The2nd meeting of the Subcommittee on Families and Children of the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare was held on Wednesday, October 18, 2006, at 9:30 AM, at Brooklawn Child and Family Services in Louisville, Kentucky. Representative Tom Burch, Chair, called the meeting to order, and the secretary called the roll.
Guests: Cindy Murray, Legislative Research Commission; Bill Smithwicke, and Karen Hamilton, Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children; Jeff Jagnow, Cabinet for Health and Family Services; Malicia Hitch, KPA; Rose Walton, ETA Adult Day; Trish Whitcomb and Arthur Avitabile, St. Joseph Children's Home; Neil Stamp; Brooklawn Board; Mike Helton, Norton Healthcare; Michelle Sanborn, Children's Alliance; and Bob Burch.
LRC Staff: DeeAnn Mansfield, Ben Payne, and Cindy Smith.
The agenda was an overview of Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities, IMPACT Plus and Family Skills In-home Services and Campus Based Residential Treatment by David Graves, President and CEP of Brooklawn Child and Family Services, and Darcie Mooring, Vice-President of Brooklawn Child and Family Services.
The meeting began with a performance by the Brooklawn Percussion Program (BOP), directed by Ed White. The BOP program is funded by a Humana Grant.
Brooklawn is a provider of residential treatment for children with serious emotional disturbances. Private Child Care (PCC) residential treatment and psychiatric residential treatment (PRTF) are provided at Brooklawn, The average daily census of clients is 69 in PCCs and 36 in PRTF. Brooklawn also provides IMPACT Plus Services and has a Family Skills Program. The Family Skills Program offers services that help keep children with their families.
Mr. Graves and Ms. Mooring gave overviews of Brooklawn's programs. They talked about the phenomenal successes of the programs and the cost savings of efforts to keep children with their parents and out of private child care homes.
Brooklawn partners with the Department of Community Based Services to try to meet the needs of children, but are not able to keep up. The number of kids in need continues to go up. There were more than 600 referrals in 2006. They continue to have to turn away five children for every one child they serve. Brooklawn would like to be able to expand Child Protective Services to prevent the return of children to out-of-home care. They also would like to improve existing facilities and expand to serve young women. It was reported that only 25 percent of the children that Brooklawn serves are from Jefferson County. Brooklawn serves children from 90 of the 120 Kentucky. counties.
During the last session of the General Assembly, the members of the General Assembly approved $2 million for the expansion of Brooklawn, but that amount was vetoed by the Governor. They are currently trying to raise fund from other sources and also hope to have the vetoed funding restored.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.