Parenting with Love and Limits® (PLL) is an evidence-based treatment program designed for adolescents, ages 10 to18, with severe emotional and behavioral problems, alcohol or drug use, truancy issues, domestic violence, suicidal ideation, depression or ADHD. PLL integrates a series of family and group therapy sessions to address unhealed wounds, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, in a comprehensive system of care environment. HZA served for several years as the national evaluator of PLL. It has been engaged to conduct outcome studies, generally using a quasi-experimental design, from Alaska to Rhode Island and in multiple states in between. HZA uses analysis of standardized tools such as the Child Behavior Checklist and Family Adaptability and Cohesion Effectiveness Scales IV to compare pre-/post-scores and treatment/non-treatment scores. In longer term studies we have tracked recidivism, using treatment and control groups.
Foster Care Needs Assessment
Required by the Kenny A. settlement decree, this project involved a multidimensional examination of both clients and the resources needed to serve children in out-of-home care in Fulton and DeKalb counties. HZA’s methodology involved both a needs analysis and a gap analysis. HZA designed the data collection instruments, developed a database, collected and analyzed the data and conducted a literature review. The resulting data provided the client with estimates of current and projected need and an identification of both current and projected gaps in resources. HZA furnished software to allow the agency both to identify better matches and to perform ongoing monitoring of the quality of matches available.
Project to Increase the Title IV-E Penetration Rate
HZA conducted an assessment of the potential for increasing the Title IV-E penetration rate among foster children and to assist in identifying other ways to increase federal funding. The assessment examined DFCS practices in relation to federal Title IV-E regulations in three areas: cost allocation, eligibility determination and program policies. The cost allocation component included an analysis of the federally approved cost allocation plan and how it was being implemented. The eligibility determination component involved an examination of 200 eligibility determinations and 50 redeterminations to determine which factors caused negative determinations, e.g., income, deprivation, court actions, home/facility status. The policy assessment focused on relatives as caregivers and candidates for foster care. The study resulted in seven recommendations for increasing the penetration rate and other ways to maximize federal funding.