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Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative

CFCI Community Engagement Consultant

On August 10, 2021, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted a motion replacing the Measure J Reimagine LA Advisory Committee with the Care First Community Investment (CFCI) Advisory Committee and, directed the CEO to retain a professional facilitator or consultant with expertise in racial equity, serving communities of color and low income communities, and in leading robust community engagement processes. The consultant will facilitate the CFCI Advisory Committee’s community engagement process to ensure diverse community voices are elevated and incorporated into spending priorities, address the impact of racial injustice within the criminal justice systems, and promote strategies in five areas: (1) economic opportunity; (2) diversion, behavioral health, and mental/physical health; (3) education access and youth development; (4) housing; and (5) reentry.

The County is again accepting competitive solicitations for the role of community engagement consultant.  The previous invitation to apply was cancelled due to limited response and concern that the opportunity was not disseminated widely enough to guarantee a sufficient response. The current invitation will remain open until January 12, 2022.

CONSULTANT DUTIES

Advise the CFCI Advisory Committee’s community engagement process to ensure diverse community voices are elevated and incorporated into spending priorities, address the impact of racial injustice within the criminal justice systems, and promote strategies in five areas: (1) economic opportunity; (2)  diversion, behavioral health, and mental/physical health; (3) education access and youth development; (4) housing; and (5) reentry.

Support the CFCI Advisory Committee as it develops spending recommendations and priorities by leading outreach activities, community engagement, capacity building and other administrative services.

Facilitate listening sessions with key stakeholder groups: locally trusted community-based organizations, business leaders, local education agencies, faith-based, and advocacy groups,  public agencies, current and former justice-involved youth and their families, justice-impacted individuals,  low income communities, and other stakeholders. Consultant shall hear of their lived experience with racial injustice, criminalization, and inequity across service modalities in underrepresented and underserved low income communities across County of Los Angeles.  Consultant shall conduct various engagement opportunities held across regions and supervisorial districts aimed at communities and community members most impacted by the justice system, with specific focus on including stakeholders, groups and communities that did not participate in the previous CFCI process.  The exact focus of the listening sessions will be developed after consultation with the CFCI Advisory Committee but will include opportunities to gather information related to the abovementioned strategy areas.

Leverage expertise in racial equity and anti-racism principles to assist the CFCI Advisory Committee in the development of trainings, listening sessions, engagement processes and outreach that increase community participation and investment in the CFCI’s Advisory Committee’s goal of developing equitable spending recommendations.

Plan and facilitate meetings and subcommittee meetings of the CFCI Advisory Committee, and related stakeholders’ meetings, interviews, focus groups, listening sessions, and surveys, etc.  Consultant is expected to utilize strategies that establish and maintain a civil, engaged, introspective, and productive think tank meeting environment and facilitate an informed consensus building process.

Convene ongoing and continuous diverse and inclusive community engagement processes throughout the life of Contract, including CFCI Advisory Committee meetings that include the collaborative participation of locally trusted community-based organizations, business leaders, local education agencies, faith-based, and advocacy groups,  public agencies, current and former justice-involved youth and their families, justice-impacted individuals,  low income communities, and other stakeholders.  Community Engagement processes shall include but not be limited to interviews, focus groups, listening sessions, surveys, etc. evidenced by documenting the issues and concerns, findings, related matters in question, and recommendations arising from the various stakeholder engagements.

In partnership with the ATI and Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (ARDI) Offices, develop a set of recommendations to be presented to the CFCI Advisory Committee. Recommendations must be based on information acquired through the engagement and analysis of various stakeholder input and assessment. Once the CFCI Advisory Committee provides strategic input, Consultant will check for understanding and revise report(s) to conform and adhere to recommended changes.

In partnership and consultation with ATI and ARDI, provide a written analysis of the CFCI Funding recommendations process, including a comprehensive thorough assessment of CFCI Advisory Committee responsiveness, stakeholder engagement methods, and provide suggestions for improving the overall process.

Ensure the integrity and fidelity of all data and information gathered as result of the services provided.

COMPENSATION

The maximum contract sum shall be Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000) for the contract term which will begin at contract execution and end on June 30, 2023.

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