ODJFS to invest $1 million in workforce stabilization
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced the investment of $1 million in a workforce crisis stabilization fund to help county children services agencies struggling with historically large caseloads, caseworker burnout and turnover, and unprecedented challenges caused by the drug epidemic. The investment will fund creation of a three-person Emergency Response Team which can respond to county agencies in crisis. PCSAO is grateful to ODJFS, Director Kimberly Hall, and Governor Mike DeWine for the investment.
Read the news release.
Partners for Ohio’s Families Advisory Board meets
The Partners for Ohio’s Families (PFOF) Advisory Board for ODJFS held its first quarterly meeting on Feb. 20. PFOF welcomed several new PCSA directors to its board, including Fred Lord, Director, Williams County JFS; Tim Schaffner, Director, Trumbull County CSB; Sue Ware, Director, Union County JFS; Jewell Good, Administrator, Montgomery County JFS; Heather O’Keefe, Administrator, Fairfield County JFS; and Erin Stauffer, Administrator, Columbiana County JFS. Kathy Oliver, Director, Seneca County JFS and Chip Spinning, Director, Franklin County CSB continue to serve on the board in addition to PCSAO Executive Director Angela Sausser. The board received updates related to Family First Prevention Services Act, Family First Transition Act, Children Services Transformation, state legislation, Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act, federal housing initiatives for former foster youth, the Office of the Inspector General’s audit, criminal record checks and CFSR. The board meets next on May 21.
Ohio START regional meetings
Ohio START regional meetings continued this week with the Northeast meeting in Akron on Feb. 18 and the Southwest meeting in Hamilton on Feb. 19. The meetings featured presentations from Ashtabula County Children Services at the Northeast meeting and Butler County Children Services at the Southwest meeting. The counties presented on their successes as well as lessons learned while developing their steering committee and direct-line meetings. The final two regional meetings will take place next week. All counties are welcome to attend any regional meeting but must register through the
Ohio START website
- Central: Feb. 25 at Delaware County JFS (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
- Southeast: Feb. 26 at Ross County JFS (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
PRT Council meets
The Youth-Centered Permanency Roundtables Advisory Council met Feb. 21. With support from Kinnect and the Family and Youth Law Center, through funding from ODJFS, participating counties are rebranding, aligning to model fidelity, improving facilitator skills, redefining guidelines and metrics, and expanding training and tools. The goal is to add five new counties in March and another five in November. The next meeting is May 15.
Pre-Clearance: The following rules are in pre-clearance for five-year review until March 19:
- Rule 5101:2-42-87 - Termination of substitute care and custody of a child.
- Rule 5101:2-42-90 - Information to be provided to children, caregivers, school districts and juvenile courts.
- Confidentiality and dissemination of child welfare information, is back in pre-clearance for a 14-day period until March 5. This version includes proposed changes based on feedback received during the recent Microburst on Reviewing Rules and Program Hearing (MORRPH) sessions, as discussed by the Rules Committee and ODJFS policy developers.
Clearance: As of Feb. 21, no children services-related rules were in clearance.
Filed with JCARR: As of Feb. 21, no children services-related rules were filed with JCARR.