Community Resource Development Funds

2023-24 MonmouthCares Community Resource Development Funds Request for Proposals

November 1st, 2022

Dear Community Partners,

The Department of Children and Families (DCF), Children System of Care (CSOC), and MonmouthCares recognize the need to identify and develop resources and supports for families at the local level. The Department of Children and Families – Children’s System of Care (DCF/CSOC) has historically made Community Resource Development (CRD) funds available to the Care Management Organizations (CMO) to support the development of resources that promote the resiliency of youth and families in communities that are disproportionately impacted by the social determinants of health (SDoH). This one-time funding of $67,788.07 (less may be applied for) must be utilized in full by June 30, 2024 and will become unavailable to the awardee(s) after that date. Funding can be used to support new or existing activities and services through collaboration with community partners that reduces risks to children and youth well-being and promotes their safety, health, and connections at home and in the community. CRD funds are intended to support and/or directly promote child and family well-being, safety, and health. These funds are not intended to purchase services directly for specific individuals or families and funds cannot be used to supplement contracted DCF services. CRD funds cannot be used to acquire or maintain fixed assists, such as land, buildings, vehicles, and equipment. Please note - only proposals with in-person service delivery will be considered and all awards are contingent upon the sufficiency and availability of CSOC funding.

Applicants must commit to working in partnership with MonmouthCares, other system partners, and community-based resources. They must embody the values of the New Jersey Children’s System of Care.

There have been noted gaps and needs in quality, community-based behavioral health services through various system-wide surveys and needs assessments. MonmouthCares has reviewed recent county, state, and national data, as well as needs assessments and local focus groups that have documented areas of need for our county. Applicants considering proposals for this funding must be able to tie their proposed services or activities to the needs cited in this RFP:

  • 54.1% of youth with major depression do not receive mental health treatment in NJ (19)
    • Asian youth with a major depressive episode are least likely to receive mental health services, followed by multiracial and Black or African American youth (19)
  • Youth resiliency (7)
  • Stigma for seeking treatment, substance use/mental health/culturally competent (2,3,5,11)
  • Prevention Education with young children (11)
  • Identity affirming spaces and services for transgender and LGBTQ+ youth, who have particularly high rates of suicide and self-harm (10, 17)
  • Peer support programs for those with mental health needs and to reinforce academics (7,10)
    • Online communities, not limited to social media, that promote healthy conversations about mental health (10)
  • Summer programming (1)
    • Summer programming that teaches swimming skills and offers financial assistance (20)
  • Services for Intellectual / Developmentally Disabled youth, especially in languages other than English. (1,3)
    • After school programs for the I/DD population (14)
  • Community-based Social Skills programming (14,15)
  • Outpatient Services accepting Medicaid (Counseling, Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization Program, Groups, Medication Management) (1,3,15)
    • Mental health services for youth in Spanish and Portuguese (3, 14,15)
  • Transition to adulthood including youth housing, employment, and training opportunities (3,9,11,15)
  • Transportation to services (specifically western and southern areas where services are lacking) (1,3,9,11,15)
  • Community-based mentoring programs (14)
  • After-school programming (14)
  • Clinicians with Eye Movement Destabilization and Reprocessing and Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy certifications who accept Medicaid (14)
  • Programming for youth regarding self-care and how to take care of their own mental health, including time management, and how to maintain balance with school requirements and life (16)
  • BIPOC communities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic (10)
  • Social isolation due to physically not being in school and social distancing (1,7,10)
  • Domestic Violence increased 65% (3,4)
  • Students are faced with challenges returning from virtual instruction (8)
  • Learning loss due to not being in school (7)
  • Young people are facing fatigue due to the pandemic and the use of online conferencing that replaced in-person services (7)
  • Undocumented people’s mental and physical health and their access to services (11)
  • Interpretation and translator services that can be utilized when a family is connected to a service but cannot access it due to language barriers (14, 15)
  • Suicide Prevention (1,7, 10, 11)
  • Self-care for youth and families (8)
  • Programs that integrate and normalize social-emotional learning and mental health self-care through all activities (such as sports and clubs). (10)
    • Parental education on substance use disorders, warning signs, treatment and support for those in recovery (5,6)
  • Alcohol, Marijuana, Heroin, Tobacco and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices, prescription medication all identified as priorities for prevention, education, and treatment (6,7,9)
  • Increased screening for substance use among youth and adolescents (2)
  • Anti-stigma resources for substance use that are culturally competent (2,3,5,11)
  • In-patient substance use services that accept Medicaid (3)
  • Delinquency prevention programs specifically in Asbury Park, Neptune Twp, Ocean Township, Long Branch, Eatontown, Freehold Township, Howell Twp, Middletown Twp, Holmdel Township, Wall Township (9)
  • Programming and resources for Gang prevention and escape (1,11)
  • Parent education regarding services and treatment available (11)
  • Parent education and support specifically for bi-lingual families targeting bullying, education and prevention, and intervention (20)
  • Stigma for seeking treatment, substance use/mental health/culturally competent (2,3,5,11)
  • Prevention programs that teach parenting skills that promote peaceful alternatives to conflict resolutions (3,9)
  • Community education on ACES and the impact on substance use and mental health (5,9)
  • Affordable programs before/after school and in the evenings (1,3,7,11)
  • Caregiving issues related to youth not being physically in school and managing virtual education (7)
  • School avoidance and truancy (9)
  • Mental Health training for teachers and other school support staff (18)
  • Eating disorders have seen a significant rise since the beginning of the pandemic (13)
  • Nutritionists/Dietitians and other nutrition education services that have bi-lingual staff and the capacity to render culturally competent services for various populations (14)
  • Dentistry services for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (14)
  • Medicaid funded specialty services such as Gastrointestinal, Endocrinology, and other related services (14)

