National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts: Site Visits Report . Future Plans

05/01/2003

The agency intends to continue with the efforts that are already underway, particularly in the area of staff specialization. Whenever possible and appropriate, staff will be provided opportunities to acquire specialized skill sets to better serve the unique needs of their clients. The agency is also trying to provide dedicated staff to the review of practice standards. This will help the agency in its efforts to be proactive.

Pennsylvania has a unique funding structure for child welfare services. Funding is blended with Juvenile Justice services to cover both agencies. Although both agencies prepared their budgets for the coming year, circumstances within Juvenile Justice could create problems within Child Welfare. If, for example, in a small county there was a dramatic increase in delinquency (this could mean two or three secure care placements, when only one was budgeted) the funds must come from the existing funding, i.e. the child welfare system would have funds diverted to juvenile justice. The agency will continue to work toward making the funding mechanism more workable.

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