PCSAO welcomes anti-human trafficking coordinator on staff
Join PCSAO in welcoming Bhumika Patel, who started last week in a three-year, grant-funded position that will support training, education and resources for PCSAs in the area of trafficked children. Bhumika brings a wealth of experience in human trafficking, most recently from The Salvation Army of Greater Cincinnati. The position is supported by federal grants via the Office of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Youth Services. Learn
Ohio’s training system passes federal CFSR
Federal reviewers on-site in Ohio last week confirmed that Ohio had satisfied requirements to meet the systemic factor relating to a statewide training system, part of the Child and Family Services Review Round 3. The Ohio Child Welfare Training Program worked hard to develop supporting evidence around the effectiveness of Ohio’s training system. The news was shared at the Mar. 14 OCWTP steering committee meeting.
Executive Membership holds first meeting of 2018
The PCSAO Executive Membership kicked off the first meeting of 2018 on Mar. 12 with federal budget updates from Tom Joseph, National Association of County Human Services Administrators. The first day continued with finalizing recommendations for the Foster Care Advisory Group, receiving legislative updates, approving the Residential Action Group's final draft plan, providing feedback on a white paper, and discussing the state's Electronic Document Management System proposal (EDMS). The second day started with a panel consisting of the following presenters: LeeAnne Cornyn, AG's Office; Orman Hall, Ohio HIDTA; Julie Spohn, OhioMHAS; and Cheri Walter, OACBHA. The panelists provided updates on efforts to combat Ohio's opioid epidemic and information about other drug trends. Following the panel, membership was provided with updates regarding the behavioral health redesign and managed care carve-in from Marisa Weisel and Renee Bostick, Vorys Health Care Advisors. The second day concluded with a presentation from U.S. HHS Region V staff on Ohio's final results of the Child and Family Services Review Round 3 and the focus for Ohio's Performance Improvement Plan. The Executive Membership will meet next on Jun. 28-29.
Board of Trustees meets
The PCSAO Board of Trustees met the evening of Mar. 12 and approved the February meeting minutes and Treasurer's Report. The Board discussed the EDMS proposal further with Joel Potts, OJFSDA. The Board then debriefed on day one of the Executive Membership meeting, approved the Conference Committee's recommendation for the 2019-2020 annual conference location, and received updates on legislation, rules, and other priorities. The Board will meet next on Apr. 4.
Conference Committee meets
The Conference Committee met Mar. 9 to continue planning the 2018 PCSAO Annual Conference. The theme and Call for Presenters were finalized after the meeting. The committee also reviewed the hotel costs and registration fees, as well as revising conference sponsorship opportunities. PCSAO will be updating the conference website this week.
5101:9-6-37.2 “Caseworker Visits Allocation” is in clearance until Mar. 30. The rule is being revised due to a five-year rule review; changes include updating language for consistency and clarification.
Note that rule 5101:2-47-08, Required application/update for Title IV-D (child support) services and referrals to Title IV-A (public assistance); healthchek; third party insurance; and supplemental security income (SSI), is posted until Mar. 24. There were no major changes to the rule since the child support interface was not completed and could not be incorporated into the rule. However, per IM 12-06, “Good Cause Circumstances,” language was added to the rule when determining appropriate referral to the IV-D agency. Additionally, language was added to complete a pre-termination review prior to the child’s case termination from custody. And finally, language was added regarding several of the JFS forms which are now ODM forms and where they can be found.