Report 2012-105 Recommendations and Responses in 2014-041

Report 2012-105: Departments of Public Health and Social Services: Weaknesses in the Administration of the Child Health and Safety Fund and the State Children's Trust Fund Limit Their Effectiveness

Department Number of Years Reported As Not Fully Implemented Total Recommendations to Department Not Implemented After One Year Not Implemented as of 2013-041 Response Not Implemented as of Most Recent Response
Department of Public Health 1 8 2 n/a 2
Department of Social Services 1 14 2 n/a 1

Recommendation To: Public Health, Department of

To ensure that it is able to measure its progress toward fulfilling the requirements of the health and safety fund, Public Health should establish performance measurements for the Kids' Plates Program.

Response

The status of this recommendation is unchanged.

  • California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Not Fully Implemented
  • Completion Date: 9/2015
  • Response Date: October 2014

Recommendation To: Public Health, Department of

To ensure that it is able to measure its progress toward fulfilling the requirements of the health and safety fund, Public Health should periodically assess its progress toward meeting its measureable outcomes.

Response

The status of this recommendation is unchanged.

  • California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Not Fully Implemented
  • Completion Date: 9/2015
  • Response Date: October 2014

Recommendation To: Social Services, Department of

To ensure that its efforts funded by the trust fund are preventing or reducing incidences of child abuse and neglect, Social Services should ensure that the performance measurements are reflected in the grants it awards.

Response

During this reporting period, the Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) implemented the performance measures in the State Children's Trust Fund (SCTF) grant agreements through individual grant amendments with grantee organizations. Each grant has specific measures that correspond to the allowable uses of the SCTF. Amendments were effective as of July 1, 2014, and grantees are currently tracking performance utilizing the new measures.

  • California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented
  • Completion Date: July 2014
  • Response Date: October 2014

Recommendation To: Social Services, Department of

To ensure that its efforts funded by the trust fund are preventing or reducing incidences of child abuse and neglect, Social Services should evaluate the performance measurements annually to assess whether the trust fund's programs and services are effective in reducing incidences of child abuse and neglect.

Response

Partially Corrected. The first report is due from grantees at the end of the first quarter of the fiscal year, in October. The report period is July-September 2014; grantees report within 30 days of the end of the reporting period.

OCAP staff will review progress with respect to measure on a quarterly, not annual, basis, and work with grantees to monitor progress on outcomes.

The recommendation will not be fully implemented until the end of the first year of implementation, to satisfy the annual review requirement. However, measures will be reviewed at least quarterly.

  • California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Not Fully Implemented
  • Completion Date: July 2015
  • Response Date: October 2014

Current Status of Recommendations

All Recommendations in 2014-041