Several issues explored around the concept of establishing a fuller continuum of treatment foster care capacity in Ohio.
As many of you know, PCSAO hosted a series of workgroup meetings around the concept of establishing a fuller continuum of treatment foster care capacity in Ohio. They specifically explored:
Expanding and defining the number of tiers currently considered "treatment" foster care (as distinguished from traditional family foster care)
Serving children with more challenging medical or behavioral health needs
Establishing appropriate payment ranges for caregivers
Modernizing the role of the caregiver through supports, training, recruitment, and retention
This workgroup, made up of county children services agencies, private providers, caregivers, former foster youth, and Ohio Children’s Alliance members, formed as a response to the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) which seeks to limit residential placements in favor of home-based settings. In the coming months, PCSAO plans to seek additional stakeholder engagement to flesh out the recommendations, refine the proposed tiers, and develop a comprehensive structure for treatment foster care. Read the report here.