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317:30-5-750. Definitions

Revised 9-14-20

The following words or terms used in this Part shall have the following meaning, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Intensive treatment family care (ITFC) agency" means an agency that provides foster care as defined in Section 1355.20 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulation, as twenty-four (24) hour substitute care for children placed away from their parents or guardians and for whom the title IV-E agency has placement and care responsibility. ITFC settings are foster family homes.

"Intensive treatment family care (ITFC) home" means an agency-supervised, private family home in which foster parents [at least one (1) parent must be a stay-at home parent] have been trained to provide individualized, structured services in a safe, nurturing family-living environment. These services are provided to children with severe behavioral and emotional health needs. They may also present a secondary physical, developmental, intellectual, and/or social disorder that is supported alongside the mental health needs of the member. These members require a higher level of care that cannot be provided in the traditional foster care or TFC home. ITFC homes provide the higher level of care needed for these children and help prevent placement in a more restrictive setting, including an inpatient setting.

"Intensive treatment family care (ITFC) model" means a model in whichchildren in the ITFC environment receive intensive individualized behavioral health and other support services from qualified staff. Because ITFC members require exceptional levels of skill, time, and supervision, the number of unrelated children placed per home is limited; no more than one (1) ITFC member may be placed in a home at any one (1) time unless additional cases are specifically authorized by Child Welfare Services (CWS) of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS), or Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA).

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