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COMMENT DUE DATE:  

June 3, 2019

DATE: 

May 24, 2019

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 19-B

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 10. Oklahoma Children's Services

OAC 340:75-1-151 [AMENDED]

Subchapter 3. Child Protective Services

Part 1. Purpose, Definitions, and Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline Protocol

OAC 340:75-3-130 [AMENDED]

Part 2. Investigative Protocols

OAC 340:75-3-200 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-3-220 [AMENDED]

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

OAC 340:75-3-450 [AMENDED]

Part 5. Investigative Findings and Appeals

OAC 340:75-3-520 [AMENDED]

Subchapter 4. Family-Centered and Community Services

Part 1. Family-Centered Services

OAC 340:75-4-12.1 [AMENDED]

Subchapter 6. Permanency Planning

Part 5. Permanency Planning Services

OAC 340:75-6-31 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-6-48 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-6-85 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-6-88 [AMENDED]

Subchapter 7. Foster Home Care

Part 2. Development of Resource Families

OAC 340:75-7-10.1 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-7-15 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-7-18 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-7-19 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-7-24 [AMENDED]

Part 4. Roles and Responsibilities

OAC 340:75-7-37.1 [AMENDED]

Part 6. Resource Home Support Services

OAC 340:75-7-65 [AMENDED]

Part 8. Resource Home Continuous Quality Assessment

OAC 340:75-7-94 [AMENDED]

Subchapter 15. Adoptions

Part 10. Family Assessment and Preparation Process

OAC 340:75-15-84 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-15-84.1 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-15-87 [AMENDED]

OAC 340:75-15-89 [AMENDED]

(Reference WF 18-J)

SUMMARY:

Subchapter 1. General Provisions of Child Welfare Services

Part 1. Scope and Applicability

OAC 340:75-1-29 ITS are revised to update guidance on transfer meetings.

Part 10. Oklahoma Children's Services

OAC 340:75-1-151 ITS are updated to clarify CW specialist responsibility for supervision only case.

Subchapter 3. Child Protective Services

Part 1. Purpose, Definitions, and Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline Protocol

OAC 340:75-3-130 ITS are updated to include new terminology for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and plan of safe care.

Part 2. Investigative Protocols

OAC 340:75-3-200 ITS are revised to clarify when to make a referral to law enforcement.

OAC 340:75-3-220 ITS are updated to include additional guidance on conducting child victim interviews and considering screened-out referrals.

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

OAC 340:75-3-450 ITS are updated to include guidance on utilizing a plan of safe care.

Part 5. Investigative Findings and Appeals

OAC 340:75-3-520 ITS are revised to include additional guidance on services follow-up.

Subchapter 4. Family-Centered and Community Services

Part 1. Family-Centered Services

OAC 340:75-4-12.1 ITS are updated to simplify initial meeting and family meeting guidance.

Subchapter 6. Permanency Planning

Part 5. Permanency Planning Services

OAC 340:75-6-31 ITS are revised to update form references.

OAC 340:75-6-48 ITS are revised to add guidance on face-to-face contacts.

OAC 340:75-6-85 ITS are updated to include notification of rights provided to a child.

OAC 340:75-6-88 ITS are updated to provide guidelines for medication storage and lockbox.

Subchapter 7. Foster Home Care

Part 2. Development of Resource Families

OAC 340:75-7-10.1 ITS are revised to update form names and resource application time frames.

OAC 340:75-7-15 ITS are revised to update links for background checks.

OAC 340:75-7-18 ITS are revised to update verification of personal references.

OAC 340:75-7-19 ITS are revised to remove adoptive home conversion to traditional resource home.

OAC 340:75-7-24 ITS are revised to remove reference to deleted rule section.

Part 4. Roles and Responsibilities

OAC 340:75-7-37.1 ITS are revised to include additional form requirement.

Part 6. Resource Home Support Services

OAC 340:75-7-65 ITS are revised to correct numbering errors.

Part 8. Resource Home Continuous Quality Assessment

OAC 340:75-7-94 ITS are revised to reflect form changes and additional reassessment requirements.

Subchapter 15. Adoptions

Part 10. Family Assessment and Preparation Process

OAC 340:75-15-84 ITS are revised to clarify verification of personal references and re-application procedures

OAC 340:75-15-84.1 ITS are updated to remove incorrect form references.

OAC 340:75-15-87 ITS are updated to update verification of personal references.

OAC 340:75-15-89 ITS are updated to change reference for annual update and reassessment.