According to language in the PCC Agreement, all private agencies are required to prepare a discharge packet when a child exits their facility. For planned discharges or when the private agency or DCBS provides a two (2) week notice, the packet is provided to the Cabinet SSW on the date of discharge and must include the PCC/PCP Discharge Summary form.
In the event of an unplanned discharge, the agency prepares and submits the PCC/PCP Discharge Summary to the Cabinet SSW on the first business day following the discharge.
- Per contractual agreement, a PCC or PCP agency must give the Cabinet a two (2) week notice of a child’s unplanned discharge.
- However, if a child is hospitalized or goes AWOL while in a PCC/PCP placement and CHFS does not approve a bed hold request for that child (refer to SOP 4.53 Bed Hold-Private Residential or PCP Foster Care Placement):
- The date of disruption become the discharge date for the child; and
- The PCC provider does not have to provide a two (2) week written notice for the discharge.
- The SSW involves the family’s team in planning for a child’s discharge from a PCC or PCP placement.
- The focus is on achievement of legal permanency in a timely manner, while meeting the child’s needs.
- Following discharge from a PCC or PCP program, the youth may:
- Be returned to his family;
- Be placed in a DCBS foster or adoptive home; or
- Be placed in another setting.
- The SSW utilizes the PCC-PCP Discharge Checklist when discharging the child from a PCC/PCP.
- For planned discharges, the SSW obtains all items on the PCC-PCP Dishcharge Checklist (including the PCC-PCP Discharge Summary) the child’s discharge packet before leaving one PCC/PCP agency and delivering the child to their next placement.
- For unplanned/emergency discharges, the SSW provides the items on the PCC-PCP Discharge Checklist discharge summary packet to the new agency upon receipt.
Contingencies and Clarifications
- The SSW submits a letter of complaint to the PCC and the Division of Protection and Permanency (DPP) in central office if a program discharges a child without a two (2) week notice and the SSW is not in agreement with the discharge.
- If action is initiated based on the complaint letter, DPP informs the SSW and PCC within five (5) working days of initiation of the action.