What is a Quality Improvement Committee?
The Division of Child and Family Services has Quality Improvement Committees in all geographic regions of the state. These committees are made up of community partners who have a stake in the outcome of services provided to children and families. The child welfare system relies on far more than "just" Child and Family Services. Law enforcement, schools, medical providers, mental health providers, substance abuse providers, the courts, the legislature, and others provide vital services to children and families in need.
The committees meet monthly. They review information and data, which measure Child and Family Services' performance, and they discuss systemic problems that affect children and families. It is their mission to be informed evaluators who will ask the hard questions and sometimes make recommendations to improve the system. Here is the Recommendation Process to be followed by the Quality Improvement Committees and Child and Family Services.
The committees recently regained their ability to provide lunches to committee members and small incentive awards to state employees (see letter with approval). This is for the remainder of state fiscal year 2011.
If you are interested in receiving more information about how you might serve on a committee in your area, please contact Katy Larsen at email@example.com. Or, please view the informational brochure:
This website is not intended as a repository for referrals for child abuse/neglect investigations nor a place to express concerns about any individual cases.
Please use the following links for direction in those regards.
- To report suspected child abuse or neglect, please call 1-855-323-3237.
- To discuss a concern about the Division or Department's handling of a specific case, please call the Constituent Services Representative at 801-538-4100. If you are unable to resolve your concerns after speaking with the Constituent Services Representative, you may contact the Office of Child Protection Ombudsman by visiting their website at www.ocpo.utah.gov.
Click on the appropriate link to view information that is specific to that Quality Improvement Committee.
- Eastern Region/Price
- Northern Region
- Salt Lake Valley Region
- Southwest Region/Cedar City
- Southwest Region/Richfield
- Southwest Region/Washington County
- Western Region
For information on what the Quality Improvement committees have accomplished, please see the Annual Report for the Federal Fiscal Year 2011.
The State QIC has been working with Fifth Ocean Consulting to help guide the QICs in their mission. The QICs and Fifth Ocean Consulting held a retreat on May 21, 2012. Here are the topics covered during this retreat:
- Roles, Goals & Expectations Worksheet
- Strategies for recruitment, engagement and retention
- Leadership Coat-of-Arms
- The "Modern Rules of Order" (for conducting meetings)
- Meeting guidelines
- A sample membership matrix
- A list of next steps
The Annual Quality Improvement Summit was held on November 28, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Notes and related information from the Summit are available below:
- Meeting Notes
- Purpose of the Summit (Kris Campbell)
- Active Participation (Julie Steele)
- A Walk Through the System (Jennifer Larson)
- Office of Licensing (Ken Stettler)
- A Walk Through the Juvenile Court (Misty Butler)
- A (Brief) Introduction to Mental Health Care for Children (Brian Allen)
- CANS Assessment (Linda Wininger and Kevin Jackson)
- Even You Can Advocate (Trisha Beck)
Committee chairs and Division liaisons meet on a quarterly basis to coordinate the activities of the committees. The last meeting was held on September 20, 2012 (click here for the notes from this meeting).