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Dashboard Prevention and Protection Services Reform Summary

Below are the Prevention and Protection Services (PPS) Reform efforts.
​Expected completion date: 03/2019

​SDM will standardize assessments to provide a consistent point of reference across all levels of service when assessing risk and safety at critical points. SDM will ensure the consistent delivery of child welfare services across the State of Kansas and develop clearer policy and procedures for assessment completion to be applied uniformly across the state for agency staff and providers.

Expected completion date: 11/2019

Enhance work efforts between PPS and the Capacity Building Center for States to develop and implement the Ice Breakers model statewide. Ice Breakers is a method of strengthening the connections between birth and foster families to provide continuity of relationships to help meet the youth’s needs and to improve likelihood of reunification. This involves engagement and collaboration between PPS, child welfare case management providers, Kansas Foster and Adoptive Parents Association, Family Advisory Network, Kansas Youth Advisory Council, Children’s Alliance and other community partners.
​Expected completion date: 07/2019

Implementation of Rapid Permanency Reviews (RPR). RPR are designed to address the functioning of the child welfare system as a whole – executive, legislative, and judicial branches – to achieve system transformation and timely permanency for youth who have been in foster care for a lengthy period of time. Case managers, supervisors, and next level managers participate in reviews and are responsible for completing action steps, the process is tracked and reported, and the cadence of accountability includes follow-up processes for front-line managers, executive leadership, and system partners to focus on busting barriers to permanency and replicating good practice.

Expected completion date: 10/2019

The Family First Prevention Services Act reforms the Federal child welfare financing streams, Title IV-E and Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, to provide funding for preventative services provisions to families who are at risk of entering the foster care by allowing federal reimbursement for mental health services, substance use treatment, and in-home parenting skill training. It also seeks to improve the well-being of children already in foster care by incentivizing states to reduce placement of children in congregate care.

​Expected completion date: 10/2018

​Implementation of Results Oriented Management (ROM) data analytics system. ROM is a tool to inform management of day-to-day operations and help improve outcomes by using data collected by PPS and turn the data into actionable information that supports practice at all staffing levels, inform policy development, reporting, ad hoc analysis, program evaluation, and research. ROM will help increase transparency of the agency and provides potential for a public portal.


​Implement modification of process which non-abuse neglect reports are accepted and acted upon. This modified process is known as “Families in Need of Assessment” (FINA). The process improves work efforts for mandatory in-person contact for the child in all assigned FINA cases. Safety assessments will be required on all FINA reports and these assessments will assist staff in more proactively identifying appropriate safety services such as; mental health and substance abuse assessments/treatment, parent management training, child care services, homemaking service, etc.


​The Federal Government has developed a national APS reporting systems, it is called National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS). This system is supported by Administration for Community Living (ACL), a federal program that is working with NAPSA to get states up and running on this project. NAMRS is the first comprehensive national reporting system for APS programs nationwide. This reporting system will allow DCF to collect quantitative and qualitative data on practices and policies on APS to be collected. This data will also be looking at outcomes of investigations in maltreatment of older adults and adults with disabilities. The goal of NAMRS is to provide consistent and accurate national data. There is a strong movement to begin having consistency among states with APS. Kansas is participating in NAMRS and has entered data for 2016 and is ready to input data for year 2017.