340:75-13-22. Trial home visit
INSTRUCTIONS TO STAFF 340:75-13-22
1. Child returns home - OKDHS custody.
(1) When a child returns home while in Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) custody, the Child Welfare (CW) worker:
(A) enters a KIDS Trial Reunification placement episode. The child retains Title IV-E (IV-E) eligibility for up to six months; and
(B) advises the parent(s) to apply for or assume medical coverage for the child. The medical case remains open until the parent(s) is notified.
(2) The KIDS removal, IV-E eligibility, and custody specialist's assignment remain open.
2. Subsequent removal of the child within six months.
(1) At the time of a subsequent removal, the CW worker end dates the KIDS Trial Reunification placement episode and enters the new placement.
(2) No action is required of the custody specialist as the child who is home less than six months in Trial Reunification status retains IV-E eligibility.
3. Subsequent removal of the child after six months.
(1) If the court order does not include an extension of trial reunification for a specified period of time, the CW worker:
(A) end dates the KIDS Trial Reunification placement episode at six months. This automatically end dates IV-E eligibility on KIDS. A KIDS tickler is generated to indicate that the child's removal was end dated; and
(B) enters a new removal in KIDS. The removal is treated as a new removal for IV-E purposes.
(2) The custody specialist:
(A) determines IV-E eligibility; and
(B) if the custody specialist does not receive the required court orders or findings for this new removal after requesting such, notifies the county director, per OAC 340:75-13-13 Instructions to Staff.
(3) If the court order includes a specified period of time when trial reunification ends, the child retains IV-E eligibility until the end date specified by the court.
(A) The CW worker:
(i) updates the KIDS Trial Reunification placement episode to reflect the extension; and
(ii) if the child returns to out-of-home care, end dates the KIDS Trial Reunification placement episode and enters the new placement episode.
(B) No action is required by the custody specialist as the child retains IV-E eligibility due to trial reunification status.