Evaluation of Family Preservation and Reunification Programs: Interim Report. 3.4.2 Lexington procedures

01/08/2001

Based on Family Preservation yearly reports from Seven Counties, the number of referrals received from DCBS increased from 1996 – 1998. The number of referrals was 185 in 1996, 244 in FY 1997, and 294 in FY 1998. There was also a slight increase in the number of referrals accepted, 109 in FY 1996 as compared to 135 in FY 1998. For FY 1997 the referrals accepted were similar to FY 1996, 110.6

Although negotiations for Louisville and Lexington started at the same time, the study did not begin in Lexington until the end of August 1996, almost four months after start-up in Louisville. Setting up the experiment in Lexington met with much resistance by the local agency staff. Prior to the study beginning, staff morale was low and referrals to family preservation were waning. State office and family preservation personnel (both local and state) were committed to implementing the study. They hoped that the study would increase referrals to the FPP program. It was decided that the study would go ahead, and the state family preservation coordinator became the family preservation screener. Prior to this, screening of cases was done by the supervisor of the family preservation program, Bluegrass Comp Care. Thirty-two net study cases were enrolled in Lexington over eight months. Resistance of local public agency staff was not overcome, and it was decided that it was best to discontinue the experiment in Lexington.

 

Table 3-8.
Number of cases referred to the screener and enrolled in study in Louisville
Month Number of Cases Referred to Screener Number of Cases Enrolled
E C TOTAL
May-96 43 6 9 15
June-96 37 10 4 14
July-96 37 8 8 16
August-96 Incomplete 3 7 10
September-96 46 5 2 7
October-96 40 7 9 16
November-96 52 9 7 16
December-96 41 4 1 5
January-97 42 9 3 12
February-97 31 8 10 18
March-97 34 3 7 10
April-97 40 11 14 25
May-97 24 8 6 14
June-97 20 4 6 10
July-97 37 9 9 18
August-97 21 11 4 15
September-97 22 11 4 15
October-97 38 10 22 32
November-97 26 8 15 23
December-97 Incomplete 5 5 10
January-98 29 9 11 20
February-98 23 1 3 4
March-98

29

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April-98

28 Random Assignment Over  
Total 740 159 166 325

317 Net study cases, 6 inappropriate referrals and 2 cases referred twice


6 Fiscal years go from July to June.