Child Wellbeing Update - October 2018


• SOC (System of Care) Update: Contracts are being developed for training on wraparound and bridging. Wraparound training will allow for up to 50 attendees per session. An overall training plan is being developed to include training on family involvement, youth involvement, marketing, etc. As wraparound training is one of the biggest investments of the grant, a possible MACSSA forum could be provided in early 2019 to introduce the training and concepts to all counties. Wraparound is one of the biggest investments so how can this be inclusive of counties who did not get any of the grants.

• The Legislative Task Force on Protection of Children will be meeting on October 22: DHS was asked to present on the 93 task force recommendations. Jamie Sorenson and Lori Munsterman are revising the document developed last year and will share with MACSSA. DHS will also provide an update on Families First Prevention Services Act. Tentatively, Senator Julie Rosen will be co-chairing with Representative Kresha.

• Bulletin: Title IVE Foster Care Maintenance Payments for Children Placed with a Parent in Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment: The changes in this bulletin needed to be reflected in the State Title IV-E plan by October 1. The bulletin needed to be provided timely. There will be implications of this change including changes to Brass codes, elements of treatment facilities, etc. It is not yet clear whether counties will need to expend money to get the services in substance use programs in order to obtain the federal funding. This would be a change from past practice. There will be a preliminary discussion at the next MACSSA/DHS Fiscal Meeting in late October and a potential MASCSSA forum on how to carry out the bulletin requirements. See attachments for bulletin.

• Representative Kresha will be meeting with the MACSSA membership at the November meeting regarding the counties’ perspectives on the Families First Prevention Services Act. This is a great opportunity to meet with Representative Kresha who co-chairs the Legislative Task Force on Child Protection.

• Safe Passages/Rich Gehrman has been meeting with MACSSA CP Fiscal Work Group members regarding the total costs to the system of the child protection reforms in 2015. He is developing a preliminary “coalition” meeting on the total cost of child protection services and has invited numerous stakeholders, including MACSSA.

• Minneapolis Health Department has requested a connection with counties through AMC on their Focus on Father’s project. Hennepin County Human Services will follow up on some initial involvement on this.


DHS Child, Safety and Permanency will be requesting involvement in workgroups addressing specific areas of the Families First Prevention Services Act. The specifics of the request may change dependent on the MACSSA/DHS meeting with Casey on 11-1-18 to develop a process for creating a vision for our child welfare system. Potential Forum proposals on the following topics:

• Wraparound services and training through the SOC grant

• Title IVE Foster Care Maintenance Payments for Children Placed with a Parent in Residential Treatment


Potential fiscal and policy implications of DHS Bulletin Title IVE Foster Care Maintenance Payments for Children Placed with a Parent in Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Implications are not clear yet. There may be a requirement to expend funding where not previously a human services expenditure in order to access the federal funding. More information will be sought and provided in a future update.


U of M and DHS are seeking assistance from MACSSA in pursuing funding for the Child Welfare Training Academy. Information has been obtained and a potential policy position will be formulated.

Save the Date: Educational Stability Work Group Meeting

Thursday, November 8, 2018; 11:45 – 1:15 PM (following MACSSA Monthly Meeting)

MCIT - 100 Empire Drive, St. Paul, MN 55103

This will be an important meeting, anticipating an update on the state’s plans for distribution of the first year of ESSA transportation funding, and plans for the pilot for year two. There will also be discussion on how to seek ongoing funding in the governor’s budget plans for the next biennium. The agenda will include the following:

1. What data has been reported from year one of pilot? a. How many school district/county agreements were completed? b. How many students were ‘kept in home district’? c. What was cost of transportation? d. other data?

2.What is plan for distribution of funds?

a. Timetable

b. How much (%) of costs will be reimbursed?

c. cash flow

d. any provisions or guidance re: assurance of sharing between counties and districts?

3. What are plans, if any, for inclusion of funding in State budget plans for next biennium? MDE? DHS?

a. What can we do to help promote this?

4. What else did we learn from the first year of pilot? E.g. how many kids went to relative placement and were able to remain in same school?

5. Are there suggestions for simplifying the process for pilot yr 2 (and beyond)?

6. What kinds of TA or peer support would be beneficial to counties and school districts as they seek to develop and implement local plans?

a. Are there specific issues or barriers folks have encountered during past year that should be addressed?

7. What are communication plans going forward?

8. Status of getting a roster that names the ESSA Foster Care points of contact in all school districts and counties in MN



DHS bulletin 18-68-19: Title IV-E Foster Care Maintenance Payments for Children Placed with a Parent in Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment


Suzanne Arntson, Brenda Mahoney

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