Court Improvement Program News and Report - 2nd Quarter 2018
7/30/2018 2:42:16 PM
During the past quarter (May through August, 2018), 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. CIP:
notification that the Children’s Bureau released funding for both FFY 2018
Training and Data grants in the amount of $128,765 each. Nevada CIP had previously received FFY
2018 Basic CIP grant in the amount of $138,001.
- Registered 99 participants to complete the 5
modules of the on-line neglect and abuse training for attorneys practicing
in dependency court, and 21 to complete the ICWA training.
- Hosted the statewide review of the Court Order
Templates created by the CIP Court Order Template Subcommittee on May 7,
2018 from 12:15 to 2:15.
- Completed the review of and released, in
partnership with DCFS, access to the University of North Carolina – Chapel
Hill’s Fostering Court Improvement Data Project in which AFCARS and
NCANDS data are used to create a platform of shared data that the courts
and child welfare agencies can collaboratively use to make informed
decisions, manage operations, monitor performance and make systemic
changes to improve outcomes for children and families.
- Continued full implementation of the Statewide
Juvenile Dependency Mediation Program, a joint project between CIP and the
Division of Child and Family Services. An advanced training on domestic violence
for all 22 dependency mediators was conducted on May 31. Between July 1 and June 30, 2018, 193
mediations were conducted across the state compared to 92 in SFY 17. This is a 110% increase. The agreement
rate thus far is 82% for the entire state.
and submitted an application for the FY 2019 VOCA grant in the amount of $169,532
to sustain the Juvenile Dependency Mediation Program for the upcoming year. An
award of $75,000 was received.
a session on “Improving Outcomes for Children and Families through Dependency
Mediation” with Margaret Crowley at the NCJFCJ 81st Annual
- Completed and submitted the three CIP Strategic
Plan updates and the FFY 2018 CIP Annual Report.
- Completed CIP’s portion of the Annual Programs and
Services Report in collaboration with DCFS.
- Continued the
follow-up Quality Hearing Study.Thus
far, Dr. Alicia Summers and Dr. Sophie Gatowski with assistance from Kathie
Malzahn-Bass reviewed case files in the participating judicial districts.
- Joined the Education IT Foster Care Work Group
to explore how best to manage the Foster Care tab in the Nevada Department
of Education’s (NDE) case
management system, Infinite Campus, and Nevada-ize the core product in
response to the data reporting requirements in Every Student Succeeds Act
(ESSA). As a result of the work of
the Statewide Collaborative on Education, Child Welfare, and the Courts, Infinite
Campus and UNITY are communicating whenever a student becomes a foster
child. This is another means to safeguard educational stability for students
in foster care.
- Participated in the meetings of the Nevada
Coalition to Prevent Sexual Exploitation of Children, the Nevada
Children’s Commission and Indian Child Welfare regularly scheduled
- Assisted with organizing the CFSR focus groups
for the judiciary, CASA, district attorneys and deputy attorneys general,
parent’s attorneys, and children’s attorneys. Nevada had great and
- Was interviewed during the
Federal focus group visit as part of the 2018 Child and Family Services
Review (CFSR). The interviewers
were impressed with all that CIP has accomplished and with the collaboration
between child welfare and CIP.
- Attended and participated in Community
Improvement Council (CIC) meetings in the majority of the judicial
districts throughout the State, providing support and information to
assist with the implementation of their annual action plans developed
during the 2016 and 2017 CIC Summits.