Rural Areas – Sometimes It’s the Distance, Not the Journey

Providing services to children and families has always been a challenging and complex problem. Through agencies, these services are often contracted to local providers. Distance, travel, and method of transportation have always been a further complicating factor, especially in rural areas. As an Indiana governor suggested – “identify a problem, fix a problem, don’t embrace it.” [More]

Where the Research Meets the Road

Researchers know more about the brain development of young children than ever before. What should that mean for public policy? Some facts: After birth, new connections are made across neurons in babies’ brains at the rate of 700 to 1,000 per second. Three-quarters of young children who experience five or more types trauma measured by the Adverse Childhood Experiences test (ACEs) experience developmental delays. One in four young children live at or below the federal poverty level. Living in poverty can create biomechanical changes in the brain functioning of both children and adults, negatively impacting physical and mental health and executive functioning. Brain scientists know more now than ever before about what happens inside the heads of children during their first years of life, as well as what sorts of inputs help to facilitate desired outcomes. Still, translating this new knowledge into effective public policy often proves to be challenging. [More]

In North Carolina, Students@Work See PCG At Work

Just what it is “an education consultant” does all day isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to explain to an 8th grade student.

But when Janetta Nelson and a dozen of her classmates from the Walter G. Byers Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina, came to visit Public Consulting Group’s (PCG) office there recently, Janetta quickly figured it out. “They help kids,’’ Janetta explained after spending a day at PCG as part of the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) Students@Work initiative. “They help solve problems with the schools, and they show the people in Raleigh who make the tests how to review the data,” Janetta added. [More]

The Importance of Forecasting Market Demand

As States continue to face constrained budgets, it is incumbent upon agency leadership to fine-tune their short- and long-term budgeting processes. PCG has found that forecasting market demand is a way state leaders to accurately allocate scarce government resources. Market forecasting makes a strong case for fiscal support because it relies heavily on a data driven decision making. It also offers state leaders a strategy that is non-partisan, and a level of transparency that appeals to both constituents and legislators. Ultimately, forecasting market demand ensures that the commitment of public funds will benefit the broader community. [More]

Administration for Children and Families releases 2015 Maltreatment Report

Each year, the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF’s) Children’s Bureau releases a report with the latest data available on an analysis of child abuse and neglect information collected from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories. Known as the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), this data and analysis program was established by the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) in 1988. The first NCANDS report was based on data for 1990 and since then NCANDS has been reported annually, with the Children’s Bureau collecting and analyzing the data in its “Child Maltreatment” report submitted to Congress each year. The 2015 Child Maltreatment Report was released at the end of January 2017 and reflects data reported for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015. [More]

HHS encourages Governors to consider state innovation waivers

On March 13, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a letter to all governors outlining the parameters under which states can obtain waivers under section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). HHS notes that state innovation waivers to implement high-risk pools and state-operated reinsurance programs may be an important opportunity to lower health insurance premiums for consumers, to improve health insurance market stability in the state, and to increase consumer choice. [More]

Parent & Child

By supporting programs that work with two generations at a time, United Way for Greater Austin aims to multiply impacts. Leah Newkirk Meunier, chief programs officer at United Way for Greater Austin, did her doctoral work in early childhood development, and she says she has spent her career “preaching the value of investing early” in kids because those investments tend to have the highest payoff. [More]

Foster Care Crisis - What’s an Agency to Do? Part 2

Increasing demands for licensed foster homes have led many jurisdictions across the country to review their foster care services for children coming into their care. Though critical, these reviews are only one piece of a very complex puzzle. Child welfare agencies must also review the foster care system in the context of the current increasing demand, challenging family circumstances, and trauma children coming into the system. [More]

PCG’s long-time partner recognized on the Senate floor

PCG is a proud long-time partner of Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA), a managed care organization in Massachusetts specializing in the management of dually eligible populations. CCA’s client-centered focus has won accolades in state and nationally. PCG has provided claims processing and other related services to CCA for more than 10 years. [More]