The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions
established its Child and Family Services Center
as part of its commitment to supporting the state’s ongoing
efforts to improve mental health services for the children of
California, particularly those experiencing Serious Emotional
Disturbance and their families.The Center develops and
disseminates information, convenes key stakeholder groups to
identify and address priorities, informs policy discussion,
participates in research and provides training and technical
assistance to support innovation in local mental health
services.Child and Family Center priorities include:
Improve public policies that impact services for children and
youth, with mental health needs, who are served in the child
welfare and juvenile justice systems.
Promote the use of quality assurance processes, fidelity
monitoring, evaluation and outcome reporting as a key strategy to
improve services for children and their families.
Reduce disparities in access to and quality of mental health
services to diverse children and families.
Develop and provide training and technical assistance to
directly support local efforts to implement and sustain effective
In the spring of 1997, California State Department of Mental
Health dedicated funds to establish a technical assistance center
to support the expansion and continuous improvement of Children’s
System of Care throughout the state. The center was named in
honor of former Senator Cathie Wright, in
recognition of her efforts to expand mental health services to
children with serious emotional disabilities. The California
State Department of Mental Health has partnered with the CIBHS, a
non-profit public interest corporation, to operate the center.