Florida’s New Predictive Risk Tool Likely to Drive Down Juvenile Incarceration

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is set to become the first state agency to conduct risk assessments using predictive analytics, a process that uses huge collections of data to predict outcomes and patterns.



The second annual California Child Welfare Services Realignment Report measures the impact that may have occurred as a result of the 2011 realignment of the child welfare system. The cross-sectional study summarizes the outcomes in three sections: safety, placement and case load, and permanency.


California to Reimburse Counties that Overspend on EPSDT Services

In a recent move by California health care officials, the California Health and Human Services Agency and the Department of Healthcare Services both confirmed California will be reimbursing counties that overspend their allocations for Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) mental health services through the use of 2011 realignment growth funds, which are funds accrued from the Behavioral Health Subaccount.


New Funding Scheme Complicates Mental Health Provision

Lead child welfare advocates in California fear that the state’s social services “Realignment,” the conversion of former state programs into a block grant for counties, will stunt the already-sluggish attempt to expand and improve mental health screening and treatment of foster youth and other poor children.


The Benefit of Nonprofit Advocacy in Child Welfare

I’ll be the first to admit that I write this post with a pre-existing bias about the importance of public policy.  As a former Congressional staffer, I witnessed from an insider’s perspective the transformative power that advocacy can have in creating systemic change, especially when undertaken collectively.


Calif. Budget Shift Could Jeopardize Budding Transition Program

A key compromise in two-year-old legislation in California promised the expansion of Transitional Housing Placement Plus, a well-regarded transition program for older foster youth with high needs. Now, proponents of the program fear that the circumstances of a proposed state budget realignment may steer many of the state’s 58 counties away from it.