26, No. 1
Three Pillars of Transformation
It can be helpful to think of the following as the three "pillars" of child welfare transformation in North Carolina. Viewed in combination, they describe what lies ahead as North Carolina remakes its child welfare system.
System Reform Plans. Required hiring an independent evaluator to assess and issue recommendations for reforming NC's social services system, including the child welfare system.
Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group. Established to develop recommendations for improving state supervision of the county-administered social services system via a system of regional state offices. Currently North Carolina's supervision of county DSS agencies is centralized, with most offices in Raleigh. Rylan's law requires the state to shift to a regional model of supervision, where counties are clustered in regions, with regional state-offices in each area. This does not change any authority of the county DSS agencies; rather, it provides counties with closer support and monitoring by state staff.
Data Dashboards. Requires all 100 county DSS agencies to enter into an annual performance agreement with NCDHHS for all social services programs, excluding Medicaid. Ultimately, a data dashboard will be available to the public, so counties and citizens can easily access program and performance data.
Child Well-being Transformation Council. A state-level body created to promote a more coordinated approach to services that will help improve outcomes for children. Consists of 17 members appointed by the Governor and General Assembly.
Regional Departments of Social Services. To promote accountability and increased supervision, Rylan's Law gives counties the option to create regional departments of social services. This gives two or more counties the option to exercise flexibility by combining programs and resources to improve the provision of social services among more than one county.
To read the full text of Rylan's law visit: https://bit.ly/2RT9SNi
To learn more about Family First visit: https://bit.ly/3kJPfzQ.