A. The department shall contract with a provider to conduct family assessments, provide case management and provide the necessary services, including residential drug treatment services, to protect the child and support the family on referral from the department pursuant to section 8-821.
B. The contract shall require that the provider establish a continuum of services for families through written agreements with community agencies and organizations to provide required services to families. The provider may purchase or obtain without cost the services of any agency or organization that may provide resources to assist the family.
C. The contract shall require that the provider initiate a thorough family assessment and necessary services as soon as practicable after the provider receives the referral from the department.
D. The department shall provide information to the provider concerning the current report and may provide any information from records it deems appropriate. All information received by the provider regarding the report of abuse or neglect and department records is subject to the confidentiality requirements of section 8-807. Information in the records of the provider concerning the families served by the program is available for the purposes of evaluating the program.
E. If at any time during the course of service delivery the provider determines that the child is in imminent danger of abuse or neglect, the provider shall immediately report the case to the department or the appropriate law enforcement agency, or both, for appropriate action. In all cases the provider and any agency under subcontract to the provider shall retain records of information on initial and ongoing contact with the family and the final disposition of the case and shall provide this information to the department.
F. The department shall require that the provider establish a local advisory board composed of appropriate community representatives, including representation from families in the community and local public agencies. The local advisory board shall ensure that a continuum of services is provided for families and shall provide oversight to the program.
G. The department shall develop performance standards for the contracts, provide training to the provider or organization staff involved in service delivery to these families regarding child abuse and neglect and monitor the performance of the providers.
H. The contract entered into pursuant to this section shall be for a term of ten years. The program established by this section ends on July 1, 2014 pursuant to section 41-3102.
I. For the purposes of this section:
1. “Provider” means a community or faith-based provider that is awarded a contract by the department.
2. “Services” includes:
(a) Family assessment.
(b) Case management.
(c) Child day care.
(d) Housing search and relocation.
(e) Parenting skills training.
(f) Supportive intervention and guidance counseling.
(h) Emergency services.
(i) Intensive family preservation.
(j) Parent aide services.
(k) Residential drug treatment services.
(l) Additional services that the department determines are necessary to meet the needs of the families.