DFCS Online Policies & Procedures

  DFCS Online Policies & Procedures

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Handbook 6: Out-of-Home Placement and Services
6-3.1  House on the HIll
Out-of-Home Placement and Services
6-3.1  House on the Hill
Reference Points
Overview
Eligibility Criteria
Fee
DFCS Policy for House on the Hill Referrals
Referral Procedures
CalWORKs Referrals
Other References


Reference Points
Effective Date: 9/13/07
Last Updated: 4/24/12
 Non CWS/CMS Forms:
MS Word House on the Hill Referral (SCZ211)
MS Word Authorization for Release of Confidential Client Information-DFCS-HOH (SCZ 211A)
MS Word Authorization for Release of Confidential Client Information—Clients Residence-HOH (SCZ211B)


Overview  

Since 2005, the Department of Family and Children's Services (DFCS) and the Department of Alcohol and Drug Services (DADS) have continued an interagency agreement to provide intensive residential substance abuse treatment to women with young children at ARH Recovery Homes, Inc., House on the Hill.

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Eligibility Criteria  

All mothers who meet the following criteria are eligible for a referral to House on the Hill.

  • Are 18-years-old or older.
  • Would benefit from intensive residential substance abuse treatment.
  • Have a child 5-years-old or younger.
  • Are receiving DFCS services under one of the following programs:
    • Emergency Response
    • Informal Supervision
    • Voluntary Family Maintenance
    • Court-ordered Family Maintenance
       

Generally, House on the HIll can accommodate one child per mother.  There is limited space (two rooms) for mother with two children.

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Fee   The family's ability to pay for some portion of HOH services is addressed with the client during the HOH intake process.  Families are asked to contribute financially based upon their ability to pay.
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DFCS Policy for HOH Referrals  

DFCS policy is to prioritize HOH services for families referred to or receiving Informal Supervision (IS) and Voluntary Family Maintenance (VFM) services.  Emergency Response, Dependent Intake, Informal Supervision or Voluntary Family Maintenance social workers may make a referral for these cases. 

Referrals to HOH may also be made for referrals in which the Dependent Intake social worker plans to recommend that the court order Family Maintenance services or by Continuing social workers for cases in which Family Maintenance services are already court-ordered,  when there is a risk of the child(ren) being removed from the care of the mother due to substance abuse. 

 

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Referral Procedures  

Social Worker

  • Identifies that:
    • Substance abuse by the mother has resulted in the child(ren)'s being taken into temporary custody or at risk of being taken into temporary custody, and
  •  
    • A residential substance abuse treatment is an activity on the:
      • IS or VFM Agreement
      • IS of VFM case plan
                 OR
    • The petition filed on a case in which court-ordered FM services will be recommended or on a case in which the court has already ordered FM services includes an allegation related to substance abuse by the mother.
     
  • Contacts House on the Hill, directly, ( 281-6570) to inquire if a vacancy is available for the parent and child(ren).

 

If.. Then the social worker..
A vacancy is available Continues with procedures outlined below.
A vacancy is not available Proceeds to work with the mother to set up appropriate services.

 

  • Completes the House of the Hill (HOH) Referral Form (SCZ 211).
  • Fills out both Authorization for Release of Information forms (SCZ211A and SCZ211B).
  • Has the mother sign both Authorization forms.
  • Has the immediate social work supervisor initial the SCZ211, approving the referral.
  • Attaches to the HOH Referral (SCZ211):
    • Both signed Authorization for Release of Information forms.
    • A copy of any applicable supportive document (Court Order, Petition or IS/VFM Agreement or case plan)
If.. Then social worker..

The family is accepted and authorized to be admitted into the HOH program

(see complete procedures below)

Expedites the family's move to the program.

The family is not accepted and authorized to be admitted into the HOH program

(see complete procedures below)

Considers actions and/or alternative service activities that will ensure the child(ren)'s safety.

 

Social Work Supervisor

  • Reviews the referral packet for completeness and appropriateness of the referral.
If the referral is.. Then the social work supervisor..
Complete and appropriate
  • Signs the SC 211.
  • Faxes the referral packet to HOH.
Incomplete Immediately notifies the social worker to correct the deficiency.




House on the Hill Staff

  • Contacts the mother to schedule an assessment appointment at HOH.
    • If a Department of Alcohol and Drug Services (DADS) dependency court assessor has already assessed the mother, HOH staff obtains a copy of that assessment and reviews and updates it with the mother.
  • Upon completion of the assessment, completes the assessment confirmation portion of the HOH Referral (SC211).
  • Faxes the SC 211 to the referring social worker's SSPM.

 

Social Services Program Manager (for the referring social worker)

If.. Then the SSPM..
The mother is accepted into the HOH program
  • Determines if DFCS authorizes admission.
  • If authorization is given, signs the SCZ 211 and sends a copy to HOH and the referring social worker.
The mother is not accepted into the HOH program Immediately notifies the referring social worker to consider actions and/or alternative service activities that will ensure the child(ren)'s safety.
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CalWORKs Referrals   Mothers referred to House on the Hill may also be eligible for CalWORKS cash aid or employment services (CWES).  If applicable, social workers follow procedures for a referral to CalWORKs per OPP Chapter 13-16: CalWORKs-DFCS Partnership.
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Other References  
bullet2 OPP Chapter 13-16: CalWORKs-DFCS Partnership
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