System of Care for Children and Youth

Information Library

AB 2083

This page was created to assist FYSCP coordinators, school district foster youth liaisons and other partners in finding information that is pertinent to the required county AB 2083 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the implementation of that MOU. The information and materials included have not been endorsed by the California Department of Education (aside from guidance documents provided by the CDE directly) or the FYSCP Technical Assistance Program (TAP).

Send questions to fosteryouth@cde.gov

Click on the down arrow next to each section below to view resources by topic.

MOU Part 1: Interagency Leadership Team (ILT)

Supporting CA's Children Through a Whole Child Approach: A Field Guide for Creating Integrated, School-Based Systems of Care (April 2022)

Produced by Breaking Barries, CA Alliance of Child and Family Services WestEd, Santa Clara County Office of EducationThis guide outlines resources and strategies for LEAs and state leaders to use to support the implementation of funding that centers children and families. The guide includes six major initiatives that can serve as part of an integrated, school-based system of care.

Realizing One Integrated System of Care for Children

Identifies the steps necessary to realize an integrated system of care, reviews two concurrent approaches, and makes recommendations—including specifying policy reforms that would promote interagency collaboration, integration, service delivery, and improved outcomes for California’s children, both with and without disabilities.

California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)

Nation's largest statewide coalition of social work educators and practitioners.

Systems of Care

Brief from the Child Welfare Information Gateway providing resources.

Resource Center for Family Focused Practice

Provides research, custom and standardized training, technical support, symposia and support services with the goal of integrating practice approaches to improve outcomes for children and families.

Effective Strategies for Expanding the System of Care Approach

Outlines strategies for expanding and sustaining Children's Systems of Care.

A Framework for System Reform in Children's Mental Health

Issue brief that contains strategies for improving the system of care and its effectiveness.

Return on Investment in Systems of Care

Outlines the financial benefits to all partners and agencies when System of Care is effectively designed and delivered.

Shared Leadership Toward One Child, One Family, One Plan Webinar (April 21, 2021)

Breaking Barriers California 2021 System of Care Masterclass Series

MOU Part 2: Integrated Core Practice Model

All County Information Notice No. I-21-18

California Children, Youth, and Families Integrated Core Practice Model and the California Integrated Training Guide

Integrated Core Practice Model for Children, Youth, and Families

Provides practical guidance and direction to support county child welfare, juvenile probation, behavioral health agencies, and community partners to improve delivery of timely, effective, and integrated services to children, youth, and families.

Integrated Training Guide

Supports cross-system practice and service delivery by providing recommendations about a series of trainings that advance collaboration among child and family service agencies, affiliated human service organizations, families, tribes, and related support networks.

California Child Welfare Core Practice Model

Web page from the California Social Work Education Center providing information on the California Practice Model, Child Welfare Directors Institute, Implementation Planning, Implementation Toolkit, and reference materials

Direct Practice Tools for Social Workers

This toolkit section contains tools for direct practice with children/youth, families and their networks.

MOU Part 3: Data Information Sharing

Joint Guidance on the Application of the FERPA and the HIPAA to Student Health Records - 2019 Update

Explains the relationship between the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) statute and implementing regulations and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. Updates and expands on prior guidance to help address potential confusion on the part of school administrators, health care professionals, and others on how FERPA and HIPAA apply to records maintained on students.

A NIC Deeper Dive Webinar: Getting to Yes on Privacy & Confidentiality

Webinar on drafting a memorandum of understanding for data and information sharing.

Accountable Communities for Health Data-Sharing Toolkit

Designed to assist communities working to share data across sectors to improve health.

All County Letter No. 16 -75

Informs county child welfare and juvenile probation departments that the California Department of Social Services continues to share child-specific data about foster youth with the California Department of Education (CDE). The CDE matches this information with school enrollment data, in order to identify foster youth for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) attending their schools so that the LEAs may, in turn, provide supportive educational services to them.

