The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has contracted the
California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) to
offer support in the continued implementation of Pathways to
Wellbeing (formerly Katie A.). The resources developed here
will provide counties with access to practical tools to assist
them in the provision of services and their implementation of the
Core Practice Model (CPM)
Current activities for Pathways to Wellbeing include:
Provide planning and support of the TFC service model.
Organize and facilitate the TFC Implementation committee.
Provide training recommendations for counties and others to
successfully implement the TFC Service Model.
Revise the Medi-Cal Manual for ICC and IHBS to include TFC
Research and provide resources on evidence-based or best
practices that could be considered in the implementation of the
TFC service model.
Further information or to request technical assistance regarding
Pathways to Wellbeing, please contact Kimberly Mayer.
Supporting provider and county collaboration and partnerships to
serve children and youth.
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in collaboration
with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the
California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS), is
conducting regional convenings to support provider and county
collaboration and partnerships on the implementation of efforts
and initiatives related to the following topics:
Short Term Residential Therapeutic Programs (STRTPs);
Presumptive Transfer; and
Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) and Intensive Services Foster
Additionally, DHCS and CDSS will provide updates and answer
questions from participants. We are asking all participants to
fill out a questionnaire after registering for this event to
obtain questions in advance of the event.
Who Should Attend:
County representatives from Mental Health Plans (MHPs), Child
Welfare Departments, and Juvenile Probation. (Program
Managers/Supervisors, Quality Improvement Coordinators, etc.)
We encourage counties to send their point of contact
for Presumptive Transfer.
Representatives for Foster Family Agencies (FFA) and STRTPs.
The Department of Health Care Services is conducting regional
convenings in 2018 to support counties in their implementation
efforts and initiatives related to specialty mental health
services for children and youth while providing a forum for
counties to learn from each other and strengthen their work with
The Department of Health Care Services has contracted the
California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions to provide
ongoing technical assistance, planning support and training that
promotes the statewide implementation of Therapeutic Foster Care
As part of our technical assistance, CIBHS provides webinars to
assist county child welfare and mental/behavioral health
departments, focusing our work on components of the framework and
models as outlined in the Core Practice Model (CPM).
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 provides 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 individualized care plan
that takes into consideration any mental health services they may