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Appendix A

Minnesota’s Compliance with the State Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Plan; 2007 Report of the Citizen Review Panels


According to the 1996 reauthorization of the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), one of the responsibilities of Citizen Review Panels is to review compliance of state and local child protection agencies with respect to the state’s CAPTA Plan. In 2003 CAPTA was renamed Keeping Children and Families Safe Act.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, (Keeping Children and Families Safe Act), Five Year Plan for 2004 – 2009, was developed after consulting with stakeholders, including members of the Citizen Review Panels. It was submitted to the federal Department of Health and Human Services on June 30, 2004.

The eight areas addressed in the five year plan are:

  • Child Safety

  • Risk of Harm Assessment

  • Prevention and Early Intervention

  • Services or Treatment

  • Community Involvement

  • Training

  • Developmental Screening Referrals for Children

  • Quality Assurance.

The department has developed strategies and timelines for tasks under each of the areas listed above. Compliance with the Five Year CAPTA Plan, December 31, 2007

All eight strategies in the 2004 – 2009 CAPTA Plan have either been completed or are in the process of being implemented. Projects that progressed in 2007 in accordance with strategies in the plan included:

  • Completing the updated screening guidelines and mandated reporter training curricula

  • Implementing a computer-based, interactive, readily available mandated reporter Web training

  • Developing a mandated reporter training video and DVD which are in the final stages

  • Incorporating new protocols and updated Structured Decision Making (SDM) tools into the Social Services Information System (SSIS) and the Child Welfare Training System

  • Continuing the Parent Support Outreach Program pilot.


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