All County Information Notice No. 1-77-16

Informs county child welfare and juvenile probation departments that the California Department of Social Services, California Department of Education, and the Bureau of Children’s Justice at the California Department of Justice jointly prepared the attached letter entitled “Dear Colleague: Joint Guidance Foster Youth Information-Sharing” to summarize existing federal and state laws that permit, and sometimes require, the sharing of information and records between local education agencies, child welfare agencies, and foster caregivers in a way that is both lawful and appropriate to ensure that foster youth receive appropriate supports and services to address their needs under the Local Control and Funding Formula.

Joint Guidance Letter: Information Sharing to Identify Common Clients Between Social Service Agencies

Joint guidance from the CA Department of Justice and the CA Health and Human Services Agency to clarify conditions under which public social services agencies are permitted to use data matching to share client personally identifiable information with or without prior authorization from the client.

Children's Data Network - The Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974: Implications for Research with Administrative Records

Overview of FERPA and implications to both research and data sharing.

Sharing Information from Juvenile Agency Files Regarding Children in Foster Care

Judicial Council briefing on information sharing from December 2019

A California Guide for Sharing Student Health and Education Information

Tool to help determine whether HIPAA or FERPA is the relevant federal law and what it means for the exchange of information

Shared Data Toward One Child, One Family, One Plan Webinar (June 16, 2021)

Breaking Barriers California 2021 System of Care Masterclass Series

MOU Part 4: Assessment Entry to Care

Foster Youth Education Toolkit

Provides information on the education rights of foster youth along with step-by-step procedures to ensure foster youth receive the full benefit of laws designed to protect them. Includes easy-to-use implementation tools.

All County Letter No. 18-85

Joint Clarification Sharing the CANS Assessment

Integrated Core Practice Model Primer Assessment

A short YouTube video, sponsored by DHCS and CDSS, on the value of connected and integrated Assessment and Screening as informed by the ICPM.

Best Practices in Social, Emotional and Behavioral Screening: A Practice Guide

National best practice guide on implementation of shared social, emotional and behavioral screening.

Screening and Assessing Child Mental Health

Child Welfare Information Gateway tool includes a screening approach for mental health and trauma-related needs of children and youth in foster care, guidelines for appropriately using a trauma screening approach.

Praed Foundation Assessment Toolkit

Resource page contains a host of tools in support of screening and assessment, including the nationally normed CANS implementation tool.

Best Practices Guide for Developing a District System to Improve Education Outcomes for Youth in Foster Care

Experiences from a four-year partnership built between Network participants, and the Alliance for Children’s Rights staff working with youth in foster care in Los Angeles County and on systems change issues across the state.

MOU Part 5: Child Family Teams

All County Information Notice No. 1-71-18 (November 9, 2018)

Using Team Meetings to Increase Cross-system Collaboration Between Local Child Welfare and Education Agencies (LEAs)


All County Letter No. 16-84 (October 7, 2016)

Requirements and Guidelines for Providing a Child and Family Team Meeting

All County Letter No. 21-114 (September 30, 2021)

Court Review And Case Plan Requirements for Placements In Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs under California's Implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) via Assembly Bill 153, Chapter 86, Statutes Of 2021.

All County Letter No. 21-113 (September 30, 2021)

Assessments By A Qualified Individual (QI) for Placements In Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs (STRTPs) under the Requirements of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) and Assembly Bill (AB) 153 (CHAPTER 86, STATUTES OF 2021)


All County Letter No. 18-09 (January 25, 2018)

Requirements for implementing the child and adolescent needs and strengths assessment tool within a child and family team


ACL 21-105 (November 8, 2021)

Updates To CWS/CMS Functionality And New Documentation Requirements Regarding Child Participation During Child And Family Team (CFT) Meetings


California Social Work Education Center - Child Family Teams Children and Adolescents Needs and Strengths (CANS) Toolkit

Contains guidance, forms and other resources which support effective implementation of teaming and CANS in California


Engaging Families

Best practice guidance for family engagement. While written from a welfare case perspective, the practice recommendations are universal to all service sectors.

