Partners for Our Children

EHB 2008 directs WSIPP in consultation with DSHS to develop a single validated tool to assess the care needs of foster children, including whether Behavioral Rehabilitation Services (BRS) should be provided. The bill also requires the caseload forecast council to forecast the number of screened-in reports of child abuse or neglect and the number of children that require foster care-related services.

2008 also establishes services that must be forecasted and funded in maintenance level of the budget: 

1. Social worker and related staff to receive, refer, and respond to screened-in reports of child abuse or neglect

2. Court-ordered parent-child and sibling visitation

3. BRS placements if and when the DSHS implements a single validated assessment tool as developed by WSIPP

4. Foster care and adoption support services that are forecasted and funded in maintenance level under current practice.

Additionally, HB2008 required that the Children’s Administration review the current availability and capacity of licensed foster homes in comparison to the foster care caseload.

Amendments in the Senate Ways & Means Committee make the following changes: 

-Requires DCYF to facilitate a work group to design a rate payment methodology for Behavioral Rehabilitation Service (BRS) that is based on actual costs of care. The work group must report findings to the legislature by November 1, 2018. 

-The Office of Innovation, Alignment, and Accountability is requires to develop a single validated tool for DCYF to assess the care needs of foster children, including whether BRS should be provided.

-Requires the Caseload Forecast Council to forecast the number of youth expected to receive BRS and the number of screened in reports of abuse/neglect.

-Requires expenditures for BRS to be forecasted and budgeted as maintenance level costs.

-Requires DCYF to review the availability and capacity of licensed foster homes in comparison to the foster care caseload and submit the review as part of the 2019-2021 budget submittal.

Amendments in the Senate Ways & Means Committee make the following changes: 

-Requires DCYF to facilitate a work group to design a rate payment methodology for Behavioral Rehabilitation Service (BRS) that is based on actual costs of care. The work group must report findings to the legislature by November 1, 2018. 

-The Office of Innovation, Alignment, and Accountability is requires to develop a single validated tool for DCYF to assess the care needs of foster children, including whether BRS should be provided.

-Requires the Caseload Forecast Council to forecast the number of youth expected to receive BRS and the number of screened in reports of abuse/neglect.

-Requires expenditures for BRS to be forecasted and budgeted as maintenance level costs.

-Requires DCYF to review the availability and capacity of licensed foster homes in comparison to the foster care caseload and submit the review as part of the 2019-2021 budget submittal.

Amendments from the Senate floor on 3/7 make the following changes: 

-Requires the Office of Innovation, Alignment, and Accountability to develop a single validated tool to assess the care needs of foster children, including whether behavioral rehabilitation services (BRS) should be provided.

-Requires DCYF to facilitate a work group to design a rate payment methodology for BRS

-Requires the Caseload Forecast Council to forecast screened-in reports of child abuse or neglect and the number of BRS youth.

-Requires that the following be budgeted at the maintenance level: BRS placements, Social work and related staff for screened-in reports of child abuse or neglect, court-ordered visitation delivered by contractors and those activities currently included as maintenance level costs.

-Requires DCYF to report to the legislature no later than December 1, 2020 on the actual and projected funding levels in FY 2019 through 2021 and compare them to expenditures prior to inclusion in the maintenance level forecasting and budgeting process for the following: BRS placements, Social work and related staff for screened-in reports of child abuse or neglect, and court-ordered visitation delivered by contractors. 

-Requires DCYF to review the availability and capacity of licensed foster homes in comparison to the foster care caseload and submit the review as part of the 2019-2021 budget submittal.