The Department of Health Care Services has contracted the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions to offer technical assistance, training and resources to support the statewide implementation of Katie A. Core Practice Model (CPM). These activities include:
Provide ongoing technical assistance to the Learning Collaborative and Statewide Training and Education Committee (STEC).
Provide Webinars and training that promotes the successful implementation of Katie A. services.
Promote engagement strategies for inclusion of youth and their families with lived-experience and expertise in navigating the mental health system.
Katie A. v. Bontá Settlement Agreement History
In July 2002, a class action lawsuit was filed seeking to improve access to mental health and social services for children in intermediate placement or foster care. An agreement was reached in 2011 that requires that Medi-Cal provide all foster children and those at risk of entering into foster care, receive in-home and community-based services. In compliance with existing federal law, each child is entitled to receive early periodic screening, diagnosis and treatment to design an individualize care plan that takes into consideration any mental health services they may need. Although mandated, this result of the lawsuit promotes a systemic change to increase the collaboration between child welfare services and mental health departments. Both systems of care are engaging children and their families in the development of the child’s care plan.
Further information or to request technical assistance regarding Katie A. implementation, please contact Kimberly Mayer.
We welcome you to our eLearning course, entitled Foundations of Behavioral Health: Partnering to Serve the Mental Health Needs of Children in Child Welfare. It is presented by the California Institute of Behavioral Health Solutions, funded though a contract with the California Department of Health Care Services. This eLearning module gives an overview of California’s public children’s mental health system.