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COMMENT DUE DATE:  

September 28, 2018

DATE: 

September 18, 2018

Shirley Russell, Child Welfare Services 405-521-2881

Dena Thayer, Programs Administrator 405-521-4326

Nancy Kelly, Policy Specialist 405-522-6703

RE:  

NON-APA WF 18-J

It is very important that you provide your comments regarding the DRAFT COPY of policy by the comment due date. Comments are directed to *STO.LegalServices.Policy@okdhs.org

The proposed policy is  Non-APA .  This proposal is not subject to Administrative Procedures Act

It is important that you provide your comments regarding the draft copy of policy by the comment due date.Comments are directed to STO.LegalServices.Policy@okdhs.org.The proposed amendments are to Instructions to Staff.

SUBJECT:CHAPTER 75. CHILD WELFARE

Instructions to Staff (ITS) ONLY AMENDED

Subchapter 1. General Provisions of Child Welfare Services

Part 1. Scope and Applicability

OAC 340:75-1-29 [AMENDED]

Part 7. Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children

OAC 340:75-1-86 [AMENDED]

Subchapter 3. Child Protective Services

Part 1. Purpose, Definitions, and Hotline Protocol

OAC 340:75-3-100 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-3-130 [AMENDED]

Part 2. Investigative Protocols

OAC 340:75-3-200 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-3-210 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-3-220 [AMENDED]

Part 3. Child Safety Evaluation Criteria and Procedure

OAC 340:75-3-300 [AMENDED]

Part 4. Specialized Investigative Protocols, Child Death or Near-Death Reporting Protocols

OAC 340:75-3-400 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-3-410 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-3-420 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-3-430 [AMENDED]

Part 5. Investigative Findings and Appeals

OAC 340:75-3-500 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-3-510 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-3-520 [AMENDED]

OAC340:75-3-530 [AMENDED]

Subchapter 4. Family-Centered and Community Services

Part 1. Family-Centered Services

OAC 340:75-4-4.12 [AMENDED]

Subchapter 6. Permanency Planning

Part 1. General Provisions

OAC 340:75-6-4 [AMENDED]

Part 5. Permanency Planning Services

OAC 340:75-6-31 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-6-31.1 [AMENDED]

Part 7. Family and Child Individualized Service Planning Components

OAC 340:75-6-40 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-6-40.3 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-6-40.8 [AMENDED]

Part 8. Child Welfare Specialist Role

OAC 340:75-6-48 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-6-50 [AMENDED]

Part 11. Permanency Planning and Placement Services

OAC 340:75-6-85.2 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-6-88 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-6-89 [AMENDED]

Part 13. Independent Living

OAC 340:75-6-110 [AMENDED]

(Reference WF 18-J)

SUMMARY:

Subchapter1.GeneralProvisionsofChildWelfareServices

Part1.ScopeandApplicability

Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 340:75-1-29 ITS are revised to reflect new guidance on initial meetings and case transfer meeting.

Part 7. Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children

OAC 340:75-1-86 ITS are updated with changes for processing Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children documents and forms.

Subchapter 3. Child Protective Services

Part 1. Purpose, Definitions, and Hotline Protocol

OAC 340:75-3-100 ITS are revised to include reference to safety needs of child with physical or developmental disability.

OAC 340:75-3-130 ITS are updated to address substance-affected newborns not accepted for investigation.

Part 2. Investigative Protocols

OAC 340:75-3-200 ITS are updated to provide protocols for staff dealing with a child who has perceived or diagnosed physical or developmental disability.

OAC 340:75-3-210 and 340:75-3-220 ITS are to simplify and consolidate assessment of child safety protocol.

Part 3. Child Safety Evaluation Criteria and Procedure

OAC 340:75-3-300 ITS are revised to include protocol for assessing child safety and structure for child safety meeting.

Part 4. Specialized Investigative Protocols, Child Death or Near-Death Reporting Protocols

OAC 340:75-3-400 ITS are updated to reflect changes to protocol for child victims of human trafficking.

OAC 340:75-3-410 ITS are revised to change time frame for completing foster or trial adoptive home investigation.

OAC 340:75-3-420 ITS are revised to include change sto submitting substantiated findings of child abuse and neglect to Restricted Registry.

