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									Karl Dennis & Associates
Karl Dennis, President
Kathy Dennis, Vice President

          51 Tryon Farm Lane
         Michigan City, IN 46360
            Kaltrain@aol.com
              219-874-5367
“A person working

alone has all

the power of

social dust.”

Saul Alinsky, Community Activist
(1909 - 1972)
Meeting the Needs of
                            1%
     Children
                                      1/3 $
                         12-13%
In The Service System
                                      1/3 $



                        Categorical      1/3 $
                           87%




(Gilmore et al)

                        Prevention
Elements of
Family Start
    Inter-Agency                     Individualized
     Collaboration                     Services
           State                     Culturally
            Community
                                       Competent
        

           Child & Family Teams
    Family Focused                   Cost Effective
    Unconditional Care               Meets Needs of
                                       Family
    Community - Based
                                      Outcome Driven
    Strength - Based
            Are You Lonely??
            Don’t like working on your own?
            Then call an interagency Meeting
   YOU CAN :
 Feel important
 Draw flowcharts
 Turf responsibility
 Impress colleagues
 Develop release
  forms
 Confuse each other
  with acronyms        ALL ON COMPANY TIME
                            MEETINGS !!!
                THE PRACTICAL ALTERNATIVE TO WORK
What Makes It
Work
    Access                       Voice
    Parent/Child has valid       Parent/Child were
     option at inclusion in        heard, listened to at all
     decision making process       junctures of planning


    Ownership                    Consistency
    Parent/Child agree with      Parent/Child were
     and are committed to          served by a consistent
     any plan concerning           team of workers for
     them                          services and crisis
Do’s and Don'ts for
Working with Families
    Take the time to          Assist families with
     form opinions about        life plans; not
     a family                   treatment plans
    Be direct                 Don’t be just a voice
    Trust family’s             on the phone
     instincts                 Don’t be
    Speak language that        condescending
     families understand       Involve families in
    View families as a         every level of
     whole, not as a case       planning
Do’s and Don'ts for
working with Families
(Cont.)
    Keep families              Be accessible
     informed                   Follow through
    Accept lifestyles and      Don’t become
     cultural differences        another layer of
    Help to preserve            bureaucracy
     privacy                    Be a partner
    Follow house rules         Look at services that
    Respect family’s            families need, not
     schedules                   whether they are
    Be patient                  billable
“Three   brick layers were asked what

they were doing. One said, „I‟m laying

bricks.‟ The second replied, „I‟m building

a wall.‟ The third stated, „I‟m constructing

a temple.”


                                         Anonymous
Governmental Level



Successful Initiatives




  Grassroots Level
Community Team
Composition
Local Stake Holders including:

     Parents                   Religious
     Child Welfare,             Community
      Juvenile Justice,         Universities
      Mental Health,            Civic Groups
      Education, Health
                                Housing, Visiting
     Private Providers          Nurse, Law
     Business & Cultural        Enforcement
      Leaders                   Local Government
      Community Team
           “Must Haves”

 Small Jurisdiction
 Family Input & Participation
 Top - Down Authorization
 Bottom - Up Support
 Authority to approve plans and funding
 Commitment to Unconditional Care
 Strong Outcome Data
      Child & Family Team
                Who’s On It

   Parents & Children          Some possibilities:
   Four to eight people         –   Teacher - Counselor
    who best know the            –   Social Worker
    strengths and needs          –   Service Coordinator
    of the family                –   Therapist
    – Chosen by the family       –   Clergy
      and lead agency            –   Friend - Neighbor
    – All members must           –   Big Brother/Big Sister
      agree to actively          –   Grandparents -
      participate                    Relatives
                    Child & Family Team
                                             Meetings

   Time                        Frequency
    – Set times so all can       – Weekly for four
      participate                  weeks
    – May involve evenings       – Monthly for next
      or weekends                  several months
   Place                        – Quarterly thereafter
    – Where the family is        – Change frequency to
      comfortable                  meet family and/or
                                   crisis needs
Child & Family Teams
Tasks

     Assess family            Monitor services and
      strengths                 plan
     Develop Plan             Evaluate plan’s
     Plan for Crisis           effectiveness
     Develop community        Redo plan as
      support network for       needed
      plan implementation      Be creative
     Advocate for the          entrepreneurs
      family                   Never Ever Give Up!
Child & Family Team
Planning Agenda

   Get to know family
   Determine team membership
   Get agreement to participate
   Set up meeting schedule
   Establish ground rules
   Assess strengths
   Determine % of needs currently met
Child & Family Team
Planning Agenda - Continued

   Brainstorm family and individual needs
   Prioritize needs
   Give parent veto power
   Match strengths with needs
   Assign task responsibility
   Assess percent of needs plan will meet
   Set next meeting date
Effective Crisis Planning

   Plans anticipate crisis based on past
    knowledge.
   Assume the “worst case” scenario
   Research past crisis for cause, best
    interventions and consequent behaviors.
   Clearly defined plans help teams function in
    difficult times
      Crisis Planning (2)

   See crisis as a process with a beginning, middle,
    and end.
   Change plan based on “what works”
   Build plans that “triage” for differing levels of
    intensity and severity of crisis.
   Build plans early with child & family team
   Begin by asking family “what can go wrong with
    plan” as a first step.
           Crisis Planning (3)
   Always build in 24 hour response.
   Clearly define roles for team members including
    family and natural support people.
   Create time for team to assess management of
    crisis within two weeks of event.
   Decide that no major decisions will be made until
    at least 72 hours after the crisis event.
    (Grealish & Vandenberg)
    What’s The Good News
 Living
 Family
 Psychiatric/Psychological/Medical
 Educational/Vocational
 Recreation/Social
 Legal
 Spiritual
 Safety
               Individual Needs
                   Sandy’s Needs

After School Job               One Consistent Therapist


 Privacy                                Medical Care


College Application
                                   Family Activities


     Friends                   Music Lessons

                Live with Mom & Dad
               Family Needs

 Help with food                       Visiting Nurse

Car Repaired                      Larger Living Space


Family Activities                        Furniture

 Attend Church Together   Free Time for Mom & Dad

           Move Grandma in with Family
                 Desired Outcome:
Need Strategies Who When Where Funding Outcomes Crisis Priority
    Sample Referral Criteria

 Child is at imminent risk of placement in
  a residential setting
 Child and/or family have had contact
  with multiple systems
 Child is at risk in current placement
 Child and/or family is in need of
  services from multiple agencies (two or
  more systems).
        Benefits to
    Systems & Agencies
 Fosters Interagency Collaboration
 Decision making given to family and
  direct care givers
 Promotes “top down” and “bottom up”
  change
 Increases community responsibility
 Creates flexible funds
 Services monitored by multiagencies
Referral Criteria Continued

 Safety of child/family can be maintained
 Child/family would benefit from
  individualized services
 Child possesses an I.Q. measured at 50
  or above

								
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