Supporting Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

The Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) is dedicated to meeting the range of intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health needs of youth in foster care. This website shares the resources and tools available to support effective care. CCR believes that by working together across systems and agencies we are better able to understand and meet the needs of communities, families and youth.

Meeting the needs of foster youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health and specialized needs requires interagency teamwork. To address the need for interagency work, the state is implementing System of Care in all counties and fostering enhanced connections for state agencies. That System of Care is built on the state’s Integrated Core Practice Model (ICPM). The ICPM contains practices, values and principles which, when used consistently by system partners and community providers, leads to better care and enhanced coordination of services.


Do you need support for an I/DD youth that is expressing distressed or challenging behaviors that may impact stability? 

Does the Child and Family Team (CFT) want to stabilize and preserve placement for the youth in a family-based setting or
Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP)?

Is a youth in your caseload in need of recommendations for
 psychiatric treatment or intervention?

If any of the above situations apply, the CDSS System of Care Branch is offering fully funded case consultations for youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) with the following clinical specialists:

  1. Dr. Haleigh Scott, a clinical psychologist in trauma-informed treatments and interventions, for those working with youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). 
  2. UC Davis Health TEAM Program, led by Dr. Murat Pakyurek, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the MIND Institute at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

As soon as you identify a need, help is available for counties/probation departments, STRTPs, TSCFs, resource families, and all other system partners.

Youth should meet the following criteria to qualify:

  1. Current and former foster youth, and youth at risk of entering the foster care system.
  2. Neurodevelopmental disorder or traumatic brain injury (TBI) with mild to severe trauma, mental illness or complex and impactful behaviors. In need of behavioral and/or psychiatric intervention.
  3. Youth ages 3 and above, including transitional aged youth.

To request support, contact the CDSS with subject line “Case Consultation Referral” at

See flyers for more information:
Dr. Scott flyer
UCD TEAM flyer
Case Consultations flyer


New Training Announcement!
Addressing the Needs of Foster Youth with I/DD Statewide Provider Trainings

The CDSS, in partnership with the Catalyst Center, invite you to participate in an interactive training series presented by Dr. Haleigh Scott to improve care for foster youth with IDD. In June 2022, three individual trainings will focus on 1) STRTP and FFA  administrator and management staff; 2) anyone providing direct care for youth with IDD; and 3) clinicians and mental health professionals.  For more information see the CDSS letter announcing the training and see the flyer to register here.

Training dates are:
June 7, 8, 10
And the same trainings are offered again:
June 21, 22, 24

Kickoff Webinar Hosted by CDSS with Dr. Haleigh Scott.

Watch Kickoff Recordings Here



As a resource to state, county, and local staff, the system profiles below provide an overview of the services offered by our various systems that all serve children and youth with I/DD.

This is the compendium of resources available to children and youth served by our various systems. The system profile links below outline how eligibility is determined, what the denial appeal processes entail, how the system interacts with other systems or programs, how information is shared, and how referrals are made.

System Profile Links:


CDSS is not responsible for the content of any outside sites through any external links provided and such links are not an endorsement of the external site as to its quality, accuracy or completeness in any other way.