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DCFS is looking for interested individuals to serve as Independent Assessors. These assessors will conduct the CANS assessment on youth needing residential care and other duties as described in the attached document.  If an individual is interested, the individual may send an email to Chandra.Simpson.DCFS@la.gov.  

In the announcement below regarding the role of the Assessors it mentions a couple of things for which I wanted to provide some clarity:

1. Deliverables (these are the items the Assessor will have to complete on each youth and DCFS will provide the tools/training on use).

  • LA CANS
  • QRTP IBHA
  • QRTP Report

2. Qualifications (DCFS will have to provide the training to selected applicants)

  • Successfully complete the Louisiana CANS online training and possess/maintain CANS certification via the Praed Foundation
  • Complete DCFS approved training for QI: CANS: QRTP-IBHA and FFPSA documentation
  • Participate in annual inter-rater reliability verification trainings to ensure uniformity throughout the QRTP assessor network

QRTP

Qualified Individual

FFPSA Citation

H.R. 253 -FamilyFirstPreventionServicesAct of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/253/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A[%22family%20first%20prevention%20services%20act%22]%7D&r=1#toc-H422BD07F3F5D40429CBDAA4A24BD4644

Definition

The Qualified Individual completes a comprehensive assessment to determine if a child referred to a qualified residential treatment program (QRTP) meets the eligibility criteria for QRTP. Within 25 days of the start of each placement in such a setting, a qualified individual shall

  • assess the strengths and needs of the child using an age-appropriate, evidence-based, validated, functional assessment tool approved by the Secretary;
  • determine whether the needs of the child can be met with family members or through placement in a foster family home or, if not, if a QRTP will provide the most effective and appropriate level of care for the child in the least restrictive environment and be consistent with the short- and long-term goals for the child, as specified in the permanency plan for the child; and
  • develop a list of child-specific short- and long-term mental and behavioral health goals;
  • present findings and recommendations to the Family Permanency Team;
  • submit QRTP report and supporting documentation to DCFS QRTP Liaison.

The qualified individual conducting the assessment shall work in conjunction with the family of, and permanency team for, the child while conducting and making the assessment.

  • The family and permanency team shall consist of all appropriate biological family members, relative, and fictive kin of the child, as well as, as appropriate, professionals who are a resource to the family of the child, such as teachers, medical or mental health providers who have treated the child, or clergy. In the case of a child who has attained age 14, the family and permanency team shall include the members of the permanency planning team for the child that are selected by the child.

 

Components

Expectations

  • Complete LA-CANS and QRTP-IBHA within 21 days of QRTP admit of referred child.
    • Assessment encounter is completed face to face with the child, unless there are mitigating circumstances that dictate or allow otherwise (e.g., quarantine orders, emergency preparedness, emergency recovery).
    • Assessment encounters with other informants can be completed telephonically or using a web-based platform.
  • Attend the initial Family Permanency Team (FPT) meeting that is held to present eligibility findings; short-term and long-term goals; and to document FPT’s response.
    • The FPT will be held within 25 days of child’s admit to the QRTP.
  • Provide written recommendation and justifications per FFPSA & DCFS CW policy, submitted in modality/format required by DCFS
  • Assessment completed within timeframe
  • Work closely with the DCFS QRTP Liaison and QRTP Family Engagement Coordinator to compete the necessary assessment and to coordinate completion or work within timelines.

 

 

Deliverables (digital copies of)

  • LA CANS
  • QRTP IBHA
  • QRTP Report

Provider Qualifications

  • Work for an agency contracted with DCFS or contract directly with DCFS
  • Successfully complete the Louisiana CANS online training and possess/maintain CANS certification via the Praed Foundation
  • Complete DCFS approved training for QI: CANS: QRTP-IBHA and FFPSA documentation
  • Participate in annual inter-rater reliability verification trainings to ensure uniformity throughout the QRTP assessor network
  • Possess the professional qualifications by education, training and experience required by the DCFS to serve as a QI:
    • Possess a BS in Social Work, Child Development, Counseling or related field, and a minimum of 3 years of work experience in the Social Services arena.
    • Possess Master’s or Terminal Degree in Psychology, Social Work or Counseling and 1year experience working in a Social Services arena
  • Have documentation of a satisfactory fingerprint-based criminal background check through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as required by R.S. 15:587.1 and R.S. 46:51.2
    • This check shall be obtained prior to the individual accepting a referral to complete QRTP assessments with children in DCFS custody and other assessment informants
    • No person who has been convicted of, or pled guilty or nolo contendere to any offense included in R.S. 15:587 (C), shall be hired by or present in any capacity to complete a QRTP assessment with a child or any assessment informants

 

Reimbursement for QIs who are not employed by DCFS

$400.00 per assessment.

  • Flat fee.
  • Does not include testimony if called to testify – that is paid separately

 

  • If DCFS requests the QI to attend court to explain their findings and recommendation, DCFS will pay
    • $50/hr. for LCSW for actual consultation or testimony time.
    • $50/hr. for wait time at the court house.
    • Mileage is only to and from the court house at the regular mileage rate on the PPM for the correct year of service.
  • If the QI is subpoenaed by the court, then the court is responsible for payment and will pay at the rate established by the court.

 







    

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