(1) "Alternative response" is a practice approach in child protective services that allows for more than one method of responding to accepted reports of child abuse or neglect as described in rule 5101:9-14-03 of the Administrative Code.
(2) "Alternative response experiential learning (AREL) activities" are coaching, mentoring, shadowing, and peer-to-peer networking activities that facilitate implementation of the alternative response program in a county by developing staff skills and capacities and addressing relevant administrative, organizational, community, and service issues.
(3) "AREL event" is an organized gathering hosted by a public children services agency (PCSA) that is participating in the alternative response program in accordance with rule 5101:9-14-03 of the Administrative Code to provide AREL activities to a PCSA that is participating in or considering participation in the program.An AREL event may also consist of special or one-time activities that the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) identifies through written notice as supporting the purpose of AREL activities defined in paragraph (A) of this rule.
(B) The AREL fund consists of one hundred per cent state funds. Additional federal funding may be available for reimbursement of expenditures specified in paragraph (D) of this rule. The (ODJFS) will notify counties if additional funding is available.
(C) The AREL fund is available for reimbursement of expenditures listed in paragraphs (D) and (E) of this rule that occur or have occurred from the first of January through the thirty-first of December each year.
(D) A PCSA that is participating in the alternative response program is eligible to be reimbursed from the AREL fund as specified in paragraph (F) of this rule for each of the following expenditures:
(1) Pre-visit preparation and planning for hosting an AREL event;
(2) Hosting an AREL event; and
(3) Participating in an AREL event. A host PCSA may not be paid for its own staff participating in an AREL event that it is hosting.
(E) A PCSA that is considering participation in the alternative response program may be eligible to receive reimbursement as specified in paragraph (F) of this rule if it receives prior approval from the ODJFS office of families and children (OFC) for participant expenditures for each of its employees who attend an AREL event hosted by a PCSA as described in paragraph (D) of this rule.
(F) A PCSA will receive reimbursement when both of the following occur:
(1) The PCSA has reported expenditures on the JFS 02820 " Children Services Quarterly Financial Statement" as described in rule 5101:9-7-29 of the Administrative Code; and
(2) The PCSA has submitted and obtained approval of an invoice based on unit cost for reimbursement to the ODJFS OFC.
(G) The definitions, requirements, and responsibilities contained in rule 5101:9-6-50 of the Administrative Code are applicable to this rule.
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 5101.02, Section 309.45.10 of Am. Sub. H.B. 1, 128th G.A.
Rule Amplifies: 5101.02, Section 309.45.10 of Am. Sub. H.B. 1, 128th G.A.
Prior Effective Dates: 11/8/10, 3/20/11