May 23, 2018

Pennsylvania Counties

ACTIVE COUNTIES & ACHIEVEMENTS

Bedford

  • Worked with project to hold meaningful permanency hearings for every child.
  • Full hearings help parents and children have a say in court and understand what is being asked of them.
  • ABA provided judicial checklist to streamline permanency hearings.
     

Butler

  • Began work on a concurrent planning policy.

    Worked with ABA to develop a written kinship care policy.
  • Relatives are involved earlier in case planning and decisions.

Clearfield

  • PA Technical Assistance providers collaborated with county on projects so efforts not duplicated.
  • Monthly TA provider meetings identified service needs.
  • The county chose from a menu of projects.
     

Crawford

  • Worked with project to address delays in termination of parental rights (TPR) hearings.
  • ABA collected TPR data to find delays.
  • Project works with county to streamline TPR process.
     

Lehigh

  • Worked with project to change how parents were represented at TPR hearings.
  • Change allowed counsel to continue on cases so no new attorneys were assigned or played catch-up.
  • Court, agency and counsel developed procedures for counsel assignments.
     

Washington

  • Collaborated with service providers to increase interorganizational awareness.
  • ABA helped convene trainings and meetings with mental health providers and child welfare agency.
  • Project helped attorneys become familiar with behavior health issues.

Westmoreland

  • Worked with the project to start a 90-day multidisciplinary case conference process.
  • The 90-day case conference promotes permanency, engages families, frontloads services, and encourages cross-system collaboration.
  • Case conference is used in every new case 90 days after removal from the home to evaluate progress, review service referrals, and prepare for the first permanency hearing.

CLOSED COUNTIES & ACHIEVEMENTS

County Avg. Time Saved Money Saved

Armstrong

6 months

$243,600

Beaver

6.5 months

$429,000

Berks

5 months

$420,000

Blair

4 months

$552,000

Centre

21 months

$400,000

Cumberland

7 months

$621,600

Huntingdon

5 months

$234,000

Lancaster

7 months

$386,400

Lehigh

8 months

$393,600

Luzerne

22 months

$660,000

Lycoming

9 months

$788,400

McKean

10 months

$60,000

Mifflin

5 months

$222,000

Northampton

15 months

$468,000

Northumberland

5 months

$240,000

Philadelphia

15 months

$2,070,000

Venango

10 months

$60,000

Warren

2.4 months

$109,440

Westmoreland

13 months

$655,200

York

12 months

$446,400