Pathways to Well-Being
Katie A. v. Bonta
Katie A v. Bonta refers to a class action lawsuit filed in federal district court in 2002 concerning the availability of intensive mental health services to children in California who are either in foster care or at imminent risk of coming into care.A settlement agreement approved by the court in 2011 required State child welfare and mental health leaders to work together to establish a sustainable framework for the provision of an array of services that occur in community settings and in a coordinated manner.And while the court’s jurisdiction in the case ended in December 2014, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) remain committed to strengthening California’s child welfare and mental health systems with objectives that include:
- Facilitating the provision of an array of services delivered in a coordinated, comprehensive, community-based fashion that combines service access, planning, delivery, and transition into a coherent and all-inclusive approach, which is referred to as the Core Practice Model (CPM).
- These more intensive services are referred to as Intensive Care Coordination (ICC), Intensive Home Based Services (IHBS), and Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC).
- Clarifying and providing guidance on state and federal laws and policies as needed so that counties and providers can understand and consistently apply them.
If you have any comments or questions, please send them via e-mail to: CWSCoordination@dss.ca.gov.
Pathways to Well-Being – Core Practice Model Guide
Pathways to Mental Health Services - Core Practice Model Guide.
The guide identifies specific required components that support the standards and expectations for practice behaviors by child welfare and mental health staff. It is intended to facilitate a common strategic and practical framework that integrates the planning, delivery, coordination, and management of services among all those involved in working with children involved in multiple service systems.
Medi-Cal Manual, Third Edition (January 2018)
The Medi-Cal Manual for Intensive Care Coordination (ICC), Intensive Home-Based Services (IHBS), and Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) for Medi-Cal Beneficiaries (Third Edition) provides Mental Health Plans, Medi-Cal providers, children and youth, families, county representatives, and other stakeholders with information regarding ICC, IHBS, and specialty mental health services activities provided through TFC.
CDSS and DHCS are working together as partners to ensure that the mental health needs of children involved with the child welfare system are met in a timely and effective manner. The two departments are leading efforts to develop services such as Therapeutic Foster Care and to implement initiatives such as the Continuum of Care Reform, ensuring that the goals of child welfare and mental health align with what is best for children and families. This shared approach to working with children and families is also reflected in the materials provided below:
Pathways to Mental Health Community Team Announcement (March 25, 2015)
A Community Team has been established to provide input and guidance regarding policies and practices related to implementation of the Core Practice Model, service delivery, accountability, data collection, and practices related to the coordination of care between child welfare and mental health.
Shared Management Announcement (February 2015)
The joint response of CDSS and DHCS to recommendations made by the Katie A Joint Management Task Force and Core Practice Model Fiscal Task Force.
Child Welfare/Mental Health Data (September 25, 2015)
In September 2015, CDSS and DHCS presented information to the Community Team regarding children involved with the child welfare system who also received mental health services.
Technical Assistance for Counties and Service Providers
The links below open resources on the DHCS web site.
FAQs - February 26, 2015
FAQs - August 14, 2014
FAQs - August 13, 2013
Service Comparison Tables for ICC and IHBS
Technical Questions and Answers Log
County Child Welfare/Mental Health Implementation Toolkit
Index of Child and Adolescent Trauma Screening Tools