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 Services.
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 Care (ISFC)
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 cross-system partners.
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 (TFC) Services.
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 need.