A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
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Weekly Update for December 10, 2018
Association Updates
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 th annual summit
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 here. 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 Terryberry 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
The University Partnership Program has added a new resource for counties to assist them with their UPP internships. Recommended Practices in Field Instruction: A Guide for Field Education Sites now comes with a resource notebook that provides additional tools and support. Check it out on the UPP PCSAO website . Also coming soon: A new UPP Student Handbook.

Rules update
As of Dec. 6, no children services rules are in pre-clearance or clearance. 
Announcements and Resources

State Opiate Response Grant looking to fund local projects
As part of Ohio’s State Opiate Response (SOR) grant initiative, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) s eeks to partner with local Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services boards to implement treatment and recovery programs that expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Each of the state psychiatric hospital collaborative regions is eligible to apply for programs designed to expand access to MAT -- up to $2.5 million to serve patients diagnosed with opiate use disorder (OUD) or those who have a demonstrated history of opiate overdose. It is expected that boards will collaborate across the hospital collaborative region to coordinate and plan their application. Single boards will be eligible for up to $750,000. All programs must support access to all FDA-approved forms of MAT through offering the medication or transportation to providers of medication. Each application will include partnership with at least one representative from the criminal justice system, child welfare or medical providers in addition to any partnership with a behavioral health provider.

Only projects expanding access to MAT through treatment services and recovery supports are eligible for this funding.
  • Questions submitted here by 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2019.
  • Responses will be posted to the OhioMHAS Funding Opportunities webpage.
  • Applications submitted here by 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 25, 2019.
  • Awards will be announced in January 2019 with implementation to begin no later than Feb. 15, 2019.
Child Protection in the News

Danny Brenneman, director of Coshocton County Job and Family Services, is not disheartened by the recent levy loss for the children services program as he has high hopes for increased state aid and a plateauing of local needs - at least for a short time.

With an average toll amounting to 14 deaths each day, Ohio remains saddled with the nation’s second-highest rate of drug overdose deaths.
Upcoming Events

Dec. 12 | Southwest District Meeting
Dec. 12 | Ohio START Steering Committee Meeting
Dec. 12 | Ohio START Southern Consortium
Dec. 13  | Rules Review Committee Meeting

Employment Opportunities

Looking for a career in child protection? Or a new position to challenge yourself? Check out the latest job openings in child protection .

UPP graduates seeking employment at a PCSA are listed on our website.
Quote of the Week

"The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination."
~Terri Guillemets
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