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.