Working to transform the child welfare system.

The Legislative Digest states that this bill “Reforms the delivery of certain services to children and families in the child welfare system by creating a flexible, accountable community-based system of care that uses performance-based contracting, maximizes the use of evidence based, research-based, and promising practices, and expands the capacity of community-based agencies to leverage local funding and other resources to benefit children and families served by the department of social and health services.”

The bill adds accountability to the system by aligning financial incentives with outcomes for children involved with the public child welfare system. It also requires a complete review of home-based services to ensure that these services meet the needs of families, adhere to sound scientific principles, and get the desired result.