Group Home Program Evaluations in Getting State Re-licensure
All group homes in every state must get re-licensed every year. Group home program evaluations help in the process. I remember my first few annual re-licensure audits; I was so nervous that I literally stayed up all night until 5am reviewing files to prepare for this audit that was set to take place from 9am-3pm! Although I got better with preparing for annual group home re-licensure over time, I do remember the toll it took on me working alone, with no partner or professional help. The one thing I regret is trying to do everything on my own and never hiring someone to help me with the day to day operations so I can focus on being the visionary I was created to be!
Nevertheless, this is why I do what I do. I want to help others not make the same mistakes I made and not have to endure the same stressors I had to endure. Group home program evaluations will take some of the pressure off of you during this stressful time, so you can continue to focus on growing and expanding your business.
The majority of state licensing agencies now requires group homes to be more accountable for their programs. This is why group home program evaluations are important. They do not want to hear the director just SAY “We are doing really well and the kids seem to like our program.” State licensing specialists and contract auditors want to see the numbers to back up your claim. At licensure, most state licensing specialists want to know the program statistics on the clients you admitted and discharged within that previous licensure year. The standard information that should be included in the group home program statistics are:
- The total number of children served in the past 12 months
- The age range of children served
- Average age of all children served
- Maximum length of stay for youth in program
- Trends over the past licensing year
- Statistics for the placement of children after discharge including:
- Number of children reunified with parent
- Number of children placed with relative
- Number of children moved to foster home
- Number of children moved to different group home
- Number of children placed in more restrictive setting
- Number of children aged out or placed in independent living
- Number of children placement unknown to agency
The above program statistics must be provided every year in states such as Florida and Texas. Give me a call today, to help you make this normally stressful time of year, a more peaceful and successful one. Please see my testimonials page to see what my client from Florida had to say about their group home program evaluation and the value they placed on it!