Caregiver's CHOICE


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Mass Mentoring Partnership is working with MENTOR to offer 15 Massachusetts youth mentoring programs the opportunity to join Mentoring Children of Prisoners: Caregiver's Choice Program, a nationwide voucher program providing children of incarcerated parents with expanded access to mentoring services. The slide presentation provides a detailed overview about the Caregiver’s Choice program and details how mentoring programs in Massachusetts can become a part of the initiative.

• Caregiver's Choice in Massachusetts is a voucher program open to qualified mentoring agencies and programs that serve a unique population: children with incarcerated parents.
• Eligible programs may qualify to receive up to $1,000 for every Caregiver's Choice mentoring match they choose to serve.
• This new initiative is designed to connect parents or caregivers with pre-approved, high quality mentoring programs, and financially support the resulting mentoring relationships.
• Programs may sign up now to benefit. The project runs through October 1, 2010 in Massachusetts, and therefore all eligible programs must be signed up and approved by this date.

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Caregiver's CHOICE

  1. 1. Mentoring Children of Prisoners:<br />Caregiver’s CHOICE<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br /><ul><li>Caregiver’s Choice Voucher Initiative
  3. 3. The Process: Bringing Caregiver’s Choice to your community</li></li></ul><li>How it works<br /><ul><li> MENTOR recruits eligible children.
  4. 4. Between the ages of 4 and 18 with at least one parent in a federal or state prison
  5. 5. Caregiver is a part of the mentoring program decision
  6. 6. MENTOR enrolls qualified mentoring programs.
  7. 7. Programs must apply and meet established eligibility requirements</li></li></ul><li>For Mentoring Program Providers<br /><ul><li>Providers must meet quality standards in mentoring and working with families of the incarcerated
  8. 8. Providers are trained on the opportunities and challenges </li></ul> specific to mentoring children with incarcerated parents<br /><ul><li>Providers are also trained on the use and application of </li></ul> MentorPRO® Basic, the online data tracking system required for Caregiver’s Choice<br />
  9. 9. Match Process<br />
  10. 10. Benefits for Mentoring Programs<br /><ul><li>New funding allows programs to serve more eligible children
  11. 11. Access to federal dollars without large grant sizes and burdensome grant reporting
  12. 12. Experience in serving children of prisoners, allowing greater competitiveness in applying for future HHS Mentoring Children of Prisoners grants or other grant funds
  13. 13. Flexibility in participation levels, allowing for enrollment of as many or as few children to best meet capacity</li></li></ul><li>Application Process for Mentoring Programs<br />General requirements to become an approved provider:<br /><ul><li>Have been an established mentoring program for at least one full year (12 months)
  14. 14. Support one-to-one mentoring matches over a twelve month period*
  15. 15. Matches meet in person at least 4 hours per month
  16. 16. Serve children between the ages of 4 and 18 years old
  17. 17. Provide pre-match training for mentors and mentees
  18. 18. Have clear screening policies and written policies and procedures
  19. 19. Conduct FBI criminal fingerprint background checks
  20. 20. Must have at least 1 FTE paid staff dedicated to mentoring (if less than 15 matches, staffing may be less than 1 FTE)
  21. 21. Programs must have liability insurance
  22. 22. Must have a sustainability plan </li></ul>* School-based programs are asked to extend their commitment when school is not in session.<br />
  23. 23. Application process for Mentoring Programs<br />How to apply:<br /><ul><li>Go to the online application available at
  24. 24. Caregiver’s Choice staff may call or email to clarify or request additional information and/or to make recommendations to assist programs meet the eligibility criteria</li></li></ul><li>Application process for Mentoring Programs<br />Application decision<br /><ul><li>Caregiver’s Choice may deny programs if they do not meet eligibility standards
  25. 25. Programs will be notified on which standards were not met or if there is any incomplete information
  26. 26. Programs are given a chance to address concerns and provide complete details on their program
  27. 27. Programs that meet the eligibility standards will receive “provisional approval” status</li></li></ul><li>Moving from provisional to final approval<br />The following trainings are required to move from provisional to final approved status:<br /><ul><li>MentorPRO® Basic training – the online data tracking system required by MCOP: CC
  28. 28. Mentoring Children of Prisoners training
  29. 29. After completion of both trainings, programs will receive a username (usually the program administrator’s e-mail address) & password from MentorPRO® Basic</li></ul>Programs must also return the assurances documents:<br /><ul><li>signed by the board chair or designated representative
  30. 30. agreeing to abide by project policies and guidelines</li></li></ul><li>Application process for Mentoring Programs<br /> Final approval status <br /><ul><li>After completion of both trainings
  31. 31. Receipt of the signed assurances document
  32. 32. Program information now appears on approved programs list given to caregivers
  33. 33. Program is now able to accept vouchers and enroll children
  34. 34. Program may now receive payments as the mentoring relationship reaches “mentoring milestones”</li></li></ul><li>Application process<br />
  35. 35. Mentoring Milestones<br /><ul><li>Programs receive up to $1,000 per child, paid in three installments over the 12-month mentoring relationship
  36. 36. Milestones are documented using MentorPRO® Basic</li></li></ul><li>Mentoring Milestones<br /><ul><li>Milestone 1 ($600) includes screening and training of the mentor, mentee orientation, an initial survey, and the first match meeting.
  37. 37. Milestone 2 ($200) occurs at the three month juncture of the match. It focuses on the frequency and duration of match meetings and regular case management by the mentoring program.
  38. 38. Milestone 3 occurs at the six month mark. While there is no payment at this milestone, all of the criteria must be met to be eligible for the payment at milestone 4. These criteria focus on those mentioned in the previous milestone.
  39. 39. Milestone 4 ($200) occurs at 12 months. It includes the completion of the 9 month relationship quality survey, post match survey, frequency and duration of match as well as proper case management.</li></li></ul><li>Application process for Programs<br />If your program is interested in completing the application process, the deadline is set for:<br />Tuesday May 11, 2010 <br />
  40. 40. Contact Information<br />Mass Mentoring Partnership<br />Jeanette Weisflog <br />617.695.2432<br /><br /><br />