MOU Part 6: Interagency Placement Committee (IPC)

All County Letter No. 17-122

Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs (STRTPS) Placement Criteria, Interagency Placement Committees (IPCS), second level Review for ongoing placements into group homes and STRTPS

State AB 2083 TA Webinar on IPC

March 2021 State TA webinar for Interagency Placement.


San Diego County IPC Policy

San Diego County's IPC policy with extensive links to useful forms and resources.


Santa Barbara County IPC Policy

Santa Barbara County's IPC policy with useful IPC referral processing and committee practice.

MOU Part 7: Alignment and Coordination of Services

New Directions for School Improvement Policy

Discusses the necessity of expanding school improvement policy and practice in order to meet the growing challenges related to reducing the achievement and opportunity gaps. Relatedly, an expanded school accountability framework is outlined, and the importance of adopting a set of standards for student/learning supports is emphasized.

Evolving Community Schools and Transforming Student/Learning Supports

Report on connecting community schools to reengaging students by creating a system of learning supports that involves the community.

Mapping and Analyzing Learning Supports

A tool for moving towards a system of comprehensive learning supports.

Healing Centered Schools: Financing Justice and Equity at the Nexus of Public Health and Public Education

California Children's Trust Presentation providing insight on how to coordinate health services with and through schools.

School Stability for California's Youth in Foster Care A Review of Laws and Promising Local Practices

Addresses school of origin, transportation, and notification requirements when placement changes occur.

Los Angeles County Foster Youth Benefit and Entitlement Charts

Charts providing a comprehensive resource of foster-youth benefits to assist youth and caregivers, particularly when making permanency decisions.

Court Companion to the Foster Youth Education Toolkit

Supports multi-agency collaboration by offering comprehensive information on the education rights of foster/probation youth along with step-by-step procedures and easy-to use implementation tools for the needs of the parties who work with youth, other than school districts.

Toolkit for Foster Youth Education Success Under Local Control Funding Formula April 30, 2015

Webinar slides

California Foster Youth Education Law Fact Sheets - 8th Edition

Seven fact sheets ranging from school stability to transition services to support college and career.

All County Letter No. 11-09

Independent Living Program (ILP) for Non-Related Guardianships

All County Letter No. 11-77

Extending Foster Care Beyond Age 18

All County Information Notice No. I 28-99

Wraparound Services

All County Information Notice No. I 52-15

Wraparound Services Training

All County Letter No. 19-53

Provides information on the Active Supportive Intervention Services for Transition (ASIST) program to assist youth from residential to family-based settings.

Educational Stability and Best Interest Determination Joint Guidance Letter

This joint guidance document between the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is intended to provide local educational agencies (LEAs), child welfare agencies, and probation departments with guidance corresponding to conducting a best interest determination (BID).

Foster Youth in California Schools

Web page provides information and resources related to foster youth in schools including; foster youth definitions, educational data and outcomes, and other resources.

School of Origin Transportation for Youth in Foster Care

Strategies and tips from the CA Foster Youth Education Task Force November 2021

MOU Part 8: Recruitment and Training

California Social Work Education Center: Training, Coaching, and Transfer of Learning Tools

Web page; provides training and coaching resources for system of care.

California's Integrated Training Plan for Children, Youth, and Families: Recommendations for a Shared Practice Environment

Supports cross-system practice and service delivery by providing guidance and recommendations about a series of trainings that advance collaboration among child and family service agencies, affiliated human service organizations, families, tribes, and related support networks.

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration

Practitioner training web page.

MOU Part 9: Finance and Resource Sharing

California Children's Trust Initiative: Financing New Approaches to Achieve Child Well Being

Fiscal opportunities to initiate and invest in a fundamental re-imagining of how public child-serving systems approach and support children’s social, emotional, mental, and developmental health in California.

Whole Family Wellness for Early Childhood: A New Model for Medi-Cal Delivery and Financing

Approach for California to conceptualize, deliver, and fund a system of care for Medi-Cal eligible infants and toddlers that is grounded in family wellness.

Practical Guide for Financing Social, Emotional, and Mental Health in Schools

A guide for school district leaders interested in exploring partnerships and accessing Medi-Cal to meet the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students in schools.

