Board of Trustees meets
PCSAO's Board of Trustees met Nov. 29 for its annual meeting. The Board approved the Nov. 7 meeting minutes, two metro at-large representatives (Robin Reese, Lucas County Children Services, and Chip Spinning, Franklin County Children Services) to serve as Trustees, the 2019 meeting schedule, and the Treasurer’s Report for November. The Board reviewed the membership dues monthly report and a draft charter for the Dues Committee, debriefed on day one of the Executive Membership Meeting, and discussed priorities, initiatives, and legislative updates. The Board of Trustees will meet next on Jan. 9.
Members attend annual meeting
The final 2018 Executive Membership meeting took place Nov. 29-30. PCSA directors received information from a stellar group of presenters on both days. PCSAO extends sincere appreciation to all the presenters for taking the time to share information, updates, and dialogue with members about current and future issues and priorities. On the first day, presenters included Rebecca Robuck from Child Focus, who shared information on the recently passed SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act and other federal child welfare updates; Jamie Carmichael with Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, who discussed Ohio’s State Opiate Response Grant; LeeAnne Cornyn, Governor-elect DeWine’s Director of Children's Initiatives, who shared the new administration’s vision for children and children services; and Mike Toman and McKenzie Davis with The Success Group, who discussed how to best prepare for the next administration and General Assembly. On day two, PCSAO’s Vice President, Kathi Spirk, Clinton County Job and Family Services, provided a Board of Trustees year-end review for members; John Fisher, Licking County Job and Family Services, presented on how agencies can maximize child welfare funding and begin building local services for FFPSA; Shilesha Bamberg, U.S. Senator Brown’s office, dialogued with members about the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA); Kate Offenberger, Carroll County Job and Family Services, and Kim Wilhelm, Licking County Job and Family Services, presented the recommendations from PCSAO’s Kinship Action Planning Group; and PCSAO staff discussed the Association’s priorities for the next biennium budget. The first 2019 Executive Membership meeting will be March 7-8.
Kinnect hosts 4
Kinnect held its annual Family Finding Convening Dec. 3. The day was quite thought-provoking, inspiring, and change-oriented. It was an honor for PCSAO to have the opportunity to share our
Children’s Continuum of Care Reform
with attendees. Other presenters included Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner with the Children’s Bureau, on the need for states to take a broader reform vision with Family First Prevention Services Act; LeeAnne Cornyn, Governor-elect DeWine’s Director of Children’s Initiatives, on the next Administration’s commitment and vision for children and children services; and Corey Best, Casey Family Programs consultant, who shared a very moving and passionate keynote. In the afternoon, attendees participated in interactive sessions focused on FFPSA and identifying resources and maximizing opportunities to embed permanency into the DNA of organizations. Thank you, Kinnect, for hosting another successful convening.
FFPSA Leadership Team holds monthly meeting
The ODJFS Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Leadership Team was convened for its second meeting Dec. 4. A charter was adopted by the team. ODJFS provided an overview of child welfare funding, including specifics about IV-E funding. The team received a detailed overview of the new FFPSA requirement on Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP). ODJFS has created a dedicated webpage for FFPSA that will contain Leadership Team materials, minutes and FFPSA resources. The webpage can be accessed
The team meets next on Jan. 17.
JFS HRA educates members on workers’ comp, ergonomics
The final meeting of the Job and Family Services Human Resources Association Dec. 5 featured speakers from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation discussing claims and simple solutions to providing staff with ergonomic work environments. The meeting concluded with association updates and roundtable discussions. The biennial HR boot camp is still in the planning stages, with more information about date, location and topics available in the New Year.
OCWTP explores value of recognition
The Communications Committee of the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program hosted a presentation by
about creating a culture of recognition within the training program and across the children services system in order to improve retention, engagement and morale. Research shows that simple steps taken by leaders and supervisors to offer both formal and informal employee recognition can stem turnover and create a more engaged workforce.
University Partnership Program adds resource to help guide internships
As of Dec. 6, no children services rules are in pre-clearance or clearance.