Pathways to Well-Being

The Katie A. class action suit was filed in 2002 against the County of Los Angeles and the State of California, alleging violations of multiple federal laws. The suit sought to improve the provision of mental health and supportive services for children and youth in, or at imminent risk of placement in, foster care in California. The State of California settled its portion of the lawsuit in December 2011 and in March 2013 issued the Core Practice Model (CPM) Guide.

In San Diego County Behavioral Health Services, Child Welfare Services, Probation, and family and youth partners have worked collaboratively to develop a shared vision to meet the Katie A. settlement requirements. Local delivery of Pathways to Well-Being services began in August 2013 in an effort to ensure that the mental health needs of the youth involved in Child Welfare Services are met with the goals of safety, permanency, and well-being.

In May 2018, the CPM was revised and renamed the Integrated Core Practice Manual (ICPM). The ICPM provides practical guidance and direction to support county child welfare, juvenile probation, behavioral health and partners in the delivery of timely, effective, and collaborative services.

Continuum of Care Reform

Continuum of Care Reform (CCR)/AB 403, initiated across California on January 1, 2017, is a fundamental change in the state’s delivery of services in Child Welfare and Probation. The principles of CCR are built around the right of all children to permanency in a family environment, access to a Child and Family Team (CFT) that includes collaborative service providers and natural supports with the youth’s voice at the center, availability to trauma-informed, culturally relevant, and individualized mental health services regardless of placement, and an increase in support and training for resource families and caregivers. The fundamental principles of CCR mirror the values and principles outlined in the ICPM.

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