Continuum of Care Reform (CCR)
On October 11, 2015 Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation that comprehensively reforms placement and treatment options for youth in foster care. Assembly Bill 403,(Stone D-Monterey) sponsored by the California Department of Social Services, builds upon years of policy changes to improve outcomes for youth in foster care.
This effort known as the 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.
CCR Overview of the Level of Care (LOC) Rate Protocol
The LOC Rate Protocol was developed for use by county child welfare and probation staff as a strengths-based approach to identifying the individual needs of foster children and matching those needs to a Home-Based Family Care (HBFC) rate (Board and Care Rate), including if applicable, an Intensive Services Foster Care (ISFC) rate, to support their placement in a family setting. The protocol contains five domains (Physical, Behavioral/Emotional, Health, Educational and Permanency/Family Services Domain), separately scored, and designed to promote best practices in meeting the individual needs of children/youth in the foster care system.
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