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  1. DCF Central Placement Team Transition Supporting integration with the CT BHP Administrative Services Organization A presentation to the CT BHP Oversight Council September 13, 2006

  2. Overview of Process • Residential and Level II Group Home levels of care are the costliest and most intensive services DCF funds • CPT staff at DCF process over 2000 requests for placement annually (Area office, CSSD and Parole) • In any given year, approximately 300-350 RTC and Level II Group Home “slots” become available

  3. Why change the process? • DCF appreciates the complexity of managing the high volume of requests against existing resources and the need to identify alternative treatment plans when necessary • Contract with ValueOptions requires authorization, continued care review and transition planning for RTC and Group Home levels of care • Using existing IT resources within VO, DCF is planning to streamline the CPT process to enhance efficiency and support appropriate clinical match of service to need

  4. Current Protocol • All CPT “packets” are reviewed by DCF/CSSD Central Placement Team staff and authorized by Value Options Care Managers • CPT staff are responsible for matching child’s clinical needs to appropriate program • VO Care Managers are responsible for tracking child’s clinical progress and assisting with discharge planning

  5. Enhanced Protocol • DCF “469” form to be replaced with standardized instrument customized for CT • CANS: Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment • Communication Tool designed to organize clinical and psycho-social information • Can be programmed to interface with existing VO data base (member and provider files) to support clinical and data reporting operations • Identification of community alternatives for those 1700 youth who will not go to RTC or Level II Group Home care

  6. More information on the CANS • Not meant to replace clinical evaluations, discharge summaries, school or medical records • Not used as an alternative to the RTC and Group Home Level of Care Guidelines • Designed to organize clinical information to support justification for these restrictive levels of care (or not) • A descriptive tool, not an evaluation or clinical assessment instrument

  7. CANS (cont) • Designed for use in public domain to assist state agencies in developing appropriate treatment planning strategies • DCF CPT staff, area office staff, parole staff and CSSD staff have reviewed and provided input to revised CT version • VO able to easily import from New Jersey ASO service site

  8. For additional information: www.buddinpraed.org • Provider Subcommittee discussion to be scheduled for September/October • Implementation scheduled for November, 2006