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The 2003 CFSR rated Item 42 a strength. Since that time the program has been furtherstrengthened by:Consultation and training by Don Schmid, a Title IV-E subject matter expertFor residential programs other then foster homes, consolidation of Behavioral Health andHuman Services Licensing into a single Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services tointegrate regulatory processes and improve efficiency.Administrative transfer of IV-E Eligibility Specialists to the Child Welfare ServicesDivision, in order to improve training, supervision, and accountability. Current practice – what does the data show?Since the 2003 CFSR, Maine successfully passed IV-E reviews in 2004 and again in 2007. The2007 IV-E review found Maine to be in substantial compliance with the Federal IV-E FederalFoster Care Program eligibility requirements. The review findings noted that: “Since theprevious IV-E foster care review in May 2004, Maine has strengthened its procedures fordetermination and documenting financial need and deprivation of parental support, according tothe State’s July 16, 1996 guidelines for AFDC.”With the 2004 implementation of a revised case review instrument based on the CFSR casereview process, PQI case record reviews discontinued checking for compliance with licensing.This item continues to be a strength for Maine as noted in the proceeding section. Key collaborators:The DHHS Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services – for institutional licensingpractice (foster home licensing continues to be done by DHHS Child Welfare ServicesDivision staff)Maine District Court. According to the 2007 IV-E Review, “All cases reviewed werefound to have required judicial determination of ‘contributing to the welfare of the child,’‘to remain in the home,’ ‘reasonable efforts to prevent placement,’ and ‘reasonable effortsto finalize the permanency plan.’”The State Fire Marshal’s Office for fire safety inspections of licensed homes andresidential care facilities.Federal Bureau of Identification, for criminal background checksThe State Bureau of Identification and Local Law Enforcement, for the fingerprintingnecessary for criminal background checksMaine CFSR Statewide Assessment223March 2009
What are the influences, resources, issues and barriers that affect overall performance ofthe Maine Child Welfare System?Since eligibility is now determined by a unit that is centrally supervised by a child welfaremanager, the potential for district-specific issues has been minimized and none are currentlyidentified.A barrier faced by Maine is that many kinship placements are not licensed, although there isequal application of standards for IV-E eligible placements. Management requirements forcaseworkers to place children with relatives have been emphasized more than managementoversight to maximize the licensing of kinship placements. Although licensing homestudies are