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Presumptive Transfer


Presumptive Transfer is the prompt transfer of the responsibility for providing and paying for specialty mental health services for children and youth in foster care who are placed outside of the county in which they came into care.


Every child, youth, and non-minor dependent in foster care has a Child and Family Team (CFT) that is invested in the child or youth and family’s success. Decisions about placement, case and treatment plans, and presumptive transfer of mental health services are discussed with CFT. The CFT collectively develops a plan and makes decisions that meet the individual strengths and needs of the child and youth.


The goal of presumptive transfer is to provide children and youth in foster care with timely access to SMHS, consistent with their individual strengths and needs.