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Ramsey County Children’s Services Review Panel 2007 Annual Report (continued)

Panel Activities

  • Budget and legislative issues were discussed at every meeting.

  • A resolution was voted on and unanimously passed to support the efforts of the A Minnesota Without Poverty Initiative to encourage Minnesota citizens and legislators to leverage knowledge and more resources to better care for and protect children.

  • Panel members attended the volunteer training, recognition and celebration of Minnesota Citizen Review Panels in May. Experts on child welfare financing addressed the panel members and included Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter, Minnesota Department of Human Services Assistant Commissioner for Children and Family Services Chuck Johnson and Joel Alter of the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor.

  • The Ramsey County Panel hosted Pete Singer at a monthly meeting regarding the program Care In Action Minnesota and provided support to the project. The project, sometimes referred to as “Adopt a Social Worker,” allows congregations to provide assistance to families in need through a county social worker.

  • The Ramsey County Children’s Services Review Panel 2006 Annual Report was sent to the Ramsey County Commissioners and presented to them at their February 2007 board meeting. Commissioner Carter requested quarterly reports to follow up on the recommendations of the panel. Written quarterly reports from Ramsey County Human Services have been inconsistent to date.

  • Panel members Mark Proctor and JoAnn Cardenas Enos attended the National Citizen Review Panel Conference in Kentucky in the spring of 2007 and are currently participating on the planning committee for the National Citizen Review Panel Conference to be held in Minnesota in the spring 2008.

  • Panel members Cindy Toppin and Georgia Boehlke are working on a project in collaboration with the Low Income Committee and the Children’s Mental Health Advisory Council to develop appropriate programming for young children in homeless shelters.

  • Panel members Ginny Pieper and Mary Sembrowich participated in Project Homeless Connect.

  • Based on previous work done by the Panel, members continued to follow the progress of services and case planning provided for children ages birth to five years old.

  • Subcommittee work included:

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      The Program Improvement Plan (PIP) subcommittee reviewed data and continued to monitor the work and recommendations of the plan.

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        A panel subcommittee explored child welfare financing, focusing on educating the panel and providing information to the legislature on funding aspects of child welfare.

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        Panel members Lyn Birawer and Ginny Pieper continued to monitor the implementation of recommendations of the Independent Living Skills (ILS) services in the 2005 and 2006 Children’s Services Review Panel’s Annual Reports.


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