In order to meet federal data requirements for the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) process, Wisconsin is obligated to develop and submit data from an alternate source for its Safety Outcome on Maltreatment Recurrence. Consistent with the data plan approved by the federal Children’s Bureau, this alternate recurrence data is to be generated from state CFS-40 data and additional case specific data supplied by county agencies. While not all counties will have cases selected for this process, this memo is intended to supply county agencies with information regarding the process for securing alternate safety data.
In December 2002, Wisconsin will receive our state’s Child Welfare Data Profile from the federal Children’s Bureau. The data profile is used to support the self-assessment portion of the upcoming Child and Family Services Review (CFSR). Prior to the on-site review, states are responsible for completing a self-assessment of its child welfare service system, analyzing program strengths and areas that may be in need of improvement. The data profile presents the results for the three most recent federal fiscal years of data submitted by the state to the federal government. Data sources include information reported to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) and to the Adoption and Foster Care Assistance Reporting System (AFCARS). All states are required to provide sufficient information for the Children’s Bureau to generate the state’s data profile.
Wisconsin submits data to NCANDS using results provided by counties in
Required State and County Actions
Wisconsin has submitted and received approval for an alternate data plan to generate the maltreatment recurrence measure through a survey approach. While the federal data profile contains data on all permanency outcomes for three federal fiscal years, Wisconsin is responsible for re-creating the maltreatment recurrence measure for a single one-year period. Based on the approved methodology, the recurrence rate for Wisconsin will be derived by creating a sample of cases where there was a substantiated report of maltreatment during the first six months of a calendar year. Then, additional case-specific data on the report(s) and case finding(s) on these sample cases must be generated for the six-month period before and after the six-month sample period is to be provided by the counties to calculate Wisconsin’s maltreatment recurrence rate.
Wisconsin will be using calendar year (CY) 2001 CFS-40s to generate a
random sample of cases. The sample period will include those cases where a
report was substantiated during the first half of CY 2001, i.e. January 1,
The sample group case list will be presented in an EXCEL file by county with the relevant case data, including Investigation ID, Worker ID, Report Date, Maltreatment Type, Maltreater Relationship and Child and Maltreater Demographic Information. Counties which have a case selected will be responsible for providing the case-specific data for child abuse and neglect reports, maltreatment type, maltreater relationship, child and maltreater demographics and case findings. Additional maltreatment data will be required for the six-month period prior to the start of the Sample Period, i.e. July 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000 and for the six-month period after the Sample Period, i.e. July 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.
While this memo provides county with the necessary background
information regarding this alternate safety data survey, additional
written communication will be provided to counties where cases are
included in the sample group. Counties with selected cases will also
receive an EXCEL file to record the required case-specific data. The
Division anticipates selecting the cases by October 28, 2002 and providing
the respective case lists to county directors and OPEP data contacts