Q: I work for a THP+Foster Care provider and about a third of our participants are parenting youth. As a provider, we are required to maintain a ratio of one case manager to 12 youth. My question is: are the children of Non-Minor Dependents counted as clients in that ratio? Or does it include the parenting dependents only?
A: No, the children of NMDs are not counted in the 1:12 staffing ratio. The statute is clear that programs serving NMDs must maintain a program staffing ratio of case manager to client not to exceed 1 to 12. However, the children of parenting NMDs are not clients because the child is not placed with the THP+FC program.
Additionally, the THP+FC foster care rate paid to providers is based on the personnel and resources costs associated with one person, not a parent and a child. Community Care Licensing confirmed this interpretation in a December meeting.