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1 PCCYFS Children’s Services Policy Day October 18, 2013 Office of Children, Youth and Families

2 2 Cathy Utz - Acting Deputy Secretary Amy Grippi – Chief of Staff Cindi Horshaw – Acting Director, Bureau of Policy, Programs and Operations Roseann Perry – Director, Bureau of Child and Family Services Mike Pennington – Director, Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services Hasmukh Amin – Director, Bureau of Budget and Program Support OCYF Staff and Leadership Update

3 3 Senate and House Legislative Packages Definitions Child Abuse Perpetrator Indicated and Founded Reports Mandated Reporter Penalties Failure to Report False Reports Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Teams Task Force on Child Protection

4 Flexible Use of IV-E Funds Theory of Change Family Engagement Assessment Evidence-based/informed services Five Counties Allegheny, Dauphin, Lackawanna, Philadelphia, and Venango County Interest Submitted Via Needs-Based Plan and Budget Programmatic and Fiscal Analysis 4 Child Welfare Demonstration Project

5 Rate Methodology Task Force Legislation: On July 9, 2013, Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 1075, Printer’s Number 2203, now known as Act 55 of Act 55 of 2013, in part, amended the Public Welfare Code by adding a new section, Section This section requires a provider to submit documentation of its cost of providing placement services to the Department and authorizes the Department to use the documentation to support the claim for federal and state reimbursement.

6 6 Pursuant to Act 55 of 2013, DPW is required to convene a task force to develop recommendations for a methodology to determine reimbursement for actual and projected costs of child welfare services which are reasonable and allowable The Task Force shall provide written recommendations as to the methodology for purchase of out-of-home placement services from providers and related payments to the General Assembly April 30, 2014 The Task Force shall provide written recommendations for other purchased services by December 31, 2014 Rate Methodology Task Force

7 7 The automated solution will improve operational efficiencies, enable data driven decision-making and provide on-line self-service options for mandated reporters and clearance applicants. Other benefits include: Access to real-time data on children and cases Electronic exchange of information between the state and counties Elimination of gaps in information throughout the life of a case Improved accuracy and timeliness of data Improved tracking and auditing of state and federal funds Bringing the state into compliance with federal reporting requirements Solution Benefits

8 8 The solution will be implemented in four phases: Phase I = Referrals March 2013 – December 2014 Phase II = Children March 2014 – May of 2016 Phase III = Providers and Resources November of 2015 – June of 2017 Phase IV = Accounting (finances and budget) December of 2016 – April of 2018 Solution Phases

9 9 Phase I focuses on: Referrals and screening at ChildLine Exchange of Child Protective Services Reports (CPS) and General Protective Services (GPS) Self-Service options for mandated reporting Self-Service options for applying and paying for a child abuse clearance Phase I - Referrals

10 10 Currently gathering requirements System Design ( November 2013 – February) System Development (March – July) System Testing (August – October) User Testing ( November) Implementation (December 2014) If you are a mandated reporter or are required to obtain a child abuse clearance we are seeking volunteers to review the system design and assist in user testing. Phase I - Timeline

11 11 Susan Stockwell – DPW, OCYF Brian Hart – DPW, BIS DPW Contacts

12 Youth who at any time on or after their 18 th birthday were in Pennsylvania’s or another state’s foster care system AND were enrolled in Medical Assistance may be eligible beginning Jan. 1, 2014 for Medical Assistance coverage until age Affordable Care Act (ACA)

13 Youth aged between 18 and 21 will be eligible for full range of benefits available to all children under the Medical Assistance program Individuals age 21 and older will qualify for most comprehensive level of benefits currently offered to adults enrolled in the Medical Assistance program There are copayments associated with some services for individuals of any age in the former foster care category 13 ACA Cont.

14 Individuals who are not yet age 26, who were in foster care and enrolled in Medical Assistance at any time on or after their 18 th birthday must: complete a full health care application and provide all required documentation including statement of income 14 ACA Cont.

15 To ensure they are considered for eligibility under the former foster care category, individuals must fully answer the questions on the health care application related to former foster care status. Eligibility for other health care coverage categories is determined before placing an individual in the former foster care category. 15 ACA Cont.

16 County collaboration for delivery of county-based human services: Mental Health Intellectual Disabilities Child Welfare Drug and Alcohol Homeless Assistance Behavioral Health 16 Human Services Block Grant

17 Original Counties10 New Counties Allegheny Beaver Berks Bucks Butler Centre Chester Crawford Dauphin Delaware Erie Franklin Fulton Greene Lancaster Lehigh Luzerne Tioga Venango Wayne Blair Cambria Lackawanna McKean Montgomery Northampton Potter Schuylkill Washington Westmoreland

18 Out-of-Home Safety Assessments

19 19 Implementation of Act 80 and 91 Implementation of Uninterrupted Scholars Act Resource Family Certification Manual Medical Foster Care Special Transmittal Revised Independent Living Bulletin Other Discussion Points


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