Request for Proposals for Safe Harbor/ No Wrong Door Regional Navigators

July 14, 2015

In 2011, Minnesota passed Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth legislation that decriminalized prostitution offenses for youth under 18. In 2013, Minnesota authorized funds to house sexually exploited youth; conduct statewide trainings that will help communities identify and assist juveniles; and hire a statewide director and regional navigators as recommended in the “No Wrong Door Report: A Comprehensive Approach to Safe Harbor for Minnesota’s Sexually Exploited Youth.” The No Wrong Door report was created collaboratively by prosecutors, public safety officials, public health professionals, child protection workers and service providers outlining a statewide social service model for sexually exploited youth. This model is based on the assumption that neither the child protection alone nor the juvenile justice systems are designed or adequate to address the needs of sexually exploited youth. Certain values and principles identified in the No Wrong Door report are foundational for both state level and regional planning and implementation. These include:

  1. Sexually exploited youth are victims not offenders
  2. Sexual exploitation can be prevented
  3. Youth should not feel isolated or trapped while receiving services
  4. Youth have a right to privacy and self-determination
  5. Services will be based in positive youth development
  6. Community members and professionals must be trained to identify sexual exploitation
  7. Services must be responsive to the needs of individual youth
  8. Services must be victim-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally inclusive and
  9. No Wrong Door is a statewide program and will be tailored to regions’ needs and resources.[1] 

To accomplish the ninth principle, above, funds were authorized to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to provide grants to fund regional navigators across the state. Navigators will serve as regional experts to coordinate victim-centered resources and services for sexually exploited youth and serve as a central resource for community members, service providers, law enforcement and youth themselves. No Wrong Door is a new initiative; therefore MDH acknowledges regions, communities and potential grantees may not have all the services, programs, partnerships and answers to end sexual exploitation. This program is intended to grow and evolve with collective effort between MDH and all Safe Harbor grantees to develop community responses and services to combat sexual exploitation. MDH has awarded grants for Regional Navigators and seeks at least three additional Navigators.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible responders include governmental, non-governmental, and tribal agencies. Agencies and community partners are encouraged to submit joint applications with one fiscal agent.

Available Funding

Approximately $400,000 is available for FY 2016 and 2017. MDH anticipates funding up to three grantees with amounts ranging from $125,000 to $150,000. The MDH does not anticipate extending Navigator grants beyond 2017; the MDH plans to release a Request for Proposal to secure navigators statewide in 2017.

The deadline for submission of proposals is August 17, 2015. To meet the deadline, proposals must:

  • Be hand delivered to the address below before 4:00p.m., August 17, 2015 or
  • Arrive by mail, Fed Ex, or courier by 4:00p.m., August 17, 2015.

Street Address (hand or courier delivery)

Lauren Ryan 
Minnesota Department of Health
Injury and Violence Prevention Unit
Golden Rule Building
85 East Seventh Place, Suite 220
Saint Paul, MN 55101

*Hand delivered proposals must be dropped off at the 2nd floor reception desk of the Golden Rule Building – Suite 220.

US Postal Service Mailing Address

Lauren Ryan
Minnesota Department of Health
Injury and Violence Prevention Unit
P.O. Box 64882
Saint Paul, MN 55164-0882


For questions regarding this RFP, please contact Lauren Ryan, Minnesota Department of Health at 651-201-5412 or

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