Workshop Sessions II, Session D3: The Role of Oversight Agencies in Preventing Residential and Implementing Evidence-Informed Practices
Lisette A. Burton, J.D., Director of National Advocacy, Boys Town (D.C.)
Michael J. Rauso, PsyD, MFT, Division Chief/Regional Administrator, Los Angeles County, Department of Children and Family Services, (CA) and
Elizabeth Manley, LSW, Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey’s Children’s System of Care, (NJ)
Ambyr Rose, Parent Partner Los Angeles County, Department of Children and Family Services, (CA) and
Madeline Lozowski, Executive Director, Family Support Organization, (NJ)
Both the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (NJ DCF) and the LA County Department of Children and Family Services (LA DCFS) have a long history of working to improve outcomes for children and families. Both agencies bring a wealth of expertise and lessons learned. The NJ DCF Children System of Care (CSOC) has been running for 16+ years. It has focused on ensuring services are based on the individual needs of each child and family, provided in family-centered and community-based environments. LA DCFS has also focused on improving outcomes for the children and families served, with an emphasis on those in out-of-home care. They have had numerous initiatives over many years including serving as a pilot site for the state’s Residential Based Reform effort, which incorporated similar best practices as BBI. While both agencies have been focusing on using evidence–informed practices to prevent children from needing out-of-home care, and within their out-of-home care services, NJ has also focused on implementing evidence-based practices. Leaders from both public agencies will share their journeys as oversight agencies to implement evidence-based and -informed practices to improve outcomes. The important role of family partners in their efforts will be highlighted. Attendees will increase their understanding about Medicaid strategies that can be used, licensing and contracting expectations, and oversight agency practices that support implementing evidence-based and -informed best practices. Attendees will have time for questions and discussion to further enhance their learning opportunity.