From 2012 to 2017, HZA produces longitudinal data for analysis and reporting on a web-based platform using data drawn from NJ Spirit, the state’s SACWIS. The reports satisfy requirements of a modified settlement decree as well as the federally required Program Improvement Plan. The statewide dashboard contains 22 descriptive measures and five permanency measures. Measures include, among many others, the percentage of children in out-of-home placement who are abused or neglected by resource parents or facility staff, the percentage of children who exit custody and do not re-enter within 12 months, the percentage of children entering care who are placed with all of their siblings, the timeliness of initiating investigations, caseworker visits with children and caseworker visits with parents. HZA has developed an interactive web platform to display the data at both the statewide level and through county workbooks.
Quality Services Review
In preparation for the State’s first Child and Family Services Review (CFSR), HZA developed a tool and process to determine whether cases were being handled in a manner professionals would agree constituted quality casework. The findings were included in the statewide assessment. HZA later modified the tool for use in Nevada for its first CFSR.
Restructuring Rates for Foster Families, Shelter Care, Contracted Foster Care and Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Centers
In four separate projects HZA developed methodologies for setting rates the state would pay to various providers delivering the same service, such as shelter care or diagnostic and treatment services for children in foster care. HZA based the rates on program standards established for each service and the costs reported by providers, averaged across service type.