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New Opportunities in Adult Protective Services & Child Welfare


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This presentation has information about new recommendations and upcoming opportunities to strengthen services for children and seniors in Ohio.

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New Opportunities in Adult Protective Services & Child Welfare

  1. 1. Food for Advocacy: New Opportunities in Adult Protective Services & Child Welfare Featuring: The Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the Job and Family Services Directors Association, and the Public Children Services Association of Ohio
  3. 3. a statewide coalition of over 470 organizations working together to promote health and human service budget and policy solutions so that all Ohioans live better lives. Advocates for Ohio’s Future is…
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  8. 8. Beth Kowalczyk Chief Policy Officer, Ohio Assocation of Area Agencies on Aging Public Policy Chair, Ohio Coalition of Adult Protective Services Gayle Channing Tenenbaum- Director of Policy and Government Affairs Public Children Services Association Of Ohio (PCSAO) Joel Potts- Executive Director Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Assocation
  9. 9. November 13, 2014 Beth Kowalczyk Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging Ohio Coalition of Adult Protective Services Adult Protective Services Update Beth Kowalczyk -Chief Policy Officer Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging -Chair, Public Policy Committee Ohio Coalition of Adult Protective Services
  10. 10. Ohio’s Adult Protective Services System • The Ohio Adult Protective Services Law was enacted in 1981 as a result of growing awareness of elder abuse being a major social issue. • The purpose of APS is to assist adults who are in danger of harm, unable to protect themselves and have no one else to assist them.
  11. 11. Four main components: • Prevention - outreach • Identification – mandatory reporting, screening • Intervention – investigation, protection orders, case management • Enforcement - prosecution Ohio’s Adult Protective Services System
  12. 12. How we got here • Very little state funding • Patchwork of programs • H.B. 49 • MBR (HB 483) advocacy • Asked for $20 million • Ended up with $10 million & Adult Protective Services Funding Workgroup
  13. 13. APS Funding Workgroup The Workgroup shall consist of the following members: • Administration: Job and Family Services, Budget and Management, Health Transformation, Aging, Mental Health and Addiction Services. Developmental Disabilities • Governor’s Office • Two members of the House and Senate • OJFSDA, CCAO, AARP • Other entities appointed by ODJFS: • Georgia Anetzberger, Cleveland State University • John Fisher, Licking County DJFS • Sylvia Pla-Raith, OCAPS • Cindy Farson, o4a
  14. 14. APS Funding Workgroup The Workgroup shall do all of the following: (1) Investigate programmatic or financial gaps in the adult pro tective services system; (2) Identify best practices currently employed at the county le vel as well as those that can be integrated into the system; (3) Identify areas of overlap and linkages across all human ser vices programs; (4) Coordinate with the Children Services Funding Workgroup in the Department of Job and Family Services, if the Children Services Funding Workgroup is created in the Department.
  15. 15. • Not later than September 30, 2014, the Workgroup shall make recommendations to the Department of Job and Family Services about a distribution method for the $10 million in appropriation item 911421 for possible submission to the Controlling Board. APS Funding Workgroup
  16. 16. APS Funding Workgroup • Led by Greg Moody with the Office of Health Transformation • Bi-Weekly Meetings • Presentations • Recommendations - $10 million • Still to meet – budget bill recommendations
  17. 17. Recommendations • Core Minimum Requirements • Developed by December 31, 2014 • To be met by July 1, 2016
  18. 18. Recommendations – County Funding • One time County Planning Grants • Up to $50,000 per county based on milestones • January – December 2015 • One time Innovation Fund Grants • APS Funding Workgroup to develop process and criteria • January – December 2015 • “Shared services” • One time system training • July – December 2015 • 4 days of training • Stipends for staff to attend training
  19. 19. Recommendations – State Infrastructure Statewide APS Data Collection and Reporting System • By December 31, 2015 Statewide APS Hotline • Activate July 1, 2016 System Training • Extend vendor contract • Expand trainer pool Enhance Ohio Human Services Training System – full time regional coordinators
  20. 20. What’s Next • APS Funding Workgroup continues to meet • Core Minimum Requirements • Innovation Funds • Budget Recommendations • Applications for county funding • Budget advocacy
  21. 21. Director of Policy & Governmental Affairs, PCSAO POST MBR AND CHILD WELFARE Gayle Channing- Tenenbaum
  22. 22. Do all children deserve, safety, permanency and well being regardless of where they live?
  23. 23. PCSAO MBR Request During MBR, PCSAO requested 20 million additional dollars to support: 1. Case workers to work with very complex cases 2. Services and planning for our transitioning youth 3. Special staff trainings on trauma informed care. 4. Foster home recruitment 5. Kinship care supports 6. Supporting counties without local dollars
