Systems of Care FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

About

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We have worked with our state, county, and local partners to better serve children and youth who are receiving services from multiple public programs. Our goal is simple: our programs must meet the needs of the children and youth we serve. These are our collective children, and they all deserve the very best.
 
We recognize that it is our obligation to ensure that the services we are providing are coordinated, timely, and trauma-informed. We must come together as one government to break down silos and build a culture that is focused on delivering services that are person-centered and not program-centered.

System Profiles

Too often we are focused on delivering specific programs or services within our government silos that we do not take the time to look at the how our programs and services complement one another to best address the needs of the children and youth we are serving. Siloed systems yield siloed responses.

As a resource to state, county, and local staff, we developed system profiles that provide an overview of the services offered by our various systems that all serve children and youth.

This is our compendium of resources available to children and youth served by are various systems. The system profiles outline how eligibility is determined, what the denial appeal processes entail, how the system interacts with other systems or programs, how information is shared, and how referrals are made.

  • Child Welfare Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Developmental Services
  • Education Services

AB 2083 Implementation

Our Systems of Care work has been accelerated by the implementation of Assembly Bill 2083 (Chapter 815, Statutes of 2018), which requires each county to develop and implement a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the roles and responsibilities of the various local entities that serve children and youth in foster care who have experienced severe trauma.

The legislation is focused on the child welfare system, but can and must be expanded to look at children and youth served by various other systems.

The legislation calls for the establishment of a Joint Interagency Resolution Team to provide guidance, support, and technical assistance to counties with regard to trauma-informed care to foster children and youth.

We have identified the mission of the State Resolution Team to be:

  1. Promote collaboration and communication across systems to meet the needs of children, youth and families;
  2. Support timely access to trauma-informed services for children and youth; and
  3. Resolve technical assistance requests by counties and partner agencies, as requested, to meet the needs of children and youth.

The legislation calls for the following deliverables:

MOU Guidance [WIC 16521.b(1)(B)(i)] – The primary roles of the joint interagency resolution team shall be to develop guidance to counties, county offices of education, and regional centers with regard to developing the memoranda of understanding required by this section, to support the implementation of those memoranda of understanding, and to provide technical assistance to counties to identify and secure the appropriate level of services to meet the needs of children and youth in foster care who have experienced severe trauma.

Process to request Technical Assistance from State Resolution Team [WIC 16521.b(1)(B)(ii)] – The agencies shall ensure that a process is developed for counties and partner agencies that are parties to the memorandum of understanding to request interdepartmental technical assistance from the joint interagency resolution team.

Identify Gaps in Placement Types, Services, or Other Issues [WIC 16521.b(1)(B)(ii)(2)(A)] – No later than January 1, 2020, the joint interagency resolution team, in consultation with county agencies, service providers, and advocates for children and resource families, shall review the placement and service options available to county child welfare agencies and county probation departments for children and youth in foster care who have experienced severe trauma and shall develop and submit recommendations to the Legislature addressing any identified gaps in placement types or availability, needed services to resource families, or other identified issues.

Develop a Multiyear Plan for Increasing Capacity [WIC 16521.b(1)(B)(ii)(3)] – No later than June 1, 2020, the joint interagency resolution team, in consultation with county agencies, service providers, behavioral health professionals, schools of social work, and advocates for children and resource families, shall develop a multiyear plan for increasing the capacity and delivery of trauma-informed care to children and youth in foster care served by short-term residential therapeutic programs and other foster care and behavioral health providers.

Partner Resources

As we develop and issue resources we will post them on our website here so that it can be leveraged by our various partners. We will iterate on these resources as we learn collectively.