NARA News

 


One More Week to Weigh in on National Foster Home Licensing Standards
Friday, September 28, 2018

The Chronicle of Social Change reminds the public that it has until October 1 to weigh in on a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposal for a first-ever national standard on licensing foster homes.


Comment Considerations for Proposed Model Family Foster Care Licensing Standards
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Please review the following considerations for Federal Register Comments on proposed Model National Family Foster Home Licensing Standards as called for in the Family First Prevention Services Act, as developed jointly by National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA), Generations United & American Bar Association (ABA) Center on Children and the Law.

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The comment period will close on Monday, October 1.


 Webinar Series
Tuesday, July 10

NARA's August webinar will look at the collaborative partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the Wisconsin Department of Health Service and how their partnership made effective changes to the training infrastructure by bringing the highest quality of training to individuals enhancing their level of care to the people they serve.

On April 1, 2009, Wisconsin’s Administrative Code (Chapter DHS 83) for Community-Based Residential Facilities, was revised. Among the changes were required trainings for both instructors and students of the four department-approved training topics (standard precautions, first aid and choking, fire safety, and medication administration).

The requirements created standardized curriculum, an approval process for instructors, and a registry to track completion of the classes. In addition, an administrator course and train-the-trainer courses were developed. The registry serves as the sole verification for assisted living professionals who have successfully completed state required courses in accordance with the Wisconsin Administrative Code DHS 83.

 In 2016 the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay was awarded a five-year contract from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to maintain the Community Based Residential Facilities (CBRF) Training Registry for the State of Wisconsin.The CBRF Training Registry manages the publicly accessible online database of over 133,000 CBRF employees, instructors and administrators who have completed department approved training(s).  In this partnership with DHS, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has assumed responsibility for developing program curriculum and policies, approving instructors and monitoring training quality and consistency. 

For more information and to register click here.


Promising Practices Announcement
June 6, 2018

The National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) is proud to introduce its Promising Practice to highlight promising practices in the areas of adult care/assisted living, child care, and child welfare regulatory industries. By sharing a promising practice, NARA members/organizations will be a part of the solution to move the regulatory industry forward. NARA is seeking submissions in the following  categories:

  • Collaboration;
  • Cultural Competence;
  • Internal Employee Education;
  • Regulatory System Development or Revision; and
  • Technology

NARA members /organizations can submit a promising practices form for review. The Promising Practices Committee will evaluate submissions and will announce selected practices at the 2018 Annual Licensing Seminar. Selected practices will also be featured on the Promising Practices webpage and in the NARA newslink.

To be considered for the 2018 Licensing Seminar, submissions must be received by July 31, 2018.The NARA Promising Practices Committee will then evaluate each submission and make a recommendation to the NARA Executive Board for approval.

We encourage you to submit Promising Practices to share your programs, interventions, strategies, and policies with demonstrated success in the regulatory industry.

To submit a promising practice please use this link.

Timeline


June 5: 
NARA announces the Promising Practices Program

July 31: Deadline for submissions

September 24-26: Announcement of selected practices at Annual NARA Licensing Seminar


Contact NARA at [email protected] for questions.


Annual Licensing Seminar
May 11, 2018

With NARA's 26th annual Licensing Seminar just a few months away, we realize that many of our attendees have registration restrictions based on budgetary fiscal year with which they must comply. In an effort of "play fair" we realize our early bird rate for registration ends prior to the fiscal year for when the Seminar occurs. With this in mind, we are extending our early bird rates for the 2018 Seminar through midnight ET on Sunday, July 29th.

We are excited with how this year is shaping up, with an incredible level of interest for workshop proposals, our keynote speakers, and an exciting venue in Williamsburg, VA. Please visit our Seminar webpage for additional information, and to register to attend.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

 


 Webinar Series
Friday, May 11, 2018

Jeremy Lewis will be speaking about how Florida's Department of Children and Families' (DCF) Child Care Regulation Program Office addressed CCDBG requirements in NARA’s June 14 webinar. The Handshake: Unifying Information Systems Through Communication and Collaboration will show how the partnership between Florida's Office of Early Learning (OEL) and DCF allowed the sharing of information between the two offices and their information systems. These efforts resulted in a statewide training registry and the ability for licensing staff to inspect Florida’s School Readiness providers and communicate the findings with Florida’s Early Learning Coalitions.

Jeremy is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in professional communication. In 2009, Jeremy joined the Florida Department of Children and Families as a business analyst for the information systems team. He now leads that team, which consists of three business analysts and seven software engineers. Throughout his nearly seven years of experience, Jeremy has navigated the decommissioning of a 13-year-old legacy system, the recruitment of a new internal software development team and the construction of a brand-new licensing system.

 

For more information and to register click here.


 

 Webinar Series
Monday, April 30, 2018

Join NARA on Thursday, May 10 for a webinar about Risk and Child Care featuring Jacqueline Wood who has served as a NARA Board member and training consultant. Jackie has degrees in Education and Child Development and has worked on both state and national levels to provide and improve learning opportunities for licensing staff and early childhood professionals.

