Weekly Update: September 20, 2021
Association News
Agencies seek answers to QRTP implementation questions
PCSAO and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Office of Families and Children cohosted five regional meetings last week to answer questions about the many components of the new Qualified Residential Treatment Program under the Family First Act. Topics included the CANS tool, qualified assessors, judicial oversight, federal reimbursement, and more. PCSAO appreciates the partnership of Angela Hughes, Hannah Knies and other OFC staff for participating in the forums. Follow-up information and Q&A summaries will be available.

Reach of Biden vaccine subject of HR meeting
The Job and Family Services Human Resources Association met Sept. 14 for its monthly meeting. The biggest topic of conversation was President Biden's vaccine mandate and its applicability to county government agencies. Notes from the meeting can be made available upon request. The monthly meetings provide a forum for HR professionals to have their questions answered by expert attorneys. The next meeting will be Oct. 12.

Metro agencies discuss COVID, Family First
On a monthly call of metro children services agencies Sept. 16, discussion also included the federal vaccine mandate and other HR and program challenges related to the Delta variant. With Family First implementation two weeks away, agency leaders compared notes on readiness and received updates on the annual conference. The next meeting will be Oct. 21.
Ohio START
Ohio START welcomes Jen McClellan
PCSAO and Ohio START are excited to welcome Jennifer (Jen) McClellan to the Ohio START team as a Regional Manager. Jen will work with Jennifer Millisor to oversee the technical assistance arm of START. She has a variety of experience working for nonprofit organizations serving children, families, and adults in central Ohio. In the last several years, she has held leadership positions in mental health, foster care, and medical social work. Jen is passionate about meeting the needs of vulnerable Ohioans. Raised in central Ohio, Jen received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from The Ohio State University. Jen enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and dogs. She spends most of her spare time at ice rinks where her children keep her busy with their hockey schedules.
PCSAO 2021 Annual Conference
Last day for hybrid registration!
Registration for the hybrid version of PCSAO's 2021 annual conference will close at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 20 (today). We have great workshops lined up for caseworkers, from youth depression to preparing for permanency and involving fathers. We also have valuable content lined up for supervisors and managers, including leading during times of change, building cross-generational work teams, recruiting treatment foster parents, and how safety science applies to child protection. In-person registration closed last week. Information is available on our conference webpage. View workshop descriptions here. If you have questions, contact Cassandra Freeland.

Thanks to our World Champion Sponsors
Gift basket drive
With PCSAO’s annual conference this month, we are working hard to make this a great event and we need your help! As we have done in the past, we are collecting gift baskets from agencies to be raffled off during the conference. These gift baskets will serve to engage attendees and show appreciation for all involved. Most gift baskets feature a theme. No matter what theme you choose, please be sure that your basket is family friendly (no alcohol) and appeals to a wide audience.

For planning purposes, notify Anne Potts at anne@pcsao.org right away if your agency is interested in providing a gift basket. Baskets can be brought directly to the conference. 
Rules Update
Pre-Clearance: As of Sept. 17, there are no children services-related rules in Pre-Clearance.
 
Clearance: The following rule is open for comments until Sept. 23:
 
The following rules are open for comments until Sept. 21:
  • Rule 5160-59-02.1 - “OhioRISE: first day eligibility and enrollment.”
  • Rule 5160-59-03.5 - “OhioRISE: wraparound supports.”
  • Rule 5160-59-03.9 - “OhioRISE: Reimbursement for OhioRISE exclusive services.”
  • Rule 5160-59-04 - “OhioRISE home and community-based services waiver: eligibility and
  • enrollment.”
  • Rule 5160-59-05 - “OhioRISE home and community-based services waiver: covered services and providers.”
  • Rule 5160-59-05.1 - “OhioRISE home and community-based services waiver: out-of-home
  • respite.”
  • Rule 5160-59-05.2 - “OhioRISE home and community-based services waiver: transitional services and supports”
  • Rule 5160-59-05.3 - “OhioRISE home and community-based services waiver: therapeutic
  • mentoring.”
  • Rule 5160-59-05.4 - “OhioRISE home and community-based services waiver: therapeutic mentoring.”

