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Out-of-Home Placement and Services
6-4  Service Referrals for Placement Stabilization
Out-of-Home Placement and Services
6-4 Service Referrals for Placement Stabilization
Reference Points
Overview
Family Focused Support Services (FFSS) Program Information
Family Focused Support Services (FFSS) Referral Process
When Placements are Located by the Receiving, Assessment and Intake Center or Placement Unit
Placement Services and Crisis Stabilization Response Team (PSCSRT) Program Information
Placement Services and Crisis Stabilization Response Team (PSCSRT) Referral Process
Other Reference


Reference Points
Effective Date: In Effect
Last Updated: 4/25/2014
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Overview  

One of the goals of the Department of Family and Children's Services (DFCS) to to ensure that every child in out-of-home care and their caregivers receive services to support their success in placement. 

Supportive services through Eastfield Ming Quong Families First (EMQFF) Family Focused Support Services (FFSS) are available to children and youth who enter out-of-home care or are in the process of returning home under Family Maintenance. 

Supportive services through EMQFF Placement Services and Crisis Stabilization Response Team (PSCSRT) are available to children and youth who enter out-of-home care. 


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Family Focused Support Services (FFSS) Program Information  

Family Focused Support Services (FFSS) provides stabilization services for children placed with Relatives, Non Related Extended Family Members (NREFM) or Foster Parent caregivers who need stabilization support at anytime to prevent a placement disruption.  FFSS can also support children and parents/guardians with the transition of returning home and receiving Family Maintenance services.   When capacity is reached, priority is given to relative or NREFM caregiver placements.  The service delivery team will utilize a child-focused family-centered practice model aimed at enhancing family strengths and resources in order to minimize risk, ensure safety, improve functioning, and assist in supporting families to care for their children.

Additional Program Information:

  • The FFSS program can serve up to a maximum of 30 families a month, with an annual capacity of 180.
  • The target average length of service is 60 days.
    • Social workers may request an extension of services through the placement social work supervisor. The request will be approved on a case by case basis and on the capacity of the  program at the time of the extension request. 
  • Target population includes children/youth and their families who are at risk of placement disruption or out-of-home placement.
  • For Emergency situations:
    • Immediate response and engagement is to occur within 1 hour upon receipt of the referral by EMQFF.
  • For all other referrals:
    • Contact will be made with the caregiver within 24 hours of the receipt of the referral by EMQFF. 

Program Criteria:

  • Children who need stabilization support at anytime throughout the placement to prevent placement disruption or are in the process of returning home under Family Reunification. 
  • Medi-Cal and Medical Necessity eligibility is not required.
  • The child or youth does not need a diagnosis to qualify for services. 

Services offered may include:

  • An assessment of the child’s/youth’s and caregiver’s needs
  • Development of a safety plan as a tool for caregivers to use when conflicts surface
  • Provision of case management services 
  • Identification of other services
  • Referrals for continuing services

 

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Family Focused Support Services (FFSS) Referral Process  

Department of Family and Children's Services Staff:

To make a referral for Family Focused Support Services (FFSS):

  • Complete the FFSS referral form. 
    • If the situation is an emergency please note "Emergency" next to the child's name and in the email to the placment unit social work supervisor.
  • Submit referal by email to the placement unit social work supervisor (PSWS)

 

Placement Unit social work supervisor (PSWS):

  • The PSWS will determine, if the child/youth meets the criteria for a referral to FFSS.
  • Upon determining eligibility, the PSWS will send the referral to the EMQFF FFSS Clinical Program Manager for case assignment.

 

EMQFF FFSS Staff:

  • For emergency situations:
    • EMQFF FFSS staff will make contact with the referred family within 1 hour from receiving the referral.
      • EMQFFSS staff will begin to work immediately with the famiy with intensive safety planning and crisis intervention.
  • If the referral is a non emergency, within 24 hours EMQFF FFSS staff will:
    • Partner with the family to facilitate the first Family Team Meeting.
      • The Family Team Meeting will include family members, relatives, DFCS social workers, foster parents and other natural supports such as clergy, friends, school coaches, and teachers.
    • Begin to work immediately with the famiy with intensive safety planning and crisis intervention to avoid removal from the parent/guardian. 
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When Placements are Located by the Receiving,

Assessment and Intake Center or Placement Unit

 

When a new placement or placement change occurs:

Task
Who
1.

Assess to see if the child, youth, or caregiver will need supportive services for the placement 

Receiving, Assessment and Intake Center

or

Placement Unit social worker

   2.
Completes referral for FFSS and emails to Placement Unit social work supervisor (PSWS)  

Receiving, Assessment and Intake Center

or

Placement Unit social worker

3.

