Katie A. Agreement
Child Welfare and Mental Health working
together will provide:
 Intensive
home and community based
mental health services to children who:
 Have an open Child Welfare case including
AB12 and Voluntary,
 Have a mental illness or condition that has
been documented or who need
individualized mental health services in
the home or in a home like setting
Katie A. Intended Outcomes:
• Improved
coordination of
resources and
• Promote greater
uniformity in
statewide services
Objectives of the Agreement
Facilitate an array of services
2. Support development and delivery of services
3. Support an effective and sustainable solution to
achieve quality based oversight
4. Address the needs of the Katie A. Subclass with more
intensive services
Strengthening Child Welfare and
Mental Health Partnerships
 Continued focus of working together to:
 Track progress
 Coordinate staff training
 Creating/implementing new training tools and policy
 Organization and facilitation of the Child & Family
Team (CFT) meetings
 Mental Health Screening/Assessment
Core Practice Model (CPM)
 Goals
 Permanency for the child/youth
 Utilization of Evidence Based Practices
 Transparency between Departments
 Accountability
 Active and involved community partnership
 A shared commitment
 The 5 Key Practice Components of the CPM
Service Planning and Implementation
Monitoring and Adapting
Who is the Katie A. Subclass?
 Children/Youth up to age 21 who are:
Medi-Cal eligible,
Meet medical necessity,
Have an open Child Welfare services case, and
Meet either of the following:
 Is currently in or being considered for Wraparound,
Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC), Therapeutic Behavioral
Services (TBS), Specialized Care Rate (SCR) due to behavioral
needs or crisis stabilization/interventions, or
 Is currently in or being considered for a group home,
psychiatric hospital, 24 hr Mental Health facility or
experienced 3 or more placements within 24 months due to
3 Specific Services for the Katie A. Subclass
1. ICC - Targeted Case Management (TCM) service that
facilitates assessment of, care, planning for and
coordination of services
 Ensures that medically necessary services are
accessed, coordinated and delivered
2. IHBS – Mental Health Rehabilitation Services are:
Individualized, strength-based interventions designed to
ameliorate mental health conditions
Aimed at improving the family’s ability to help the
child/youth successfully function in the home and
3. TFC (Therapeutic Foster Care)
starting January 2014
Mental Health Screening
 All children/youth with OPEN Child Welfare cases get
screened for mental health services
 New updated Mental Health Screening form
 Located in Shasta Templates
 If the child/youth doesn’t already have a clinician
assigned make sure to do the Mental Health Screening
when considering for:
 Hospitalization
 Group Home
 3 of more Placements due to Behaviors
Child & Family Team Meetings
 Meetings happen a minimum
of (1) every 90 days
 Involvement of both Social
Workers and Mental Health
 Family & Children are invited
 Meeting structure is similar to
HRT format
 Safety Organized Practice
For more Katie A. information you can visit:
 http://www.childsworld.ca.gov/PG1320.htm
 http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/Pages/KatieAImplementa
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