OptumHealth New Mexico: Services for Veterans and their Families – Housing, Jail Diversion and Support Services
OptumHealth is procuring services for veterans in collaboration with the New Mexico Interagency Behavioral Health Purchasing Collaborative. This funding is state general funds and is provided on behalf of the Human Services Department, Behavioral Health Services Division (BHSD). OptumHealth is seeking proposals for veteran services statewide to address the unmet needs of veterans and their families to include: housing, jail diversion and therapeutic support services. The services will be provided to veterans who are 18 years of age or older and their families living with the effects of military service, deployment, and coming home. Offerors may propose one or all of any combination of services below:
- Housing for veterans or veterans and their families who are homeless or near homeless (i.e. At risk of becoming homeless due to inability to pay rent/mortgage, cover security deposits, and/or to assist with reintegration for veterans recently discharged, or who’s current living situation is coming to an end). This may include emergency shelter, regular shelter, transitional housing, long-term or permanent housing. Identifying homeless/near homeless veterans would include, but not limited to, outreach and collaboration with veterans services, housing programs, shelters, community behavioral health and physical health providers, state and local providers serving veterans and/or engaging in street outreach.
- Jail Diversion seeks to identify and help veterans with a history of trauma and/or serious mental health and/or substance use disorders who are at risk of becoming involved, or those that are already involved, with the criminal justice system, engage in appropriate services to divert them from incarceration and reduce recidivism. Conduct outreach to veterans directly and through outreach and collaborations with the Veterans Administration, veteran service organizations, local courts, jails, detention centers, probation and parole and community behavioral health, state and/or local providers serving veterans.
- Therapeutic and Support Services for veterans and their families. Services can be provided to family members exclusive of the veteran to support the family living with the effects of military service, deployment and coming home. Therapeutic services may include, but are not limited to, conducting assessments and providing treatment services, making referrals, coordination of care, equine therapy, camps for kids or retreat activities. Support services may include, but are not limited to, providing food boxes or meals, covering utility deposits or utility bill, transportation assistance to medical/behavioral health appointments and/or to seek housing, employment or other related transportation needs that support the veteran and/or family in healing and self-sufficiency.
Amount: Approximately $750,000 annually for up to four years. OptumHealth anticipates selecting 10 providers.
Eligibility: Offerors must deliver services using the principles of Trauma Informed Care (TIC), and be familiar with Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) and apply the practice and principles of ROSC, ensuring that veterans and their families are connected with recovery supports and resources prior to discharge when there is an identified substance use disorder. Preference will be given to programs located in rural and frontier areas of New Mexico that serve underserved populations, i.e. women, Native Americans LGBTQ; programs that collaborate with other community providers; and/or specialty programs or services that are specifically designed to treat veterans with PTSD.
Note: An Acknowledgement of Receipt form is due August 28, 2014.
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