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.
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.