Report 2012-105 Recommendation 17 Responses

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 (Release Date: November 2012)

Recommendation #17 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.

Agency 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.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Completion Date: July 2014
  • Response Date: October 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Agency Response*

Partially Corrected/Anticipated Correction Date: December 31, 2013. The CDSS has created a plan to develop overarching performance outcome measures for the SCTF that are appropriate for the programs funded. Since the SCTF programs vary widely in purpose and function, the goal of the inclusive process is to build agreement around which measures can be universally applicable. This process will include transmission of a set of proposed outcomes to stakeholders for review and comments prior to their finalization. The performance outcome measures will incorporate the requirements for the SCTF as set forth in WIC section 18969(e).

1) During this reporting period the CDSS convened a stakeholder group that included community-based organizations, OCAP staff, and a parent from the community who is the mother of a special needs child and also the Executive Director of WarmLine Family Resource Center, to discuss ideas for improved accountability and effectiveness, and to review and consider outcome and performance measures for all OCAP fund sources.

2) The performance measures are now being vetted through the CDSS Executive Office. Once approved, a final set of performance measures will be published and implementation across programs will begin.

3) After the performance measures are finalized, they will be reflected in the grants CDSS awards and will be utilized to determine whether the grants are effective in meeting the funds' requirements as well as the efficacy in reaching goals of reducing abuse and neglect.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Estimated Completion Date: 12/31/13
  • Response Date: November 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented


Agency Response*

After the performance measures are developed, they will be reflected in the grants CDSS awards and will be utilized to determine whether the grants are effective in meeting the funds' requirements as well as the efficacy in reaching goals of reducing abuse and neglect.

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Estimated Completion Date: June 20, 2013
  • Response Date: June 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented


Agency Response*

Social Services stated, by June 30, 2013, it will develop and publish a set of overarching performance measures for the trust fund that will be consistent with the legislative intent of the fund, as described in Welfare and Institutions Code section 18969(e).

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Response Date: January 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


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†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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