PAC Meeting Blog
written by Jaoni Wood and Lisa Mathey, NewFound Families Representatives
On December 13th, the Permanency Advisory Committee (PAC) met in Charlottesville to discuss several agenda items intended to improve Virginia’s child welfare system. Jaoni Wood and Lisa Mathey were there to share input from the family perspective.
Traci Jones from VDSS shared the latest update on the use of the new Transcription Services available to local agency workers. This service is being implemented to improve the process of entering case notes by the agency workers into OASIS, the state’s record keeping database. In this new process, agency workers will dictate notes from their case visits via telephone to Deposition Services. The transcribed notes will be returned to the agency worker by email. The agency worker will then be able to cut and paste the transcribed notes into OASIS.
Morgan Nelson, QAA Supervisor, presented the findings from the recent federal Child and Family Services (CFSR) review. This review was conducted between April and June 2017 in 9 localities in Virginia to ensure there is conformity with federal child welfare requirements, and help identifying strengths and weaknesses in Virginia’s child welfare practices and programs. Reviewers were state, local agency and community stakeholder volunteers. They reviewed 70 cases in the 9 localities. Federal staff conducted a secondary oversight review of a sample of completed cases. The need for significant improvements in certain areas was found.
As a result of the review, the following outcomes were identified and will be addressed in Virginia’s Performance Improvement Plan (PIP).
Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) Activity
Meeting attendees participated in round table discussions on the following goals that will be addressed in the PIP. There was a lot of in-depth discussion of ways the state and agencies can better work together and with biological and foster families to achieve safety and permanency for children in Virginia’s foster care system.
Goal 1: (INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT LATER DATE)
Goal 2: (INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT LATER DATE)
Goal 3: (Permanency) Improve permanency outcomes through maintaining the continuity of family, relationships, maintaining connections, placing siblings together and with relatives when possible.
Goal 4: (Well-Being) Improve families’ capacities to provide for their children’s needs through assessing the needs and providing services to children and parents.
Goal 5: (Quality Assurance and Case Review Systemic Factors) Utilize a case review process and CQI system that applies data to inform, manage, and improve practice and outcomes through continual assessment of effectiveness of program improvement implemented.
PAC members will review the draft PIP and provide input for revisions at the next meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2018. Agencies across Virginia will see further reviews in the coming year to measure improvements in the areas identified.
INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT THE RESULTS OF THE FEDERAL CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES REVIEW? CLICK HERE.