When Safe Can Become Too Safe. The Need for Risk. For decades, licensing has worked diligently to protect children from risks and has done a very good job.  But have we gone too far?  Studies show that exposing children to risks and allowing risk taking is critical to healthy development in key areas. This webinar will discuss risk taking, its importance and why and how licensing in this country can and should encourage safe risks. Other countries who allow risks will also be discussed.

Webinar Series
Friday, March 2, 2018

Our March webinar presented by Mr. Ron Melusky is about Key Indicators in Adult Care Settings. Mr. Melusky is the Director of the Division of Program Operations in the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs. His division oversees statewide implementation of licensing activities in day and residential programs for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism.

Key Indicator Systems identify a statistically-validated subset of regulations that indicate compliance with the entire set of regulations, allowing licensing oversight agencies the ability to conduct abbreviated inspections while still ensuring that safe, high-quality care is provided in all settings.Although agencies nationwide are moving towards Key Indicator Systems as an effective alternative to traditional licensing methods, nearly all Key Indicator Systems are developed for child care programs, and are vastly underutilized in adult-care licensing.

This webinar will present an overview of how Key Indicator Systems work, discuss why such systems are not more prevalent in adult-care licensing programs, and explore the benefits of Key Indicator Systems to persons in care, adult-care providers, the licensing agency, and the public.

For More information and to register click here.


 Webinar Series
Thursday February 1, 2018

We have all heard about the opioid crisis, come learn what the state of Ohio is doing about opioids and its child welfare system in NARA’s latest webinar. This webinar Working Toward Reunification During the Opioid Crisis featuring Mary Wachtel, Director of Public Policy, The Public Children Services Association of Ohio and Fawn Gadel, Director of OhioSTART will examine the impact of opioids on child welfare in Ohio. The opioid epidemic is straining Ohio’s child welfare system, causing more children to enter foster care, stay in foster care longer, and placement costs to rise.  Mary and Fawn will explain agency requirements to provide reasonable efforts for preventing removal of children from their homes and for reunification, and highlight the OhioSTART program—a pilot project operating in 14 southern Ohio counties focusing on families with both substance use and child abuse/neglect concerns.   

For more information and to register click here.


Webinar Series
Monday January 22, 2018

NARA’s popular webinar series is back for 2018. On Thursday, January 25 NARA will be featuring Dr. Rick Fiene and the Theory of Regulatory Compliance. Dr. Fiene has spent 40+ years in developing and improving key indicator, risk assessment and differential monitoring methodologies. In 2013 after a long career in Pennsylvania State Government as a research psychologist and at Pennsylvania State University as a professor of psychology, he created the Research Institute for Key Indicators (RIKI) to consolidate all research on differential monitoring

The theory of regulatory compliance is the basis for risk assessment, key indicators and differential monitoring. Without this theory, these methodologies could not be used within human service licensing. This webinar will discuss the essence of the theory and its implications beyond human service licensing to econometrics.

For more information and to register click here.


Message From Leadership
Tuesday January 3, 2018


Welcome 2018! Hopefully, everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday season and this newsletter finds everyone keeping warm as the very cold weather is sweeping across North America. This time of year many of us are making resolutions for the upcoming year, both personal and professional. Please let us know how NARA can help support you in achieving your professional goals.

The NARA Board welcomes Alfred Johnson as our newly elected President-Elect (2018-2020), Terry Jarvis as our incoming Treasurer (2018), and our new At-Large Board Members (2018-2020) Jim Hart and Michelle Thomas. We look forward to working with these new members of our board of directors team. The Board will be meeting at the end of January in Williamsburg, VA for our annual mid-year meeting to kick off the year.

The NARA Board worked this past Fall on developing a revised mission statement that was sent to the membership first for a comment and feedback period, and then for a vote. We are happy to announce that the results are in and the membership overwhelmingly approved the proposed change. Many thanks to the Board members and membership who participated in this process. The new NARA mission is to:

"Promote the health and safety of children and adults in regulated settings."

We are also transitioning to our 2018 committees. We had an incredible response and level of interest expressed to participate this year, and look forward to great things being accomplished throughout the year. Many thanks to those that completed the committee interest survey.

January 28 is Fun at Work Day, make sure to take the time to create fun moments for you and your co-workers.

As always, thank you for your continued support of NARA. We look forward to working with you, and on your behalf in 2018. Stay warm!!

Tara Orlowski, President                                        Jim Murphy, Executive Director





2017 NARA Annual Business Meeting Announcement

August 10, 2017

Hello NARA Members,

Our excitement here at NARA has been growing as we get closer to our Silver Seminar in Minneapolis, only 32 days away.

2017 has been an exciting year for NARA in many ways, and we cannot wait to see you all on September 11th. Part of this time together at Seminar includes our Annual Business Meeting. This meeting will take place during lunch on Tuesday, September 12th at 11:45 am central time.

During this time you will hear about the state of NARA, our financial position, and committee updates. You will hear from the Board President and Executive Director.

