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Circuit 6 Child Welfare Presentation. A Call for Change. Circuit 6/Pinellas County Challenges. Largest Child Welfare Agency in State (based on total children served 3200+) Approximately 60\% of Children Served in OHC 4 th Highest removal rate of any other Circuit

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circuit 6 pinellas county challenges
Circuit 6/Pinellas County Challenges
  • Largest Child Welfare Agency in State (based on total children served 3200+)
  • Approximately 60% of Children Served in OHC
  • 4th Highest removal rate of any other Circuit
  • Absence of critical programs to mitigate removal
  • On Average, approximately 120+ children are staffed to case management per month (Pinellas combination of in-home/out-of-home services)
  • Last year only 55% of Children Were Reunified Timely
  • An Average of 6 Children Age Out of Foster Care per Month (Pinellas County only)
  • 2nd Lowest Funded Lead Agency in the State (out of 20 Lead Agencies- in terms of funding per child)
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“ A Call for Change”

Circuit 6 Objectives

  • Develop a Comprehensive Family Preservation Model
  • Ensure Immediate Access to A Continuum of Support Services for Families
  • Reduce the # of Children Entering Out of Home Care by 30% FY 10-11
why revamp what we have
Why Revamp What We Have?
  • The Establishment of High Risk Family Preservation (FP) Models have had Proven Success in Other Areas
  • Increased awareness of the Prevention Network will result in greater support to at-risk families.
  • The Creation of Referral Definitions will Ensure Families Receive the Right Services
  • A SPOA Co-located with the CPI will Help Ensure Maximum Utilization of the Continuum of FP Services
  • Continuing with what we have will eventually bankrupt our local system.
  • Doing Nothing is Not an Option
what are the core principles driving the remodeling initiative
What Are the Core Principles Driving the Remodeling Initiative?
  • Child Welfare Trends (reported abuse is on the rise)
  • Budgetary Impact of Trends on CW System
  • Negative Outcomes Associated with Children Removed From Their Families
    • Negative Impact on Education (drop out rate)
    • Increased Likelihood of DJJ Involvement
    • Higher Teen Pregnancy Rate
    • Lack of Employability (children who age out of system)
    • Homelessness (children who age out of system)
today s objective
Today’s Objective-
  • Understanding the Role of the Pinellas CPI
  • Understanding CPI Data and Trends
  • Snapshot of the Current Diversion Model in Pinellas County
  • Understanding Diversion Trends
  • Snapshot of the Revised Family Preservation Model in Pinellas County
  • What we Can Expect with Regard to Future Outcomes
pinellas county sheriff s office child protection investigation division jim coats sheriff

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Child Protection Investigation DivisionJim Coats, SHERIFF

“Leading the way for a safer Pinellas”

JWB Presentation

pinellas county sheriff s office child protection investigation division
Pinellas County Sheriff’s OfficeChild Protection Investigation Division

Beginning in October 1999, The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office assumed responsibility for conducting all child welfare investigations within the jurisdictional boundaries of Pinellas County.

At that same time, the sheriff’s offices of Broward, Manatee and Pasco Counties also assumed authority to conduct child welfare investigations in their respective counties.

Authority granted under the provision of section 39.3065, Florida Statute

“Leading the way for a safer Pinellas”

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Pinellas County Sheriff’s OfficeChild Protection Investigation Division

Currently, the Child Protection Investigation Division of the Sheriff’s Office employs 140 individuals. The majority of the members (79) are civilian child protective investigators. There are sixteen civilian supervisors who over see the efforts of the CPIs. Presently, there are five certified law enforcement officers assigned to CPID. The remainder of the staff is comprised of clerical staff and other support personnel.

CPID’s annual budget is just over $10,000,000 annually.

“Leading the way for a safer Pinellas”

cases received annually historical data
Cases Received Annually; Historical Data

Pinellas County Sheriff’s OfficeChild Protection Investigation Division

(*) = Estimate

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Pinellas County Sheriff’s OfficeChild Protection Investigation Division

CPIs in Pinellas are trained to conduct thorough child welfare investigations by conducting extensive risk assessments on the children and families they serve. During assessment, investigators do not just concentrate on the maltreatments listed on the original “intake” report but explore all possible forms of risk to the child. This assessment includes interviewing all family members (those living in the home and out), as well as all collateral contacts, professionals and/or other individuals who may have knowledge or insight into the dynamics of the family.

“Leading the way for a safer Pinellas”

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Pinellas County Sheriff’s OfficeChild Protection Investigation Division

Pinellas CPIs are consistently recognized for conducting thorough investigative interviews. This comment is routinely made during our annual Q/A process (Sheriff’s Annual Peer Review). Furthermore, CPIs go to great length to explore all “critical risk factors” in every child welfare investigation. Again, not just relying on the information in the initial report received from the Hotline.

Other possibly factors affecting removal rates in Pinellas include: Community awareness and education, the population density of Pinellas (children are more visible), CPID’s routine use of professional psycho/social evaluations, etc.

