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Complex Trauma, Self-Regulation, and Mindfulness-Based Practices in Child Welfare

By | 2017-07-27T10:23:37+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Categories: Featured@CASCW|Tags: , , , |

Guest blog post written by Jane F. Gilgun, PhD. LICSW, Tina Barr, MSW, PhD Cand., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA Each morning, children at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in West Baltimore start their school day with 15 minutes of yoga and meditation. When students are disruptive, they don’t go to the principal’s office, [...]

Legislative Session Moves into Final Few Weeks

By | 2017-05-12T12:36:42+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , |

The Minnesota Legislature is working with Governor Dayton to determine their budget targets for the passage of the next biennial budget. Committees have chosen the bills that will make it into their respective omnibus bills, and the House and Senate have discussed their versions. The bill we’ve been tracking most closely is SF 800 / [...]

Session Highlights: Bills of Interest to Child Welfare Professionals Being Considered

By | 2017-03-10T12:29:15+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , , |

The Minnesota Legislature continues its work sifting through thousands of bills to consider for passage. We are currently tracking nearly 40 bills that are relevant to the child welfare field. The Minnesota Management and Budget office’s budget forecast has increased from December’s projection to $1.65 billion. This means that the governor and the legislature have [...]

ESSA Update: State Continues to Seek Community Guidance for Implementation

By | 2017-02-21T13:44:53+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , |

The new provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) were reviewed by state officials and community members throughout Minnesota over the past year, with several groups meeting to determine how Minnesota would implement the requirements of this federal legislation. Key provisions included in ESSA were outlined in our blog post titled Every Student Succeeds [...]

Session Updates: Bills Introduced Related to Child Welfare

By | 2017-02-13T09:26:58+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , , |

Over 1000 bills have been introduced in the House so far and nearly 900 in the Senate in Minnesota, and committees have been meeting regularly to determine their priorities for this budget-setting session. Three deadlines have been established for committees. The first, March 10, is the date by which committees must determine which bills they’d [...]

Newly Released: Updated Screening Guidelines and Minnesota’s Out-of-home Care and Permanency Report (2015)

By | 2017-02-03T10:41:37+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , , |

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has recently released a revised version of the Child Maltreatment Intake, Screening and Response Path Guidelines for use by county and tribal child protection agencies in Minnesota. A full listing of the changes from the previous version of these guidelines are included in the January 5th, 2017, bulletin. [...]

Cross-systems Collaboration for Crossover Youth: Resources for Professionals

By | 2017-01-20T11:28:51+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Categories: Featured@CASCW|Tags: , , |

Guest blog post written by Wendy Haight, PhD, and Minhae Cho, MSW, Doctoral student, in partnership with the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare. “Crossover youth” refers to youth who have experienced some form of maltreatment and also engaged in delinquency (Stewart, Lutz, & Herz, 2010). Research increasingly points to the importance of designing [...]

2017 Legislative Session Begins

By | 2017-01-17T10:37:40+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , , , |

Minnesota’s 2017 legislative session began on January 3 with a number of new legislators and a Republican majority in both houses. This year begins a new two-year biennium session, in which the legislature sets the budget for the state for the next two years. And it marks a return to the Capitol, after the majority [...]