New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) - Children’s System of Care (CSOC)
05/01/19 12:00 PM
Contracts for services to New Jersey universities, private or public nonprofits, and for-profit organizations for stabilization and housing programs that benefit at-risk youth, ages 13 through 18. Funding is intended for out-of-home services that aim to assess the needs of youth and stabilize their lives. Grantees will provide five-bed community programs; each home must be able to serve both males and females, as determined by need. Bedrooms shall be separated by gender.
The goal is to create a short-term, highly structured, and nurturing environment with professional competencies to stabilize youth, 13 through 18 years old. The successful applicant shall demonstrate expertise working with youth engaged in the child welfare system and/or who present with complex behavioral health challenges on an emergent basis and do not meet the need for an acute hospital setting. The intent is to stabilize crises in a soothing and trauma aware milieu while diagnostic assessments, services, and supports that meet the youth’s needs are provided. The goal of this intervention is to identify and secure an appropriate living situation for the youth (in home/out-of-home) and a plan of care.
This program will accept youth statewide. The objectives for the program are to:
- Stabilize the immediate crisis; engage with the youth so that she/he feels as comfortable and safe as possible in a new setting;
- Provide comprehensive diagnostic assessments, which includes a CSOC Bio Psychosocial Assessment that results in an individualized service plan (ISP) that is strength-based, youth centered, family-driven, and goal-oriented;
- Provide a consistent and predictable environment with intensive support and supervision and in which there is an understanding of the trauma the youth may have experienced, either explicit or implicit;
- Initiate the ISP within 7 calendar days of admission;
- Outline short term stabilization goals while pursuing plans for long term stabilization at home or in an alternate out of home living situation;
- Initiate, prior to the youth’s transition from the program, a skill building routine in preparation for his/her return home (preferred) or to an alternate out of home living situation;
- Provide transportation if needed to bring the youth to the Stabilization and Assessment program;
- Maintain the youth in his/her home school district when possible; and,
- Establish close and robust collaboration with the CSOC Care Management Organization (CMO) and/or the DCF Division of Child Permanency & Protection (DCP&P) to secure a timely transition from this program.
Youth are to be between the ages of 13 through 18. The youth is determined to need stabilization services as evidenced by one of the following:
- Youth was removed from the home by DCP&P as a result of issues of abuse or neglect, including exposure to family violence, AND cannot be admitted to a resource home, shelter or live with family members with therapeutic supports services, such as Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) due to presenting behavioral health needs;
- Youth was deemed by local screening center as not in need of psychiatric hospitalization, but the family/caregiver cannot safely care for the youth at home.
For further admission criteria, see:
CSOC firmly believes that family/caregiver involvement is extremely important and, unless contraindicated, should occur from the beginning of treatment and continue as frequently as possible, as determined appropriate in the ISP/care plan. Interventions must address the etiology of the youth’s presentation with the meta-perspective of both implicit and explicit trauma.
For more information about the ISP, see:
CSOC is also asking prospective applicants to consider the continuum of care from stabilization of the initial presenting crisis to the goal of returning home (preferred) or to an alternate out of home setting.
For a list of required services, see:
GrantWatch ID#: 185421
Up to 2 awards.
- Awards totaling an annualized amount up to $2,427,250; thereafter as funding is available and contracts are renewed.
- The per diem rate per youth is $665 and is reimbursed on a fee for service basis.
The projected length of stay is anticipated to be 45 days, although length of stay may certainly be shorter. If the youth requires a longer stay, the CMO/DCP&P and the Provider may request an additional 45-day authorization.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit questions to: DCF.ASKRFP@dcf.nj.gov
Proposals must be delivered in person to or by Commercial Carrier (hand delivery, federal express or UPS) :
Catherine Schafer, Director of Grants, Integrity and Accountability
Department of Children and Families
50 East State Street, 3rd floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0717
Online: Submit the AOR form to email@example.com
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