All County Letter No. 16-91

Use of Title IV - E Funds to Support County Foster Youth Services Coordinating Programs

All County Information Notice No. 1-77-16

Joint guidance for “Foster Youth Information-Sharing”. Summarizes existing federal and state laws that permit, and sometimes require, the sharing of information and records between local education agencies, child welfare agencies, and foster caregivers in a way that is both lawful and appropriate to ensure that foster youth receive appropriate supports and services to address their needs under the Local Control and Funding Formula.

All County Letter No. 21-119 (October 1, 2021)

Guidance related to the provisions of AB 153 (Chapter 86, Statutes of 2021) and the Budget Act of 2021 (Chapter 21, Statutes of 2021) that provide funding for the development of system capacity to ensure the provision of a high-quality continuum of care.

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration

Grants web page

Medi-Cal for Students Workgroup

The Workgroup works on alignment with the requirements of SB 75, California Education Code section 56477, to improve health care equity, and health and educational outcomes for California’s public-school students. This web page includes a report and an addendum providing recommendations made by the Medi-Cal for Students Workgroup to the California State Legislature and the Department of Finance for improving coordination and expansion of access to available federal Medicaid reimbursement for local educational agencies through the Local Educational Agency Medi-Cal Billing Option Program, the School-Based Medi-Cal Administrative Activities Program, and the medically necessary federal Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit in California, under the authority of California Education Code Section 56477, added by Section 50 of Senate Bill 75 (Chapter 51, Statutes of 2019). See also CDE SB 75 Page.

Senate Bill 75: Medi-Cal Part C to B for CA Kids Workgroup

The Workgroup works on alignment with the requirements of SB 75, California Education Code section 56477, to improve health care equity, and health and educational outcomes for California’s public-school students. This web page includes link to report, and an addendum to the report that provides recommendations made by the Part C to B for CA Kids Workgroup to the California State Legislature and the Department of Finance for improving the transition of three-year-old children with disabilities from early intervention services to special education services in California under the authority of California Education Code Section 56477, added by Section 50 of Senate Bill 75 (Chapter 51, Statutes of 2019)

Local Control Funding Formula Resources: Priority 10 Foster Youth

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Priority 10 addresses coordination of services with welfare agencies, probation and courts, responding to the needs of the juvenile court system to ensure appropriate educational placement and transfer records.

Shared Financing Toward One Child, One Family, One Plan Webinar (April 18, 2021)

Breaking Barriers California 2021 System of Care Masterclass Series

School Mental Health 101: A Primer for Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans

National Center for Youth Law report to help facilitate conversations between MCPs, schools, and other partners in implementing the MCP incentive program component of the Children & Youth Behavioral Health Initiative and reaching school-age youth at scale to address the growing mental health crisis

MOU Part 10: Dispute Resolution

Uniform Complaints Procedures

California Department of Education webpage for uniform complaints.

Special Education Complaint Process

California Department of Education webpage for special education complaints. Includes information of mediation and due process.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

California Department of Education letter for alternative dispute resolution.

Consumer Rights Complaint Process

Appeals and Complaints; Department of Developmental Services and Regional Centers.

Fair Hearing

Appeals & Complaints: Department of Developmental Services and Regional Centers.

Title 17 Complaint Procedures

Appeals & Complaints: Department of Developmental Services and Regional Centers

Early Start Mediation Conference Request

Appeals & Complaints; Department of Developmental Services and Regional Centers.

Early Start Due Process Hearing

Appeals & Complaints; Department of Developmental Services and Regional Centers.

Early Start Complaint Process

Appeals & Complaints; Department of Developmental Services and Regional Centers.

Appeal Process

Dispute Resolution for Medi-Cal Beneficiaries & the Mental Health Plans (MHPs)

State Fair Hearing Process

Dispute Resolution for Medi-Cal Beneficiaries & the Mental Health Plans (MHPs)

Dispute Process for Providers

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has a process on dispute resolution between Medi-Cal providers and the State in accordance with Title 9 of the California Code of Regulations, Chapter 11.

