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Immigrant Behavioral Wellness Roundtable Project Request for Proposals for Consultancy

Date Posted: 
Friday, December 22, 2017

Immigrant Behavioral Wellness Roundtable Project
Request for Proposals for Consultancy

Please submit proposals and any other relevant documentation to Claudia Calhoon and Max Hadler at healthrfp@nyic.org by January 22, 2018.

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) requests proposals from qualified applicants to serve as a consultant for its Immigrant Behavioral Wellness Roundtable Project from January 2018 to November 2019.

There is mounting evidence of the negative mental health impact on immigrants of the Trump administration’s false narrative about the dangers of immigration and his immigration policy portfolio. Since taking office, anti-immigrant policies at the federal level have included attempts to create a mass deportation force, wall off the United States’ southern border, ban the entry of immigrants based on their religion, suspend the refugee resettlement program, prevent immigrants from obtaining public benefits to which they are legally entitled, and generally demonize entire communities. NYIC member organizations have reported acute emotional distress among their members related to concerns about immigration enforcement and deportation. It is not clear whether the mental health services infrastructure is fully able to respond to emergent needs among immigrant communities.

The Immigrant Behavioral Wellness Roundtable Project is designed to bring together affected individuals, city and state agencies, community-based organizations, behavioral health providers, and other immigrant health stakeholders to discuss and develop strategies to improve the availability of immediate and longer-term behavioral health services for immigrant New Yorkers. The purpose of the project is to respond to both the acute needs created by the current sociopolitical moment as well as work toward improving upon the existing lack of culturally and linguistically responsive behavioral health services for immigrant New Yorkers.

Drawing from the NYIC’s relationships and knowledge of the behavioral health policy and service provision landscape, stakeholders invited to participate in the project will include the New York State Office of Mental Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, NYC Health + Hospitals behavioral health services administration, ThriveNYC, federally-qualified health centers with strong behavioral health services orientations, NYIC members, community health workers, community members, and researchers. Approximately 15-20 stakeholders will ultimately participate in the full roundtable process.

The roundtable series consists of five half-day meetings over the first 18 months of the project, evolving from defining the scope of the problem toward devising concrete policy and service coordination recommendations. The two-year duration of the roundtable process allows for a broad window of information collection and strategizing with key stakeholders while also serving as an ongoing monitoring mechanism that may identify shorter-term solutions. The final product of the project includes a public report that outlines acute and long-term needs identified through the roundtable process and corresponding policy recommendations to address them. The final six months of the project are dedicated to developing and reviewing the policy recommendations.

Responsibilities of the consultant will include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Recommend stakeholders for the roundtable process;
  • Conduct roundtable logistics and administration, including developing objectives, creating agendas, and compiling meeting notes;
  • Draft the final policy recommendations report.

All project activities will be guided by the leadership of the NYIC’s Health Policy program.

Proposals will be assessed on whether or not the applicant:

  • has a strong background in developing and analyzing policies that affect immigrants’ access to behavioral health services
  • has experience writing policy-oriented reports
  • has understanding of the landscape of behavioral health service delivery
  • has experience organizing and facilitating large meetings with a broad range of stakeholders
  • can demonstrate a community-based orientation in previous work
  • is physically available to attend regular meetings in New York State during the project period
  • has the capacity to complete the deliverables in a timely manner

Upon selection, the consultant will be asked to sign an MOU clearly listing all deliverables and requirements.

$20,000 for the two-year duration of the consultancy.

Proposals will be reviewed by the NYIC Health Policy program and other NYIC staff and board memebrs.

Narrative description of how applicant will undertake the work outlined above (500 words maximum)
Applicant curriculum vitae/résumé
Published reports or other documents relevant to applicant’s qualifications as outlined above

The NYIC is an advocacy and policy umbrella organization for more than 200 multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-sector groups across the state working with immigrants and refugees. The NYIC Health Policy program and its Health Collaborative bring together immigrant-serving organizations and other stakeholders from the frontlines of the battle to make New York’s health care system more immigrant friendly. 


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