Child Wellbeing Update - January 2019

Key Highlights This Month:  

  • MACSSA/DHS CP Fiscal workgroup met on 1/3/19.  See minutes from the meeting attached along with a Bulletin from the Children’s Bureau regarding the Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) that provides guidance for claiming IV-E funding. 
  • MACSSA/DHS Legislative workgroup met on 1/3/19.  Minutes attached.  The Behavioral Health Division was in attendance and is committed to continuing to be a part of these meetings moving forward. 
  • Educational Stability-Jamie Halpern (Hennepin) and Amy Shillabeer (Olmsted) met with Jamie Sorenson (DHS) and Beth Chaplin (MDE) to discuss the pilot and options for its continuation.  DHS is not taking a legislative position on this for this session but hopes to in SF2020 as part of a broader CWB proposal.  Hennepin and Olmsted plan to meet with State Senator Carla Nelson of Rochester to discuss the pilot and inquire of her interest in offering legislation to continue the work for another biennium. 
  • Aspire MN-Meeting took place on 12/21/18.  January forum planned for a preliminary review of the Intensive Needs Study for Children’s Mental Health.  Wilder Research will have a preliminary report in January with the final report being due in Feb.  It is anticipated that $470,000 is needed in stop gap funding around the IMD issue for the next biennium.   

Maltreatment reviews and background study disqualifications for CFC and FCC-the Licensing Division sent an email noting changes to a change in process regarding who completes the review of maltreatment determinations made by county child protection in licensed child foster care and family child care programs. The Child Safety and Permanency Division will be coming out with information.  See email details attached.   

Requested Actions Needed From MACSSA:  Several Counties did not complete the survey sent by Wilder Research for the Intensive Needs Study for CMH.  They have shortened the study in an attempt to get at the highest priority issues and will be reissuing this to Counties that did not complete the survey.  It is critical that Counties respond so that an accurate assessment of cost and needs can be formulated for this study.  

New Trends in This Area:  

Issues/Concerns Regarding This Topic:  

Legislative Impacts:  

Supporting Materials:  
CP Fiscal Minutes
MACSSA/DHS Leg Proposals Meeting Minutes
ACYF Bulletin_ACYF-CB-PI-18-12
Maltreatment Reviews 

Contact(s):  Jodi Heurung, Sherburne County; Amy Shillabeer, Olmsted County

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