October Integration Update
From October 1-15, 2016, here’s what’s been happening:
- Cori Bauserman and Pam East, Big Bend COO, met with the leadership of Children’s Home Society in C14 to discuss the future of Early Childhood Court. The Early Childhood Court approach is aimed at providing child welfare-involved families with wraparound services and ensuring that the judiciary is well informed of the family’s needs and progress. Court Coordinators attend shelter hearings, assist parents with accessing services, provide monthly feedback to case management as well as the Courts and help families heal. Early Childhood Court provides for a coordinated effort in the reunification, placement, and service needs of children and families and ultimately, improves related outcomes.
- Ann Wing, Network Coordinator in C14 and Cori Bauserman met with the Life Management Family Intensive Treatment (FIT) Team staff as well as the staff of Chemical Addiction and Recovery (CARE) to discuss the substance abuse needs of child welfare involved families and the best ways to improve collaboration.
- Zack Summerlin, Network Coordinator in C2, presented a Managing Entity overview to the attendees of the C2 Alliance meeting. Zack discussed the nearly completed Region-wide Needs Assessment as well.
- Erika Puckett hosted a panel discussion with several C14. This roundtable gave PIs, DCMs, legal and others the opportunity to hear about the different services that providers deliver and encouraged an open dialog about successes and opportunities for improvement with communication. Attendees requested that a more frequent roundtable opportunity be made possible, as often as quarterly, to continue to improve collaboration.
- Cori participated with a researcher from Florida State University’s Integrated Health Program to data mine cases for the current integration project looking at the behavioral health needs of parents involved in the child welfare system. Student researchers will follow up in several weeks to gather more information to better assess the current referral process, services requested and outcomes.
- Children’s Home Society Case Management staff in C2 participated in a Focus Group Discussion to gather front-line staff opinions and experiences working with child welfare-involved parents.
- Erika Puckett, Cori Bauserman, Pam East and CEO Mike Watkins participated in a meeting with DCF Regional Leadership to discuss the service array in the Northwest Region. This meeting specifically addressed Safety Management Services but also discussed the need to further assess the vigor of Family Support Services.
- Big Bend ME and CBC Leadership attended the Recovery Oriented System of Care Summits held in both C2 and C14. These summits focused on the need to approach behavioral health recovery as a lifetime process.