Changing Child Welfare in Rhode Island. Rhode Island Care Management Network Annual Report 2015.
Rhode Island Care Management Network.
Public Policy Report State Resource
This annual report provides a year-end review of characteristics of the children, youth, and families served by the Rhode Island Care Management Network (RICMN), outcomes, achievements, and challenges during 2015. It begins by explaining the development of RICMN in April 2000 to provide residential treatment, treatment foster care, and in-home services to children and families who have complex emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs. It reports that during fiscal year 2015, RICMN served 1,268 children and that on an average day, 381 children were being served in either a residential placement or treatment foster home. On that same day, 336 were receiving community-based services in their home. Additional statistics are reported that indicate: congregate-care placements decreased 5% in 2015, treatment foster care placements increased 23%, and community-based services increased 9%; 88% of children receiving community-based services remained home; there was a 97.7% CANS completion rate as of June 30, 2015; and there was a 28% increase in RICMN clients. Characteristics of children and families served are described, as well as three new community-based, in-home services that were implemented in fiscal year 2015. These three services included Family Centered Treatment, the Positive Parenting Program, and the Teen Assertiveness Community Team. The report closes by describing next steps in changing child welfare in Rhode Island and identifying RICMN additional areas of focus.
Rhode Island; child welfare reform; child welfare services; mental health services; residential care institutions; home visiting programs; foster children; treatment foster care; Behavior problems; community based services