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5101:2-40-02 Supportive services for prevention of placement, reunification and life skills.

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Please note: This rule is being reviewed for the five year review requirement.

(A) The primary goals of all supportive services are:

(1) To respect and support the integrity of the child's family unit.

(2) To prevent placement of a child away from his or her family or caretaker.

(3) To enable a child's return home or to an alternative permanent placement.

(4) To assist a child who has attained the age of fourteen to prepare for transition from substitute care to independent living and self sufficiency.

(B) Supportive services shall be made available by the public children services agency (PCSA) to the child, his or her parent, guardian, or custodian through one or more of the following:

(1) Information and referral services to community resources.

(2) Direct services from the PCSA.

(3) Contract services from community service providers.

(4) Compact services from community service providers.

(5) Direct and indirect services from child abuse and neglect multidisciplinary teams.

(6) Direct and indirect services through the county family and children first council or the county "Help Me Grow" provider.

(C) Supportive services shall be based upon the PCSA's assessment of safety and risk to the child and shall be available during all of the following:

(1) The safety planning process.

(2) The assessment/investigation process.

(3) The supervision of a child in his or her own home without court order.

(4) The protective supervision of a child as ordered by the court.

(5) The child's substitute care placement.

(6) The period immediately following reunification of the child, as appropriate.

(D) Supportive services shall be available if one or more of the following exists:

(1) The child, his or her parent, guardian, or custodian requests services, and the PCSA determines the services are necessary.

(2) The case decision or other information obtained during the assessment/investigation indicates the need for the services.

(3) The PCSA receives an order of protective supervision.

(4) The child is placed in substitute care.

(E) If one or more of the conditions listed in paragraph (D) of this rule exist, the JFS 01410 "Comprehensive Assessment and Planning Model I. S., Case Plan" (rev. 2/2006) or the JFS 01418 "Family Service Plan" (rev. 7/2011), shall be prepared in accordance with rules 5101:2-38-01, 5101:2-38-05, and 5101:2-38-20 of the Administrative Code.

(F) The PCSA shall establish procedures for referring a child who is the subject of a report and is not at risk of imminent harm, to a community organization or voluntary preventive services.

(G) The PCSA may provide any of the mandated services identified in this paragraph directly, or may arrange service delivery with a community service provider:

(1) Case management services. "Case management services" are activities performed by the PCSA, private child placing agency (PCPA), private non-custodial agency (PNA) or Title IV-E agency for the purpose of providing, recording and supervising services to a child and his or her parent, guardian, custodian, caretaker or substitute caregiver.

(2) Counseling services. "Counseling services " may include one or both of the following:

(a) General counseling services performed by a PCSA or shelter for victims of domestic violence to assist a child, a child's parents, and a child's sibling in alleviating identified problems causing or may cause the child to be an abused, neglected, or dependent child.

(b) Psychiatric or psychological therapeutic counseling services provided to correct or alleviate any mental or emotional illness or disorder and performed by a licensed psychiatrist, licensed psychologist, or person licensed under Chapter 4757. of the Revised Code to engage in social work or professional counseling.

(3) Diagnostic services. "Diagnostic services" are medical, psychiatric, or psychological services performed by a licensed physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed professional counselor with clinical endorsement, or a licensed independent social worker for the purpose of evaluating an individual's current physical, emotional, or mental condition.