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411: Overview of Child Welfare and Fiscal. Agenda. Introductions Overview of the Child Welfare System and Laws Services to Protect the Safety, Permanency and Well-being of Children The Fiscal Process Child Welfare Fiscal Cycle Evaluation and Closing. Learning Objectives.

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agenda
Agenda
  • Introductions
  • Overview of the Child Welfare System and Laws
  • Services to Protect the Safety, Permanency and Well-being of Children
  • The Fiscal Process
  • Child Welfare Fiscal Cycle
  • Evaluation and Closing
learning objectives
Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to define the basic purpose and structure of Pennsylvania’s Child Welfare Services.
  • Participants will be able to identify laws and regulations that pertain to their jobs.
  • Participants will be able to describe the elements of the casework and fiscal process; including descibing the Child Welfare Agency’s relationship and interaction with other systems and agencies.
  • Participants will be able to describe the elements of the Child Welfare Fiscal Cycle.
questions to answer
Questions to Answer…
  • Who are we?
  • Why do we do what we do?
  • Whom do we serve?
  • Who does what?
  • How do we do what we do?
  • How do we know if we are doing it right?
  • Who can help us?
what is asfa
What is ASFA?
  • The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 established the national goals of the Child Welfare System as safety, permanency, and well-being.
state child welfare related legislation
State Child Welfare-Related Legislation
  • CPSL
    • Establishes definition for child abuse and neglect;
    • Defines parameters for investigation of child and student abuse;
    • Defines parameters for assessment of children in need of general protective services;
    • Sets requirements for mandated reporting;
    • Establishes clearance requirements for people who work with children; and
    • Mandates services for the treatment of prevention of child abuse and neglect.
state child welfare related legislation cont d
State Child Welfare-Related Legislation, Cont’d
  • The Juvenile Act
    • Defines Delinquency and Dependency;
    • Provides for the powers and duties of Probation Officers;
    • Defines Aggravated Circumstances in accordance with the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA);
    • Establishes parameters for proceedings concerning adjudication and disposition for alleged dependent/delinquent children; and
    • Provides for Permanency Hearings.
public welfare regulations
Public Welfare Regulations
  • Chapter 3130: Administration of County Children and Youth Social Service Programs;
  • Chapter 3140: Planning and Financial Reimbursement Requirements for County Children and Youth Social Service Programs;
  • Chapter 3150: Grants to Counties for New Social Services for Children and Youth;
  • Chapter 3170: Allowable Costs and Procedures for County Children and Youth Social Service Programs;
  • Chapter 3350: Adoption Services;
public welfare regulations cont d
Public Welfare Regulations, Cont’d
  • Chapter 3490: Protective Services;
  • Chapter 3680: Administration and Operation of a Children and Youth Social Service Agency;
  • Chapter 3700: Foster Family Care Agency;
  • Chapter 3800: Child Residential and Day Treatment Facilities; and
  • Chapter 20: Licensure or Approval of Facilities and Agencies.
the casework process
The Casework Process
  • Initial Referral;
  • Investigation;
  • Status Determination;
  • Accepted for Services/Service; Planning, Delivery and Monitoring; and
  • Case Closing/Other “Permanency” Outcomes.
case scenario
Case Scenario
  • County children and youth agency (CCYA) receives the referral alleging sexual abuse of Kali.
  • CCYA begins to investigate the report of abuse.
  • CCYA petitions the court for custody of the children as mom is unwilling to comply with the safety plan. Custody is granted and the children are placed in foster care.
  • Caseworker develops Family Service Plan/Child Permanency Plan in conjunction with the family.
  • CCYA initiates services to the family.
social security act title iv
Social Security Act, Title IV
  • Part A: Block Grants to States for TANF (Title IV-A);
  • Part B: Child and Family Services (Title IV-B):
    • Subpart 1: Child Welfare Services;
    • Subpart 2: Promoting Safe & Stable Families;
  • Part B: Child and Family Services (Title IV-B);
  • Part C: Repealed;
  • Part D: Child Support & Establishment of Paternity (Title IV-D);
  • Part E: Federal Payments for Foster Care & Adoption Assistance (Title IV-E); and
  • Subchapter XX: Block Grants to States for Social Services (Title XX).
public welfare regulations1
Public Welfare Regulations
  • Chapter 3140: Planning and Financial Reimbursement Requirements for County Children and Youth Social Service Programs
    • Example: OCYF Bulletin “Act 148 Invoicing Procedures for County Child Welfare Services”
  • Chapter 3170: Allowable Costs and Procedures for County Children and Youth Social Service Programs
    • Example: OCYF Bulletin “Out of Home Placement Services – Contract Documentation”
  • Chapter 3700: Foster Family Care Agency Chapter
major service categories
Major Service Categories
  • In-Home and Intake Services;
  • Community-Based Placement;
  • Institutional Placement; and
  • Administration.
in home and intake services cost centers
In-Home and Intake Services: Cost Centers
  • Adoption Service
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Subsidized Permanent Legal Custodianship
  • Counseling and Intervention
  • Day Care Service
  • Day Treatment Service
  • Homemaker/Caretaker Service
  • Intake and Referral Service
  • Life Skills Education
  • Child Protective Service (Child Abuse)
  • General Protective Service (General)
  • Service Planning
  • Juvenile Act Proceedings
community based placement cost centers
Community-Based Placement: Cost Centers
  • Alternative Treatment;
  • Community-Based Residential Service;
  • Emergency Shelter Care;
  • Foster Family Service; and
  • Supervised Independent Living.
institutional placement cost centers
Institutional Placement: Cost Centers
  • Juvenile Detention;
  • Residential Service;
  • Secure Residential Service; and
  • YDC Secure.
  • Administration (no cost centers)
revenue sources
Revenue Sources
  • Program Income (used to offset expenses)
  • Title IV-D, Social Security, SSI, VA benefits, etc.
  • Title IV-E (federal, uncapped)
  • TANF (federal, capped)
  • Title XX (federal, capped)
  • Title IV-B (federal, capped)
  • Title XIX (federal)
  • Act 148 (state, capped)
  • County Share
invoicing
Invoicing
  • Once invoices are received, the county children and youth agency must process the invoices for payment.
  • The costs are coded into the Agency’s IT system. Costs are coded by major category, cost center and object of expenditure. Costs must also be coded client specifically.
  • The accumulation of costs for a report period are reported on the “Expenditure Report” of the Act 148 Invoice.
  • The accumulation of revenues applied to the costs on the “Expenditure Report” are reported on the “Revenue Report” of the Act 148 Invoice.
invoice package
Invoice Package

