Northwest District meets
PCSAO and OJFSDA Northwest District met Jan. 16. In addition to conducting business, the district received updates on the Associations’ boards and committees, discussed collaborative projects, and reviewed a peer support program for children services staff. ODJFS provided information on CPOE changes that will be taking place this year. The district received priority updates from PCSAO and OJFSDA including the foster care forums, legislation, rules, Family First, and the recently released Medicaid report. Shadow Box met in the afternoon, generating interest in jointly pursuing this training opportunity. The PCSAO Northwest District will meet next on April 16.
Southwest District meets
The Southwest District met Jan. 15 to hear updates from PCSAO, ODJFS, IHS and RTCs. Other topics included technology, subsidy negotiation, workforce, placement costs, and multi-system youth. The district next meets on March 18.
FFPSA Leadership Committee updates
The Family First Prevention Services Act Leadership Committee met via webinar on Jan. 15 and approved December minutes. The Committee received updates pertaining to the Executive Committee, QRTP, Prevention Services, Tiered Treatment Foster Care, and OhioKAN. FFPSA Leadership Committee will meet next on Feb. 26.
Welcome Brian Hearns and Lisa Fry
Brian Hearns officially began employment as PCSAO's administrative assistant last week, though many members met him while he was on contract during the December membership meeting. He joins Lisa Fry, operations manager, in serving both the association's and Ohio START's needs related to finance, office management, and frontline service.
Learn more about Brian and Lisa
UPP reaching out to agencies for input into annual evaluation
The University Partnership Program, Ohio’s Title IV-E Workforce Professional Education Program, will be conducting its annual evaluation in the next few weeks and would like input from counties that have hired UPP graduates in the last two years. Leaders in those counties can expect an email or phone call from Kelly Lynch, UPP coordinator.
Ohio START offers back-to-back training
Children and Family Futures and Ohio START provided a one-day training in three sessions focusing on behavioral health treatment provider strategies within START that support behavioral health treatment and child welfare outcomes. "Foundations #3 - Behavioral Health Treatment Provider Strategies" was offered Jan. 14-16 in Lima, Akron and Pickerington with over 100 participants from START local teams including PCSA and BH provider partners attending. Participants had the opportunity to discuss within their teams how the strategies have been and/or will be implemented in their community.
Pre-Clearance: As of Jan. 16, no children services-related rules are in pre-clearance.
Clearance: As of Jan. 20, no children services-related rules are in Clearance.
Rules filed with JCARR: No additional children services-related rules have been filed with JCARR.