OAC 340:75-3-430 ITS are revised to delete reference to Infant Care Review Committee.

Part 5. Investigative Findings and Appeals

OAC 340:75-3-500 ITS are clarified to reflect changes to use of unsubstantiated investigation finding.

OAC 340:75-3-510, 340:75-3-520, and 340:75-3-530 ITS are updated to reflect changes to the responsibility for coordinating with and notifying the district attorney.

Subchapter 4. Family-Centered and Community Services

Part 1. Family-Centered Services

OAC 340:75-4-4.12 ITS are revised to more accurately reflect the steps in the order that staff follow when implementing family-centered services.

Subchapter 6. Permanency Planning

Part 1. General Provisions

OAC 340:75-6-4 ITS are revised to match the Initial Meeting time frame established in OAC 340:75-1-129.

Part 5. Permanency Planning Services

OAC 340:75-6-31 ITS are revised to clarify the criteria for a planned alternative permanent placement as a case plan goal.

OAC 340:75-6-31.1 ITS are revised to change family team meeting to family meeting.

Part 7. Family and Child Individualized Service Planning Components

OAC 340:75-6-40 ITS are revised to change a form requirement.

OAC 340:75-6-40.3 ITS are revised to change a form requirement to optional.

OAC 340:75-6-40.8 ITS are revised to change a form requirement and contact information.

Part 8. Child Welfare Specialist Role

OAC 340:75-6-48 ITS are revised to delete form requirement.

OAC 340:75-6-50 ITS are updated to clarify child welfare specialist responsibilities when assuring that a child in custody receives education services.

Part 11. Permanency Planning and Placement Services

OAC 340:75-6-85.2 ITS are revised to change a form requirement to optional.

OAC 340:75-6-88 ITS are revised to clarify when a child's medical examination is required and how to store medication.

OAC 340:75-6-89 ITS are revised to clarify what is required when a parent objects to a child's travel out-of-state.

Part 13. Independent Living

OAC 340:75-6-110 ITS are revised to clarify the use of youth development funds.

OAC 340:75-3-410 ITS are revised to change time frame for completing foster or trial adoptive home investigation.

OAC 340:75-3-420 ITS are revised to include change sto submitting substantiated findings of child abuse and neglect to Restricted Registry.

OAC 340:75-3-430 ITS are revised to delete reference to Infant Care Review Committee.

Part 5. Investigative Findings and Appeals

OAC 340:75-3-500 ITS are clarified to reflect changes to use of unsubstantiated investigation finding.

OAC 340:75-3-510, 340:75-3-520, and 340:75-3-530 ITS are updated to reflect changes to the responsibility for coordinating with and notifying the district attorney.

Subchapter 4. Family-Centered and Community Services

Part 1. Family-Centered Services

OAC 340:75-4-4.12 ITS are revised to more accurately reflect the steps in the order that staff follow when implementing family-centered services.

Subchapter 6. Permanency Planning

Part 1. General Provisions

OAC 340:75-6-4 ITS are revised to match the Initial Meeting time frame established in OAC 340:75-1-129.

Part 5. Permanency Planning Services

OAC 340:75-6-31 ITS are revised to clarify the criteria for a planned alternative permanent placement as a case plan goal.

OAC 340:75-6-31.1 ITS are revised to change family team meeting to family meeting.

Part 7. Family and Child Individualized Service Planning Components

OAC 340:75-6-40 ITS are revised to change a form requirement.

OAC 340:75-6-40.3 ITS are revised to change a form requirement to optional.

OAC 340:75-6-40.8 ITS are revised to change a form requirement and contact information.

Part 8. Child Welfare Specialist Role

OAC 340:75-6-48 ITS are revised to delete form requirement.

OAC 340:75-6-50 ITS are updated to clarify child welfare specialist responsibilities when assuring that a child in custody receives education services.

Part 11. Permanency Planning and Placement Services

OAC 340:75-6-85.2 ITS are revised to change a form requirement to optional.

OAC 340:75-6-88 ITS are revised to clarify when a child's medical examination is required and how to store medication.

OAC 340:75-6-89 ITS are revised to clarify what is required when a parent objects to a child's travel out-of-state.

Part 13. Independent Living

OAC 340:75-6-110 ITS are revised to clarify the use of youth development funds.