California Foster Care Ombudsperson

A neutral and independent office that helps solve problems and complaints about the care, placement, and services of children and youth in foster care.

MOU Part 11: Resource Families and Therapeutic Foster Care

All County Information Notice No. 05-17

Therapeutic Foster Care Model and Parent Qualifications

All County Information Notice No. 91-17 and Mental Health Substance Use Disorder Services Information Notice No. 17-069

Therapeutic Foster Care Training Toolkit

All County Letter No. 21-07

Informs county child welfare agencies and juvenile probation departments of updated guidance related to the operation of the Resource Family Approval (RFA) Program and emergency placements requirements due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) State of Emergency.

All County Letter No. 20-127

Informs County Child Welfare and Probation Departments of recently passed legislation, Assembly Bill 79, and its impact on the Resource Family Approval (RFA) Program.

All County Letter No. 20-138

Informs county child welfare agencies, probation departments, Community Care Licensing Division Children’s Residential Program Regional Offices, and Foster Family Agencies of operationalizing the forfeiture by operation of law for current licensed and certified foster family homes, and approved relative caregivers who do not initiate conversion to approval as a Resource Family by December 31, 2020.

Therapeutic Foster Care Training Resource Toolkit

Provides information and resources to assist Therapeutic Foster Care (TFD) Agencies (Foster Family Agency or approved TFC provider) in their development of a TFC parent training program.

Therapeutic Foster Care Service Model Resources

California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions web page.

Child Welfare

Continuum of Care Reform

California Department of Social Services program web page.

Family Urgent Response System Youth Resources

California Department of Social Services web page.

Family Urgent Response System HUB

California Department of Social Services program web page.

Families First Prevention Services Act

California Department of Social Services program web page.

Resources for Foster Youth

California Department of Social Services web page.

Information Resources Guide

Website intended to assist our business partners in understanding policies and practices of programs which fall under the authority of the California Department of Social Services.

Family First and Beyond: A Mindful Look at Service Children and Families in a Post-Waiver Environment

Presentation providing an overview of FFPSA that includes; opportunities and implementation challenges, what counties can do to prepare, CA implementation efforts, and how counties can engage.

Family First Prevention Services Act

Web page from the National Conference of State Legislatures

FFPSA Aftercare Guidance Documents


ACL 21-116 (September 30, 2021)

FFPSA Part IV Aftercare RequirementsAll County Letter No. 21-114 (September 30,2021)Court Review and Case Plan Requirements for Placements In Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs Under California's Implementation Of The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Via Assembly Bill 153, Chapter 86, Statutes Of 2021.

All County Letter No. 21-113 (September 30, 2021)

Assessments by A Qualified Individual (QI) for Placements In Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs (STRTPs) under the Requirements of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) and Assembly Bill (AB) 153 (CHAPTER 86, STATUTES OF 2021)

Education

English Learner Program

California Department of Education program web page.

Migrant Student Program

California Department of Education program web page.

Title III Information

Federal funds for language instruction for English learner and immigrant students.

Child Development Program

California Department of Education program web page.

21st Century Community Learning Centers

Federal grant funds to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities that focus on: Improved academic achievement; Enrichment services that reinforce and complement the academic program, and; Family literacy and related educational development services

After School Education & Safety Program

Provides funds to schools and districts that to provide safe and educationally enriching alternatives for children and youths during non-school hours.

Special Education

Information and resources to serve the unique needs of persons with disabilities so that each person will meet or exceed high standards of achievement in academic and nonacademic skills.

Family Involvement & Partnerships

Resources and support for parents, guardians, and families of children with disabilities.

Secondary Transition Planning

Resources and guidelines to assist youth with disabilities as they transition from school to adult life, including education and training, employment and independent living.

Services and Resources for Students with Disabilities

Programs and services available to students with disabilities, publications, training and technical assistance opportunities, and recruitment resources and materials.

Special Education Director's Official Letters

From the state Director of Special Education providing program clarification on procedural and/or implementation issues.

