The Children's Review Program (CRP) is a unit of bluegrass.org which contracts with the Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
The mission of the Children's Review Program (CRP) is to support DCBS workers and providers in their efforts to assure the safety, permanency and well-being of DCBS-committed children who are placed in out-of-home care.
The Children's Review Program (CRP) began in 1995 as a project of the (then) Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky. The project was designed to assess the needs of children in the care of the state by assigning them a level of care (LOC) and enabling the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) to make better decisions about how to care for their needs. The higher the LOC, the greater the supports and services needed by a child. In 1996, the DCBS contract for CRP was transferred to the (then) Bluegrass MH/MR Board in Lexington, KY. Since that time, the Cabinet has contracted with CRP to expand its role to include assessment, placement, performance measurement, and technical assistance within a continuous quality improvement model.
The principal functions of the Children's Review Program are to:
- Assign levels of care (LOCs) based on the documentation of children's needs and review levels of care periodically to ensure that assigned LOCs continue to represent children's current needs (Assessment Unit).
- Guide placements by matching children's needs with the capabilities of private residential and foster care treatment programs (Placement Unit).
- Track children through the service delivery system and collect and analyze data in order to evaluate child, agency and system outcomes (Quality Assurance Unit).
- Provide technical assistance through training and consultation on individuals, programs and systems of care and attend/conduct workgroups composed of CRP staff, DCBS, providers, and others to jointly evaluate and improve the quality of CRP services (All units).