The Promise of Continuum of Care Reform
Source: California’s Continuum of Care Reform
Resource Type: Template or Tool
Focus Population: Behavioral Health Leaders, Foster Youth, Former Foster youth, People with Criminal Justice System Involvement
Topics: Behavioral Health Organizational Guidance Docs, Criminal or Juvenile Justice System, Foster Care System
Continuum of Care Reform draws together a series of existing and new reforms to our child welfare services program designed out of an understanding that children who must live apart from their biological parents do best when they are cared for in committed nurturing family homes. AB 403 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 maintaining a stable permanent family. Reliance on congregate care should be limited to short-term, therapeutic interventions that are just one part of a continuum of care available for children, youth and young adults. Implementation efforts for CCR will occur in stages between now and 2021 in Child Welfare Services, and in succeeding years in probation foster care.