County of Marin Health and Human Services

Mental Health Services Act – Community Health Advocates Programs

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RFP Files: 

RFP Description: 

The Community Health Advocates/Promotores program focuses on supporting underserved communities and identifying unserved individuals in order to engage them, and when appropriate their families, in the mental health system so that they receive the appropriate services. Promotores and other Community Health Advocates (CHAs) build bridges between the diverse populations that they serve and the healthcare system and establish strong relationships with a range of individuals and organizations, including schools, faith-based groups, government agencies (Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Public Health, etc.), and community healthcare providers. Through culturally and linguistically appropriate outreach and education, they connect and facilitate access for vulnerable populations that experience barriers to culturally appropriate health and wellness services.  Community Health Advocate programs  have a Coordinator that trains a cohort of community members (Community Health Advocates) that works in the community, linking people to services and resources.

Control Number: 

2020-30

Proposal Close Date: 

Monday, October 5, 2020

Open Questions Period: 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 to Monday, September 21, 2020

Proposal Contact: 

Questions and Answers: 

Question 1: Can I use the 1/3 of the funding for one-time cost to provide workshop for digital literacy training and purchase digital equipment? Or pay for the internet cost for low income community members? If not, please provide some examples on what this fund could use for?

Answer: Yes. One-time costs may be used for technology training and equipment.  The cost breakdown for these items should be reflected in budget.

Budgets for one-time costs should list expenses related to: start-up costs, costs related to providing services due to the pandemic (technology needs and devices, advertisement, protective equipment, etc.), funding toward a program vehicle, or disaster-preparedness purchases including emergency supplies, etc.

Question: At Next Generation Scholars, we have a Social Services Director, a pro-bono therapist, and use a wrap-around approach in serving our families, including referrals and a weekly food and school supply distribution service at our site. While we do not yet have a formalized Promotoras program, we have a parent group that we could build one from. My question is, if in the early and formative stages of this process, might we qualify for funding?

Answer: As stated in the RFP in the "Eligibility" section, "Any nonprofit (501c3) or public service agency, including government agency, legally entitled to provide services in Marin County may apply."  Additionally, "All applicants must document in the narrative that they meet the following minimum qualifications:

A minimum of two (2) years of experience providing similar services as those proposed;

A minimum of two (2) years of experience working with target population."

Please refer to the RFP for additional eligibility criteria.