To further improve safety, quality and consistency of services and outcomes for children and families, Catholic Charities West Michigan will be participating in the Kent County Performance-Based Child Welfare pilot program. This program is designed to increase flexibility in spending which offers providers like us opportunities to better
address child specific needs. As a result, CCWM should be able to move children out of foster care and into permanents, stable homes more quickly and with reduced exposure to trauma.

The Kent County performance-based pilot is a combination of
multiple approaches to achieve better outcomes for children and families. The three approaches are summarized below.

  1. A consortium model that can adapt quickly to a changing environment and can utilize private resources.
  2. Flexible funding through a prospective case rate payment methodology.
  3. Specific contract requirements to monitor outcomes and compliance with mandatory case management activities.

How does the model incentivize better outcomes?

The performance based funding model incentivizes better outcomes in two ways: allows for more flexibility in spending and utilizes a prospective case rate that is frontloaded. Providers will have the opportunity to serve children with less red tape around funding and also have the opportunity to increase their margins by getting children placed sooner.

What is the history  of the pilot? Where did it come from?

The child welfare performance-based system development was officially initiated in June, 2013, by the Michigan legislature through PA 59 of 2013, Article X, Section 503, which mandated a
feasibility study for performance-based funding in Michigan.

In February, 2014, Child Welfare Performance-Based Funding task force report was released,
indicating a performance-based funding system in Michigan would be feasible.