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Crossover Youth: A Shared Responsibility
California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership – Winter 2016
Yesterday, the California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership shared their most recent issue of insights. Through an overview of data, policy and reform efforts, this latest issue highlights the needs of California’s most vulnerable children and young people–those involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, known as “crossover youth.” These youth are more likely to be separated from their families, experience behavioral health needs, and struggle academically. The California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership takes a critical look at how the state’s current institutional responses and interventions are serving crossover youth.
Calif. Bill Would Fund Trauma and Mental Health Services for Students
New America Media – 1.15.16
Legislation was recently introduced to allow California schools to once again offer mental health programs for K-3rd grade students who struggle with anxiety and other trauma or stress related symptoms. AB 1644 was introduced by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) this week and is co-sponsored by Children Now and state Attorney General Kamala Harris. AB 1644 would reinstate funding for mental health services that used to be provided under the state’s Early Mental Health Initiative (EMHI) program, initially launched in 1992 and shut down in 2012. Studies showed that 79% of children who received services under EMHI improved their behavioral and social skills. Bonta’s bill would create a four-year pilot program in schools that serve students with high levels of childhood trauma and adversity, expand the EMHI program to include younger children, and provide regional trainings and resources to schools on mental health and trauma.
Pathways for Mental Health Services Implementation & CCR Implementation Updates
Health & Human Agency Service – 1.12.16
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released an All County Information Notice (ACIN) that updates counties on relevant implementation information of Pathways to Mental Health Services, formerly known Katie A. services, and the recently passed Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) bill, AB 403.
The goal of CCR is help ensure foster youth grow up in permanent and supportive homes by reducing the state’s reliance on congregate care placements and increasing family-based alternatives. Youth placed in group homes are more likely to have a mental health condition and often need more intensive services compared to foster youth in other placements. Thus, the implementation of CCR will increase the number of youth receiving Specialty Mental Health Services in home-based settings. In order to adequately prepare for this transition, DHCS and CDSS encourage county agencies to “begin cross-agency discussions about anticipated placement needs and the adequacy of service networks to inform statewide and local implementation of CCR.”
The ACIN also highlights the roll-out of Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC), a service in which mental health interventions are delivered to youth in family-based settings with specially trained foster parents supported by a team of mental health service providers. CDSS and DHCS encourage counties to also “begin cross-agency discussions concerning the delivery of TFC, an important component of successful implementation of CCR.”
Children Now Releases 2016 California Children’s Report Card
Chronicle of Social Change – 1.20.16
More Than Me: An Explanatory Study of Pregnant and Parenting Youth in the Foster Care System
Chronicle of Social Change – 1.20.16
Decades Of Failing To Recognize ADHD in Girls Has Created A “Lost Generation” Of Women
Quartz – 1.19.16
Do Babies Need Psychologists?
NPR – 1.15.16
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