Thank you to everyone who made 2016 a great year!
Our final training, Taking Care of Yourself: Compassion Fatigue and Mindfulness, was a thoughtful way to end the year. In 2017, we encourage all helping professionals to engage in regular self care. Don't wait for a special workshop to do the things you know are good for you!
Our Resources and Links page has all kinds of helpful information, including links to our 2016 presenters and their areas of expertise.
Special thanks for Massage Luxe - it was a real treat to have them on hand, offering chair massage and great discounts on holiday purchases, as well as two door prizes!
We have a lot in store for 2017. Check back regularly and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn to stay current on all things CoCAN. And remember, strive for excellence, not perfection!
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Head on over to the Join CoCAN page to sign up, and take advantage of all the benefits of membership, especially practical and timely training throughout the year.
COCAN Policy Notes - June 24, 2016
CoCAN co-sponsored a Legislative Wrap Up on June 8, 2016 where representatives from child advocacy organizations, including Missouri KidsFirst, spoke about the results of the 2016 Legislative Session. Highlights were as follows:
- $1.25 million for a new Medicaid code for evidence-based mental health services for children served by Child Advocacy Centers.
- $408,000 for ten additional Children's Division workers to provide family assessments to youth with problem sexual behaviors. This funding will allow the Division to hire ten additional staff to meet the demand of the law, ensuring safe and appropriate implementation of these assessments.
- $200,000 to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to implement a trauma-informed schools initiative and pilot project.
- Confidentiality for Evidence in Child Sexual Abuse Cases (HB 1562). Prohibits Child Advocacy Centers, health care providers and multidisciplinary team (MDT) members from copying and sharing forensic interviews and medical exam photos of child sex abuse victims without a court hearing and a protective order. Insures forensic interviews in court records of sexual assault victims that are closed and prohibited from public disclosure after trial.
- Trafficking (HB 1562). Includes advertising of sex trafficking in the definition of the offense of sex trafficking.
- Trauma-Informed Schools (SB 638). SB 638 contains provisions that require DESE to create a Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative and Pilot Program in Missouri schools.
- Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (HB 2355).This bill creates the Missouri State Juvenile Justice Advisory Board to provide consultation and recommendations on best practices within the juvenile court system as well as juvenile officer standards.
- Omnibus Child Abuse and Neglect bill (HB 1877). This bill:
- Adds several child pornography crimes to the list of crimes that require placement on the Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry.
- Requires courts that have found individuals responsible for child abuse and neglect to notify the local prosecuting attorney and Children's Division for placement on the Central Registry.
- Requires that all child abuse investigations of children three and under include an evaluation or a record review of the child by a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Child Abuse Resource and Education (SAFECARE) provider. If the SAFECARE provider makes a diagnosis of physical abuse, Children's Division must immediately submit a referral to the juvenile office with recommendations for the care, safety and placement of the child.
- Creates the Missouri Task Force on the Prevention of Infant Abuse and Neglect.
- Adopts the reasonable and prudent parent standard for foster care children, allowing foster parents to make reasonable decisions involving the children's participation in extracurricular, enrichment, cultural and social activities.
- Provides greater clarity to the courts in determining when youth between the ages of 18 and 21 are allowed to return to foster care.
Have a wonderful summer!