Continuum of Care Reform

The Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) comprehensively reforms placement and treatment options for foster children. Many new and important permanent plan options and requirements related to achieving permanence for foster youth were created by Assembly Bill 403 (Stone; Stats. 2015, ch. 773) and Senate Bill 794 (Comm. on Hum. Srvcs; Stats. 2015, ch. 425). CCR provides the statutory and policy framework to ensure services and supports provided to the child or youth and his or her family are tailored toward the ultimate goal of achieving permanency in a stable permanent family. Resources on specific topics are below. Resources include webinars, podcasts, and other training materials on specific topics as well as materials from live trainings.

Senate Bill 89, effective July 1, 2017, requires judges, case workers, and caregivers to be trained on reproductive health rights requirements for children in foster care. The bill also requires case workers to document in the case plan that youth have been informed in an age and developmentally appropriate manner of their rights at least once every six months. Also, for children 10 years of age and older, the law requires the case worker to provide and document that the youth has been provided access to age appropriate, medically accurate information about reproductive health rights; the youth has received sexual health education at least once in middle school and once in high school, and the case plan has been updated to confirm facilitated access to care, including addressing any barriers to health care access. Information and resources on reproductive health rights for the court, caregivers, parents, and attorneys can be found below.

  1. PowerPoint
  2. 10 Tips for Foster Parents to Help Their Foster Youth Avoid Teen Pregnancy
  3. 10 Tips for Parents to Help Their Child Avoid Teen Pregnancy
  4. Adolescent Sexual Development
  5. All County Letter NO. 16-82: Reproductive and Sexual Health Care and Related Rights for Youth and Non-Minor Dependents (NMD) in Foster Care
  6. All County Letter NO. 18-61: New Mandates Regarding Case Plan Documentation and Training Related to Reproductive and Sexual Health Care Needs and Rights of Foster Youth
  7. California Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Programs
  8. California Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Services
  9. Duties and Responsibilites Delivering Sexual and Reprodutive Health Services and Information to Foster Youth
  10. FOR PARENTS: How to Tak with Your Children and Teens about Healthy Relationships
  11. FOR PARENTS: Should I Worry About My Teen?
  12. Foster Care Case Management Workers: 12 Required Duties & Responsibilities
  13. A Guide for Case Managers: Assisting Foster Youth with Healthy Sexual Development and Pregnancy Prevention
  14. Help Me to Succeed: A Guide for Supporting Youth in Foster Care to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
  15. Know Your Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
  16. PARENTS: Know Myself, Know My Teen
  17. PARENTS: Your Teen is Changing!
  18. Reproductive and Sexual Health Care Rights Findings for Foster Youth and NMD
  19. Tip Sheet for Parent Attorneys on Unplanned Pregnancies
  20. Tips & Tools for Trusted Adults: Pre-Teen/Early Adolescent
  21. Tips for Talking with Clients
  22. When Sexual Intercourse with a Minor Must Be Reported as Child Abuse by Mandated Reporters: California Law
  23. "When You Decide..." A Judge's Guide to Pregnancy Prevention Among Foster Youth with Bench Tools and Scripts

Case Plans and Transitional Independent Living Plans (TILPs) for Older Youth  (January 2018) - This self-study course is a webinar discussing transitional independent living plans (TILPs) and case planning for youth in out-of-home care. Self-study course credit refers to self-verified participation. After finishing the entire course, please take a few minutes to complete the evaluation survey. After completing and submitting the evaluation, you will receive a confirmation of completion and you should record and maintain a record of completion of this course and the MCLE and MCLE specialty hours for which it qualifies. For all self-study courses, attorneys are required to maintain their self-study hours on their self-study log. This program meets the qualifications for a total of 1.0 hour of mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) credit. The Judicial Council of California is approved as a Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) provider by the State Bar of California, provider #4781.
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Podcast with Dr. Mark Courtney on Extended Foster Care and the CalYOUTH Study (September 2018) - This podcast features an interview with Dr. Mark Courtney from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Dr. Courtney is the lead researcher of the CalYOUTH study. The CalYOUTH study examines the outcomes for youth in the extended foster care program in California. This podcast qualifies as a self-study course. Self-study course credit refers to self-verified participation. After finishing the entire podcast, please take a few minutes to complete the evaluation survey. After completing and submitting the evaluation, you will receive a confirmation of completion and you should record and maintain a record of completion of this course and the MCLE and MCLE specialty hours for which it qualifies. For all self-study courses, attorneys are required to maintain their self-study hours on their self-study log. This program meets the qualifications for a total of 0.50 hours of mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) credit. The Judicial Council of California is approved as a Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) provider by the State Bar of California, provider #4781.
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How can YOU support the core values of the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR)? This course will provide participants with an understanding of the principles of CCR and changes for group homes, providers, Resource Families, social workers, and probation officers, and will discuss how those changes may impact the court system. Participants will learn the fundamentals of child and family planning while incorporating the values of the Quality Parenting Initiative. Learn what tools and resources have been developed to support integrated and collaborative county-level systems of care.

Lupe Grimaldi, Manager, California Department of Social Services
Richard Knecht, Integrated Services Advisor, California Department of Social Services
Sara Rogers, Branch Chief of Continuum of Care Reform Branch, California Department of Social Services
Kim Wrigley, Program Implementation Bureau Chief, California Department of Social Services

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