Dear Oklahoma Policy Institute.....
OKDHS just rolled out another list of promises from a committee this past week.
I feel sad.
My professional peers have not spoken to this suggestion that I have seen in print, and apparently noone has bothered to slip the noose that continues to clog our courts, kill our children and fragment our families unnecessarily.
Let me try to show you what appears to be the next right thing and maybe could prevent some more of this too: http://www.examiner.com/article/unconstitutional-oklahoma-legislative-de... because this is pretty tiresome for many reasons.
There is a national group pushing to effect policy changes over Social Services and Human Services practices in every state, by advising the US Congress on what is the next right thing. It is called CRISP. The Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy. http://www.socialworkhelper.com/2013/04/26/restoration-of-hope-formation...
The profile link that follows is a recommendation submitted to CRISP address discovered needs within social work preparations processes, nationally. http://socialworkhelper.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/proposal-for-cswe.pdf
Social work philosophies are often tied in the minds of the public to programs like OKDHS, but in fact local social work schools have limited influence or applicable training connected to same.
I often find local lawmakers eager to have fact based information upon which to develop plans and call for funding. They too are tired of the black eye of child and family maltreatment and death Oklahoma has.
This group within the link here has a nationally acclaimed accreditation process http://coanet.org/standards/standards-for-public-agencies/ which hosts checks and balances. The system of accreditation helps keep the consumer safe and served, and the providers in the system. That would be a proven win- win. BTW we don't have and have never had that. Poking around this link anyone can see the various groups who affirm the use of this group's method, including things like NAMI and other historic child and family service systems.
I have no clue why this concept is not being promoted directly by people in social work or public health education in Oklahoma. I suspect people do not know it is not necessary to be out in left field, and that accreditation even exists as a wellness promoter and a preventative.
Someone pointed out to me they had a genuine question of whether or not OKDHS or the State care or truly wish to bring forward meaningful and sustainable changes. I don't know the answer.
I will tell you as a parent, professional social worker and community member the number of human rights violations, the brandishing of swords and the bad ballet of the OKDHS CPS and juvenile/family courts and fostercare basically makes me want to vomit. It appears if this is not printed, it is not sustainably in the public eye, and therefore not up for consideration.
Yet has anyone considered the many year connections between publicly identified problems of people who either have had really crappy training, bad intent or whatever having held roles of authority, decision making, policy development and training.
One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch, girl and there is NOT a reason to give up, but there is a reason to check the recent stock used, the plan used, the authority and skill with which it is drawn up, implemented and measured. http://www.examiner.com/article/dwain-pellebon-child-sex-trial-begins-oc...
I would like to live in a city and state that has more regard for it's most vulnerable... which are children, teens, families, the disabled and elderly.
I do hope someone will wake up. Let's shake, rattle and roll to a better Oklahoma, Oklahoma Policy Institute. Hope you send this on to your elected officials... I will mine.