“Leading the way for a safer Pinellas”

dcf leaderboard performance average monthly comparison
DCF Leaderboard Performance (Average Monthly Comparison)

Pinellas County Sheriff’s OfficeChild Protection Investigation Division

(*) = Average over last 7 months

“Leading the way for a safer Pinellas”

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DCF Leaderboard Performance (Sheriff’s)

Pinellas County Sheriff’s OfficeChild Protection Investigation Division

(*) = Average over last 7 months

“Leading the way for a safer Pinellas”

judicial case percentages
Judicial Case Percentages

Pinellas County Sheriff’s OfficeChild Protection Investigation Division

(*) – Year To Date

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judicial percentages for 2010
Judicial Percentages for 2010

Pinellas County Sheriff’s OfficeChild Protection Investigation Division

“Leading the way for a safer Pinellas”

maltreatment percentages for judicial cases
Maltreatment Percentages for Judicial Cases

Pinellas County Sheriff’s OfficeChild Protection Investigation Division

(*) = YTD

“Leading the way for a safer Pinellas”

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Pinellas County Sheriff’s OfficeChild Protection Investigation Division

“Leading the way for a safer Pinellas”

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Prescription Drug Epidemic; Criminal Cases

Pinellas County Sheriff’s OfficeChild Protection Investigation Division

“Leading the way for a safer Pinellas”

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Pinellas County Sheriff’s OfficeChild Protection Investigation Division

Legal Sufficiency Attained

ERT

Service

Referrals

or

FSS

No Indicators

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Pinellas County Sheriff’s OfficeChild Protection Investigation Division

ERT is an essential component and has effectively reduce the number of children coming into care. Expansion of this service would undoubtedly benefit our community.

The Safe-At-Home concept will allow CPIs to have an option once “legal sufficiency” has been determined. SAH case managers would respond within hours to a home to mitigate risk(s) that would otherwise lead to the removal of a child(ren).

Pinellas CPID supports both of these programs.

“Leading the way for a safer Pinellas”

what are we doing currently to strengthen families an overview of the current diversion model
What are we doing currently to strengthen families?An Overview of the Current Diversion Model

CPI Responsible for Making All Referrals for Prevention and Diversionary Services

Intermediate Risk

(No Legal Sufficiency- Must Offer VPS Services First)

High Risk

(Legal Sufficiency Established-Family Needs Court Intervention)

Low Risk

(CPI Can Close Case With No Intervention)

Pinellas County Prevention Network

Case Management (VPS, In-Home Court & Court Ordered Services)

Diversion Providers

CFBH

Child Ne

Kinship Care

Healthy Families

Safe Start

Salvation Army

Gulf Coast Community Care

Neighborhood Family Centers

PEMHS

Directions for Mental Health

Family Resources

how are we revamping the model to bring about greater systemic change
How are we Revamping the Model to Bring About Greater Systemic Change?
  • Maintained Funding of Existing Diversion Programs (no reductions in funding or capacity)
  • Added an Additional $465K to Fund a High Risk Family Preservation Program in Pinellas
  • Developed Clearly Defined Parameters for Referral of Cases to the Family Preservation Continuum
  • Incorporated Best Practices from Around the State that had Proven Outcomes
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An Overview of the Revised Family Preservation Model

CPI Responsible for Making All Referrals For Services

DMH

Low Risk

(Intervention recommended but Not Required)

Intermediate Risk

(Legal Sufficiency for In-Home Petition)

High Risk

(Probable Cause for Removal)

Out of Home Care

GCCC

Single Point of Access- Co-Located with CPI to Help Navigate the Array of Prevention Services Available

Family Preservation/Diversion Providers

Family Preservation/ Diversion Provider

CASA

RCS

Suncoast Center

Family

Resources

Kinship

Care

Food

Pantry

CFBHN

PEMHS

(ERT)

Salvation Army

(FSS)

Child Care/

OST

Emergency

Assistance

Operation

Par

Gulf Coast Community Care

(Safe at Home)

Housing

PARC/

Respite

Tutoring

Pinellas County

Health Dept.

Neighborhood

Family Centers

Other -

Health, Education

& etc.

Pinellas

Village

Directions for

Mental Health

Support

Groups

Boley

Centers

Mentoring

safe at home
Safe At Home

Delivery of Services

Team approach . Therapist/ Case manager (Child Welfare Trained)

Services will be available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

  • The goal for response time of referral is within 2 hours
  • Services generally provided for a duration of 4-12 weeks.
  • Small case loads (no greater than 5 families per team).
  • Up to 20 -25 direct service hours per week per team.
  • Flex funds available.
  • Case plan , family assessment , team meetings, bi weekly staffings
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Future Outcomes- FY 11-12
  • Improved Child Welfare Outcomes
    • Reduction in # of Children Entering OHC
    • Reduction in Length of Stay Averages
    • Reduction in # of Families Served in Formal Child Welfare System
    • Increased Permanency
  • Increased Self Sufficiency (Stronger Families and Communities)
  • Re-investment of Dollars to Needed Programs
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