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Deadline: July 19, 2018

New Mexico Department of Health: Long-acting Reversible Contraceptive Training and Stocking Project

The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) is seeking to expand access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) by providing comprehensive training to clinicians and their office staff, including training on device insertion and removal, billing procedures, and working with DOH staff regarding stocking of LARC and an evaluation of the training.

The Contractor(s) awarded funds shall provide the following allowable activities.

1. Identify, in conjunction with DOH staff and the Alliance for School Based Healthcare, at least five training sites with emphasis on the following criteria:

  • School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) or Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) with associated SBHCs that are interested in, but not currently providing, long-acting reversible contraception and that also demonstrate willingness to participate in the training as well as the stocking pilot. An FQHC that is connected to a SBHC in the same location counts as one site.
  • Preferably some training in Immediate Postpartum LARC insertion will also be provided.
  • Priority areas for consideration should include the following counties, which have high unintended birth rates: Cibola, Taos, Luna, Torrance, Eddy, Curry, San Juan, Roosevelt, Dona Ana, and Lea.

2. By January 2019, provide comprehensive, culturally appropriate training to identified clinic staff at the selected sites to include the following: insertion and removal of LARCs, non-coercive counseling techniques, adolescent-friendly protocols (including need for confidentiality), billing and reporting procedures, and instructions for working with DOH to implement the stocking pilot program.

3. Provide ongoing support/mentoring for providers who are trained.

4. Collect baseline and ongoing data from each site to evaluate the training. Evaluation will address the performance measures specified in the contract and will include (but not be limited to) the following data for each chosen location:

  • Number and types of providers trained (MD, CNP, office biller, etc)
  • Documented increase in provider knowledge and comfort level with LARC counseling and insertion
  • Increase in percentage of clients requesting same-day LARC insertion who actually received this
  • Increase in the number of clinics providing a full range of low or no-cost, confidential reproductive health services to teens

5. Work with Medicaid staff to ensure that the state general funds provided through this contract are matched with federal funds to the greatest extent possible. It is the expectation that the majority of these funds utilized for training should be eligible for federal match. This may require separate agreement between the contractor and New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD).

Amount: Contract(s) will be awarded.

Eligibility: Private for profit, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, corporate entities, and individuals are eligible. Applicant qualifications and experience must include:

  • Offerors must have, or be willing to obtain, a current New Mexico tax identification number from the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.
  • Offerors must document their capacity to provide the services described in each service category, and where applicable, provide copies of diplomas, transcripts, certificates, licenses and other documentation substantiating their credentials.
  • The organization must have policies and procedures which assure that no person in New Mexico shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, handicap or disability, medical condition, or religion will be excluded from employment with, participation in, denied the benefit of service, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity performed as a result of an awarded contract.
  • If the Offeror is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, then provide a copy of the organization’s Internal Revenue Service Determination letter, a copy of the agency’s by-laws and Articles of Incorporation in the appropriate Appendix section.
  • Strong preference will be given to Offerors with experience in provision of these services on behalf of DOH in the past with satisfactory performance during a previous contract period.

Link: https://nmhealth.org/publication/rfp/

Note: A recommended informational meeting will be held via conference call for applicants on June 26, 2018 at 10:00 am. See solicitation for additional details.

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