Governor’s Institute on Plans of Safe Care
Thank you for your interest in registering for the Governor’s Institute on Plans of Safe Care. The following information will help you select appropriate county level team members and complete the registration process.
WHAT IS THE GOVERNOR’S INSTITUTE ON PLANS OF SAFE CARE?
The Governor’s Institute is a regional, in-person, two-day work session for county planning teams responsible for Plans of Safe Care for infants affected by prenatal substance exposure, including alcohol, and their families. The Governor’s Institute is designed to engage and support county planning teams as they develop, implement and monitor Plans of Safe Care.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE GOVERNOR’S INSTITUTE ON PLANS OF SAFE CARE?
The goal of Governor’s Institute is for county planning teams to operationalize new requirements from the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), which requires that infants who have been affected by substance exposure, including alcohol, be given a Plan of Safe Care prior to discharge from the hospital.
Plans of Safe Care, which are required by federal and state laws, are expected to be informed by cross-systems partners and through the meaningful engagement of the infant’s family. The development and management of the plan is to improve the safety, early childhood development, and well-being of the infant and the infant’s family. The plans are individualized and multigenerational. The plans should assess the needs of the infant and family and then connecting the infant and family to cross systems and generational services and supports.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE GOVERNOR’S INSTITUTE ON PLANS OF SAFE CARE?
A number of intentions are shaping the Governor’s Institute on Plans of Safe Care. During the Institute, participants will have the opportunity to:
WHEN AND WHERE WILL BE THE GOVERNOR’S INSTITUTE BE HELD?
The Governor’s Institute will be held at five locations across Pennsylvania. County planning teams may choose the location and date that best meets their team’s needs. The work sessions are identical at each site, so teams should plan to attend only one site. The Governor’s Institute will run from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on the first day, and from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM on the second day. The Governor’s Institute will be held on the following dates and locations:
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Each county must send a multidisciplinary team of 6 – 8 members who represent the supports and services available to infants affected by prenatal substance exposure, including alcohol, and their families. It is important that the county planning team include individuals who are empowered to develop and implement changes in policy and practice along with individuals who have on-the-ground experience. County planning teams are also encouraged to include family members who care for infants or young children who have been affected by prenatal substance exposure.
HOW SHOULD OUR COUNTY CHOOSE PLANNING TEAM MEMBERS?
Recent updates to federal and state child welfare laws have emphasized that the child welfare system is only one partner in the development of Plans of Safe Care for infants affected by prenatal substance exposure, including alcohol, and their families. Other partners may include substance use disorder treatment agencies, housing assistance programs, Early Intervention services, medical homes, evidence-based home visiting services, and other supports.
While each Plan of Safe Care must be developed individually for an infant and their family members/caregivers, there are certain multidisciplinary protocols that counties will need to develop to allow for the rapid and thorough preparation of Plans of Safe Care. The Governor’s Institute will bring together county planning teams who can build these pathways and protocols. Therefore, it is crucial that key stakeholders be present at the Institute.
The federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and Pennsylvania’s Act 54 of 2018 do not establish specific team requirements, but instead offer suggested professionals and interdisciplinary systems partners that should be considered as part of the county planning team developing and monitoring plans of safe care. These suggestions should help inform and guide which county multidisciplinary partners should attend the Governor’s Institute.
The following multidisciplinary system partners should be among those included on the county planning team attending the Governor’s Institute. As often as possible, counties should strive to identify representatives that reflect the needs of the community and those who can bring one or more of the lens reflected below:
Below is an example of a fictitious county and the team of individuals that county might register for the Governor’s Institute. This is only an example. Each county’s planning team should reflect local needs.
King County is a largely suburban county not far from a major city. The county has a population of about 820,000. Of them, 55,000 are on Medicaid. King County is home to three birthing hospitals (one of which is a Center of Excellence) and a large county human services agency that provides substance use, home visiting, early intervention, and child welfare services. King County submitted the following roster for registration for the Governor’s Institute:
|County Planning Team Member||Position||Organization||Perspective Represented|
|1. Amy Albright||Health Commissioner||King County DOH||Public Health|
|2. Dr. Ben Brewer||Pediatrician||King Medical Center||Child Health|
|3. Cathy Chapman||Home Visiting Coordinator||King County DHS||Home Visiting|
|4. Dale Davison||Peer Recovery Specialist||HOPE Recovery Inc.||SUD Treatment|
|5. Emily Enders||Parent||Family member of infant affected by prenatal substance use|
|6. Frank Faust||Administrator||King County DHS||Mental Health|
|7. Gina Grove||Early Intervention Coordinator||King County Infant/Toddler Early Intervention||Early Intervention|
|8. Henry Howard||Administrator||King County DHS/OCYF||Child Welfare|
WHAT SUPPORT CAN COUNTY PLANNING TEAMS EXPECT?
There is no registration fee for the Governor’s Institute. If needed, county planning team members may have their hotel costs paid for the night between the two days of the Governor’s Institute. Lunch will also be provided at no cost on both days of the Governor’s Institute. Participants are responsible for their costs associated with mileage, tolls, any other meals and expenses associated with participation.
HOW DO COUNTY PLANNING TEAM REGISTER?
Once the 6 – 8 county planning team members have been identified, they will need to register for the Governor’s Institute. One person should register the entire team. No individual registrations will be accepted.
The registration link can be found at this Survey Monkey query
To register the team, the following information will be needed:
Once the county planning team has registered, each team member will receive a confirmation of their registration and information to help prepare for the Governor’s Institute.
WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS FOR THE COUNTY PLANNING TEAM?
There are a few key tasks needed to prepare for the Governor’s Institute for Plans of Safe Care. Since the Governor’s Institute is focused on helping county planning teams develop local procedures for Plans of Safe Care, there will not be sessions on background information. Completing this pre-work prior to the Governor’s Institute will ensure that all team members have basic information about Plans of Safe Care that will allow them to understand and support the work of their county planning team.
County planning team members should:
a. Watch the webinar on Developing Plans of Safe Care for Pennsylvania’s Infants Affected by Prenatal Substance Exposure before attending the Institute. After watching the webinar, please send any questions that you'd like to make sure get addressed to the Governor’s Institute
b. Read the Pennsylvania Plan of Safe Care Guidance This document includes important new information about Pennsylvania’s requirements for Plans of Safe Care. In addition, check out the Legislative Changes Fast Facts and the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Fast Facts documents that provide additional information on these topics.
c. Come prepared to share resources and partners who currently help support infants who are affected by prenatal substance exposure, including alcohol, and their families. Begin to think about the resources currently in place in your county and those that might still be needed. If your county currently uses a template for Plans of Safe Care, please bring that and any other related county documents with you. You may also review an example Plans of Safe Care template.
Example Plans of Safe Care template (Microsoft Word Version.)
WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
For any questions related to the content of the Governor’s Institute or choosing county planning team members, please email RA-PWPLANSOFSAFECARE@pa.gov.
For registration questions, please contact Molly Martz .