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[DCS] Indiana Department of Child Services, IARCCA Reach Agreement on Rates
Start Date: 11/27/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 11/28/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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DCS Contact: Stephanie McFarland -- stephanie@mcfarlandpr.com317.709.8728

IARCCA Contact: Cathleen Graham -- 317.849.8497

Indiana Department of Child Services, IARCCA Reach Agreement on Rates

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 27, 2012) – The Indiana Department of Child Services and IARCCA, an Association of Children & Family Services, have reached a legal settlement regarding rates paid to cover additional staffing costs and cost-of-living expenses to residential facilities and foster-care agencies across the state that serve abused and neglected children. The settlement resolves a near three-year challenge that stemmed from the state’s efforts to establish rates based on actual costs incurred.

“We have been working for quite some time with IARCCA and its members regarding rate adjustments,” said DCS Director John Ryan. “We do have to achieve consistency in rates across providers, but IARCCA made some valid points in regard to some of those adjustments, and we’ve been considering how to address those.”

Changes in Indiana property-tax law in 2008 removed responsibility of payments for provider services from county governments and placed that responsibility with state government. In taking on that responsibility, DCS discovered a wide diversity of pricing for services, differing from provider to provider. Since that time, DCS has been working to bring consistency across the board to develop rates that are reasonable and customary, as Medicaid and insurance companies do.

IARCCA Executive Director Cathleen Graham said her membership is pleased with the settlement result. “DCS listened to our concerns, and we came to an agreement on what are reasonable costs related to the care of these vulnerable children,” said Graham. “There is further work to be done, and we are equally pleased that DCS agreed to meet regularly in partnership to enhance Indiana’s child welfare system. It takes both the public and private sectors working together to truly meet the complex needs of these abused, neglected, and delinquent children and their families.”

Ryan said altogether DCS, according to the terms of the settlement, will primarily adjust cost of living rates to providers, and pay for additional staff per child with providers. The settlement agreement provides a one-year adjustment on rates for calendar year 2013. The state estimates the adjustment will cost $15 million.

Foster families to see rate increase too

DCS recently announced a cost-of-living increase of 3.22 percent in 2013 to foster families caring for abused and neglected children that are wards of the state. The state agency also provided a cost-of-living increase for foster families in 2012.

About Indiana Department of Child Services:
DCS is committed to protecting children who are victims of abuse or neglect.  The agency’s primary goal is to safely keep these children at home with their families by offering appropriate support services.  If safety continues to be a concern, children are placed with relatives or in foster care.  DCS also oversees adoptions from the foster care system and manages the Child Support Bureau.  The Kids First Trust Fund, supported by the sale of ‘Kids First’ specialty automobile license plates, subsidizes programs designed to prevent child abuse and neglect.  Indiana Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline:  800.800.5556.

 About IARCCA:

Representing approximately 100 member agencies in Indiana, IARCCA supports a broad array of services, including residential care, foster care, transitional/independent living, home-based services, shelter care and crisis stabilization. IARCCA, an Association of Children & Family Services, is a 501(c)(4) IRS classified nonprofit association and child advocacy organization. Founded in 1944, IARCCA brought together a diverse group of providers into a cohesive organization, committed to the provision of quality services so vulnerable children and families may lead healthy and productive lives in their communities. IARCCA is a national leader in developing and using outcome measures, through its tracking of outcomes for over 6,000 children annually.

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