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Deadline: May 9, 2017

New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department: Infant Mental Health Team Services

The purpose of the Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit sealed proposals to establish contracts through competitive negotiations for the procurement of Infant Mental Health Teams who would provide infant mental health treatment services through the utilization of State General Fund dollars in New Mexico Judicial District 1 (Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Counties), Judicial District 2 (Bernalillo County), Judicial District 6 (Grant, Luna, Hidalgo Counties), Judicial District 8 (Taos, Colfax, and Union Counties), Judicial District 9 (Curry and Roosevelt Counties), and Judicial District 12 (Lincoln and Otero Counties).

Funded programs through this RFP will be expected to work collaboratively with the judicial, child welfare, and other local, regional and state levels entities to establish teams who make recommendations to the Judicial District regarding the welfare of infants/young children in the custody of CYFD’S Protective Services (CPS). The goal of service provision is to provide infants and young children in state custody a coordinated process for assessment and treatment in order to promote permanency planning and positive developmental outcomes. The assessment and treatment protocol will support the infant/young child in the context of all of their important caregiving relationships in order to enhance optimal and comprehensive developmental progress in all domains.

Outcomes and performance measures include:

  • Reduce maltreatment recidivism rates of infants/young children involved with an Infant Mental Health Team (IMHT)
  • Increase parent/caregiver ability to consistently and appropriately provide for the infants/young child(s) safety, social and emotional needs, and developmental progress
  • Increase in measurement using several named assessment tools (see RFP)
  • Improve the quality of information provided to courts regarding infants/young children, biological parents, relatives and foster parents as it pertains to the welfare of the infant/young child
  • Assist foster parents in management of maltreated infants/young children
  • Develop positive, productive working collaborations between protective services, infant mental health teams and the judiciary, so that the entire system is working on behalf of the best interest of the infant/young child

CYFD is searching for organizations that will provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to clients including cross-cultural communication and respect for the linguistic, ethnic, and gender-based differences that contribute to cultural identity. Cultural sensitivity within CYFD’s contracted providers also recognizes that the voices and opinions of culturally diverse members must shape the development of programs, systems, and evaluation strategies.

Amount: An overall amount is not specified; the offeror’s budget should be based on a total of $7,000 per infant/family which includes foster parents times the minimum number of families to be served at any given time during the year. Funding under this RFP will be awarded for a four-year period, contingent upon sufficient annual appropriation by the New Mexico Legislature or Congress, and satisfactory contract compliance as determined by CYFD.

Eligibility: Offeror is defined as any person, corporation, or partnership who chooses to submit a proposal. Additional detailed eligibility requirements outlined in the RFP (link below).

Link: https://cyfd.org/docs/RFP_17-690-00-13671.pdf

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