Filed with JCARR: The following rule was final-filed on Sept. 16 with an effective date of Oct. 1:
  • Rule 5101:2-38-05.1 - PCSA requirements for completing a family case plan and review when a child is placed in a qualified residential treatment program (QRTP).
Resources and Clips
Resources and Announcements
Capacity Building Center for States Child Welfare Virtual Expo
The Capacity Building Center for States is hosting its Child Welfare Virtual Expo on Sept. 23. This year’s expo will address the racism and bias that continue to create disproportional representation in the child welfare system and disparities in outcomes for Black, American Indian, Alaska Native, and other children, youth, and families of color. Learn more and register here.

Child welfare law training series offered in October
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Supreme Court of Ohio have partnered with the National Association for Counsel for Children (NACC) again to provide a new Ohio-specific child welfare attorney virtual training series. The series is open to Ohio attorneys who represent children/parents, Juvenile/Family Court staff, children services staff or any community professional interested in learning more about child welfare law. It is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and offered at no cost. In addition, the series is provided as a strategy to increase high-quality legal representation for children and parents involved in children services court cases and further supports multiple Children Services Transformation juvenile justice recommendations. Registration for the series can be completed at Ohio Court Edu on the Supreme Court of Ohio website and closes on Oct. 6. For additional information or questions, contact Debra Copeland or Tequilla Washington. The 2021 virtual training series will consist of the following four sessions (CLEs pending approval):
  • Session 1: Key Advocacy Moments in an Ohio Child Welfare Case, Oct. 7, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Session 2: In Court and Out-of-Court Advocacy and Collaboration Throughout an Ohio Child Welfare Case, Oct. 14, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Session 3: Selected Topics in Ohio Child Welfare Law and Practice, Oct. 21, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Session 4: Evidentiary Laws, Objections, and Trial Advocacy for Ohio Child Welfare Attorneys, Oct. 28, 5-6:30 p.m.

FosterStrong podcast changing narrative
The Institute for Family and FosterStrong have a podcast that features vibrant conversations on relationships, mental health, healing and more. Listen to find out how authentic storytelling can change prevailing narratives surrounding foster care and the youth and alumni who grow up in the system.
Child Protection in the News
Ohio and more than 140 local governments in the state have finalized an $808 million-plus settlement with the nation’s three largest pharmaceutical distributors and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson to settle lawsuits related to the companies’ role in the opioid epidemic, Attorney General Dave Yost announced Thursday.

While many parents and caregivers involved in the child welfare system suffered trauma as children, new research suggests that those with substance misuse issues as adults may have had particularly difficult childhoods. Not surprisingly, children in these families also have suffered more trauma. The study found that trauma scores of children aged 6-18 in families with substance misuse issues were 27% higher than scores for children involved in the juvenile justice system.

In just a few weeks, the major provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act will take effect in all 50 states, more than two years after former President Donald Trump signed it into law. Most states took a two-year delay on implementing the restriction in Family First, which meant they also had to pass on most of the new federal money it makes available.

Takoda Collins' father and his father's girlfriend pleaded guilty in Montgomery County last week to the 10-year-old's death and face decades in prison - and while the pleas will likely end the criminal cases, reforms that protect other children that were created in the wake of his death will be lasting and have already helped others, children advocates said. Takoda's death prompted Dayton Police to change the way it handles child welfare checks and added urgency to Montgomery County Children Services to fine-tune policies for its strategic vision, a Dayton Daily News review shows.
 
It was like a movie scene: A group of classmates crowded around Tryshana Garraway in their public school bathroom in West Unity, Ohio, jeering at her.
 
A new playground at Lucas County Children Services will ease the emotional trauma for children removed from their parents’ custody, agency officials said during a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for the $250,000 project.
 
Paramount Advantage is pressuring the Ohio Department of Medicaid from every angle after the agency rejected its application to manage part of the state's $22 billion Medicaid business earlier this year.
 
Every time an infant mortality occurs, a special flag is raised outside the Lucas County Plaza. On Friday it flattened. The lack of wind was a symbol of sadness felt throughout Lucas County Children’s Services.
Calendar and Job Postings
Sept. 20 | Legislative Committee Meeting
Sept. 29-Oct. 1 | PCSAO Annual Conference

Note: Some meetings will be held via web and others in-person.
View the full calendar for details.
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