New Mexico Human Services Department: New Mexico Works ProvidersDeadline: March 22, 2018
The New Mexico Human Services Department seeks organizations who can provide services to low-income families and individuals that qualify for the New Mexico Works (NMW) Program. The NMW program is an employment and training program established by the New Mexico Works Act to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency through employment with benefits and wages that will enable them to support their families. NMW Programs provide cash assistance, case management, education, training, and other support services to eligible individuals and families to help them in becoming self-sufficient through employment. Offerors are to provide evidence of experience and ability to work with low-income individuals and families to assess their skills and abilities, develop individualized employment plans, provide case management, and identify barriers to employment. The Department seeks to increase employment and earnings of NMW participants, ultimately helping individuals and families transition from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to work and self-sufficiency. Offerors are expected to collaborate with and make appropriate referrals to community and other agency partners for support services.
The state is also seeking a proposal for possible re-implementation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) to low-income families and individuals. The purpose of SNAP E&T is to assist SNAP recipients with opportunities to gain skills, training or experiences that will both improve the recipients’ employment prospects and reduce the reliance on SNAP benefits. Additionally, SNAP E&T offers a way to allow SNAP recipients to meet work requirements stipulated in the Food and Nutrition Act. The Act mandates that all nonexempt SNAP recipients register for work. The SNAP E&T Work Program will include both regular SNAP E&T recipients as well as SNAP recipients identified as Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWD) as specified in the New Mexico SNAP Employment and Training Plan.
The HSD Income Support Division (ISD) administers the SNAP E&T Work Program and is responsible for determining SNAP E&T and ABAWD participation eligibility or exemption. SNAP recipients who qualify for an exemption, as outlined in the SNAP Employment and Training Plan, will have participation waived and will not be referred to the NMW service provider. If a recipient is waived from participation in SNAP E&T, that recipient can volunteer to participate in the Work Program and will then be referred to the Work Program. All other SNAP recipients, upon issuance of benefits, will be referred to and must register with the NMW Program service provider and may have participation requirements.
Amount: Not stated. Contract(s) will be awarded for up to four years.
Eligibility: An Offeror is defined as any person, corporation, or partnership who chooses to submit a proposal. NMW services are to be provided state-wide, in all counties within the state.
Note: A recommended pre-proposal conference will be held on February 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the New Mexico Human Service Department as follows:
Human Services Department
Administrative Services Division
1474 Rodeo Rd.
Large Conference Room
Santa Fe, NM 87505