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The Braam Semi-Annual Performance Report for the period of January - June 2016 is now available. This report includes performance on the six (6) remaining enforceable outcomes.
In January - June 2016, Children's Administration demonstrated improved or stable performance on five of the six outcomes. In this review period, Children’s Administration reached compliance for the full 18 months on one outcome: Caregiver Information. Per the Revised Settlement and Exit Agreement, Caseload (outcome 2), Caregiver Training (outcome 9), and Caregiver Support (outcome 10) will no longer be monitored or enforceable as the Department has achieved the full 18 months of compliance on the following outcomes:
Children’s Administration will continue to report performance on the two remaining outcomes until the full 18 months compliance has been achieved. The remaining outcomes are: Frequency of Youth on Runaway Status (outcome 20) and Median Number of Days Youth are on Runaway Status (outcome 21).
The next Braam Semi-Annual Performance Report will be released March 31, 2017 and will cover the reporting period of July – December 2016.
While the Revised Settlement and Exit Agreement expired December 31, 2013, Children's Administration remains committed to monitoring performance and maintaining the Quality Assurance and Continuous Quality Improvement processes established to achieve the goals of the Revised Settlement and Exit Agreement. The Department has implemented a system which allows us to learn from our results and improve processes and practice where necessary. We have embedded our commitment to achieving the outcomes into our day to day practice.
The Braam vs. State of Washington lawsuit was filed in August 1998 on behalf of a class of foster children who had three or more placements while in foster care. The named plaintiff is Jessica Braam. The lawsuit alleged that the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) does not provide constitutionally required care to foster children.
After six years of litigation, a Settlement Agreement was reached and approved by the court in November 2004. The goal of the settlement agreement is to improve the conditions and treatment of children in the custody of the Washington State DSHS Children's Administration (CA), Division of Children and Family Services.
The Braam Oversight Panel was created in 2004 to oversee the Settlement Agreement regarding Washington State's foster care system. It is an independent five member panel of experts from across the nation that were mutually agreed to by the parties.
The Braam Oversight Panel, in collaboration with DSHS/CA and substantial input from the Plaintiffs' attorneys, developed outcomes, benchmarks and action steps. On October 31, 2011, the Department and the Plaintiffs' attorneys agreed to continue to monitor the Department's performance on 21 Outcomes, which include monthly visits, sibling placement, sibling visits, annual mental health and substance abuse screens, and others.
The Department issues data twice yearly on its performance in the remaining outcomes in the Revised Settlement and Exit Agreement. These reports are submitted to the Court and Plaintiff’s counsel who continues to monitor the Department’s progress and performance.