The following words and terms, when used in this Subchapter, shall have the following meaning, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Administration on Children and Families (ACF)" means an agency within the United States Children's Bureau that has primary oversight of child welfare (CW) services administered by the states with the participation of federal financing.
"Child and Family Services Review (CFSR)" means a procedure developed by ACF to assess and improve CW services. Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) has replicated this procedure with minor modification to assess outcomes from and systemic factors of Oklahoma's CW services.
"Child Welfare (CW) case review" means a qualitative and quantitative method of evaluation that:
- (A) examines outcomes for children and families receiving CW services; and
- (B) informs case practice.
"Contractor" means a person or agency that provides CW services through a contract or agreement with OKDHS or Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
"Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA)" means the state agency that administers federal Medicaid, Title XIX, funding for social services.
"Outcomes" means statements describing achievements realized by children and families as a result of CW services.
"Program Improvement Plan (PIP)" means a plan of action that establishes goals and strategies for ongoing service improvement.
"Quality assurance (QA)" means a systematic process used to:
- (A) assess quality of services;
- (B) identify strengths and needs of the service delivery system;
- (C) provide reports; and
- (D) evaluate program improvement measures.
"Site" means a county or grouping of counties, typically supervised by one county director, that is the focus of review by one team during a CFSR.
"Systemic factors" means components of CW services important to the successful realization of targeted outcomes by children and families, as measured in the CFSR.