Researchers with Evident Change recently examined additional involvement with child welfare services after parents who completed Family Visit Coaching (FVC) services reunified with their children. The study, completed in the County of San Diego, California, found FVC to be effective at reducing substantiations after reunification.
A new tool guides justice system agencies in creating a more well-rounded service array to meet the needs of the people they serve. Many individuals who have been impacted by the juvenile and/or criminal justice systems have unaddressed needs and traumas. These needs often lead them to—and keep them in—a cycle of justice system involvement. This guide was created to help agencies make strong community and cross‑system connections that will ultimately improve the way people are treated and served.
As part of a study in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) area of Texas, Evident Change researchers created a list of resources available to the local community there. They provide services focused on mental health, substance use disorder, emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, legal advocacy to victims and their families, and more. This resource is available to anyone in need of services or assistance. State and national resources are also included, so help is not limited to the RGV.
Using Administrative Data From APS: Opportunities and Considerations
As more states improve their data systems, Adult Protective Services (APS) agencies are eager to examine administrative data to improve their work. This presentation will use non-technical language to review practical considerations related to organizing and analyzing APS administrative data. We will address approaches for handling erroneous and missing data, as well as defining metrics and comparing findings from multiple locations or programs. Reviewing these details can help practitioners generate more accurate conclusions and improve research quality in this important area. (Materials: slide presentation)
Presenter: Kenny Steinman has over 20 years' experience collaborating with community leaders and agency professionals to conduct rigorous, relevant research. He was a faculty member of the Ohio State University’s College of Public Health for 11 years and most recently has focused his scholarly work on health policy and its intersection with family violence. Steinman’s projects include an assessment of Ohio’s APS system, evaluating programs to prevent child maltreatment in families who struggle with substance use, and how state efforts to expand Medicaid have helped Ohio residents.
The Data for Equity program was created to help direct-service and other organizations build capacity for using data. Data for Equity can help agencies create internal cultures of accountability around equity, work toward sustainable reductions in racial and ethnic disparities, and rebuild systems in a way that supports equitable outcomes.
During its 20-year history, the Team Decision Making® (TDM™) approach has proven to benefit children by decreasing the chance of repeat maltreatment and by increasing the rates of reunification and placement stability. A recent study from Child Trends is the first randomized controlled trial of the TDM approach and offers stronger evidence of its efficacy.
Child Adversities, Midlife Health, and Elder Abuse: Application of Cumulative Disadvantage Theory to Understand Late Life Victimization
Elder abuse victimization is increasingly recognized as a pressing public health concern. However, few empirical studies have investigated whether childhood adversities and poor physical and psychological health in midlife heighten risks for abuse in late life. The webinar will review prior literature on the topic; describe the methodological approach within a new study by the presenters; highlight major findings; and discuss implications for clinical practice, treatment, and future research on elder abuse. (Materials: slide presentation)
Scott Easton, PhD, is associate professor, chair of the Mental Health Department, and co-director of the Trauma Integration Initiative at the Boston College School of Social Work. His primary program of research investigates long-term health outcomes of adults who experienced early life-course trauma such as child sexual abuse.
Jooyoung Kong, PhD, focuses her research on the effects that childhood adverse experiences have on later-life health and well-being. Guided by the life-course perspective, she is interested in identifying risk factors that prolong the negative impact of childhood adversity on physical, psychological, and social health in adulthood and identifying resilience factors that can mitigate these harmful effects.
Using Standardized Measures for Adult Protective Services Outcomes Assessment
The webinar presenters will introduce the standardized measures used in the Elder Justice Innovation Grant: The Identification, Services, and Outcomes (ISO) Matrix. The assessment tool aims to capture adult protective services (APS) outcomes. The psychometric quality of the measures and measurement burden on APS staff will be discussed. In addition, analysis of extreme cases using the ISO Matrix will be presented to demonstrate how standardized measures can provide feedback to improve APS practice.
Pi-Ju (Marian) Liu, PhD, is an assistant professor at Purdue School of Nursing and a faculty associate in the Center on Aging and the Life Course at Purdue University. She works with APS at the county, state, and national levels to conduct applied and translational research around elder justice issues, covering topics on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Kendon J. Conrad, PhD, is professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His interests are in long-term care, mental health, substance abuse, measurement, and evaluation research methodology. He and Dr. Madelyn Iris and others developed the Elder Abuse Decision Support System which, was further developed and field-tested in California as the ISO Matrix with Dr. Marian Liu.
Sara Stratton, LCSW, is an experienced APS supervisor. She has worked with San Francisco’s APS program for 20 years and has provided supervision and development of APS program components and policies and procedures. Stratton is part of the research team for the Administration for Community Living’s Elder Justice Innovation Grant to study outcomes for APS provided to at-risk adults.
Evident Change’s first youth advisors, Deajah Nunn and Hayden Renato, spent more than nine months with the organization, consulting on system-improvement projects across the country and leading several research projects. A set of seven recommendations to improve the child welfare and juvenile justice systems is one result of that research.
Evident Change youth advisor Deajah Nunn used her lived experience and her desire to help other former foster youth to develop this two-page resource. While the main focus is housing, the publication contains links to other resources for former foster youth.
Capacity Evaluations for APS Throughout the State of Texas
This webinar will describe the experience of capacity evaluations that use telecommunications-assisted remote interviews. The presenter will discuss the development and applicability of this approach as well as expansion of the service to adult protective services (APS) agencies and their clients in all areas of the State of Texas.
John M. Halphen, JD, MD, is an associate professor of geriatric and palliative medicine at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is the medical director of the Adult Forensic Assessment Center Network, also in Houston. He has been performing capacity and medical assessments for APS since 2007 and is board certified in family medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Halpern has been trained and licensed as a pharmacist and lawyer.
In partnership with the Sierra Health Foundation, Evident Change issued its final evaluation report on the Positive Youth Justice Initiative. This initiative is working toward a more just and effective California juvenile justice system aligned with the needs of young people.