Government Contract | Wisconsin
Independent Living Regions 1, 5 and 7

Bid Information

Bid Alert No: 00000518338

Bid Title: Independent Living Regions 1, 5 and 7

Agency Bid No. Title: 437003-G16-0000799

Received Date: 03/21/2016

Close Date: 05/12/2016

Purchase Type: through December 31, 2017

Delivery Point:

Delivery Date: Not Stated

Special Notices: Questions Due By 04/15/2016 05:00 PM, Pre-Bid Conference Optional 04/12/2016 01:00 PM


Specifications include, but are not limited to:The purpose of this document is to provide interested parties with information to enable them to prepare and submit a proposal for the creation and management of a regionalized Independent Living program for youth that are likely to, and who have, aged out of the child welfare system. A map of the regional boundaries can be found on Appendix 1, 7 Regions for Independent Living Restructure.The State, as represented by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF), intends to use the results of this Request for Grant Proposal (RFP) to award contracts for Independent Living programs in Regions 1, 5, and 7. The contracts resulting from this RFP will facilitate the successful transition of eligible youth leaving child welfare out of home placement and create opportunities for collaboration, connections and service provisions within the regional communities in order to meet the needs of transitioning youth residing there. The funding provided is from the federal Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) and state General Purpose revenue. Eligible youth, herein defined as youth:ages 17 - 21 residing in out-of-home care (OHC) and those who have exited at age 18 or older (i.e., aged out of care); andthose who were adopted or for whom court ordered guardianship was achieved after their 16th birthday up to their 21st birthday; andyouth up to their 23rd birthday for the Education Training Voucher (ETV) program, provided eligibility requirements are met.Youth transitioning from OHC, like many youth living with families, are not ready to live on their own simply because they turn 18. They need preparation and continuing support to be able to be self-sufficient once they are no longer in out-of-home care. The transition to adulthood is not a linear process. Many youth will need an array of supports and services to help them make a smooth transition to independent living and adulthood, including academic support to complete high school and enter postsecondary education; coaching to obtain and maintain employment and housing; connections to health care to meet their medical needs; and, counseling to help them determine how to relate to their families of origin and how to address relational challenges with coworkers, peers and others. Other areas include basic needs such as housing, arranging a lease, furnishing an apartment, mastering the basics of budgeting, banking, housekeeping, grocery shopping and the like.Helping vulnerable youth become self-sufficient requires a comprehensive approach to providing independent living services and facilitating connections to local resources.Each regional Independent Living program shall be a multi-faceted regional network (service system) of resources and services within the communities where youth reside that includes all of the following:Local resource development;Collaboration with county child welfare (CW) agencies to ensure smooth transitions and connections as youth prepare to exit OHC;Connecting CW agencies to resources when requested on behalf of youth in OHC;Providing or purchasing provision of direct services and case management to ensure eligible youth receive the transition services necessary for successful outcomes and transition to adulthood;Collaboration with community partners to enable youth transitioning to adulthood obtain, at a minimum:Safe and stable housing;Education to meet career goals;Self-sustaining income through employment or other income;Health and well-being; and,

Product Codes: 95243, 95200

Agency Information

Issuing Agency: State of Wisconsin - Department of Children and Families

State: Wisconsin

Agency Type: State and Local

Contact: Beth Blanchar 201 East Washington Avenue, P.O. Box 8916, Madison, Wisconsin, 53708

Phone: 608-266-8144




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