KSBA, state agency set child abuse reporting and intervention resources conference Oct. 31 in Lexington; online registration open

KSBA and the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) are collaborating on a conference where DCBS and state behavioral health providers can interact with public school professionals.

The session, Oct. 31 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, will provide information about a new DCBS initiative on child abuse and neglect investigations with public schools.

Presenters are Teresa T. Combs, KSBA, Director of Legal & Administrative Training Services; and DCBS Commissioner Teresa James.

The agenda for the event will include information about how to access Medicaid funding for community-based behavioral health services. Other topics include indicators for reporting child abuse, neglect and dependency, and recognizing childhood trauma.

“KSBA and DCBS have developed a great working relationship,” said Combs. “Our meetings to discuss issues of joint interest have resulted in collaboration on district policies and DCBS staff guidelines concerning information sharing between schools and the agency.

“There are laws about child confidentiality that must be followed by DCBS and by public schools. During our meetings, we work to reach agreement on guidelines for school staff and DCBS staff that will allow as much information to flow as can be accomplished within each agency’s legal parameters. We hope districts will take advantage of this opportunity to further that relationship and to learn of new resources to benefit our students,” Combs said.

Four hours of EILA and board member training credit are available to participants.

Online registration is now available here http://www.ksba.org/protected/EventView.aspx?id=5YAIPI. The registration fee of $140 per participant and includes lunch. A reduced rate of $100 per person is available for any district registrant beyond the first three.

Onsite registration opens at 9:30 ET Oct. 31. The training begins at 10 a.m. and is scheduled to conclude at 4 p.m.

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