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Compliance with Five Year CAPTA Plan Report, 2007 (continued)

The creation of a user-friendly, interactive, readily available mandated reporter training is well underway. This Web-based interactive tutorial will be available in early 2008. Completion of a training video and DVD, in the final stages, will be available in January 2008.

For more information about the screening guidelines and the mandated reporter training curriculum, or to request assistance in providing mandated reporter training at either a county or regional level, contact Terry Besaw, (651) 431-4698, or terry.besaw@state.mn.us.

Strategy: Obtain grant funding to pilot a program to connect families at risk of child maltreatment, who have been reported but not accepted by the child protection response system, with community- based social service providers for assessment services.


The Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP) began in fall 2005 and is being piloted in 38 counties. As of September 30, 2007, 5,932 families had been referred and 2,704 accepted services. The criteria for involvement includes families with children 10 years old and under; families who ask for help and refer themselves; families referred by community agencies; and those referred by Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) workers. The pilot has been extended through December 2008. The program will be evaluated by the Institute of Applied Research.

A related but separate three-year pilot project was launched in October 2007 for low-income families who may be at risk of child maltreatment. MFIP Family Connections targets families who are receiving MFIP, have at least one child age 10 and younger, and live in Beltrami, Cass, Crow Wing, Dakota, Olmsted, Polk, Ramsey or Sherburne Counties. Families will voluntarily participate and services will include parenting education and family and crisis counseling.

For more information on the PSOP and MFIP Family Connections Programs, contact Brenda Lockwood, (651) 4361-4699 or, brenda.lockwood@state.mn.us .

Strategies: Conduct a validation study of the Structured Decision Making Family Risk Assessment tool as it applies to various racial, ethnic and cultural groups. Modify or change the SDM assessment tool and/or protocol if changes are indicated by the study findings, and develop an implementation plan.


The SDM tool was recalibrated based on the results of the validation study, and more accurately identifies risk and those who need services across cultural and ethnic groups. Although there was not full agreement, the majority of the members of a SDM Improvements Committee recommended the implementation of the revised SDM Family Risk Assessment and the revised Family Risk Re-assessment tool proposed by the Children’s Research Center. It was incorporated into the Social Services Information System in July 2007. It was included in the Child Welfare Training System and put into practice in September 2007. As recommended by the SDM Improvement Committee, re-evaluation of the validity and reliability of the SDM tool will be considered again after the revised tool has been in use for several years.


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