Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

9.18 Ongoing Services

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter:
Chapter 9-Status Offender Services
Effective:
3/30/2016
Section:
9.18 Ongoing Services
Version:
2

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Legal Authority/Introduction

LEGAL AUTHORITY:

Procedure

General Ongoing Services for Status Offenders

The SSW:

  1. Receives a court order that delineates the terms and conditions with which the child is to comply when the judge orders DCBS to provide supervision;
  2. Follows the case planning standards of practice upon receipt of an order of supervision from the Juvenile court;
  3. Reports any violation of court orders to the community court as set forth in SOP 11.7 Motion to Redocket;
  4. Develops an aftercare plan upon case closure;
  5. With the approval of the FSOS, sends a letter to the committing court summarizing the case and providing notice that the case is being closed when a child and family have completed the requirements of a case plan and do not require further services;
  6. Completes the letter to the committing court no less than two (2) weeks prior to the case being closed.
  7. Does not provide supervision beyond the child’s eighteenth birthday if the court does not order a specific time frame;

When a child determined to be a status offender is placed outside the region:

  1. The SSW, with the approval of the FSOS, requests staff from the region where the child is placed to assign a onsite worker to make monthly visits to the child and family;
  2. The onsite worker submits a report to the referring SSW summarizing the visits and noting any issues or concerns about the child’s treatment;
  3. The SSW is responsible for monitoring the child’s placement and updating the family case plan when a child returns home. 

In Home Ongoing Services

The SSW:

  1. Reviews the results of the assessment, pre-disposition report and the prevention plan for a child who has been placed on court ordered supervision;
  2. Makes the initial home visit within five (5) working days of the case assignment in order to discuss:
    1. Continuing the family assessment;
    2. Identifying SSW and family roles and expectations; and
    3. Initiating the formation of a family team, including identified fathers as outlined in SOP 4.14 Family Attachment and Involvement; 1 
  3. And family revise the prevention plan, if necessary;
  4. Ensures that the family receives the DPP-154 Protection and Permanency Service Appeal, either by mail or by hand delivery, and documents that the family has received it;
  5. Asks the appropriate family members to sign the DCBS-1 Informed Consent and Release of Information and Records and (if appropriate for HIV/AIDS, alcohol or other drug treatment) the DCBS-1A Informed Consent and Release of Information and Records Supplement to obtain permission from the client in order to consult with other professionals;
  6. Follows guidelines related to HIPAA compliance;
  7. Makes referrals to appropriate in home service providers including, but not limited to:
    1. Community Collaboration for Children,
    2. Family preservation services;
    3. Intensive in home services;
    4. Any other local agency/community partner, that may be beneficial in helping the youth/family successfully complete their case plan;
  8. Ensures that the family case plan is developed within fifteen (15) calendar days of case assignment by the FSOS;
  9. Does not provide supervision beyond the child’s eighteenth birthday if the court does not order a specific time frame.

Practice Guidance

  • If a child adjudicated as a status offender requires placement in a residential treatment center, group home or treatment foster home, Cabinet staff may be directed by the Juvenile court to provide ongoing services.
  • In disposition of a status offender case, the Juvenile court judge may order that a child be supervised for a period of time by the Cabinet to insure that terms and conditions imposed by the court are being met.

 

  • In disposition of a status offender case, the Juvenile court judge may order that a child be supervised for a period of time in the home by the Cabinet to ensure that terms and conditions imposed by the court are being met.
 

Footnotes

  1. The purpose of the first visit is to engage the family in establishing a therapeutic relationship based on trust.

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