The Department of Health Care Services has contracted with the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions to offer technical assistance, training, and resources to support the statewide implementation of CCR, Continuum of Care Reform. On October 11, 2015, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation that comprehensively reforms placement and treatment options for youth in foster care. Assembly Bill 403,(Stone D-Monterey) sponsored by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), builds upon years of policy changes to improve outcomes for youth in foster care.
This effort known as the Continuum of Care Reform draws together a series of existing and new reforms to our child welfare services program designed out of an understanding that children who must live apart from their biological parents do best when they are cared for in committed nurturing family homes. AB 403 provides the statutory and policy framework to ensure services and supports provided to the child or youth and his or her family are tailored toward the ultimate goal of maintaining a stable permanent family. Reliance on congregate care should be limited to short-term, therapeutic interventions that are just one part of a continuum of care available for children, youth, and young adults.