Wisdom and Value in Strategic Planning

By Dave Branding, PhD One of my absolute favorite days of the work year calendar is strategic planning. I look forward to this special opportunity when key leaders come together and focus. We scan the environment, assess our positions, incorporate input, determine goals and set priorities for how we intend to perform the important work […]

Lutheran Child and Family Services Receives Council on Accreditation 2019 Innovative Service Award

The Council on Accreditation is one of the nation’s premier accrediting bodies for human service organizations. Out of 75 applicants for the agency’s prestigious 2019 Innovative Practices Award, which recognizes “successful approaches to management and service delivery practices adopted by our accredited organizations,” the Regenerations program at Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois received […]

Options for Complying with the New Joint Commission Outcome Measures Standard

If you’re like most of the treatment providers we’ve talked to recently, you probably have heard of the new Joint Commission behavioral healthcare standard for patient-reported outcomes, but haven’t yet determined the best way to comply.  This article provides some background on both the standard and your options. Let’s start by discussing why the Joint […]

Planning for a new software purchase

When looking for software to assist social services, one has to be careful on how the task is approached because the initial way the search done can dictate the success of the whole process, including events as far out as implementation and use of the software. So before beginning a search, keep the following key […]

The CWLA Experience

Last week I attended the Child Welfare League of America’s (CWLA) National Conference in Washington, DC as an exhibitor. The title of the conference was “Making Children a Priority: Leading Change” and was attended by more than 700 CEOs, directors, social workers, and other leaders in the fields of adoption, foster care and other child […]