A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
Weekly Update for December 17, 2018
Association Updates
 
Happy holidays from PCSAO
On behalf of the staff and board of PCSAO, we wish you a bright and peaceful holiday. Help us keep in our thoughts the children and families, the foster parents and kinship caregivers, and all of the professionals and advocates touched by the children services system. May 2019 bring us much-needed reform and hope for a true children’s continuum of care in Ohio so that every child and family can meet and exceed their potential. The Weekly Update will be on holiday break Dec. 24 and 31, and will resume publication Jan. 7. The office will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 but will be open other business days through the end of the year.

PCSAO bids farewell to Jeed Jitprasert
On Dec. 11 PCSAO hosted a send-off for our longtime operations director, Jeed Jitprasert, who is ending her 17-year tenure at PCSAO this month. We cannot overstate her contributions to PCSAO over time, nor can we begin to describe just how much she will be missed. Check out pictures from the party on our Facebook page. We wish Jeed all the best in her next endeavor.

OCWTP meeting highlights successes in Muskingum County
Among the 15 counties participating in the federal Child and Family Services Review, Muskingum was the first to step up to serve as a pilot for CAPMIS infusion to improve outcomes in assessment, visitation, and case planning. According to a report at the Dec. 12 meeting of the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program State Steering Committee, supervisors, managers and selected caseworkers have participated in on-site training that will eventually include all four CAPMIS modules in order to improve understanding and use of the tools. Leadership and staff have been highly receptive to the training led by staff from ODJFS and OCWTP.

Ohio START Steering Committee meets
The steering committee for Ohio START gathered at Ross County Service Center on Dec. 12 to discuss a range of topics regarding START expansion. Representatives from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Children and Family Futures, Ohio State evaluation team, Attorney General’s Office and county directors were in attendance. Representatives discussed the continuing use of VOCA funding, new State Opiate Response (SOR) grant funding, and how to make START sustainable in the future. Members also spent time talking about START fidelity and how to manage fidelity as the program expands to more counties throughout Ohio.
 
Ohio START Southern Consortium meets
START representatives from cohort 1 counties gathered on the afternoon of Dec. 12 at Ross County Service Center to talk about continuing another year of the program. Counties heard updates on the roll-out of cohort 2 counties, information regarding adhering to fidelity, and the possibility of going statewide with the program. The START team also heard updates from each county on how START was operating and shared success stories and challenges they were facing. Tina Willauer from Children and Family Futures spent time with the participants discussing START implementation successes and hurdles and identifying topics for future technical assistance. 
 
Children and Family Futures prepares START cohort 2
Representatives from START cohort 2 counties attended Foundations 2: Family Peer Mentor training Dec. 13-14. Child welfare supervisors, caseworkers, and behavioral health providers listened as national partner Children and Family Futures led presentations on the hiring, onboarding, and employment of family peer mentors within their agencies. They highlighted benefits and challenges counties may face as they begin the hiring process. Counties finished off the day with action plans to take back with them to help with the hiring process, in hopes they will start serving families at the beginning of March.

Anti-human trafficking update
On Dec. 10-12, PCSAO and grant partners were able to participate in an Advanced Trainer Institute offered by the Office of Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC). Also, the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy has recently released Service Recommendations for Survivors With Co-Occurring Disorders . Video recordings of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health and Human Trafficking Symposium, held Nov. 28–29, are now available on the HHS YouTube page .

HOPE year-end activities
HOPE Parent Partners are busy participating in agency holiday and year-end activities. Cuyahoga County had its final Succeed Group for 2018 on Dec. 12 at Westside Community House, a partner agency of Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services. Eight parents attended the group. The focus of discussion for this meeting was parent trauma.
Announcements and Resources

Sixth Annual Trauma-Informed Care Summit
Save the date for the Ohio departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Developmental Disabilities Sixth Annual Trauma-Informed Care Summit, “Creating Environments of Resiliency and Hope in Ohio.” The summit will take place May 14-15 at the Residence Inn by Marriott Columbus, University Area. Anticipated registration opens Feb. 27.
 
Ohio Children's Alliance Spring Conference Call for Proposals
The Ohio Children's Alliance is seeking presenters for workshops for its 2019 Spring Conference April 23-24. The conference will be at the Embassy Suites Columbus-Dublin. The proposal deadline is Jan. 14. The conference will offer up to 20 workshop sessions and an audience of more than 250 Ohio behavioral health and child welfare professionals. The conference will showcase advocacy, best practices, advancement, and innovative resources in the field of child and family services. Find the application for workshop proposals here.
Child Protection in the News

Diana Hoover, director of the Hancock County Department of Job and Family Services, will end a 31-year career at the agency when she retires Dec. 31. Hancock County voters turned down a 1.2-mill property tax in May which would have generated about $2.3 million a year for 10 years to fund child protective services, adult protective services, and child care programs overseen by the department. Instead of another levy try in November, the Hancock County commissioners decided to make monthly payments to the department for the remainder of this year.

The increase in abused and neglected children slowed this year, but 2018 will likely end with a record number of children in the county's protective care, and at a record cost.
Upcoming Events

Dec. 17  | Legislative Committee Meeting
Jan. 4 | Community Education Committee Meeting
Jan. 9 | Board of Trustees 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

" To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter." --P. T. Barnum
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