Special Education Announcements and Current Issues

Announcements and Current Issues - Current and upcoming events, time-sensitive issues, and hot topics. Including but not limited to Surrogate Parents, COVID - 19, Restraint and Seclusion, Dyslexia, Behavioral Intervention Plans, and Transition of Special Education and Related Services Previously Provided by County Mental Health Agencies (AB 114).

Nutrition Services Programs

California Department of Education program web page.

State Special Schools

Provides administrative oversight and support to three State Special Schools and three Diagnostic Centers in California

Career Technical Education Program

A program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.

Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (ROCP)

Career and workforce preparation for high school students and adults, preparation for advanced training, and the upgrading of existing skills.

California Partnership Academies

Grant program that uses three-year program (grades ten-twelve) structured as a school-within-a-school. Academies incorporate integrated academic and career technical education, business partnerships, mentoring, and internships.

Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP)

Grant funds may be used for programs that provide students with advanced learning opportunities in a variety of subjects. Although these programs retain a core course work element within the approved curriculum, they may specialize in such areas as English-language arts, mathematics, science, history and social science, foreign language, and the visual performing arts.

High School Programs

Supports local educational agencies, grades nine through twelve, to improve student achievement and transition to postsecondary education and careers. Provides information on graduation requirements, Career and College Readiness, Career Technical Education, Programs for Special Populations (i.e. AVID, Advanced Placement, GATE), and Current Resources for Educators (service learning and class size reduction).

Alternative Schools and Programs of Choice

Provides different means of attaining the objectives of regular education and meeting students' needs; voluntary for districts, teachers, students, and their parents.

Community Day Schools

Serve high-risk youths, including those referred by expulsion, probation, or a School Attendance Review Board; provide challenging academic curriculum; and develop pro-social skills and resiliency.

Continuation Education

Serves students sixteen years of age and older who have not graduated from high school, are at risk of not graduating, and are not exempt from compulsory school attendance.

County Community Schools

Serves students who are referred by a parent or a School Attendance Review Board, paroled, on probation, expelled, homeless, or not attending school.

Countywide Plans for Expelled Students

County superintendents, and superintendents of the districts within the county, develop countywide plans for providing educational services to all expelled pupils.

Diploma Plus High Schools

Serves students fifteen years of age and older who have not reached their potential in a traditional secondary school setting and are at risk of not graduating from high school.

District of Choice Program

Information on the District of Choice program, which allows local educational agencies (LEAs) to accept student transfers under the "District of Choice" provisions.

Home and Hospital Instruction

School districts provide home and hospital instruction to maintain instructional continuity during a student's temporary disability.

Independent Study Program

A voluntary alternative instructional strategy for providing regular education; available from kindergarten through adult education.

Juvenile Court Schools

Serve students under the protection or authority of the juvenile court system and incarcerated in juvenile halls, homes, ranches, camps, day centers, or regional youth facilities.

Magnet Program and Schools

Programs or schools offered through school districts to meet students' choice and enrollment needs.

Truancy

Information and resources that define truancy and truancy penalties and other related information.

Improving Academic Achievement

Includes Title I, Part A federal funds help to meet the educational needs of students in California schools; and Title 1, Part D federal funds for supporting the operation of local educational agency programs that collaborate with locally operated correctional facilities

School Improvement-CSI

Comprehensive Support and Improvement

School Improvement-TSI

Targeted/Additional Support and Improvement

Prevention and Intervention

Title I, Part D- Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who are Neglected, and Delinquent, or At-Risk

Local Agency Systems Support Office

Responsible for supporting districts in understanding the program planning and accountability requirements of the Local Control Funding Formula, including the development and implementation of Local Control and Accountability Plan as articulated in statute and regulations.

Parent and Family Resources

Information for parents and family members about becoming involved in the education of their children.

Family Engagement

Title I Part A Family Engagement - Information related to implementation of programs, activities, and procedures for the engagement of parents and family members of Title I students.


Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program

California Department of Education program web page.


Foster Youth in California Schools

Information, resources, and educational outcomes for foster youth students.


