Recent & Ongoing Membership Services & Support

Collaboration

Creating networking and collaborative opportunities with other member agencies and child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health and education partners

Policy & Practice

Supporting provider compliance with the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthen Families Act/Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard

  • Taking a lead role in advancing related state legislation that supported normalcy for children while tempering the impact on private providers
  • Taking a lead role in facilitating the State convened workgroup addressing implementation of these laws
  • Developing a training curriculum for member agencies to meet compliance deadlines with the Federal and State Laws

Addressing concerns with Bureau of Human Services Licensing

  • Requesting policy clarifications and posing questions
  • Convening educational sessions addressing the roles and responsibilities of OCYF and BHSL in the oversight of providers
  • Identifying the intended and unintended impacts of licensing decisions

Addressing the challenges of private providers related to the delivery of an array of children’s behavioral health services - Outpatient, BHRS, Family Based, MST and FFT, HFW and Residential Treatment Facility services – with DHS OMHSAS and BHMCOs

Engaging in ongoing discussion the Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers, the Juvenile Court Judges Commission and the PCCD Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee related to Juvenile Justice Enhancement Strategies

Funding

Pursuing legislative solutions to deem child welfare and juvenile justice services as "essential" to prevent disruption of funding in the event of a budget impasse.

Advocating for a realistic payment process to address the costs incurred for services purchased by counties

Protecting the provider community by initiating legal action during the extended budget impasse to address the essential nature of child welfare and juvenile justice services

Information & Membership Support

Offering training and staff development opportunities. This included both service & position focused work groups & an annual conference

Providing regular and timely “need to know” information to member agencies

Offering consultation and problem resolution with state and county leadership – running interference and posing questions

Providing opportunities to address issues and concerns at local, regional and state levels