Workshop Sessions III, Session D5: Creative Strategies and Evidence-based Practices for Reducing Length-of-Stay and Recidivism, and Preventing Congregate Care Across the Child-Serving Systems
Yvette Nicole Kelly, LMHC, Senior Research Scientist McSilver Institute for Poverty
Policy and Research NYU Silver School of Social Work (NY)
Erin Stucky, LSCSW, Chief Operations Officer, KVC Health Systems, (KS);
Chad Anderson, LMSW, LSCSW, Chief Clinical Officer, KVC Health Systems, (KS);
Howard Giddens, MBA, Program Administrator, Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health, Department of services for Children, Youth and Their Families, (DE)
Barbara Granger, CFP, Family Leadership Coordinator, Via Hope & TX System of Care Family Involvement Specialist
Leaders of Behavioral Health and Child Welfare oversight agencies understand that there are successful programs and practices to both prevent youth being referred to congregate care, and that ensure youth receiving residential interventions can return to home and the community in shorter periods of time and with sustained success. Two groups of leaders, one representing behavioral health in a state (Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services/DE), and the other representing a privatized child welfare organization in a state (KVC/KS), will share the strategies they have used to achieve prevention and reunification goals, the challenges and barriers they have faced and successful strategies to address. KVC/KS successfully reduced the percentage of youth in congregate care from 30% to 4% over several years, while at the same time achieving a residential LOS of approximately 60 days. Their focus on evidence-based strategies for family engagement and supporting foster families, as well as sophisticated use of data to inform practice will be highlighted. The DE Division has implemented an array of creative and evidence-based prevention practices to significantly reduce the number of youth requiring residential interventions and the number of youth sent out-of-state. They will share their fiscal and oversight practices that have achieved these goals, as well as the goal of increasing the number of youth who remain successfully in their home schools, reducing the use of and need for specialized day treatment programs. Family feedback will be an important part of the learning for this session.