Homeless Education Program

California Department of Education program web page.


American Indian Program

Program information for local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, and other entities about meeting the unique academic, cultural, and linguistic needs of American Indian students.


California System of Support

California's system of support is one of the central components of California’s accountability and continuous improvement system. Part of the state's accountability system. Provides information on Lead Agencies, Multi-Tiered System of Support, Early Literacy Support Grant, Special Education Resource Leads, Community Engagement Initiative, Educator Workforce Investment Grant, and Statewide System of Support.


Distance Learning

Guidance and resources for schools and families


Dyslexia Information

General information on dyslexia and related California Department of Education (CDE) programs, projects, and resources.


Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Materials

Information on all subject areas taught at public schools.


Drivers Education

Resources and laws for driver education provided by public schools.


Health Services and School Nursing

Information and resources concerning meeting students' health-related needs at school.


Mental Health and Schools

Provides strategies, resources, and training in psychological and mental health issues, including coping with tragedy, crisis intervention and prevention, school psychology and suicide prevention.


Multi-Tiered System of Supports

A framework that aligns Response to Instruction and Intervention with the California State standards and the systems necessary to ensure academic, behavior, and social success.


Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)

Also includes STEAM which is Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Approaches for integrated instruction.


Coordinated School Health and Safety Office

California Department of Education program web page.


Workability Program

The program is funded and administered by the CDE. The WAI program provides comprehensive pre-employment skills training, employment placement and follow-up for high school students in special education who are making the transition from school to work, independent living, and postsecondary education or training. Program services are appropriate to individual student needs, abilities, and interests

California Community Schools Partnership Program (CCSPP)

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about California Community Schools Partnership Program

California Community Schools Partnership (CCSPP) Proposed Application Process and Administration Plan

Source: Item 17 on the SBE Agenda for November 2021

School of Origin Transportation for Youth in Foster Care

Strategies and tips from the CA Foster Youth Education Task Force November 2021

Mental Health

California Student Mental Health Implementation Guide

Supports local education agencies (LEAs) and county behavioral health departments (BHDs) as they seek to partner to deliver comprehensive, high-quality school mental health services. Guide includes helpful information, and a library of helpful resources.

STRTP Policy and Practice Recommendations: Recommendations to Improve a Critical Component of Care for Foster Youth

Provides to improve youth outcomes by identifying barriers to effective service delivery best practice and making policy and practice recommendations that address these challenges.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP) and Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) Demonstration Opportunity Technical Assistance Questions and Answers September 20, 2019

Clarifies existing CMS policy regarding Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMDs) and its potential for impact on Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTPs) defined in title IV-E of the Social Security Act (the Act) as amended by Division E, Title VII Family First Prevention Services Act of the Balanced Budget Act of 2018 (BBA of 2018, Pub. L. 1115-123. CMS explains how states can provide Medicaid services to Medicaid-eligible children residing in these facilities.

Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission

Commission web page hosts resources that are applicable to the provision of mental health services.

Medi-Cal Specialty Mental Health Services

Department of Health Care Services program web page.

​Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment Services

Department of Health Care Services program web page.

Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup

Workgroup to assess the current mental health needs of California students and gather evidence to support policy recommendations.

California School Based Health Alliance

Resources and policy briefs for providing physical and mental health services through school-based health centers and clinics.

LivingWorks Start Online Suicide Prevention Training

Online Suicide Prevention Training for middle and high school, staff, and students. Participants will learn to recognize when a young person might be experiencing emotional distress or having thoughts of suicide, and teaches them how to connect them to professional help.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training (Click on the "Training" tab)

YMHFA is a research-based curriculum created upon the medical first aid model. It is designed to provide parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, neighbors, and other caring adults with skills to help a school-age child or youth who may be experiencing emotional distress, the onset of a mental illness, addiction challenge or who may be in crisis

Help for Students in Crisis

Resources for addressing mental health and wellness while school sites are closed.

Project Cal-STOP

Project Cal-STOP is a violence prevention and mental health training program for students and staff in California schools.

