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Contracts for Services to New Jersey Nonprofits, For-Profits, and IHEs to Provide Summer Support Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities

One-to-One Support Services for Summer Camp and Alternative Recreational Services


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
187706

Funding Source
New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF)
Children’s System of Care (CSOC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Jersey

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/16/24 12:00 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Contracts for services to New Jersey nonprofit organizations, for-profits, and IHEs to provide summer support services for children and youth with developmental disabilities. Applicants are required to register prior to submitting an application. The program is intended to offer services in eligible summer day camp and recreational activity settings throughout the state. The purpose of the program is to provide one-to-one support services that enable families and youth to take advantage of these summer programs when they otherwise might be unable to do so.

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) Children’s System of Care (CSOC) announces its intent to award to its qualified providers of Summer Day Camp and Alternative Recreational Session programs additional complementary contracts that will permit them to offer one-to-one support services to the children, youth, and young adults (hereinafter youth) they serve who are under the age of twenty-one (21) with developmental disabilities (DD).

Respondents will be qualified to provide one-to-one support services to youth attending only the qualified Summer Day Camp or Alternative Recreational Session programs operated by the respondent’s agency. Respondents will not be qualified to provide one to one support services to overnight camp participants. 

Respondents who become qualified through this RFQ process to offer one-to-one support services at their Summer Day Camp and Alternative Recreational Session programs will be included on the Qualified Provider (QP) list located at www.performcarenj.org. Only those on the QP list are eligible to receive the DCF CSOC contribution toward the costs of the one-to-one support services of eligible families of youth with DD eligibility.

One-to-one support services may be provided at any level by a practitioner whose credentials meet and/or exceed the minimum requirements
for that service level.

The level of service increments for this program initiative:

Funding is for the provision of one-to-one support services from June through August for up to seven (7) hours a day, and a maximum of ten (10) days for traditional Summer Day Camp programs, or twenty (20) sessions for Alternative Recreational Session programs. 

Respondents who can demonstrate the capacity to provide services to nonverbal and/or bi-lingual individuals are encouraged. 

Families who apply for one-to-one support services may be eligible to receive these services if CSOC determines their youth either have challenging behaviors that may threaten the health or safety of themselves or others without the supervision and involvement of a one-to-one support services staff, or an absence of developmentally appropriate adaptive, social, or functional skills and need direct physical assistance from a one-to-one support services staff in order to successfully participate in recreational and social summer camp activities.

The goals to be met by this program are:

Summer Camp and Alternative Recreational Session programs are designed to offer youth an opportunity to participate in recreational activities while helping to build confidence and increase interactions with peers and within the community. These programs also allow families a temporary break from caregiving responsibilities. One-to-one support services permit families and youth to take advantage of these opportunities when they otherwise might be unable to do so. 




Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Respondents must be business entities that are duly registered to conduct business within the State of New Jersey, for profit or non-profit corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, etc. or institutions of higher education located within the State of New Jersey.

For additional eligibility requirements, see https://www.nj.gov/dcf/providers/notices/requests/2023-RFQ-CSOC.One.to.One.Support.Services.pdf#page=7.

Ineligible
Youth who require skilled nursing care to provide for their special medical needs would not be a candidate for a one-to-one support service for camp; one-to-one support services staff are not expected to be qualified to provide skilled nursing care.

Pre-Proposal Conference
There will be a Non- Mandatory Virtual Conference for respondents held on February 2, 2024 at 10:00 A.M.

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Pre-Application Information
All responses must be delivered ONLINE by 12:00 P.M. February 16, 2024. Responses received after this deadline will not be considered.

Questions about the content of the response must be submitted by 12:00 P.M. on January 16, 2024. Written inquiries will be answered and posted on the DCF website.

To submit online, respondent must complete an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) form. (See Registration for the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) Form in Supporting Documents below.) The completed AOR form must be signed and dated by the Chief Executive Officer or designated alternate and emailed to DCF. Upon receipt of the completed AOR, DCF will grant the Respondent permission to proceed and provide instructions for the submission of the response.
- Registered AOR forms should be received in the DCF.ASKRFP mailbox not less than five (5) business days prior to the date the response is due. DCF recommends emailing your AOR forms as soon as you know you will be filing a response to allow time to report to DCF any technical difficulties you may
encounter and to timely resolve them.

Respondents applying to become qualified providers of Summer Day Camp or Alternative Recreational Session programs for the first time or applying to provide one-to-one support services for the first time to the youth they serve in their Summer Day Camp or Alternative Recreational Session programs must respond to this RFQ.

Providers previously qualified to offer one-to-one support services for their Summer Day Camp or Alternative Recreational Session programs do not need to respond to this RFQ. Qualified providers remain on the QP unless they advise their Contract Administrators of their wish to be removed.

Estimated Size of Grant
Each respondent that meets the qualifications and requirements set forth in the RFQ shall be reimbursed for their provision of one-to-one services on a fee-for-service basis:
1:1 Support Services Aide BA/BS with 1-year relevant experience OR
1:1 Support Services Aide HS Diploma/GED with 3 years relevant experience
- $7.69 Per 15 Minutes

Units of service are defined as fifteen (15) continuous minutes of direct contact service provided to, or on behalf of, the child, youth, adolescent, or young adult.

Term of Contract
The intended funding period supports a one-year contract term. Funding is for the provision of one-to-one support services from June through August of 2024.

Contact Information
Submit the AOR form as well as all questions via email to DCF.ASKRFP@dcf.nj.gov.

Department of Children and Families
P.O. Box 729
Trenton, NJ 08625-0729
1-855-INFO-DCF (1-855-463-6323)

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