Presentation on theme: "Bridging the Gap Between Early Intervention/ Early Childhood and Child Welfare Barb Kempf, LMSW Permanency Director KVC Behavioral Health Care (Atchison,"— Presentation transcript:
Bridging the Gap Between Early Intervention/ Early Childhood and Child Welfare Barb Kempf, LMSW Permanency Director KVC Behavioral Health Care (Atchison, Leavenworth, Wyandotte) Scott Kedrowski, MS Coordinator of Wyandotte County Infant Toddler Services
History: In the Beginning Agreement from KVC and ITS that the system needed improvement General lack of staff knowledge of each others programs Lack of knowledge of processes: KVC/ ITS Presenting Barriers: Time, Paperwork, Staff Turnover
Action steps: Referrals: Mapped referral process (See handout #1) New referral form (See Handout #2) Job shadowing Identified point person from each agency Educated Case Managers on referral process and paperwork, parent signature Information back to KVC worker Fax referral form (see handout #3) referral by referral source (see handout #4)
Action steps: Court issues: Met with Judges and Court Service Officer to build understanding Staff: willingness of staff to see children in the full spectrum of natural environment work cooperatively on IFSP and case plan meetings ITS post evaluation recommendations always include early intervention services of some type which provides child welfare next steps LICC: a key piece being child welfare
Benefits: More administrative involvement and communication Diminished lack of responsiveness from workers Completed child packets- timely services Increased exchange of information concerning child/ family Supported transition for a child moving from out of home care to permanency placement
Benefits: Increased child find Increased community knowledge of available services Expanded KVC’s capacity to partner with other Early Childhood programs Expanded ITS’s capacity to partner with other Social Service programs
Data: Eligible Children Referred From KVC to ITS
More Data: Percentage of Eligible Children Referred from KVC to ITS that Qualify for Services
Data: CHILDREN REFFERED: 2009 22 referred that was 37.2% of the possible children from KVC of those 50% qualified for ITS services 2010 35 referred that was 56.1% of the possible children from KVC of those 29% qualified for ITS services 2011 36 referred that was 81% of the possible children from KVC of those 33% qualified for ITS services 2012 27 referred that was 100% of the possible children from KVC of those 33% qualified for ITS services 2012 40 referred that was 100% of the possible children from KVC of those 48% qualified for ITS services WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
Ongoing Collaboration: KVC and ITS provide bi-yearly all staff presentations KVC identifies and allocates work space for ITS worker ITS worker allocates weekly office hours at KVC Joint visits when concerns arise with families Joint staffings to increase collaborative planning Shared professional development opportunities
How do we Bring it Home? Group exercise (see handout #5)
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