• Read the Pennsylvania Plan of Safe Care Guidance
This document includes important information about Pennsylvania’s requirements for Plans of Safe Care.
A Plan of Safe Care is a document that lists and directs services and supports to provide for the safety and well-being of an infant affected by substance abuse, withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure, or a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, including services for the infant and their family/caregiver. A Plan of Safe Care should specify the agencies that provide specific services, outline communication procedures among the family and provider team, and guide the coordination of services across various agencies with the family.
In their January 17, 2017 Program Instruction (ACYF-CB-PI-17-02), the federal Administration on Children and Families (ACF) states: “while CAPTA does not specifically define a 'Plan of Safe Care,' CARA amended the CAPTA state plan requirement at 106(b)(2)(B)(iii)(1) to require that a Plan of Safe Care address the health and substance use disorder treatment needs of the infant and affected family or caregiver. We want to highlight that this change means that a Plan of Safe Care must now address not only the immediate safety needs of the affected infant, but also the health and substance use disorder treatment needs of the affected family or caregiver. Consistent with good casework practice, the plan should be developed with input from the parents or other caregivers, as well as, any collaborating professional partners and agencies involved in caring for the infant and family”.
Plans of safe care go beyond the immediate safety factors of an infant and address their ongoing health, development and well-being as well as the treatment and other service needs of their family/caregiver. Plans of safe care may incorporate services and supports for diverse, longer-term needs, including physical and mental health, substance use treatment, parenting education, infant developmental screening and other family needs.
If you would like to share any letters, forms, or written policies that you've developed, please email them to RA-PWPLANSOFSAFECARE@pa.gov.
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