Tue., Dec. 10, 2013, Noon to 1 p.m.
Child Welfare Services: Pinnacle Plan Implementation
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Deborah G. Smith, M.S.W., Director
Child Welfare Services, OKDHS
Oklahoma Department of Human Services’ Pinnacle Plan has been approved and implementation has begun. The plan addresses 15 key performance areas that address improving safety, increasing the number of foster homes and decreasing the length of stay for children in out-of-home care. This talk will highlight the Pinnacle Plan implementation including its successes and challenges to date.
About the Speaker:
Deborah G. Smith M.S.W. was appointed the Director of OKDHS Child Welfare Services in 2010 and has worked in child welfare services since 1998. Smith’s experience includes direct practice in rural and metro Oklahoma and she is knowledgeable of all geographic areas of the state. She has expertise in child protective services, permanency planning, foster care, program improvement plans, supervisor case reviews, and the use of data to inform practice and policy. She helped develop and lead the implementation of Oklahoma's Child Welfare Practice Model. Smith has a strong network of professional relationships and is skilled in continuous quality improvement.
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