Oklahoma gets federal funds to help convert children's shelters into assessment centers

Oklahoma has been awarded more than $5 million in federal grants to help transition state children's shelters into assessment centers and help workers better recognize and treat abused and neglected children for emotional trauma.
by Randy Ellis Published: October 6, 2012
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At the same time this is happening, DHS will be carrying out a federal court settlement and reform plan that calls for phasing out the use of state shelters to house the youngest children in state custody and placing those children in foster homes, instead.

As the transition occurs, the shelters will be used as assessment centers, Smith said.

DHS officials anticipate that some older children will need to continue staying at the shelters for longer periods of time, but want to be able to begin treating those children for their trauma issues during that time, she said.

“One really good thing about this grant is no federal match is required,” Smith said.

Meanwhile, NorthCare has been awarded a three-year, $2 million grant.

That money is to be used to provide comprehensive care coordination for kinship foster families in Oklahoma County, officials said.

by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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