InDHSS: Employee Newsletter



OCS Performance Measures as a part of the DHSS Results Based Accountability and Budget plans

By Tracy Spartz Campbell, OCS Deputy Director

For the past two years, the Department of Health and Social Services has been moving in the direction of a Results-Based Accountability and Budgeting for purposes of the departmental legislative presentations that are held in February each year. As a part of this effort, each division of the DHSS has been required to align specific performance measures to the broad DHSS performance outcomes. Each division has further refined its respective performance measures as a part of the department’s outcomes. 

For the past year, OCS Senior Leadership has been working diligently on defining the areas of focus for the DHSS performance outcomes. As a result, the following outcomes have been selected from OCS:

  1. Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan
    • Percent of screened in reports of child abuse/neglect that are screened within one day
    • Percent of child abuse/neglect assessments (investigations) that are initiated within required timeframes
    • Percent of assessments (investigations) completed timely
    • Percent of children in out-of-home care who receive a required monthly caseworker visit.

  2. Health Care Access Delivery and Value
    • Cost to provide health care services per client

  3. Safe and Responsible Individuals, Families & Communities
    • Percent of Alaska children with substantiated reports of abuse and neglect
    • Cost per completed investigation
    • Percent of children discharged from out-of-home care who are reunified with their parents
    • Percent of children who re-enter out-of-home care within 12 months
    • Cost of time that enforcement action is issued within required timeframe.
    • Percentage change in the number of fully licensed foster care homes
    • Rate of child abuse/neglect in out-of-home care
    • Cost of implementing domestic/interpersonal violence assessment and safety card methodology.


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