CAPTA Provision on Referrals to IDEA Part C National Early Childhood Conference December 12, 2005 Catherine M. Nolan
Children’s Bureau • History • Oldest Federal agency with primary responsibility for children’s issues • Established1913 • Agency of the Dept of Labor • Child labor issues
Children’s Bureau • Today: • An agency within the Dept of Health and Human Services/Administration on Children and Families/Administration on Children,Youth and Families • Sister bureau to Head Start, Child Care, Family and Youth Services bureaus • Budget approximately $7.2 billion
Children’s Bureau • Federal focal point for spectrum of child welfare, from child abuse prevention, to CPS response, foster care, adoption and independent living. • Child and Family Service Reviews – current system to measure States’ conformity with national standards. • Outcomes upon which all programs based: Safety, Permanency and Well Being
Children’s Bureau • Legislation • Title IV-B of the Social Security Act • Title IV-E of the Social Security Act • Chaffee Independent Living Act • CAPTA • Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003 • Abandoned Infants • Adoption Opportunites
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect • Division within the Children’s Bureau • Created under CAPTA 1996 language • Focal point for HHS on child abuse and neglect, interagency collaboration and coordination, special initiatives, CJA and prevention activities. • Federal Interagency Work Group • April Child Abuse Prevention Month • National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect • User Manual Series - - Role of Educator
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare • Jointly funded by SAMHSA and Children’s Bureau • Contract with Child and Family Futures, Inc. Irvine CA • Information, training, in-depth TA to selected States • SEN work • Meth Conference
Discretionary Grants • September 30, 2005 CAPTA grant awards • 4 grants to develop model policies/procedures to implement the SEN provisions • 10 marriage education grants – underserved populations • Recompete Tribal/migrant prevention grants
CAPTA Reauthorization • In June 2003, Congress reauthorized CAPTA as the new Keeping Children and Families Safe Act 2003 • Title I Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act • Subtitle A: General Program • Subtitle B: Community Based Grants for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect • Title II Adoption Opportunities • Title III Abandoned Infants Assistance • Title IV Family Violence Prevention and Services Act
Examples of programs funded under Title II - CBCAP • Voluntary home visiting • Parent education /skills • Parent mutual support/ self-help • Respite care/ crisis care • Community outreach and referral • Family resource centers/support services • Early childhood programs
Title I General ProgramBasic State Grant • Formula Grant to States • Purpose – to maintain/improve system of child protection • Must submit State plan every 5 years, must include description of activities State will carry out to meet purposes of Title I • Must include certification by governor that assures certain provisions are in place, by statute or policy.
Basic State Grant, cont • Reauthorization in June, 2003, included new assurances • Must have policies to address needs of drug exposed infants and requires that health care providers notify CPS about the infant. States must develop a plan of safe care for the infant • Notification does not mean automatic CPS report • Notification does not require prosecution for legal action • FAS and alcohol abuse are not included in the definition
Title I General ProgramBasic State Grant • New State Assurances (contd.) • Must have provisions and procedures for referring children under the of 3 who are involved in a substantiated case of child abuse and neglect to early intervention services funded under IDEA Part C. • Sec. 106(b)(2)(A)(xxi) of CAPTA
Issues • Confidentiality • What information can be disclosed by CW in the process or referring to Part C. • Working out mechanics of referral process
Issues, cont • Who screens? • No prohibitions in law to either allow or prohibit CW from screening • Practice: • screening needs to be done by someone well trained • Burden on CW?
Contact information • Catherine Nolan, Director of OCAN phone: 202-260-5140 email: firstname.lastname@example.org