A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
Weekly Update for December 23, 2019
Association Updates

Holiday notice
PCSAO's office will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Wednesday, Jan. 1 for the holidays. The Weekly Update will be on hiatus for two weeks. Season's greetings from all of us at PCSAO!

PCSAO named to Gov. DeWine’s Ohio School Safety Working Group
By Executive Order in August, Gov. DeWine established the Governor’s Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC) and the Governor’s Ohio School Safety Working Group. PCSAO Executive Director Angela Sausser has been named to the group. The Working Group, comprised of experts in the fields of public safety, education, mental health, emergency management, and other school safety-based fields, held its initial meeting on Dec. 17. Its tasks include:
  • Develop an annual climate report on the state of school safety in Ohio
  • Assist with planning of the annual School Safety Summit
  • Identify school safety concerns as well as gaps in current support, communication, resources and training
  • Recommend updates to current programs and support as well as new options for consideration
  • Help develop cross-disciplinary approach to best practice guidelines in school safety 
The Ohio School Safety Center , housed at and led by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, is a new statewide office focused on assisting educators and law enforcement in preventing, preparing for, and responding to threats and acts of violence, including self-harm. 

Family First Leadership Advisory Committee meets
The Family First Leadership Advisory Committee met Dec. 16 for its final meeting of 2020. The committee celebrated its accomplishments to date and charted the work that remains to be done to meet the October 2021 implementation deadline. The group also heard from PCSAO and its project manager, Gretchen Clark Hammond of Mighty Crow, on recommendations from a six-month examination of tiered treatment foster care. A full report will be available in the New Year. Materials from the meeting are available online .

Save the date: Statehouse Day 2020
PCSAO is joining with sister associations to sponsor Statehouse Day on March 11. More details about this opportunity to meet with senators and representatives in Columbus will be shared soon.

HOPE update
HOPE’S experience with parent engagement, service development, and lessons learned was shared with a team member with the New Jersey Child Welfare Training Partnership. The team member is putting together a report summarizing some of the best practices in the country of including family voice in child welfare work. The partnership is between the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and the Institute for Families at Rutgers School of Social Work. 

Rules updates
As of Dec. 19, no children services-related rules are in Pre-Clearance, Clearance, or have been filed with JCARR.  
Announcements and Resources

Family First included in FY2020 budget
Last week, the House and Senate agreed to a massive spending bill that also includes the Family First Transition Act (H.R. 4980; S. 2777). President Trump signed the bill, avoiding a government shutdown. The measure includes funds for all HHS, Labor and nutrition programs. The Family First legislation was adopted as originally introduced in November in both the House and Senate. The legislation:
  • Provides readiness funding to states for Family First implementation. Ohio is estimated to receive about $18 million for two years.
  • Provides flexible funding to waiver jurisdictions to make up a portion (90% in FY2020 and 75% in FY2021) between what the state/waiver jurisdictions receive in IV-E reimbursement and the temporary guarantee level. This is great news for the 15 counties that participated in the ProtectOhio waiver, which expired Sept. 30. 
  • Delays the well-supported evidence-based prevention services requirement to 2021, and then allows spending on both supported and well-supported programs to count toward the 50% requirement in FY2022 and 2023. 
The Family First Transition Act bill text is found beginning on p. 1,483 of this link .

Ohio to receive integrated care funding
The CMS Innovation Center has announced the selection of eight awardees for the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model, which will launch in early 2020 in seven states, including Ohio. This seven-year model is a child-centered local service delivery and state payment model aimed at reducing expenditures and improving the quality of care for children covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through prevention, early identification, and treatment of priority health concerns like behavioral health challenges and physical health needs. The model will offer states and local providers support to address these priorities through a framework of child-centered care integration across behavioral, physical, and other child providers. Almost $126 million in InCK model funding is being awarded nationwide; the program is being managed by the Ohio Department of Medicaid. For additional details about the InCK awards, click here . For more information about the model, click here .

Register: Behavioral Health Summit
Nationwide Children's and the Ohio Children's Hospital Association are sponsoring a free Behavioral Health Summit March 1-2 in Columbus. Children’s hospitals, behavioral health providers and communities are navigating opportunities to develop more coordinated and effective systems of care. Join peers from across the country and leading behavioral health experts to share knowledge, resources and solutions on how to promote the best mental health outcomes for kids and their families at this complimentary summit. Learn more and register

ACTION Ohio leads efforts for federal housing supports for former foster youth
Since 2013, the FSHO Coalition , led by ACTION Ohio, has worked in partnership with the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare (NCHCW), elected officials including foster youth champions, Reps. Turner and Bass, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to design a way to weave together existing federal programs in order to eliminate the gaps through which foster youth fall into homelessness. Learn more about FYI housing vouchers for foster youth , and download the MOU template in  PDF  and  MS Word  formats. 
Child Protection in the News

With tables stacked high with presents, a room full of foster children, and Santa Claus —represented by Corrections Officer Virgil Flannery — in attendance, Ross County celebrated its 20th annual Curtain Climbers party at the Ross County Fairgrounds Thursday.
Upcoming Events

Jan. 3 | Community Education Committee Meeting
Jan. 8 | Board of Trustees Meeting
Jan. 9 | Rules Review Committee Meeting

Note: PCSAO's 2020 calendar of events and meetings is now available at the link above.
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 .
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