Eckerd Rapid Safety Feedback Evaluation (replicated in Maine)

      From 2016 to 2018 HZA is conducting the outcome evaluation of the Eckerd Rapid Safety Feedback (ERSF) Model in Maine and Connecticut in conjunction with Casey Family Programs and Eckerd Kids, a non-profit group in Florida. In this predictive analytics models, ERSF uses historical data from an agency’s case management system to predict which cases are at the highest risk of resulting in a child fatality or serious injury and a quality assurance process that monitors the assessment and treatment of those cases as they unfold. The outcome evaluation, using information from the model’s data portal and SACWIS data to track events such as the recurrence of abuse, serious injury or death, is designed to measure child welfare practice improvements and child safety outcomes, comparing outcomes for periods before and after implementation using an interrupted time series model.

      Service Needs of 16 and 17 Year-old Court Involved Youth

      The Judicial Branch retained HZA to assess the service needs and associated costs of 16 and 17 year olds in preparation for moving them from the adult correctional system to the juvenile system. To this end, HZA analyzed a variety of quantitative and qualitative data, current services and projected need based in part on risk assessments of the youth themselves. HZA found, among other things, that practical needs such as education and work preparation were not being addressed adequately. to examine the service needs of youth involved in court actions At the conclusion of the study HZA testified before the legislature on the results and the state did enact a law to raise the age of adult jurisdiction from 16 to 18.

      Statewide Assessment of Systems and Services Pertaining to the Sexual and Physical Abuse of Children

      The purpose of this statewide assessment, conducted in 2009, was to determine whether children and the families of children who have been sexually or seriously physically abused have prompt access to comprehensive, specialized and culturally competent services, regardless of where they live. The Governor’s Task Force also wanted to ensure that the investigation and treatment process minimized the trauma experienced by the child and his or her family. Through case record reviews, analysis of administrative datasets, interviews with multi-disciplinary team members and community stakeholders as well as surveys, HZA examined four factors: system administration, capacity and evaluation; specialized investigative practices and services, including specialized forensic interviews and medical evaluations; victim support and advocacy; and mental health treatment. HZA recommended that the State clarify the difference in the functions of Child Advocacy Centers and Multi-disciplinary Teams, establish minimum performance standards for MDTs and ensure the statewide availability of extended forensic evaluations.

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