Offenders and Their Families
(1)Matching. Placement of an offender will be made only after careful consideration of how well the prospective treatment foster parent will meet the offender’s needs and preferences and will represent a reasonable “match” for the offender.
(2)Assessment. To achieve sound placement decisions and planning for relevant treatment services to offenders, agency/treatment foster care program staff must receive and review the following case material prior to an offender’s admission: current case plan(s), legal documents and relevant police records, etc., social history information, previous and current (within a year of referral date) psychological assessments if available, school information, medical information, previous placement history and outcomes, potential problems and information on the offender’s/offender’s skills, interests, talents and other assets.
(3)Records. For offenders admitted to treatment foster care, an individual case record will be kept which includes the above information as well as the following:
(a)Personal identifying information;
(b)A pre-admission psychological evaluation;
(c)An offender’s social and family history;
(d)Educational history including school reports and available standardized test results;
(e)Medical information including sight, hearing and dental exam reports, current medications and allergies, offender’s physical description, immunization records, medical history and Medicaid/SSI number, if applicable;
(f)Authorizations for routine and emergency medical care, dental care and other medical procedures;
(g)Other required authorizations such as authorization for out-of-state travel, participation in special activities, publicity releases, etc.;
(h)Correspondence with/from agencies involved with the offender;
(i)The initial treatment plan;
(j)The comprehensive treatment plan;
(l)Case notes including contacts with the offender’s family/extended family;
(m)Incident logs or records on serious behavior problems, police and relevant juvenile court records and reports when possible, illnesses or injuries.
(4)Offender’s Access to Treatment Foster Care Program Staff. Offenders will have access to designated treatment foster care program staff at all times to discuss concerns including any problems they are experiencing with their treatment foster family. Treatment foster care program staff will provide regular one-to-one contact with each offender on at least a twice monthly basis.
(5)Offender-Family Contact/Relationships. Unless specifically proscribed by court or custodial agency decision, offenders will have access to regular contact with their families as described in the treatment plan.
(6)Rights of Offenders in Treatment Foster Care. Offenders in treatment foster care have the same basic rights as all offenders including the right to privacy, to humane treatment, to adequate shelter, clothing, nutrition, essential personal care items and allowances, and access to religious worship services of their choice. The treatment foster care program will explain to each offender what his/her rights are in a manner consistent with the offender’s level of understanding, and make this information available to the offender in writing.
Rule 416-550-0050 — Offenders and Their Families,