IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project
The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services partnered with Chapin Hall to identify the best opportunities for taking advantage of the flexible funding offered by the IV-E Waiver mechanism. Chapin Hall assisted the department in identifying variation in performance that spoke to opportunities to invest in new practices, ultimately allowing the department to make investments in the following areas: Family Advocacy and Support Tool (FAST), Keeping Foster Parents Supported and Trained (KEEP) and the Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP).
The TNDCS demonstration project logic model was submitted to the Children’s Bureau in the Fall of 2014 with the TNDCS Waiver Demonstration Project having an official ‘start date’ of October 1, 2014.
The purpose of the demonstration project was to reduce admissions to foster care, reduce lengths of stay in foster care, and improve well-being outcomes for children in foster care. The focus was on children placed in regular family foster homes licensed by TNDCS; that is, the demonstration project did not focus on children placed in foster homes licensed by any of their private providers of foster care.
The three interventions mentioned above were supported by an enhanced casework strategy known as Reinforcing Efforts, Relationships, and Small Steps (R3). The casework strategy was an evidence-informed approach to improve family engagement and increase family participation in case planning and services. This strategy was piloted in four regions and discontinued as of June 30, 2018.
As of June 2020, the KEEP contract was not renewed, however, the contract for NPP is being renewed for one (1) year, into FY2021