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Safe Harbor/No Wrong Door Request for Proposals April 2017

April 7, 2017

Minnesota Department of Health announces Request for Proposals for Safe Harbor/No Wrong Door Regional Navigators and Supportive Services. 

MDH supports a broad range of comprehensive services, in addition to service coordination across the state for all at-risk and sexually exploited youth utilizing a public health approach.

A public health approach seeks a multidisciplinary response ensuring an effective trauma-informed intervention but also encourages prevention:  insisting communities examine what environmental factors increase risk factors contributing to the sexual exploitation of Minnesota youth and adults. MDH wants to continue enhancing the Safe Harbor system where Regional Navigators are striving to develop, strengthen, and maintain effective community and system responses for youth, while service providers offer accessible and effective services specialized for each community. MDH prioritizes health equity and seeks to ensure underrepresented or disproportionately affected populations have equitable opportunities to achieve their desired health and wellness outcomes. This Request for Proposals seeks applications for Regional Navigators and Supportive Services grants. Applicants may apply for one or both grants.

Tribal Navigators: Please note, this Request for Proposal does not include funding for Tribal Navigators, those funds will be released at a later date with input and guidance from tribal representation.

Eligibility Requirements
Organizations eligible to apply in this competitive process include, but are not limited to, local public health, social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, units of government, schools and/or school districts, health care organizations, and other interested agencies demonstrating experience and/or expertise in working with sexually exploited youth and youth at-risk for sexual exploitation.

Duration of Funding
For both Regional Navigator and Supportive Service grants:

  • New Applicants (those who have never received Safe Harbor funds from MDH) may apply for a 21-month period from October 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019.
    Successful grantees may be eligible for continuation funding beyond June 30, 2019 contingent on the grantee’s satisfactory performance.
  • Applicants reapplying for funds may apply for a 33-month period from October 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020.

Available Funding

Regional Navigator Funds: Approximately $1.5 million is available for FY 2018-2019.

Supportive Services Funds: Approximately $3.3 million is available for FY 2018-2019.

MDH anticipates funding to continue beyond FY 2019. Amounts available could increase depending on the outcomes of the 2017 legislative session.

Applications Due Date May 26, 2017

To meet the deadline, proposals must:

  • Arrive by mail, Fed Ex or Mail Courier by 4:30 p.m. (CST), May 26, 2017 or Be hand delivered to the address below before 4:30 p.m. (CST), May 26, 2017

The complete application (one original unbound and one unbound copy) should be sent to:

Street Address (hand or courier delivery)

US Postal Service mailing Address

Tasha Scott

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.

Tasha Scott

Minnesota Department of Health

Injury and Violence Prevention Unit

P.O. Box 64882

Saint Paul, MN 55164-0882




  • Submitting a Safe Harbor/ No Wrong Door Service application does not guarantee funding.
  • Applications must meet all requirements listed in this packet, organizations must meet all  
    eligibility requirements, and proposals must meet the criteria and requirements listed in
    this application.

Informational Session

MDH will host an RFP Informational Session that will be held by conference call on
April 28, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Call-in toll-free number: 1-(888) 742-5095 (US)
Conference Code: 885 803 9818

You can also listen to your conference online or over the phone.

Playback ID: 170371118

Playback Online
1. Click this link or paste the entire URL into your browser:
2. At the prompt, enter your name and email address.
3. Choose your player.
3. Click Listen.

Playback by Phone
1. Dial the phone number shown below based on your location.
     U.S./Canada: 888-899-7904
     International/local: 706-679-5560

2. At the prompt, enter the playback ID (Playback ID: 170371118)

3. Press #.

MDH Request for Proposals (DOCX)

Application Materials:

Additional Forms


Safe Harbor Minnesota

RFP Frequently Asked Questions



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