Provider Watch - August 12, 2009 - Development of Contractual Standards for In-Home Services

In a memo directed to Regional DFCS Directors and Providers, Mark Washington, Assistant Commission to the Department of Human Services and State Director of DFCS announced the development of contractual standards and outcomes measures.

The provider community will be prepared to move toward performance based contracting, family centered practice and evidence based change.  The G-Force Meetings that have been so powerful as an agent of change for the DFCS will be brought to the provider community. 

The memo reads:
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The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is in the process of developing and subsequently implementing consistent contractual standards and outcomes measures as it relates to the provision and monitoring of in-home services for children, youth, and families.  Newly established in-home services contract standards will go into effect November 1, 2009.  Technical assistance and training will be available to services providers during the implementation of the new contract standards.  You can expect future correspondences with more details and timelines.

In September a "Provider Summit" will be convened.  During the "Provider Summit" discussions and workshops will be held regarding the "drivers of change", the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) outcome measures, and performance-based contracting, among other topics.  In October, you can look forward to the inaugural Provider "G" meeting, which will continue to be held monthly.  These opportunities for engagement and feedback along with the recommendations from the "Family Preservation and In-home services Taskforce" from 2008, will be used in the mutual development of new outcome measures and program indicators.  Throughout the fall and winter we will work together toward identifying baseline data and methods for tracking and monitoring of the measures and indicators that will be established. 

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A PDF copy of the memo can be found here

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