(1) "Differential response approach" means an approach that a public children services agency (PCSA) may use to respond to accepted reports of child abuse or neglect with either an alternative response or a traditional response.
(2) "Traditional response" means a PCSA's response to a report of child abuse or neglect that encourages engagement of the family in a comprehensive evaluation of the child's current and future safety needs and a fact-finding process to determine whether child abuse or neglect occurred and the circumstances surrounding the alleged harm or risk of harm.
(3) "Alternative response" means the PCSA's response to a report of child abuse or neglect that engages the family in a comprehensive evaluation of child safety, risk of subsequent harm, and family strengths and needs and that does not include a determination as to whether child abuse or neglect occurred.
(B) The Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) issues funding to counties in the process of implementing a change to a differential response system of service delivery to families and children in their communities through state fiscal year (SFY) 2015 only in rounds seven to ten of statewide rollout. A differential response system includes the implementation of an alternative response pathway in addition to the traditional response. ODJFS may issue reimbursement up to forty thousand dollars per county to support these differential response implementation efforts.
(C) These funds consist of one hundred per cent state funds. ODJFS will notify counties if additional funding becomes available.
(D) Differential response activities and amounts are available for reimbursement, up to each county's identified maximum reimbursement amount, when any of the following activities have been completed:
(1) Attend differential response county orientation. Participants must include the county's identified differential response project lead;
(2) Complete and submit the differential response readiness assessment in accordance with instructions provided in the readiness assessment tool;
(3) Participate in developing the agenda for and completing the differential response readiness consultation visit;
(4) Staff complete differential response primer two-day training;
(5) Work with ODJFS and project consultant team to plan and host differential response community orientation;
(6) Participate in monthly differential response statewide or round-specific teleconference;
(7) Staff attend differential response quarterly in-person meeting for workers and supervisors;
(8) Participate in two-day differential response coaching and/or consultation sessions;
(9) Supervisory staff complete supervisor as coach differential response supervisory training;
(10) Participate in national differential response conference; and
(11) Activities ODJFS identifies as supporting differential response implementation.
(E) A PCSA will receive reimbursement when:
(2) The PCSA has submitted and obtained approval of an invoice based on unit costs for reimbursement to ODJFS, office of families and children.
(F) Funds reimbursed in paragraph (E) of this rule are expected to be used to support future differential response programming and services to children and families being served.
(G) Each PCSA shall prepare and maintain a case plan or a family service plan for any child for whom the agency is providing in-home services pursuant to an alternative response.
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 5101.02 , Section 309.50.10 of Am.Sub. H.B. 153, 129th G.A.
Rule Amplifies: 5101.02 , Section 309.50.10 of Am.Sub. H.B. 153, 129th G.A.
Prior Effective Dates: 10/12/2012