Data Sources:

The needs identified above are fully referenced in the full 2023-24 MonmouthCares Community Resource Development Fund Request for Proposals, which can be downloaded below.

Reporting

Applicants must agree to a quarterly reporting schedule to be shared once proposals are approved. All applicants must demonstrate the ability to manage the finances and implement the services/supports proposed in their application. Applicants must agree to submit comprehensive reports as dictated by the Children’s System of Care in the fiscal year the funding is year applied for:

  • Program performance reports including level of service, outcomes, and quantifiable deliverables
  • Expenditure Reports that include:
    • Detailed submission of all documents that substantiate funding use (receipts, time logs, invoices, mileage, etc.)

Public Grant Overview and Q&A Sessions

MonmouthCares will be hosting two public Grant Overview sessions where interested parties will be able to ask questions and receive information regarding the scope, implementation, and requirements of the grant. Attendance is not required but is strongly encouraged.

All meetings will be held via Zoom. Please download the RFP packet below for full information.

Grant Timeline

  • All proposals are due 12:00pm, Friday, January 13th, 2023.
    • Proposals must be submitted electronically to [email protected].
      • Preferred format for submission is PDF or Word format.
    • Submitted proposals will receive a confirmation email of acceptance.
    • Late and incomplete proposals will not be considered for review.
  • Providers should expect to hear back regarding the status of their proposal no earlier than April 17th, 2023.
  • The duration of this grant runs from July 1st, 2023, to June 30th, 2024.
    • Funding is no longer accessible after June 30th, 2024.
  • Schedule of quarterly reports due to MonmouthCares and the NJ Children’s System of Care:
    • 10/31/2023
    • 1/31/2024
    • 4/30/2024
    • 7/31/2024

Scoring and Review

All applications will be reviewed and scored via a panel consisting of the MonmouthCares’ Director of Community Relations and Resource Development, MonmouthCares’ Board Members, local Children’s System of Care Partners, and members of the Monmouth County Children’s Interagency Coordinating Council. See Appendix I for an overview of how proposals will be scored.

Please see below for the downloadable RFP packet for the application and direct any questions you may have to my attention. I can be reached directly at 732-757-5503 or via email at [email protected]

Download the 2023-24 MonmouthCares Community Resource Development Fund Request for Proposals Packet here.

Thank You, 

Chad Majczan
Director of Community Relations and Resource Development
MonmouthCares, Inc.
732-222-8008 ext. 159
[email protected]