Offices across the state had developed their own internal processes for dealing with complicated juvenile finance functions. In addition to varying processes, there were many misunderstandings about the different custody types and how to address them.
The Consistent Excellence (CE) document discusses foster care funding sources, placement types, and research tools available and provides guidance for how each should be handled. In addition, the document outlines complex scenarios and a consistent way to resolve them.
Prior to the creation of the CE document, there were a lot of gray areas regarding juvenile finance. Through collaboration with internal and external juvenile/finance subject matter experts across the state, issues were identified. The document clarifies these issues, as well as instructs staff on the procedures that should be taken to ensure the most efficient use of staff’s time and other resources.