Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

 

 

Post-Reunification Support (P.S.) Program Information

Federal flexibility allows states like Wisconsin to invest in strategies that:

  • protect children
  • help strengthen families
  • build upon natural community supports.

Wisconsin recognizes families may face challenges immediately following reunification, and will enhance the support and resources available to children and families for 12 months after they reunify.

The goal of the program is to help those families, who are most at risk, to stay together by providing:

  • additional planning
  • support
  • sustained partnership with child welfare workers, service providers, and community resources.

Program Operations

Overview

Program Statement is the statement of Wisconsin's Post-Reunification Support (P.S.) Program's value, principles, and related initiatives. (updated 12/20/2013)

Practice Requirements Overview provides an overview of the practice requirements for each P.S. case.

Program Practice Requirement Chart provides a visual representation of the practice requirements for each P.S. case.

P.S. Program Practice Requirement Guide provides in-depth guidance regarding practice requirements for each P.S. case.

Year Three Participating County Map provides a visual representation of the participating counties.

Caseworker Tools

P.S. Caseworker Time and Date Tracker is an excel tool to assist workers in tracking the program requirements and related due dates for the P.S. program.

County Checklist for P.S. Program is a checklist of all practice requirements and related due dates for counties

Webinars

New Worker P.S. Program Practice Requirements provides workers and supervisors with a basic understanding of the P.S. Program and the practice requirements.

P.S. Program Cost Reporting and MFSR Walkthrough describes how to fill out a Cost Reporting form and how to fill out a Monthly Family Service Report (MFSR).

Referral Resources

Referral Guide is a useful tool for determining P.S. Program eligibility and referring a child or youth to the P.S. Program.

Referral Process Chart provides a visual representation of the steps in the referral process for a P.S. case.

P.S. Program Referral Request Form provides the required form for county agencies to refer children for participation in the P.S. Program.

Planned Reunification Date Variance provides guidance for referred P.S. cases that do not reunify on the expected date indicated in the referral.

Juvenile Justice Case Type Conversion Guide provides guidance for converting a juvenile justice case type to a child welfare case type, thereby making the child eligible for the P.S. Program.

Support Agreement is the document signifying agreement to participate in the P.S. Program. This form gets signed by both the family and the worker.

Case Plan Service Categories and Definitions

Case Plan Service Definitions by Category provides definition for services used in the case plan, listed by category.

Case Plan Service Definition - Alphabetical List provides definitions for services used in the case plan, listed alphabetically.

Re-entry Prevention Model (RPM) Information

RPM 2.0 Summary provides an overview of Wisconsin's RPM model, used to identify eligible children for the P.S. Program.

Appendix A: Variables tested in the RPM 2.0 Model provides a detailed list of the variable used in the RPM model.

P.S.-HUB Information

P.S.-HUB Access Guide provides instruction on how to access the P.S.-HUB, a secure online server hosted via MS SharePoint to all DCF staff and designated county staff to share confidential information related to the P.S. Program.

P.S.-HUB User Guide provides step-by-step directions on accessing and navigating the P.S.-Hub.

Program Fiscal Information and Cost Reporting

By focusing enhanced services and supports on those families who are most at risk of experiencing a re-entry into out-of-home care, Wisconsin will target investments to:

  • to reduce re-entry into the child welfare system
  • help more families stay together
  • achieve better outcomes for children and families
  • grow the program to serve more families
  • generate local county savings

State/County Contract Appendix provides an overview of the fiscal structure of the P.S. Program for counties. provides an overview of the fiscal structure of the P.S. Program for counties.

Cost Reporting Form is the required excel spreadsheet that counties use to report their P.S. Program costs to DCF.

Program Manual – Finance and Reporting provides detailed instructions and explanation about cost reporting requirements for counties participating in the P.S. Program.

Independent Program Evaluation

The IV-E waiver terms and conditions, as approved by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, require an independent evaluation of the P.S. Program. The University of Illinois Child and Family Research Center is conducting the rigorous and independent evaluation of the P.S. Program

  • implementation process
  • cost
  • child and family outcomes.

Local participation in each component of this evaluation is vital towards Wisconsin initiative to enhance support for reunifying children and their families.

Parent Baseline Survey

Worker Script for Parent Survey provides information for workers to explain the family survey to parents when they provide a copy of the survey near the time of reunification

Monthly Family Services Reporting (MFSR)

How Do I Guide provides information about why the MFSR is an important part of the P.S. Program and information on how to complete the MFSR

Instructions for Completing the Monthly Family Service Report provides step by step instructions for completing the MFSR

Monthly Family Service Report FAQ provides additional information to answer questions regarding the MFSR

Evaluation Reports

Interim Evaluation Report describes the process and outcome findings for the P.S. Program in the first half of the IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project. The Interim Evaluation Report was completed in May 2016

IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project Evaluation Overview provides general information about the independent program evaluation.

Training and Professional Development

The P.S. Program sponsors a Motivational Interviewing Training Program for the participating counties. Annual county commitments to participate may be made during the program renewal and application process. The Motivational Interviewing Resource Library is hosted by the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System (WI PDS) for the following staff

  • Ongoing Caseworkers
  • Ongoing Supervisors
  • County Child Welfare Systems Managers
  • clinicians working with P.S. program enrolled families.

This training program involves

  • four full days of training
  • individual coding
  • coaching to measure and achieve fidelity to the Motivational Interviewing skill set as an evidence based practice.

Family Teaming is an important part of the 12 month program intervention. Wisconsin Association of Family and Child Agencies has additional information about family team meetings.

The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment tool is important for caseworkers to use with families to

  • promote engagement
  • identify needs and strengths
  • is part of the program evaluation

Wisconsin Title IV-E Waiver Information

The Post-Reunification Support (P.S.) Program is a Wisconsin Title IV-E waiver demonstration project authorized by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. The documents on this page highlight the program chronology from the state's original waiver proposal through collaborative workgroups that shaped program policies and practice requirements.

Wisconsin IV-E Waiver Proposal is the written document that was submitted to the federal government outlining Wisconsin’s proposal in 2012

Terms and Conditions is the guidelines set forth by the federal government in 2012 specifically for Wisconsin’s waiver demonstration project

Wisconsin P.S. Program Contact Information

For questions pertaining to the Wisconsin Post-Reunification Support (P.S.) Program, email us:  DCFPSProgram@wisconsin.gov