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.

Supporting the Healthy Sexual Development of Youth (October 2018) - This self-study course fulfills the requirements for Senate Bill 89 that requires juvenile court stakeholders to be trained on reproductive health rights requirements for children in foster care. Specifically, Welfare and Institutions Code section 304.7 requires judges to be trained on these issues. This webinar, delivered by the Judicial Council, National Center for Youth Rights, and Children’s Law Center, is intended to meet this requirement for judges and attorneys practicing in juvenile law.

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 1.75 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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Reproductive Health Rights Podcast: Youth Perspective (November 2018) - This podcast features a discussion about the level of awareness of reproductive health rights for children in foster care. Featured in the podcast are Krystal, a former foster youth in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, from Los Angeles County and Valerie Esquivel, program associate from the National Center for Youth Law supporting the Los Angeles Reproductive Health Equity Project (LARHEP).

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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Psychotropic Medications Podcast (October 2018) This podcast features an interview with William L. Grimm, Attorney and Senior Director of Strategic Advocacy and Child Welfare at the National Center for Youth Law. Mr. Grimm is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading experts on the problems of children in foster care. He has helped develop legislation and led advocacy efforts that resulted in laws being adopted, collectively aimed at ensuring California foster youth are only prescribed psychotropic medications when absolutely necessary, and that they are offered mental health services that include non-drug treatments. Mr. Grimm is now working to ensure California’s public agencies have the guidance, data sharing, resources, and training to implement these laws effectively.

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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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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Youth Voice (October 2018) - During a busy calendar in juvenile proceedings, it is often difficult to give youth the time they want or need to express themselves. The youth’s voice may get lost in a system of judges, lawyers, social workers, and advocates all trying to determine what is in the youth’s best interest. The Judicial Council’s Center for Families, Children & the Courts was fortunate enough to interview four youth who were willing to tell their stories and share their court experiences. Each 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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Resource Family Approval and Relative Placement: What Judges and Attorneys Need to Know (November 2018) - This self-study course is a webinar discussing what judges and attorneys need to know about the Resource Family Approval (RFA) process. 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 2.0 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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