General Assembly: 81 (2006 Regular GA) - Chapter 1123 - Multidimensional treatment level foster care program


Published: 2006-05-24

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time, specific location, and immediate facts and circumstances surrounding a crime or inci- dent shall not be kept confidential under this section, except in those unusual circumstances where disclosure would plainly and seriously jeopardize an investigation or pose a clear and present danger to the safety of an individual. Specific portions of electronic mail and tele- phone billing records may be kept confidential under this subsection only for as long as the statute of limitations would have run on a respective crime that is under investigation.

Approved May 24, 2006

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CH. 1123CH. 1123

CHAPTER 1123

MULTIDIMENSIONAL TREATMENT LEVEL FOSTER CARE PROGRAM

H.F. 2567

AN ACT creating a multidimensional treatment level foster care program.

Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

Section 1. MULTIDIMENSIONAL TREATMENT LEVEL FOSTER CARE PROGRAM. 1. PURPOSE. The department of human services shall establish a multidimensional treat-

ment level foster care program on a pilot project basis in accordance with this section. The purpose of the multidimensional treatment level foster care program is to provide a family- based treatment and support program for children who are transitioning from a psychiatric medical institution for children to a family foster care placement while preparing for family reunification. 2. DEFINITIONS. For the purposes of this section: a. “Department” means the department of human services. b. “Family foster care”means foster care provided by an individual person or amarried cou-

plewho is licensed under chapter 237 to provide child foster care in a single-family home envi- ronment. c. “Multidimensional treatment level foster care program” or “treatment program” means

the program established pursuant to this section. d. “Psychiatric institution”means a psychiatricmedical institution for children licensed un-

der chapter 135H. 3. ELIGIBILITY. A child is eligible for the treatment program if at the time of discharge

from a psychiatric institution the child is unable to return to the child’s family home and one of the following conditions is applicable: a. The child has treatment issueswhich cause the child to be at high risk of failing in a foster

care placement unless targeted support services are provided. b. The child has had multiple previous out-of-home placements. 4. ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION. Children who are potentially eligible for a treatment

program shall be identified by the administrator of a treatment program at the time of the child’s admission toapsychiatric institution. In order tobeadmitted to the treatment program, the treatment program administrator must determine the child has a need that can be met by the program, the child can be placed with an appropriate family foster care provider, and ap- propriate services to support the child are available in the family foster care placement. The determination shall bemade in coordinationwith the child’s family, department staff, and oth- er persons involved with decision making for the child’s out-of-home placement.

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5. SERVICES. The services providedby a treatment programshall includebut are not limit- ed to all of the following: a. Foster family recruitment, training, and retention, which may include support groups,

family recreational activities, and certification programs. b. Placement services, which may include intake screening and initial assessment of chil-

dren and foster families, matching of child and foster family needs and strengths, transition assistance, placement staffing, and an initial treatment plan. c. Foster care treatment-related services, which may include any of the following: (1) Making home visits to monitor progress in implementing the child’s treatment plan. (2) Providing counseling to the child, the child’s family, and the foster family. (3) Making an initial visit within two business days of the child’s placement in the foster

family. (4) Providing weekly treatment sessions with the child and the foster family. (5) Providing later treatment sessions involving the child, the child’s family, and the foster

family as provided in the child’s treatment or case permanency plan. (6) Providing services to support the child’s successful reunificationwith the child’s family,

which may include parent training, supervised visitation, intensive reunification work, and psychological or psychiatric consultation. d. Indirect services, which may include any of the following: (1) Developing a child and family treatment plan. (2) Developing a foster family care plan designed to assist the child in having a successful

family foster care placement. (3) Providing for the treatment program administrator to attend child-related court hear-

ings and school conferences. (4) Preparing written reports on the initial thirty days of the child’s treatment program par-

ticipation, each quarter, and a summary of the child’s treatment program participation upon the child’s discharge from the treatment program. (5) Assembling a life book for the child. e. Crisis intervention available on a twenty-four-hours-per-day, seven-days-per-week basis

and respite services available to participating family foster care providers of at least five hours per month. 6. AGENCYQUALIFICATIONS. Thedepartment shall select twopsychiatricmedical insti-

tutions for children licensed under chapter 135H to implement the treatment program pilot project. 7. REIMBURSEMENT PROVISIONS. The families providing the family foster care servic-

es under the treatment program shall be directly reimbursed by the department in accordance with the requirements for family foster care reimbursement. In addition, the treatment pro- gram shall provide a per diem reimbursement to the family foster care providers participating in the treatment program. 8. EVALUATION. The treatment program shall be evaluated over a twenty-four-month pe-

riod commencingon the implementation date of thepilot projectwhich shall be as close to July 1, 2006, as possible. The evaluation shall be conducted by a person who is independent of the department and the agencies participating in the pilot project. The evaluation components shall include but are not limited to the following information associated with the children and families participating in the treatment program pilot project: quantity and quality of out-of- home placements, family foster care retention and satisfaction, and the participating chil- dren’s relative length of stay in a psychiatric institution.

Approved May 24, 2006