The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has released Procedure Letter 394, which will temporarily allow flexibility in some rule and practice requirements to provide relief to the public and private child welfare workforce.
PL 394 outlines increased flexibilities in certain rule and non-rule-impacted ODJFS procedures. These flexibilities, which include requiring foster care agencies to submit a training plan only if there is a change and decreasing training requirements for residential facility staff, will be effective from September 1, 2022 through August 31, 2023, unless otherwise determined by ODJFS. Many changes for all ODJFS-licensed facilities are contained in PL 394 which we are reviewing and will talk more about in our upcoming Foster Care and Adoption and Residential Center-Group Home Committees. In the meantime, please review it here and feel free to reach out with any questions and/or feedback to Kate.Rossman@ohiochildrensalliance.org.