Redirecting Grief to Growth: A Trusted Space

This PBS Learning Media film and curriculum offer tools to mitigate the effects of grief, trauma, anxiety, and other emotional stressors affecting both students and teachers.

Connecting Students with the Right Forms of Mental Health Assistance (November 2021)

The Center for MH in Schools & Student/Learning Supports report about processes for connecting students with the right assistance (i.e., identifying and clarifying need, triage, consultation, referral, and monitoring/managing care).

School Mental Health 101: A Primer for Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans

National Center for Youth Law report to help facilitate conversations between MCPs, schools, and other partners in implementing the MCP incentive program component of the Children & Youth Behavioral Health Initiative and reaching school-age youth at scale to address the growing mental health crisis

Physical Health

​Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment Services

Department of Health Care Services program webpage

Medi-Cal Managed Care

Department of Health Care Services program webpage

California School Based Health Alliance

Resources and policy briefs for providing physical and mental health services through school based health centers and clinics


Probation

Dual-Status Youth Data Standards (AB 1911): 2017 Report to the Legislature

In response to a report by the California State Auditor, the Legislature directed the Judicial Council of California, through Assembly Bill 1911 (Eggman; Stats. 2016, ch. 637), to develop, report, and provide recommendations to facilitate and enhance comprehensive data and outcomes tracking for the state’s youth involved in both the child welfare system and thejuvenile justice system.

Regional Center

Regional Centers

DDS oversees the coordination and delivery of services for Californians with developmental disabilities through a statewide network of 21 community-based, non-profit agencies known as regional centers. Regional centers provide assessments, determine eligibility for services, and offer case management services. Regional centers also develop, purchase, and coordinate the services in each person’s Individual Program Plan.

Early Start Neighborhood

A virtual community for Early Start professionals and partners seeking training, technical assistance and resources on early intervention Part C requirements, implementation, and evidence-based practices.

Life Course Framework

The Charting the Life Course framework was created to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live. The framework is the keystone for supporting a community of learning that champions transformational change through knowledge exchange, capacity building, and collaborative engagement.

Substance Abuse Disorder Services

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services

Department of Health Care Services program web page.

System of Care Research


Keeping Youth Close to Home: Building a Comprehensive Continuum of Care for California’s Foster Youth

California’s Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) (AB-403) of 2015, and Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) of 2018, demonstrate that there are still gaps in the services available to young people in the foster care and juvenile justice system(s). Understanding and addressing the needs of children and youth in these systems requires examining trend data, mapping services gaps, and identifying opportunities for action. Continuum gaps and opportunities for reform are discussed; trend data and recommendations are included.

Realizing One Integrated System of Care for Children

Policy brief identifies the steps necessary to realize an integrated system of care, reviews two current approaches, and makes recommendations—including specifying policy reforms that would promote interagency collaboration, integration, service delivery, and improved outcomes for California’s children, both with and without disabilities.

California Social Work Education Center

Nation's largest statewide coalition of social work educators and practitioners

Systems of Care

Child Welfare Information Gateway brief providing resources

Resource Center for Family-Focused Practice

Web page that provides research, custom and standardized training, technical support, symposia and support services with the goal of integrating practice approaches to improve outcomes for children and families.

Effective Strategies for Expanding the System of Care Approach

Outlines strategies for expanding and sustaining Children's Systems of Care.

A Framework for System Reform

Contains strategies for improving the system of care and its effectiveness.

Return on Investment in Systems of Care

Outlines the financial benefits to all partners and agencies when System of Care is effectively designed and delivered.

Ideas at the Institute Learning Hub

Free System of Care online training from the University of Maryland School of Social Work Institute for Innovation and Implementation

Tribes

CDE American Indian Program

Program information for local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, and other entities about meeting the unique academic, cultural, and linguistic needs of American Indian students.

Office of Tribal Affairs

The Office of Tribal Affairs (OTA) has the primary responsibility of building better government-to-government relationships with the CDSS and California Indian Tribes (Tribes), Counties and Tribal Governments, as well as working with Native American stakeholders.