As required by statute, Alaska’s Citizen Review Panel submitted its annual report to the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) on June 30th. The report offers recommendations to OCS based on the Panel’s observations during its work the previous year.
Six recommendations were made by the Panel:
1: OCS continue to implement the Panel’s 2013-2014 recommendations on intake policy.
2: OCS constitute an internal task force to specifically focus on in-home service model. This task force should be tasked with operationalizing Strategy 2.A.2 of the 2015-2019 CFSP.
· In collaboration with local service providers, assess the existing in-home model as it exists in each region.
· Identify additional, more specific outcomes with respect to Strategy 2.A.2 of the 2015-2019 CFSP.
3: OCS address the root cause of the Initial Assessment (IA) backlog:
· Identify the nature of cases that are due past 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, and 120 days.
· Revisit the Differential Response process and examine its fit to the current situation.
4: Improve efforts to recruit and retain resource families across the state:
· Identify, and advertise through appropriate channels, a clear message on the approximate numbers of resource families needed.
· Identify outcome measures and track success of recruitment and retention efforts.
5: Improve the survey instruments and reporting of results on various surveys that OCS QA unit conducts to assess important components of OCS operations.
6: Adopt a method to identify, measure, and assess various components of workload of frontline workers.
The report contains detail on these recommendations and the Panel’s activities and membership for the past year. The full report is available on the Panel’s website, www.crpalaska.org. It will also be sent to every member of the Legislature, Alaska’s Congressional delegation, and other interested parties.
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