Foster care placement and services—definition of “case permanency plan,” 202.1
HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Adopted and Filed
Rule making related to foster care case permanency plans
The Human Services Department hereby amends Chapter 202, "Foster Care Placement and Services," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is adopted under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 217.6.
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code section 217.6.
Purpose and Summary
The federal Family First Prevention Services Act, Section 422(b)(15)(A)(vii), and 2019 Iowa Acts, House File 644, require protocols to ensure children being placed in out-of-home settings are not inappropriately diagnosed with mental illness, other emotional or behavioral disorders, medically fragile conditions or developmental disabilities. This amendment requires information in case permanency plans for children entering or already in foster care to include efforts to retain existing medical and mental health care providers as well as activities to evaluate service needs.
Public Comment and Changes to Rule Making
Notice of Intended Action for this rule making was published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on August 12, 2020, as ARC 5130C. No public comments were received. No changes from the Notice have been made.
Adoption of Rule Making
This rule making was adopted by the Council on Human Services on October 8, 2020.
This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to rule 441—1.8(17A,217).
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
This rule making will become effective on January 1, 2021.
The following rule-making action is adopted:
Amend rule 441—202.1(234), definition of "Case permanency plan," as follows:
"Case permanency plan" shall mean the plan identifying goals, needs, strengths, problems, services, time frames for meeting goals and for delivery of the services to the child and parents, objectives, desired outcomes, and responsibilities of all parties involved and reviewing progress. This includes information describing efforts to retain existing medical and mental health care providers for a child entering or in foster care and activities to evaluate service needs to avoid inappropriate diagnoses of mental illness, other emotional or behavioral disorders, medically fragile conditions, or developmental disabilities.
[Filed 10/13/20, effective 1/1/21]
Editor's Note: For replacement pages for IAC, see IAC Supplement 11/4/20.