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Legislative Priorities - 85th Session

Interim Charges Released
Senate Charges - Part 1 and Part 2


Investing in Foster Care to Better Serve Children and Families view our full policy paper here 


FULLY FUND FOSTER CARE AND TARGET ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR CPAs and RTCs

The foster care system is underfunded and providers are struggling to keep pace with the needs of children. On average, our providers are being reimbursed only 80 percent of costs needed to provide care at the contracted level.

  • At a minimum, foster care should be fully funded at the current rate.
  • Consider funding a targeted rate increase to support improved care, effective therapeutic services, capacity growth and innovation.

○ Residential Treatment Centers – Residential treatment center rates at the intense and specialized level are substantially lower than rates paid for those services in other states. We do not believe the current cost data adequately represents the expense incurred to serve this very high need population. Increased funding is needed to stabilize and improve resources to these facilities. RTCs additionally need funding to maintain and build capacity.

○ CPA Retainage – CPA retainage funding is used for training, recruitment, and wraparound services. Under the current funding structure, CPAs cannot keep up with the need to recruit and build capacity and fully serve their foster families. If adequately funded, this will allow for improvements in care that will better support children and families, such as supporting the trauma-informed care model, specialized programs that meet the changing needs of the children, and community partnerships and programs to help heal families.

  • The Alliance supports updating rate methodology, which was adopted 15 years ago.

○ Outdated time studies do not reflect modern or best practices.

○ No funding for a child’s transition between placement settings or work with biological families to help increase the success of family reunification.

○ Increase in child-specific contracts, a significant cost driver and not accounted for in cost reports.

SUPPORT SB 11/HB 914 and HB 6

SB 11/HB 914 brings innovation and accountability to the foster care system and moves toward the long-term goal of community-based care. If funded, these improvements will allow for providers to do the work they do best – care for children and families.

  • Addresses critical concerns in foster care system.

○ Development of regional capacity plans.

○ Support of integrated care for children.

  • Pilots transfer of case management to providers, which will allow for increased continuity of care for children and families.

○ Children will have less disruptions in care, fewer handoffs with caseworkers and service providers.

○ Allows providers to better understand the needs and challenges of each child and can work with the community to better serve the child and family.

○ Allows providers to work with biological families and offer wraparound services, particularly during the critical reunification period.

  • Provides for better accountability through performance-based outcomes.

○ The Alliance supports incentive funding based on contract outcomes.

SUPPORT EXPANSION OF COMMUNITY-BASED CARE (formerly Foster Care Redesign)

The DFPS Legislative Appropriation Request (LAR) for 2018-19 includes the expansion of Foster Care Redesign (FCR) to eight new catchment areas.

  • FCR supports capacity efforts by requiring single source continuum contractor (SSCC) to provide and maintain capacity for all referrals.
  • FCR uses quality-based outcomes to measure accountability, including:

○ Keeping children close to home.

○ Maintaining sibling groups.

  • Support efforts and funding to improve data sharing between SSCC and state. This will improve efficiency and reduce costs for data sharing.
  • Strongly support DFPS’ request to adequately financially support existing and future FCR systems.

○ DFPS has worked closely with the current SSCC to accurately identify all functions and responsibilities. It is critical these costs are identified and fully funded before accelerating rollout.

CONTINUE SUPPORT FOR WORK WITH FAMILIES

Our members additionally provide a continuum of services to support children and families. We want the best outcomes for families and ask the Legislature to support our work with families.

  • Continued support for HOPES and prevention programs.
  • Support for adoption and post-adoption services.
  • Support HB 4 and resources for kinship providers

Alliance Member Advocacy

Advocacy Guide - created for Alliance members as a helpful resource.

Senate Grassroots Network - a list of Senate members and their contact info for each Alliance agency location

House Grassroots Network - a list of House members and their contact info for each Alliance agency location




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