  24. 24. House put in $20 million • PCSAO also strongly supported dollars for Adult Protective Services (APS). • House provided $10 million for Child Welfare and $10 million for APS Worked with the Administration in Conference Committee to create two work groups to determine distribution of dollars to both systems. • Child Welfare funding work group • APS funding work group Mid-Biennium Review (MBR) Process
  25. 25. Distribution of new GRF dollars • $3.2 million for counties to use for matching federal dollars for programs such as independent living & college assistance for foster youth. • $6.8 million to be awarded by a grant program to counties. Efficiency & Innovation Funds • Grant applications due November 24, 2014 • Focus on one of four state defined expectations. • Adoption • In-home case visitation • Recurrence • Reentry Mid-Biennium Review (MBR) Process
  26. 26. Child Welfare in Ohio 1. Number of reported cases of child abuses and neglect totaled almost 100,000 2. As of Jan 1, 2014, 12,796 children were in custody of a child welfare agency. Throughout the year probable # could go as high as 15,000. 3. 21% of these cases were assigned to alternative response. 4. Over 10 years, Ohio has led the nation with 42% reduction. We are beginning to see some of these numbers creep up.
  27. 27. How old are the children with substance abusing parents? From the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
  28. 28. How long does a child remain in custody when a parent has substance abuse issues? From the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services 85% will stay longer than 30 days 50% will stay longer than 300 days
  29. 29. I. Encourage implementation of the Screening and Assessment for Family Engagement, Retention and Recovery (SAFERR) Model II. Increase the number of Family Dependency Treatment Courts III. Establish time-limited prioritization of drug treatment counseling and recovery services or Child Welfare cases IV. Increase access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) V. Expand access to recovery support and intensive child welfare case management Co-Chaired - Timothy Dick, Clermont County Children Services Orman Hall - Governor’s cabinet opiate action team. Child Welfare Opiate Engagement Project
  30. 30. Why? • Ohio ranks 50th in the nation in state investment for child welfare. • Ohio is highest in the nation for local child welfare investment, but funding is extremely inequitable. • Local child welfare agencies have suffered a 20% loss of scarce state funds in the past few years, including cuts to the State Child Protection Allocation and state portion of Adoption Assistance. Improving Child Outcomes with Shared Resources
  31. 31. Joel Potts Executive Director Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Assocation
  32. 32. APS  Since the beginning of the APS program in the state, county human service agencies have had the bulk of the responsibility and liability for the program  Lack of funding and direction from the state has led to a fractured system, with operations and services varying greatly between the county agencies  Unreliable funding, lack of standard procedures, poor data and lack of direction have negatively impacted the APS program  The Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association is very supportive of the efforts of the workgroup Adult Protective Services
  33. 33. APS  This process will move the APS program forward, providing the kind of standardization and structure necessary to meet the needs of our aging population  Successful implementation of the workgroup recommendations will lead to a better system but also shine a light on the ongoing needs for APS in the state  Continued state investments will be critical for the ultimate success of Ohio’s APS program and this approach is a necessary part of the process  Future funding will be dependent on the successful implementation of the recommendations of the workgroup Adult Protective Services
  34. 34. APS  The lack of state financial support has had a crippling effect on Ohio’s child welfare program  We are thankful for the funding included in the MBR but much more needs to be accomplished to support the child welfare program  Over 80 counties submitted proposals for the innovation grants, demonstrating the need and breadth of needs in the community  These innovation grants will help counties address critical needs but not address the underlining financial problems in the child welfare system Child Welfare
  35. 35. APS  The county associations will push hard for significant new investments for child welfare to address the many needs in the program  While counties lead the nation in local funding support children, Ohio is fiftieth in the United States for child welfare investments  Ohio should, can and must do more for the children of this state Child Welfare
  36. 36. TAKE ACTION: STRENGTHEN SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND SENIORS IN YOUR COUNTY • If you work for a county with access to innovation grant funding for APS - begin to formulate a plan for how funds will be used and start a conversation with local legislators about what’s happening in your county • If you do not work for a county - be ready to advocate for APS & child welfare in the upcoming state budget
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  39. 39. TAKE ACTION: ENSURE MEDICAID FUNDING CONTINUES 1. Share Heather’s video about health care access 2. Submit one health care story to OhioSPEAKS by the end of November
  40. 40. COMING UP NEXT Hunger in Ohio State, Federal and Charitable responses for the 1 in 6 food-insecure Ohioans
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