Meghann Dygert and Christina Becker, will share their insights about the child welfare field as it is now and how it will change in light of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). The child welfare field is experiencing an incredible moment of transformation driven by shifting focus to primary prevention of child abuse and neglect and applying social determinants of health in creating family well-being.
About the presenters
Meghann Dygert – Policy Associate, Child and Family Well-Being, American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)
Meghann joined APHSA in April 2019, and works primarily with state and local child welfare/child care directors on implementing major legislation and improving outcomes for child and families. Prior to joining APHSA, Meghann supported several Medicaid 1115 demonstration waivers from initial negotiation to implementation, including North Carolina’s Health opportunities waiver.
Christina Becker - Knowledge Mobilization Manager, American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)
Christina works in one of APHSA’s Collaborative Centers, the National Collaborative for Integration of Health & Human Services (“National Collaborative”). The National Collaborative is composed of state, community, industry, and other partner members, who are focused on horizontal integration work between “health” and “human services.” Christina is also the Policy Liaison for one of APHSA’s affinity groups – IT Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM). In this role, she researches policies with a link to H/HS IT, and helps plan ISM’s large annual conference. Before joining APHSA, Christina worked in the Judges’ Chambers of the Fairfax County General District Court. She has a J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law, and two B.A.s from the University of Mary Washington.
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Earlier this year in the Children and Youth Services Review (April 2019) there was an article that reviewed all states and found only 2 states in full complinace with CAPTA. If state plans are not in alligment with thier annual progress reporting and referral of prenatal substance exposure, how can we move the conversation? Wouldn't a few more projects help inform states?
It's good to hear from you, Sid, and your questions are obviously important ones. Whatever the answers -- and I'm not sure where to find them, if they exist at all -- you're pointing out serious deficiencies in knowledge that impede our ability to make progress for the impacted children and families. This is a critical discussion to have, so I hope others will join in, whether to provide more information or maybe even to push for substantive action and real answers.
In important respects the acid test of data sharing across agencies is tracking what happens in both child welfare and treatment agencies to parents and children affected by substance use disorders. There are projects that share this data for small populations, but no state, to the best of our knowledge, can identify the baseline treatment outcomes and reunification outcomes for all parents--37% of caseloads, nationally, up to 65% in best-screening states--whose children have been removed and who have been referred to treatment.
Is current pratice yet able to track the full caseloads--or just projects? Are baseline measures of recovery and reunification for the full caseload available? Which states are most advanced in publishing these baselines based on data sharing?
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