Court Improvement Program News and Report - 2nd Quarter 2017
11/28/2017 3:22:17 PM
During the past quarter (April through June, 2017), the Court
Improvement Program (CIP) has focused on three primary strategies: improving
timeliness to permanency for children; increasing judicial, attorney, and
stakeholder’s knowledge and expertise; and building systemic capacity through
continual quality improvement (CQI) and data exchange.
principal initiatives to help reduce barriers to timely permanency for children
included supporting the Community Improvement Councils (CIC) in each judicial
district. During the 2016 CIC Summit, the
CICs developed aggressive action plans for the upcoming year. The CIP
Coordinator attended and participated in CIC meetings in the majority of the judicial
districts throughout the State, providing support and information to assist
with the implementation of the action plans.
help improve timeliness to permanency and build systemic capacity, CIP and DCFS
launched a joint project, the statewide Juvenile Dependency Mediation Program
(JDMP) on July 1, 2016. Since that time, 84 mediations have been conducted
throughout the state with 71, or 85 percent, resulting in full or partial agreement.
Ten more mediations have already been
scheduled for the first quarter of the new fiscal year. The use of mediation is increasing and is
successful. It helped 141 children achieve permanency at an average of cost of
$274.47 per child.
to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) process
evaluation of the JDMP, stakeholders across the state are actively supportive
of the mediation process. Ninety-eight percent
(98%) of the stakeholders expressed overall satisfaction with JDMP. Ninety-nine percent (99%) of stakeholders
felt that the mediation was conducted fairly, and that they were treated with respect.
Ninety-nine percent (99%) of both stakeholders and parents felt that they had
an opportunity to voice their opinion. One hundred percent (100%) of the
parents participating in mediation felt fairly treated and that the mediator
had clearly explained the process.
Ninety-five percent (95%) of the parents felt that they were treated
with respect and that they were part of the solution to the problems discussed. NCJFCJ completed another process evaluation
of the 2nd JD’s mediation program and the 2nd JD’s impact
evaluation is nearly complete.
On-Line Attorney Dependency training was launched the end of January; 52 attorneys
and CASAs from across the state have registered to take the course. Several
courts are requiring contract attorneys to complete the course. Others are also
suggesting the course for their CASAs.
Statewide Collaborative on Education, Child Welfare, and the Courts with technical
assistance from the ABA Center on Children and the Law is developing plans to
implement AB491 of the 2017 Session, which incorporates the provisions of the federal
Every Student Succeeds Act regarding foster children into the Nevada Revised
Statutes. DCFS and Nevada Department of Education (NDE)
are working to develop statewide educational stability documents including a
basic factsheet on ESSA and AB491, MOUs between child welfare and school
districts, best interest decision-making processes and forms, and sample local transportation
procedures. As a result of the technical assistance from the ABA Center on
Children and the Law for which CIP obtained funding from the Walter S. Johnson
Foundation, NDE will receive assistance developing a joint training for school
districts and child welfare regarding developing MOUs. They will also work with NDE’s IT department on
the federally required State Report Card on foster care. The Collaborative is also working on an
academic plan template that could be put into Infinite Campus, the education
database used by school districts and NDE.
Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau notified CIP on June
23, 2017 that it was awarded a total of $137,072 for the federal fiscal year
2017 Basic Grant; and $127,975 each for the fiscal year 2017 CIP Data and Training Grants. DCFS notified CIP on May 31, 2017 that it had been
awarded a $65,000 VOCA grant to continue JDMP.
CIP was invited to apply for additional VOCA funding to expand JDMP.