DENNIS E. ZELLERHornby Zeller Associates, Inc.
Wisconsin Division of Children and Family Services, Online Policy Manual,
Developed a structure and numbering system for the online organization of the state’s child welfarepolicies. Assisted in drafting the policy chapters and conduct of a gap analysis identifying whereprogram policies were needed.
2007 – 2008
Wisconsin Supreme Court, Director of State Courts Office, State Courts Role in the Effective Interstate Placement of Children,
Directed the development of data collection toolsand analysis of the processes used by the court to handle the interstate placement of childreninvolved in the child welfare system satisfying state and federal regulations and policies. Draftedthe report which identified the state’s adequacy of statutes, participation of out-of-state parties incourt hearings and sharing of information across state borders.
North Carolina Judicial Department, Juvenile Court Assessment,
Providedconceptual guidance and leadership in the assessment of the state’s juvenile courts’ role,responsibilities and effectiveness in the interstate placement of children.
Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Abuse Hotline Prevention Referrals Assessment,
Developed the protocol for an assessment of referrals to theAbuse Hotline to determine whether there was an alternative response and what was the outcome.
Georgia Department of Human Resources, Title IV-E Penetration Rate Study,
Assessed and developed recommendations to amend the state’s Cost Allocation Plan and RandomMoment Sample Survey to increase Title IV-E funding for administrative and training expenditures.Provided guidance to staff responsible for identifying areas of improvement in determining Title IV-Eeligibility at the case level and for increased federal funding for training.
Georgia Department of Human Resources, Foster Care Needs Assessment,
Provided conceptual guidance in the conduct of a needs assessment of foster care placementservices for Fulton and DeKalb Counties as part of the
consent decree. Assisted in thedevelopment of a case reading tool to identify the placement needs of children placed intosubstitute care and an instrument to quantify the availability of resources. Provided guidance in theconduct of the data analysis and assistance in the development of an automated ongoingmonitoring tool.
Virginia Department of Social Services
Workload Management Study Update,
Provided quantitative oversight for the conduct of a follow-up statewide workloadmeasurement study of TANF, Food Stamps, Child Protective, Adult Protective and nine otherhuman services programs to determine both the time workers have available for case specific workand the time required to handle cases according to state and federal policy and procedure.
Alaska Court System, Evaluation of the Anchorage Coordinated Resources Project,
Helped direct the evaluation of a mental health court, the Anchorage Coordinated ResourcesProject, to determine program effectiveness and contribute to literature and discussion of mental healthcourts nationally. Provided conceptual guidance and oversight during the collection of internal andexternal data, data analysis and report-writing.
Connecticut Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division and Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Service Needs Study for 16 & 17 Year-old Court-involved Youth,
Directed the conduct of a comprehensive service need study for 16 & 17 year-old court-involvedyouth. Analyzed the specific risks, needs and strengths of youth, with particular attention to their healthand educational needs and compared those needs to existing services, resulting in recommendations of