SD8 - Report on Director of Foster Care (Chapter 446, 2019 Acts of Assembly)

Executive Summary:

Report of the Director of Foster Care Health and Safety on the implementation and effectiveness of the program to: (i) identify local boards of social services (local boards) that fail to provide foster care services in a manner that complies with applicable laws and regulations and ensures the health, safety, and well-being of all children in the supervision and control of the local board; (ii) ensure that local boards remedy such failures, including those related to caseworker visits, safe and appropriate placement settings, and the provision of physical, mental, and behavioral health screenings and services; (iii) ensure that reports of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, and deaths of children in foster care are properly investigated; (iv) manage the process through which the Department of Social Services reviews children's residential facility placements for medical necessity; and (v) track health outcomes of children in foster care.