In addition, we have set aside additional time to allow for more in-depth presentation and discussion about NARA’s work, goals for the remainder of 2017 and 2018, as well as a panel of committee chairs who will engage in a Q&A with interested members. This additional session will take place Tuesday evening after the last breakout session at 4:45 pm central time in a location to be announced.

Please plan your schedules to be in attendance at both sessions. We look forward to your participation in helping us move NARA forward and assist us in representing the regulatory field and licensing professionals in the best possible ways.

Sincerely,

Tara L. Orlowski, M.Ed.                                              Jim Murphy

Board President                                                         Executive Director


NARA Dues Increase Effective July 1, 2017

June 28, 2017

Dear NARA Members:

We are excited about the changes and improvements occurring with NARA and look forward to seeing you all at our Silver anniversary celebration of NARA’s 25th Licensing Seminar in Minneapolis, MN September 10th – 12th.  Do not forget that members receive a $150 discount on Seminar Registration.

The National Regulatory Professional Credential continues to gain momentum and is now re-credentialing our first regulators who earned the credential five (5) years ago.

As an association dedicated to supporting regulatory professionals throughout North America who ensure the health and safety of individuals in out-of-home care, NARA must periodically review its strategic plan and operating costs. This activity is typical of non-profit associations. With your membership, NARA continues to enhance your professional effectiveness through the provision of our numerous initiatives, such as:

  • Strengthening NARA’s organizational infrastructure
  • Providing professional development resources and opportunities for regulators
  • Advancing NARA’s Key Indicator System work in states and provinces
  • Engaging our members, including through involvement on our numerous committees

As a result of this review, the NARA Membership Committee recommended and the NARA Board of Directors approved a membership fee increase in an effort to support the activities listed above. NARA has not raised membership fees for the past six (6) years and has carried the increased cost of doing business for as long as possible in an effort to benefit our members. The new membership fee structure aligns with the recent bylaw changes to our membership categories: Individual and Organizational. The following membership levels are no longer available:

  • Associate memberships
  • Agency memberships (replaced by Organizational memberships)
  • Corporate memberships
  • Supporting Partner memberships

Based on the Membership Committee recommendations, the Board approved instituting a $10 increase in individual member annual dues. Individual membership options will now include:

  • Individual memberships - $95.00 / year
  • Retiree and Student memberships - $50.00 / year

In addition, the Agency memberships have been restructured into a tiered Organizational membership system that includes the following levels:

  • Level 1: An organization may name up to 20 individuals - $1,500.00
  • Level 2: An organization may name up to 27 individuals - $2,000.00
  • Level 3: An organization may name up to 35 individuals - $2,500.00
  • Level 4: An organization may name up to 45 individuals - $3,000.00
  • Level 5: An organization may name more than 45 individuals - $3,000.00 plus $65.00 / additional person

All members listed under these new membership categories (Individual, Retiree, Student, and all individuals named under the Organizational memberships) will have full individual membership benefits, including individual voting rights.

The new rates and membership categories are effective July 1, 2017. Existing memberships will continue with current benefits until their expiration, at which time renewal will be based on the fees in place at the time of renewal.

On behalf of the NARA Board of Directors, our committees, and staff, we thank you for your membership and your continued support!

Sincerely, 

Tara Orlowski, Board President                                    Jim Murphy, Executive Director

 


 NARA Town Hall Recording

February 17, 2017

Thank you to those who submitted questions and participated in our Town Hall on Monday, February 13. In this recording NARA President, Tara Orlowski, and Executive Director, Jim Murphy, respond to members' most pressing questions about NARA. 

Please sign in as a member to access the recording: Town Hall Recording

If you have any questions, please contact us.


 NARA Appoints New President-Elect and At-Large Board Member

February 17, 2017

It continues to be exciting times for NARA. This past weekend, the Board of Directors met in Minneapolis, MN - the home of our new association management company.  The Board had a very productive weekend and look forward to moving several strategic initiatives forward in this coming year. Part of the discussions from this weekend revolved around filling the President Elect vacancy that occurred when Jim Murphy was hired to fill the Executive Director position for NARA.

 
The President Elect position is a short-term position that ends December 31, 2017, which is essentially a 10-month position. The position of President Elect will be open in the Fall 2017 election and whomever the membership elects into the position, will assume the President Elect position from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020. This person will also automatically become President of the Association on January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2023. Because of the short duration of the position, the Board felt it was in the best interest of NARA to have a current board member fill the vacancy because of their participation on the Board and having an understanding of the current issues and initiatives we are focused on at this time. After much discussion and consideration, Steven Eng was approved by the Board to be appointed into the position of President Elect.
 
This change left an At-Large position vacant until December 2017, which the Board spent additional time discussing. The Board approved Mike Boland to be appointed to fill this 10-month vacancy. His historical knowledge of the Board and commitment to membership initiatives will be beneficial as NARA continues to transition to a new association management company and a new executive director, while at the same time moves many membership initiatives forward.
 
We appreciate both Steven and Mike who have stepped up to fill these vacancies for the remainder of the year.
 
Thanks,
 
Tara Lynne Orlowski, M.Ed.
 
President
 
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