Presentation on theme: "Priority Populations Procurement FY 11. Who are our Priority Populations? 2 Supportive Child Care: child/family involved with DCF for whom DCF has authorized."— Presentation transcript:
Who are our Priority Populations? 2 Supportive Child Care: child/family involved with DCF for whom DCF has authorized access to EEC supportive care Homeless families: a child whose family is living in shelter Teen Parents: a child with a parent who is younger than 20 years of age
Priority Populations - Placement data 3 Homeless Placements Peaked in September 2008 – 2,306 children December 2009 – 1,556 children By age group: total number of children younger than school age consistently highest category– currently 1,318 children placed Teen Parent Placements FY09 - 2,695 children placed December 2009 – 1,352 children placed Supportive Placements December 2009: 3,119 contracts 990 9S vouchers* Total: 4,109 * 9S vouchers are expansion vouchers. Supportive contracted providers are allowed to provide supportive services in other regions and other program types where they do not have contracts.
Research Supporting Services to Priority Populations Family residential stability is highly associated with educational success of children and youth and conversely, homelessness contributes to poor educational outcomes for children and youth. 1 EEC 2008 survey of supportive providers noted that mental health and domestic violence issues were the biggest areas of need for families in their programs 2 Supportive social relationships can play an important role in buffering the stresses experienced by teenage mothers, thus positively influencing their psychological well-being and mothering ability. 3 Scientists now know that chronic, unrelenting stress in early childhood, perhaps caused by extreme poverty, neglect, repeated abuse, or severe maternal depression, for example, can be toxic to the developing brain. 4 1 Aaronson, D. 2000 A Note on the Benefits of Homeownership. Journal of Urban Economics 47: 356-369 2 Preventive, July 2008. EEC Supportive Services Survey, Statewide Report Findings 3 Thompson, M.S., & Peebles-Wilkins, W. (1992) 4 Shonkoff, J. and Phillips, D. (EDs.). (2000) From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Source of Early Childhood Development. Washington DC: National Academy Press
Supportive Child Care Eligibility 5 Families with active DCF protective cases Closed referral service Only families referred by DCF or by DCFs Family Based Services Lead Agency may be enrolled. Supportive child care is appropriate for DCF families only when it is used in conjunction with other services as part of a family treatment plan. Supportive Child Care services are intended to be transitional in nature. Issues/Recommendations for FY 11 Issue: Addressing the needs of DCF involved families whose open case has closed. Recommendation: Provide child care for at least 6 months for family whose open case has closed, based on risk of re- engagement with DCF. Issue: Addressing the needs of foster families who need child care to sustain placement. Recommendation: Use supportive slots with regional director approval, review annually to determine if the child can be placed in an income eligible slot at lower cost.
Eligibility for Homeless Families Referral must come from Housing Authority Program (HAP) or shelter; Current access 85 slots in 10 contracted programs.* There are no vendors in Regions 1 and 5. Homeless families who reside in shelters in the Greater Boston area or Framingham, Waltham, Worcester, Malden, and Lynn have access due to location of contracted providers. EEC income and activity requirements must be met; activity requirements can include housing search and other shelter activities. 6 month reassessment of individualized service plan Contractor reassesses needs of family and works with the shelter to help meet the familys housing goals. Length of Eligibility Continuity of care is provided at income eligible rate once goals are met. Issues/Recommendations for FY 11 Issue: Even with recent expansion of slots, there continues to be a large unmet need for homeless families. Recommendation: Increase number of contracted slots for homeless families to 600. * Increased current number of contracted slots by 170 effective 2/1/10. 6
Eligibility for Teens Parents 7 Teen parents must be under age twenty to access care. Enrolled teens who turn twenty during their enrollment year may remain in care up to age 21. Income requirements The gross monthly income of a teen parent family must be at or below 50% of the States Median Income (SMI). Service need based on the teens involvement in an educational program (such as attending high school or a General Equivalency Degree (GED) program) or work activities. Enrollment Teens may enroll during their last trimester of pregnancy in order to receive support services, and to reserve a child care slot for their child. Issues/Recommendations for FY 11 Issue: Currently, there is no continuity of care from contract to income eligible slot for teen parents aging out. Recommendation: Provide continuity of care if EEC income and activity requirements are met
Priority Populations Program Quality Standards The Strengthening Families Protective Factors * will serve as an overarching frame for programs working with priority populations. The Protective Factors are: Parental resilience Social connections Knowledge of parenting and child development Concrete support in times of need Childrens social and emotional development *Center for Social Policy, Strengthening Families website http://www.strengtheningfamilies.net/index.php/main_pages/protective_factors 8
Quality Standards align with QRIS and program characteristics evaluated in FY 10 Income Eligible Bid Curriculum and Learning: curriculum, assessment, teacher child relationships and interactions, special education, children with diverse language and cultures IE Developmental Screening, Child Assessment, Curriculum Environment: indoor, outdoor, health and safety Workforce Qualifications and Professional Development: directors, teachers, teacher assistants, consultants IE Professional Development Family Involvement IE Family Engagement Leadership, Management and Administration: administration, management and leadership, supervision, evaluation, community involvement IE Comprehensive Services, Collaborations & Shared Services All providers for Priority Populations will be expected to participate in the QRIS. 9
Core Services for Priority Populations Stable, nurturing and stimulating environment that meets the individual developmental, behavioral and emotional needs of children Parent access to counseling services to inform them about community support services and public assistance benefits they may access while they seek housing and employment, including housing, public assistance, WIC, and Food Stamps. Parent access to skill building programs focusing on literacy, parenting and employment and training for parents to attend. Individualized service plans outlining any behavioral, developmental or emotional issues which need to be addressed while in care must be developed for each enrolled child. Smooth transitions for children and families planning and coordinating information, identifying children and families specific needs and linking them to appropriate community resources, and early education and care options Therapeutic supports for families as necessary. Through affiliations with local licensed or accredited mental health clinics, programs will provide access to services, such as: assessment; on-site therapy; family therapy; multi-family therapy groups; and/or consultation with Specialized Child Care Services Contractors. Outreach to and parent involvement opportunities for families Individualized transportation services must be provided for all priority families as needed. Ongoing staff training related to the specific needs of the children and families in care, on topics such as: working with children with challenging behaviors, domestic violence, substance abuse and addiction and topics related to specifically to homelessness and teen parents 10
Services Unique to each Priority Population 11 Supportive Child Care Providers Case Coordination with DCF Case Managers Discharge Planning Supporting DCF treatment goals Specialized Child Care Services for Homeless Families Maintain affiliations with Homeless shelters Teen Parents Regular and routine contact with local schools and DTA offices (if necessary) to monitor and document parent participation in school, or GED attendance
Priority Contract add-on rates Supportive Child Care $15.65 per. day includes: case management/counseling/referrals coordination with DCF Transportation Teen Parent Child Care Service $14.50 per. day includes: case management, counseling/referrals transportation Up to $9.00 per. day based on need and utilization of following services for teens and their child(ren): $3.00 per. day counseling $3.00 per. day parent training $3.00 home visiting Specialized Child Care Services for Homeless Children $8.00 - $12.00 per day depending on the proposed services to specific homeless population for case management/counseling/referrals $6.00 - $9.00 per. day for transportation Recommendation for FY 11: Because expectations are similar for all contracts, we would like to establish one rate for add-on services. 12