APHSA Annual Report 2018

are both core techniques of APHSA’s “DAPIM” model for critical thinking and continuous improvement. The report drafts were refined through rounds of review between APHSA’s project team and the agency’s steering committee. Recommendations were ultimately organized into appropriate phases, covering all system of care elements and Value Curve stages. The primary areas of focus for system change include: • Matching system capacity with

juvenile justice. We are making significant progress in aligning our programs to integrate more fully with behavioral health and substance use disorder services, and we are working upstream to prevent children and families from needing DCYF intervention. Our highest priority should be to fund a system of care that will integrate services for youth served by DHHS.” MONTEREY COUNTY, CALIFORNIA Developed in partnership with the community, local, state and national partners, the Monterey County Roadmap to Strengthen Child Well-Being is a community plan that aligns with the recommendations from the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse Neglect Fatalities Report viewed through the lens of the Value Curve. In partnership with the Monterey County Department of Social Services (MCDSS) , APHSA supported the second year of Roadmap implementation work in two main areas: the development of Mandated Reporter County-wide Training, and the design of a Community Navigator program model. The county-wide, six-hour Mandated Reporter Training was developed and piloted through guidance from a multi-disciplinary team of human services, law enforcement, education, public health, behavioral health and legal staff. This training, geared towards new, multi-sector mandated reporter staff throughout Monterey County, will be the required avenue of professional development identified within California’s Child Abuse Neglect and Reporting Act. Revised from its previous one-hour training format the new curriculum supports the transfer of learning for new staff in the following areas: • Their role as a Mandated Reporter; • The five types of child abuse and neglect; • Identifying the indicators of child abuse and neglect;

demand and with emerging evidence;

• Workforce retention and development strategies; • Improved individual and family assessment tools; • Moving services further

upstream towards prevention and early intervention; • Further integrating program and functional areas of the system; and • Advancing data integration towards needed analytics. While most of the changes needed in New Hampshire are in front of us as of this writing, the sponsorship for this work is strong within the agency and the state overall. “Over the past 18 months, we have taken significant steps to rebuild New Hampshire’s DCYF system,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “This report will help us identify, understand, and address areas of need within our child welfare system… I am confident that combined with the findings of the report, these firsthand accounts will help us continue to build a better system for New Hampshire’s children.” DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers added, “The recommendations provided in the PCG report reflect our ongoing commitment to transforming the entire child welfare system, not just child protection or


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