Senate task force recommends more DCYF involvement in network contracts
|Cathie Cool Rumsey, working to finish what she started|
STATE HOUSE – A Senate task force considering the matter has recommended that the Department of Children, Youth and Families should have greater oversight and involvement in its contract with Family Care Networks, should transition toward more community-based services, including foster care, and should set specific goals, subject to continued legislative oversight.
Co-chaired by Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist.12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) and former senator Catherine Cool Rumsey (D-Dist. 34, Exeter, Charlestown, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich), the Senate Task Force on the Department of Children, Youth and Families and the Family Care Network spent several months exploring the continued challenges facing DCYF and the nonprofit networks that provide services to children in state care.
Currently, DCYF and its networks are working together to successfully resolve contract negotiations, and the goal of the Senate task force was to ensure that oversight and public accountability are maintained as discussions move forward. The current contract expires June 30.
If implemented, the recommendations, many of which complement and emphasize the testimony provided by the Governor’s Resource Team, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and providers and community advocates, would: