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9 20 2012 2nd Quarter 2012 Report Final %283%29

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 Juan F.
v. Malloy Exit Plan Quarterly ReportSeptember 2012
 Juan F 
. v. Malloy Exit PlanQuarterly ReportApril 1, 2012 - June 30, 2012Civil Action No. 2:89 CV 859 (SRU)
Submitted by:DCF Court Monitor's Office300 Church St, 4
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Floor Wallingford, CT 06492Tel: 203-741-0458Fax: 203-741-0462E-Mail:Raymond.Mancuso@CT.GOV1
 
 Juan F.
v. Malloy Exit Plan Quarterly ReportSeptember 2012
Table of Contents
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v Malloy Exit Plan Quarterly ReportApril 1, 2012 - June 30, 2012SectionIntroductionPage3
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Pre-Certification Review-Status UpdateSecond Quarter 20124Highlights 8
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Exit Plan Outcome Measure Overview Chart(April 1, 2012 - June 30, 2012)13Monitor's Office Case Review for Outcome Measure 3 andOutcome Measure 1514
 Juan F.
Action Plan Monitoring Report40
 Appendix 1
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Commissioner's Highlights from: The Department of Children and Families Exit Plan Outcome Measures SummaryReport: Second Quarter Report (April 1, 2012 - June 30, 2012)54
 Appendix 2 -
Review of Exits from Congregate Care Settings56
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 Juan F.
v. Malloy Exit Plan Quarterly ReportSeptember 2012
Introduction
There are a number of encouraging developments that occurred during the Second Quarter 2012.These include:
The Court Monitor and
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parties reached an important agreement regarding the Pre-Certification Review process and six of the seven Outcome Measures reviewed thus far have been pre-certified. Given the significance of this agreement, a status update regarding the Pre-Certification process is presented on page 5. The Court Monitor will present similar statusupdates each subsequent quarter.
The findings related to the 22 Outcome Measures indicate a strong overall performance duringthe recently completed quarter.
The results for Outcome Measure 3 (Case Planning) indicate a notable increase from 39.6% inthe First Quarter 2012 to 63% this quarter. While further reviews will be needed to ascertainwhether this upward trend can be sustained, the Second Quarter findings indicate progress inensuring that all stakeholders are included and their points of view are correctly reflected in thecore elements of case planning that are measured.
The Department continues to hold many family team meetings regarding youngsters receivingtreatment in congregate care facilities. Discharge planning efforts regarding these youngstershas resulted in further reductions in the use of non-family placement/treatment services.
Utilization of relative care and special study homes has continued to increase throughout thesystem.
The report "Review of Exits from Congregate Care Settings" is presented in Appendix 2, page56. The review findings indicate that there was no evidence of children being "rushed" or inappropriately moved from congregate care settings and there was ample evidence of discharge planning. Service availability and case management issues mirrored the results routinelyreported for Outcome Measure 15.
The implementation and transition to a Differential Response System (DRS) has continued andis improving. DRS is changing the Department's work with families and communities. Thisapproach, along with the Department's Strengthening Families Practice Model, is focused on the building of relationships with families and children. It is promoting the philosophy thatstrengthening families is critical to improving children's long-term well-being.Challenges, many of which the Department is actively attempting to address, identified in thisquarter's review include:
The need for proactive and consistent case management and communication with families andservice providers regarding service provision and outcomes.
Continued concerns with the unavailability or wait-listing for core services including the needfor additional foster care options.
The need to improve the documentation of case management efforts and significant events.
The variance in the proficiency and skill-set amongst Social Work Supervisors and theinconsistency with which supervision occurs as a practice statewide.
The need to improve the practice of incorporating the feedback from the Administrative Reviewstaff in the case planning process.
The continued pattern of overstays in temporary congregate care settings.3

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