral should offender not be appropriate for the current setting or the provider is unable to meet the offender’s needs.
  • Domestic Violence: Provider will conduct an initial assessment of offenders referred to the program for a history of domestic violence, for service needs, and for the need to develop a plan for the prevention of future violence, consistent with assessment of lethality/danger to others. The assessment shall consider the current criminal case, the offender’s family history of domestic violence, and issues associated with domestic violence, including the offender’s childhood exposure, abuse as a child, and substance abuse.

2. Gang Intervention Treatment: Funding will support gang intervention specific treatment to individuals under NMCD supervision, probation, or parole, who have been identified with gang affiliation in the institution or community. Providers shall provide evidence based practices that are utilized to include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing/Motivational Enhancement (MI/MET). Providers should provide the following:

  • Gang intervention treatment based on Motivational Interviewing/Motivational Enhancement (MI/MET) and cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) methodologies.
  • Specific resources that address needs and risk factors underlying joining a gang, gang involvement, gang violence, leaving a gang, substance abuse, and the gang “mindset.”
  • Extensive resources in both English and Spanish, as well as male and female gender-specific resources.

3. Life Skills Outpatient Program: Funding will support a comprehensive array of behavioral health and/or life maintenance services for individuals under NMCD supervision, probation, or parole. Services include:

  • Life skills, including how to interview for a job, apply for a job, make a budget, pay bills and taxes, use basic computer skills, buy life and health insurance, clean house, cook, eat healthy, grocery shop, wash clothes, personal hygiene, obtain Social Security benefits, and obtain VA benefits.
  • Financial assistance: Provider shall provide financial assistance to offenders on a state-wide basis to assist offenders on probation or parole to support their success in complying with ordered conditions. Financial assistance may include, but not be limited to rental assistance, travel expenses, food/meals, and lodging assistance.

4. Mental Health/Special Needs Outpatient Programs: Funding will support a comprehensive array of behavioral health and/or life maintenance services. Providers shall provide mental health special needs services that meet the terms and conditions for coverage pursuant to the Member’s Benefit Plan.

5. Sex Offender Outpatient Treatment: Funding will support sex offender treatment/counseling to offenders referred by Parole and Probation Officers to reduce offender recidivism and decrease sexually deviant behavior. Service providers must have been in the business of providing sex offender specific counseling/treatment for a minimum of two years.

6. Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment: Substance abuse programming is described as an organized regimen that focuses on the abuse and/or the underlying causes of substance abuse. The program shall include, but is not limited to, the following: individual and group counseling, self-help groups, and relapse management. These components are mandatory for every offender enrolled in this type of programming.

7. Halfway Houses: Funding will support halfway houses to assist with obtaining supportive services for offenders reentering the community from incarceration or otherwise displaced in the community. Halfway House placement is intended as transitional until the offender obtains stable income or employment, appropriate housing, state issued identification, substance, mental health, or other programming needs, and community involvement. The purpose is to move the offender from a halfway house to independent living arrangements with appropriate services in place. A Halfway House is defined as an NMCD funded program that provides temporary (generally up to six months) housing for offenders in need of a stable living environment and provides support for a transition to independent living. Halfway Houses should assist offenders in obtaining community referrals, employment, vital records, budget management, and AA/NA meetings, if necessary.

8. Sex Offender Specific Halfway Housing: Funding will support sex offender specific halfway housing with supportive services for both male and female offenders reentering the community from incarceration or otherwise displaced in the community. Housing placement is intended as transitional until the offender obtains stable income or employment, appropriate housing, state issued identification, substance, mental health, or other programming needs, and community involvement. The goal is to move the offender from transitional to independent living arrangements with appropriate services in place. A Sex Offender Halfway House is defined as a NMCD funded program that provides temporary (generally up to 12 months) housing for sex offenders in need of a stable living environment and provides support for a transition to independent living. Sex Offender Halfway Houses should assist offenders in obtaining community referrals, employment, vital records, budget management, and AA/NA meetings, if necessary. Location of sex offender halfway house requires it not be within 1000 feet of a school, day care center, park, or other public location commonly known where children congregate.

9. Transitional Housing: Funding will support transitional housing with supportive services for offenders reentering the community from incarceration or otherwise displaced in the community. Housing placement is intended as transitional until the offender obtains stable income or employment, appropriate housing, state issued identification, substance, mental health, or other programming needs and community involvement. The goal is to move the offender from transitional to independent living arrangements with appropriate services in place. Transitional Housing is defined as an NMCD funded program that provides temporary (generally up to 12 months) housing for offenders in need of a stable living environment and provides support for a transition to independent living. Supportive services include, but are not limited to, case management, structured daily schedules, phased supervision levels, community referrals, transportation, employment support/training, and life skills education.

10. Gender Specific Transitional Living Centers: Funding will support gender specific transitional housing with supportive services for both male and female offenders reentering the community from incarceration or otherwise displaced in the community. Housing placement is intended as transitional until the offender obtains stable income or employment, appropriate housing, state issued identification, substance, mental health, or other programming needs, and community involvement. The goal is to move the offender from transitional to independent living arrangements with appropriate services in place. Transitional Housing is defined as a NMCD funded program that provides temporary (generally up to 12 months) housing for offenders in need of a stable living environment and provides support for a transition to independent living. Supportive Services include, but are not limited to, case management, structured daily schedules, phased supervision levels, community referrals, transportation, employment support/training, and life skills education.

11. Residential Treatment Dual Diagnosis: Funding will support Inpatient/Residential Dual Diagnosis Treatment with supportive services for both male and female offenders reentering the community from incarceration or otherwise displaced in the community. The provider shall render a comprehensive array of substance abuse services and medically monitored evaluation care and treatment for offenders with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse diagnoses under NMCD supervision, probation, or parole.

12. Residential Treatment Sex Offender Treatment: Funding will support Inpatient/Residential Sex Offender Treatment with supportive services for both male and female offenders reentering the community from incarceration or otherwise displaced in the community. The provider shall render a comprehensive array of behavioral health and/or life maintenance services for individuals under NMCD supervision, probation, or parole and individuals discharging from prison or jail to community supervision or otherwise displaced in the community.

13. Residential Treatment Substance Abuse Treatment: Inpatient/Residential Substance Abuse Treatment with supportive services for both male and female offenders reentering the community from incarceration or otherwise displaced in the community. The provider shall render a comprehensive array of behavioral health and/or life maintenance services for individuals under NMCD supervision, probation, or parole.

14. Residential Treatment Mental Health/Special Needs: Funding will support Inpatient/Residential Mental Health Treatment with supportive services for both male and female offenders reentering the community from incarceration or otherwise displaced in the community. The provider shall render a comprehensive array of mental health services and medically monitored evaluation care and treatment for offenders with mental health diagnoses under NMCD supervision, probation, or parole.

Amount: Four-year contract awards will be made (amounts not indicated).

Eligibility: An Offeror is defined as any person, corporation, or partnership who chooses to submit a proposal. Offerors should be able to provide a description of relevant corporate experience with state government and private sectors.

Link: https://cd.nm.gov/admin/rfp/Behavioral_Health_and_Transitional_Living_Services/bhtlsRfp.html

Note: A pre-proposal conference will be held on January 23, 2019.

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