Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

4.48 Discharge from a PCP or PCC Placement

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter 4-Out of Home Care Services (OOHC)
4.48 Discharge from a PCP or PCC Placement

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Legal Authority/Introduction


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.

Practice Guidance

  • 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.


  1. The SSW utilizes the PCC-PCP Discharge Checklist when discharging the child from a PCC/PCP.
  2. For planned discharges, the SSW obtains all items on the PCC-PCP Dishcharge Checklist (including the PCC-PCP Discharge Summary) before leaving one PCC/PCP agency and delivering the child to their next placement.
  3. For unplanned/emergency discharges, the SSW provides the items on the PCC-PCP Discharge Checklist to the new agency upon receipt. 

Contingencies and Clarifications

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


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