Daily Update June 5, 2018

Kansas DCF to end current lead agency contracts


Kansas privatized its child welfare system in 1997. Currently, four family preservation and four foster care contracts are managed statewide by two providers, KVC Behavioral Healthcare (KVC) and St. Francis Community Services—these cover placement and case management services.

The Department of Children and Families has been challenged with an increasing number of children coming into care, children sleeping overnight in offices, and children missing from placements.  A Child Welfare System Task Force was formed in June 2017 to review the current system and make recommendations.  A report was released in January 2018. DCF also gathered information via internal reviews and an RFI from stakeholders—feedback was released June 1, 2018. 

Changes to the current contracts will be forthcoming.  On May 31, 2018, DCF released  RFPs for two grants—Family Preservation and Foster Care. Providers will only be awarded one grant in each DCF Region. In addition,  a Placement Matching System contract will soon be released. Changes in the new contracts include a focus on keeping children with their families and delivery of services to the entire family, not just the child(ren).  

The new contracts will provide greater oversight and accountability. The new contracts will require every licensed foster home or residential bed, to be entered into a single statewide system. (Currently, each provider has its own system.) read more

New providers who are awarded contracts will begin serving on July 1, 2019.


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