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New Mexico Department of Health: Recreational Respite for Children with Autism

Deadline: April 25, 2017

The Recreational Respite for Children with Autism program is seeking to support recreational respite services provided to children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families to deliver opportunities for recreational sports activities including swimming, track, yoga, aerobics, etc. and interaction with non-disabled peers. Recreational respite for children with ASD provides a break from caregiving to their families and also provides social skills opportunities for the child through recreational activities. Respite services are to provide recreational opportunities, regionally or statewide. Respite shall be provided in at least 3 hour blocks of time.

The scope of work includes the following:

  • Identify at least 50 recreational activities throughout the community and provide support to children age 3-22 years with ASD who choose to participate.
  • Research and identify activities where children with ASD may participate for recreational respite. Examples of potential opportunities are swimming, gymnastics, arts and crafts, museum visits, hiking, clubs, horseback riding, and spectator sports.
  • Identify children with ASD who are interested in the recreational events offered through the program.
  • Arrange for at least monthly activities and provide respite staff support to children with ASD to participate.
  • Train staff to work with individuals with ASD; trainings include CPR, First Aid and at least the two hour self-study course through SWAN (UNM/CDD).

Amount: Contract award(s) will be made. It is preferable that a single source award is made for services to be performed in all regions, however, this procurement may result in a multiple source awards by region if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the New Mexico Department of Health. The regions are northwest, northeast, southwest, southeast and metro.

Eligibility: An offeror is defined as any person, corporation, or partnership who chooses to submit a proposal. Offerors should have relevant corporate experience with state government and private sector.

Link: http://www.generalservices.state.nm.us/statepurchasing/ITBs__RFPs_and_Bid_Tabulation.aspx

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