4519. Concrete Goods

Approval: Jennifer Strus, Asst. Secretary

Effective Date: May 1, 2014

Revised Date: March 31, 2017

Sunset Review: March 31, 2020


Purpose 

Assist children and families with concrete goods when those goods or expenditures support child safety, reduce risk of abuse or neglect, prevent out-of-home placement, support placement with an unlicensed kinship caregiver or facilitate safe reunification. The assistance is intended to remove concrete barriers for successful achievement of case plan goals.

Policy

  1. In-home and out-of-home concrete goods are provided to a child or family when:
    1. Funding is available and approved.
    2. Purchases are made using the most economical and reasonable approach.
    3. Concrete goods meet an identified need through the assessment and supports the case plan per 1140 Family Assessment policy.
  2. Approvals for in and out-of-home concrete good expenditures:
    1. Up to $200 may be approved by the caseworker.
    2. $201 to $500 must be approved by the supervisor.
    3. $501 to $1200 must be approved by the area administrator.
    4. $1201 or more must be approved by the regional administrator.
  3. In-home concrete goods
    1. Are provided to a child or family to maintain child safety and reduce risk, prevent placement or sustain a trial return home when the child has been reunified with his or her parent. Concrete goods include but are not limited to: child safety items, clothing, shelter, furniture, utilities, transportation, or paraprofessional services not available for purchase through a CA service contract.
    2. Before in-home concrete goods are authorized:
      1. There is documentation of need either in the assessment or written proof of need, e.g., disconnection notice of utilities or eviction notice.
      2. The family must be willing and able to cooperate with services.
      3. The family must have a plan that will continue to maintain the support provided temporarily by the concrete good. The concrete support is not intended to be an ongoing means of support.
  4. Out-of-home concrete goods:
    1. Are provided to support parent-child visits, support the unlicensed kinship care provider, or promote the plan for reunification when the child is placed in out-of-home care. Concrete goods include, but are not limited to: clothing, furniture, or paraprofessional services not available for purchase through a CA service contract.
    2. Follow policy 4537. Clothing Allowance for Children in Out-of-Home Care when considering clothing voucher assistance.
    3. Follow 45273. and 45274. Relative Placement and 5232. Maintenance Funding for Placement when considering concrete goods for a child placed in kinship care.
  5. Concrete goods can be used for the following:
    1. Housing payment and utilities
      1. Provide first and last months' rent when the family is moving.
      2. Authorize only non-refundable cleaning or security deposits.
      3. Rent (not intended to be long-term), back payments for utilities.
    2. Gift cards
      1. Use small denomination gift cards to support transportation of parents to services and visitation, not to exceed $15 per card.
      2. Several cards may be provided to the parent, but should be signed out using the case ID.
    3. Vehicle repairs which allow parents to participate in services, parent-child visits or supports their ability to increase their child’s safety.
    4. Food assistance for out-of-home concrete goods should be used to support parent-child visits.
    5. Food assistance for in-home concrete goods should be authorized until a family becomes eligible for the following or until they can provide sufficient food on their own.
      1. Basic Food through the Department of Social and Health Services Community Services Office (CSO).
      2. The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program.
  6. Documentation
    1. Initiate a payment request by creating a service referral through casework in FamLink, to generate the authorization and payment.
    2. Document in FamLink how the provision of:
      1. In-home concrete goods will meet increase, maintain, or establish child safety, reduce risk or stabilize reunification.
      2. Out-of-home concrete goods will support parent-child visits and/or promote the plan for reunification.

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