Secretaries' Innovation Group

Child Welfare

Child Welfare - November 2018

  • This is a follow on session to our July half day on the Family First Preservation Act.  In addition to discussions about federal implementation, we will discuss how the regional offices are working with local jurisdictions, state and county to respond to questions and provide advice regarding Children’s Bureau directions.  

​         Family First Prevention Services Act: Implementation Considerations
​         Judge Jim Payne, PCG

Child Welfare and New Family First Legislation - June 2018

  • The passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act is the most consequential change to IV-E in more than a decade, and restructures how the state must provide services.  Funds are newly available for prevention, limits are placed on congregate care, new options are made available related to substance abuse treatment, and changes to foster care licensing are some.  We will discuss the opportunities and challenges for agencies who are just now learning of the implications of these changes.

​         Organizational Structure and the Family First Act of 2018
​         Jim Payne, former Director, Indiana Department of Child Welfare and former Presiding Judge, Marion Superior Court Juvenile Division
​         Family First Prevention Services Act Opportunities
         Heather Baker, Public Consulting Group

Child welfare and Theory of Constraints - June 2018 

  • A year ago, Utah’s Kristen Cox described for SIG members how the strategic application of a management intervention, Theory of Constraints, is used across Utah to increase the supply and effectiveness of citizen services at a lower cost.  Since she made this presentation she has worked to improve child welfare with these remarkable results:
  1. Caseworker direct engagement with families up 30%
  2. Case resolution 19% earlier and 11% more consistently
  3. Capacity up 20% so that point-in-time cases carried by workers are 20% fewer
  4. Surveyed worker morale up
  • She will describe how all this was accomplished over a relatively short intervention period. 

​         Getting Big Results in Social Services
         Kristen Cox, Executive Director, Utah Office of Management and Budget

Child Support - December 2017

  • Various priorities among states such as child welfare and opioids seem to be contributing to less agency emphasis on child support.  Beyond that, there is a debate about the right balance between enforcement of collections and encouraging work among parents delinquent in their obligations.  What are some of the options?

​         Recent Trends in Child Support Enforcement​​
         Robert Doar, American Enterprise Institute 

Developing a SIG Child Welfare Proposal for State Flexibility​ - July 2017

  • During his service as FL Deputy Secretary for Children and Families, Don Winstead led the negotiation for the statewide IV-E child welfare waiver.  Between 2001 and 2005 he served as the HHS deputy assistant secretary for policy and evaluation in human services. In that capacity he helped develop the Bush Administration’s legislative 2004 proposal which would have allowed states to move to an alternative system for foster care, receiving funds in the form of flexible grants so as to create innovative child welfare plans an emphasis on prevention and family support.
  • Don will describe current state of affairs and lead a discussion of an alternative which would allow SIG states more flexibility and control.  

​         Child Welfare Financing​​
         Don Winstead, SIG Consultant

Child Welfare -  November 2016 

  • Jim Payne will discuss the current state of affairs. Marc Cherna, the nationally recognized child welfare innovator from Allegheny County PA will discuss specific operational challenges and solutions.  Supreme Court litigant John Bursch will discuss proposed legislation which would curtail consent decrees which remain active for years and decades.

​         Presentation: Doug Besharov
​         Doug Besharov, University of Maryland School of Public Policy; and first director of the U.S. National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect
​         The Allegheny County Experience
         Marc Cherna, Director, Dept. Human Services, Allegheny County
​         Rethinking Consent Decrees
​         John Bursch, Partner, Warner Norcross and Judd

  • Rapid Safety Feedback uses predictive analytics to prioritize calls of suspected child abuse.  Predictive analytics in child protective services means assigning suspected abuse cases to different risk levels based on characteristics that have been found to be linked with child abuse. These risk levels can automatically revise as administrative data is updated. Administrative data may be as simple as school reports or could delve deeper into other information that the state holds: the parents’ welfare checks, new criminal offenses or changing marital status.

​         Advanced Analytics to Improve Child Welfare Practice and Outcomes
​         Will Jones, Child Well Being Industry Consultant, SAS State and Local Government Practice

Marriage and Child Support - November 2016

  • From troubled family structures to the emerging age of the unformed family - - Ten trends that are influencing how public policy and human services programs must respond.   

​         Are We Still Married? Family Structure and Family Policy in the Emerging Age of the Unformed Family         
​         David Blankenhorn, President, Institute for American Values; and author of Fatherless America and The Future of Marriage 

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