Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

6.2 Kentucky Stengthening Ties and Empowering Parents (KSTEP)

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
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10/1/2019
Section:
6.2 Kentucky Stengthening Ties and Empowering Parents (KSTEP)
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Legal Authority/Introduction

LEGAL AUTHORITY:

Procedure

 
 

The SSW:

 

  1. In consultation with their supervisor:

    1. Identifies a KSTEP eligible family:
      1. Residing in Bath, Carter, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Montgomery, or Rowan counties;
      2. With a child(ren) at moderate to imminent risk of removal from the home;
      3. With at least one household child under the age ten (10);
      4. With parental substance abuse as a primary feature affecting child safety;
      5. Who did not have an ongoing DCBS case at the time the investigation was received; and
      6. Whose investigation will result in the case being opened for ongoing services.
    2. Identifies the referred child as a candidate for foster care by determining:
      1. The child‘s safety is at risk or will be at risk in the immediate future without intervention; and
      2. The safety issues can be mitigated with the selection and use of child-specific, evidence based intervention.
  2. Reviews the EBP Selection Document for EBP intervention selection.
  3. Upon approval from the FSOS, discusses the potential referral with the family to:
    1. Inform the family that in-home services are an alternative to out of home placement;
    2. Determine the family’s willingness to participate with the referral to in-home services;
    3. Discuss with the family the appropriate evidence based practices (EBP) to be utilized with the family, based on regional and program availability; and
    4. Inform the family that a referral will be made upon the family’s agreement and that the KSTEP provider will schedule a visit within twenty four (24) hours of receipt of the referral.
  4. Obtains signed releases of information from the family, DCBS-1 and DCBS 1A.
  5. Provides the KSTEP in-home provider agency with information that outlines the reason for referral, basic demographics, contact information, and recommended EBP intervention, via phone or email; 1
  6. Completes the Prevention Services Referral Form in TWIST, ONLY identifying the candidate, the identified risk factors, and EBP interventions to mitigate risk factors. 2
  7. Submits the Prevention Services Referral Form in TWIST for FSOS risk rating and signature;
  8. Joins, if possible, the KSTEP staff for the initial visit within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt of referral, if an opening is available;
  9. Forwards the following documents to the KSTEP in-home provider agency within three (3) days of referral:
    1. Information about allegations of substance use and/or family violence to include prior criminal charges and their disposition.  This should include any charges that may indicate risk or safety to the family or to the KSTEP in-home provider agency.  The SSW will notify the KSTEP in-home provider agency of immediate threats to child safety and any known threats to SSW/KSTEP in-home provider safety. 
    2. Prior substantiated allegations including but not limited to physical abuse to child by parent, domestic or family violence, and neglect where substance use/abuse or family violence was a contributing risk factor.
    3. Copy of P&P prevention plan, case plan and/or court orders
    4. A copy of the case summary face sheet, with correct and updated case member demographic and relationship information.
    5. Release of information forms DCBS-1 & DCBS-1A signed by the family.
  10. Flags KSTEP cases utilizing the checkbox on the case management screen;
  11. Attends family team meetings;
    1. Within six (6) to twelve (12) days of referral;
    2. Monthly; and
    3. As needed.
  12. Completes the DPP-1281 Family Case Plan:
    1. Documenting the date of candidacy, candidate, prevention strategy (selected EBP), and the date of the prevention strategy (date of referral approval);
    2. Incorporating the EBPs into a case plan objective; and
    3. Incorporating the objectives of the KSTEP in-home provider case plan into the DCBS-1281 Family Case Plan. 3
  13. Consults with KSTEP staff as often as necessary and updates the EBP intervention via a modified case plan, if KSTEP staff identify a second or multiple interventions or a change in intervention;
  14. Selects candidacy end date in TWIST, under preventative services and in the case plan when:
    1. A candidate has entered foster care;4
    2. The family has successfully completed services; or
    3. The family’s services were terminated unsuccessfully.
  15. Completes candidacy redetermination via the selection on the case plan, when the need for services extends beyond twelve (12) months;
  16. Reviews weekly reports on the family’s progress, provided by the KSTEP in-home prevention provider, including an update from substance abuse treatment providers and from the in-home provider.

 

The FSOS:

  1. Consults with the SSW to identify if the child is a candidate for KSTEP and a candidate for foster care by determining:
    1. The child meets KSTEP program acceptance criteria;
    2. The child‘s safety is at risk or will be at risk in the immediate future without intervention; and
    3. The safety issues can be mitigated with the selection and use of child-specific, evidence based intervention.
  2. Reviews the Prevention Services Referral Form for appropriate EBP selection;
  3. Signs the Prevention Services Referral Form; and
  4. Assigns a risk level to the Prevention Services Referral Form.

The Gatekeeper:

  1. Checks TWIST workbasket daily for region specific referrals; and
  2. Approves KSTEP referrals and takes no further action.
 

​Footnotes

  1. KSTEP referrals do not require the entire referral be completed or gatekeeper approval.
  2. Best practice is to make the referral from the home in collaboration with the family.
  3. Family objectives will be specific to the childcare tasks that are at risk and the individual objectives will be specific to the caretaker patterns of personal behavior that is threatening the ability of the caretakers to ensure the safety and well-being of their children.
  4. Families may continue in the KSTEP program when children are placed out of the home, to expedite their return, however, they are no longer eligible for title IV-E claiming.
     

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