Child Protective Services Handbook Revision March 23, 2009

This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on March 23, 2009. Summaries of new or revised items are provided below.

Family Based Safety Services (PATS 2327)

The CPS handbook is being revised to address a recent court ruling and the emphasis on 4th Amendment rights and exigent circumstances. See:

3111 The Role of the FBSS Worker

3120 Purpose and Criteria for Providing FBSS

3140.1 Constitutional Requirements for Family Based Safety Services and Family Reunification Cases

3142 Conducting the Family Assessment

3142.1 Constitutional Requirements for a Family Assessment

3142.2 Scope and Purpose of a Family Assessment

3142.3 Steps for Conducting a Family Assessment

3142.4 Assessment as an Ongoing Task

3145 Documenting an FBSS Case in IMPACT

3145.1 Documenting a Referral to FBSS           

3145.2 Documenting the Family Assessment

3145.3 Documenting the Level of Service or Closing Without Offering Services

3145.4 Documenting the Family Service Plan

3145.5 Documenting Contacts and Visits

3145.51 Documenting Critical Contacts

3145.52 Documenting Noncritical Contacts

3145.53 Timeframes for Documenting FBSS Contacts

3145.54 Recording Narratives Under the Monthly Evaluation

3145.55 Identifying the Correct IMPACT Stage and Stage Type

3145.6 Documenting Supervisor Tasks

3145.61 Documenting Significant Consultations Between the Supervisor and Worker 

3145.62 Documenting Supervisor Approvals of FBSS Contacts and Evaluations

3152.1 Transferring From Family Based Safety Services to Substitute Care

3153 Removals After Reunification

3160 The Family Service Plan

3161 Purposes of the Family Service Plan

3162 The Initial Family Service Plan

3163 Reviewing and Updating the Family Service Plan

3164 Required Content of the Family Service Plan

3165 Parental Involvement in Service Planning – Ensuring the Involvement of Fathers

3166 Supervisory Approval and Completion of Family Service Plans

3171 Immediate or Short-Term Protection

3312 Eligibility for Regular FBSS

3312.1 Criteria for Regular FBSS           

3312.2 Cases That May Not Be Appropriate for Regular FBSS

3312.3 Determining Whether to Seek Court-Ordered Services or Removal

3312.4 Assigning Moderate FBSS

3322 Eligibility for Moderate FBSS

3322.1 Criteria for Moderate FBSS

3322.2 Cases That May Not Be Appropriate for Moderate FBSS

3322.3 Determining Whether to Seek Court-Ordered Services or Removal

3322.4 Assigning Intensive FBSS

3332 Eligibility for Intensive FBSS

3332.1 Criteria for Intensive FBSS

3332.2 Cases That May Not Be Appropriate for Intensive FBSS

3332.3 Determining Whether to Seek Court-Ordered Services or Removal     

3423 Making Face-to-Face Contact

3423.1 Home Visits Before a Child Returns Home

3423.2 Home Visits After a Child Returns Home

3423.3 Making Contact 48-Hours After a Child Returns Home 

Appendix 3213: Americans With Disabilities Act Reasonable Accommodations in Service Planning

Appendix 3141: Service Activities During Family Contacts (Practice Guidelines)

Appendix 3144-B: Guidelines for Case Closure or to Seek Legal Intervention

Some of the items above have been given more descriptive titles. Cross-references to these titles have been updated in the items below. No changes to policy or procedure were made in these items. See:

2238.1 Transferring a Case to Family-Based Safety Services (FBSS)

3144 Reviewing the Case

3323.3 Changing the Frequency of Contact

3313.2 Making Face-to-Face Contact

3314 Initial Face-to-Face Contact Following Stage Progression

3333.3 Changing the Frequency of Contact

3334 The Intensive Family-Based Safety Services (I-FBSS) Initial Face-to-Face Contact

3324 The Moderate Family-Based Safety Services (M-FBSS) Initial Face-to-Face Contact

3423.3 Making Contact 48-Hours After a Child Returns Home

3425 Closing the Case

3443.2 Making Face-to-Face Contact

3444 Initial Face-to-Face Contact and Intensive Early Reunification Safety Services Assessment

3453.3 Decreasing Contact

3454 Initial Face-to-Face Contact and Intensive Reunification Safety Services Assessment

5214 Court-Ordered Participation in CPS Services