Click on Spreadsheet Image to Enter Spreadsheet

planning tools
Planning Tools
  • Trend Analysis
    • To identify a specific service need by identifying a trend using analysis of all available data from previous periods
  • Community Response
    • To identify a specific service need from a community group’s identification of a concern
  • Agency Report
    • To identify a specific service need using a local service agency’s report of a recent concern
child welfare services
Child Welfare Services
  • Provided in two different ways:
    • Directly (by Agency staff); or
    • Indirectly (by purchasing the services from a provider).
contracts must include
Contracts Must Include:
  • Single Audit Reporting Requirements;
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance;
  • State Licensing of Facilities;
  • Insurance Documentation; and
  • Maximum Allowable Rate Documentation.

Providers must maintain certain contract information in a central location.

invoice package revisited
Invoice Package, Revisited

Click on Spreadsheet Image to Enter Spreadsheet

budget amendment requests
Budget Amendment Requests:
  • Need submitted when actual expenses exceed budgeted amounts by 10% or $10,000 (whichever is greater) in any of the four major categories.
  • Need submitted when the CCYA wishes to request additional fixed assets above the budgeted amounts.
  • Need submitted when the CCYA wishes to request a change to their staff complement.
auditing
Auditing
  • Federal Audits
    • Auditor General (AG) audits federal revenues, expenditures, and reporting
    • ACF and OCYF audit federal revenues, expenditures, eligibility determinations, and reporting
  • State Audits
    • AG audits State Act 148 as well as Special Grant revenues and reports
  • County Audits
    • Single Auditors audit federal, state, and county expenditures and revenues
    • County Auditors audit federal, state, and county expenditures and revenues as well as Fiscal’s adherence to county policies and procedures
can you locate and reference important information in the laws
Can You Locate and Reference Important Information in the Laws?

Federal

State

County Policies and Procedures

questions to answer1
Questions to Answer…
  • Who are we?
  • Why do we do what we do?
  • Whom do we serve?
  • Who does what?
  • How do we do what we do?
  • How do we know if we are doing it right?
  • Who can help us?
why do we do what we do
Why Do We Do What We Do?
  • We ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of children. Federal and state law mandate that we do this.
whom do we serve
Whom Do We Serve?
  • We serve children and their families to ensure their safety, permanency and well-being.
who does what
Who Does What?
  • All CCYA staff work towards:
    • Protecting and promoting the welfare of all children;
    • Preventing, remedying, or assisting in the solution of problems which may result in neglect or abuse of children;
    • Preventing unnecessary separation of children from their families;
    • Restoring back to their families, children that have been removed;
    • Placing children in suitable adoptive homes when reunification is not an option; and
    • Assuring adequate care of children away from their homes.
how do we do what we do
How Do We Do What We Do?
  • Identify needs of children/families;
  • Plan for services to meet those needs;
  • Provide services to meet those needs; and
  • Ensure funding to provide services.
how do we know if we are doing it right
How Do We Know If We Are Doing It Right?
  • Identify needs;
  • Evaluate services;
  • Plan services;
  • Secure services;
  • Secure funds; and
  • Process services.
who can help us
Who Can Help Us?
  • Judicial System;
  • Law Enforcement;
  • State Personnel;
  • County Assistance Office;
  • Domestic Relations Office;
  • Social Security Administration; and
  • Other agencies.
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