PSWS reviews the referrals and if approved, send to EMQFF Clinical Program Manager

Placement Unit social work supervisor

4.
Responds to caregiver within one hour for emergency and no later than 24 hours for non emergency referrals

EMQFF Staff

5.
Contacts DFCS social worker to inform of contact for services
EMQFF Staff
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Placement Services and Crisis Stabilization Response Team (PSCSRT) Program Information  

The Placement Services and Crisis Stabilization Response Team (PSCSRT) program will collaborate with the Department of Family and Children's Services (DFCS) Placement Unit and the Receiving, Assessment and Intake Center (RAIC) to provide stabilization services to children, youth, and non-minor dependents at the RAIC or are at risk of entering the RAIC. 

Once the referral is made by DFCS Placement and RAIC staff, PSCSRT will work with DFCS social workers to stabilize the current placement and/or provide a short-term placement through a Therapeutic Foster Home by providing individual, intensive, brief therapeutic treatment, and crisis stabilization. 

The service provision begins with a family-centered, strength-based, needs-driven planning process through which the child, youth, or non-minor dependent and the caregiver’s service needs are identified.  Caregivers actively participate in identifying what their strengths and needs are and will be viewed as full partners throughout the entire process. Individualized services and supports are then developed and provided to meet each of the child, youth, non-minor dependent and caregiver’s identified needs.  As the needs of the child, youth, non-minor dependent, and caregiver change, the services must be reassessed to meet their needs.

The PSCSRT Program shall practice the “no-reject, no-eject” policy, making their therapeutic foster homes available for a maximum of sixty (60) days. During this time span, the PCSCRT Therapeutic Foster Parent shall work with the Team to identify interventions and stabilization methods that address the individual needs of the child, youth, or non-minor dependent.

Note: The child, youth or non-minor dependent does not need a diagnosis to qualify for services.

             

PSCSRT will work with Placement and RAIC staff to:

  1. Expedite the transition of difficult to place children, youth, and non-minor dependents out of the RAIC within 23 hours of admission into the RAIC center.  
  2. Stabilize children, youth, and non-minor dependents that are at risk of losing their current approved placement. 
  3. Work with the Placement Unit and RAIC supervisors, who determine eligibility and approve the referral. 

 

The Placement Services and Crisis Stabilization Response Team (PSCSRT):

  • Will respond within thirty (30) minutes of receiving the referral from Placment or RAIC staff. 
  • Has the capacity to serve 30 children, youth, or non-minor dependents continuously.
  • Has 10 Individual Therapeutic Foster Home Parent beds. The PSCSRT will identify a Therapeutic Foster Home in situations when placement is needed.
  • Will initiate the process for engaging the child, youth, non-minor dependent and caregiver and necessary supports and services while working to stabilize the child, youth, or non-minor dependent at their placement.  

 

Services provided by the Placement Services and Crisis Stabilization Response Team (PSCSRT) include:

  • A mental health assessment provided by PSCSRT. Subsequent referrals to services as needed will be provided by PSCSRT or by community-based service providers who are able to provide any specific services identified during the assessment. 
  • Ability to provide one-to-one 24/7 care, a maximum of 5 children per month.
  • Mobile Crisis Services 24/7.
  • Substance Abuse Treatment.
  • Psychiatric Services.
  • Family Therapeutic Services.
  • Trauma Focused Services.
  • Brief Individual Therapeutic Services.
  • Behavior Modification Services.

 

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 Placement Services and Crisis Stabilization Response Team (PSCSRT) Referral Process  

Referrals to the Placement Services and Crisis Stabilization Response Team are made by Placement Unit social workers and Receiving, Intake and Assessment Center social workers. If a Department of Family and Children's Services social worker would like to make a referral, contact the placement unit OD line at (408) 501-6868 for consultation. 

To make the PSCSRT referral :

  1. Assess if the child, youth, or non-minor dependent will need supportive services and/or utilization of a PSCSRT therapuetic foster home/bed. 
  2. Complete the Placement Stabilization and Crisis Response Team (PSCSRT) Referral and Consent for Treatment of Minor (attached to the referral) and email to:
    • RCST Intake email address and copy the Placement Unit Social Work Supervisor.

EMQFF PSCSRT Manager will:

  1. Assign the referral and staff who will respond to the child, youth, non-minor dependent and/or caregiver within 30 minutes of receiving the referral from placement or RAIC staff. 
  2. EMQFF PSCSRT staff will contact the assigned social worker and discuss the needed services within one hour or no later than 24 hours of receiving the referral. 
  3. Continue to work with the assigned social worker to stabilize the current placement and/or provide a short-term placement through a Therapeutic Foster Home by providing individual, intensive, brief therapeutic treatment, and crisis stabilization. 

 

When a new placement or placement change occurs:

 
Task
Who
1.
Assess if the child, youth, or non-minor dependent will need supportive services and/or utilization of a PSCSRT  therapuetic foster home/bed.

Receiving Assesment

and Intake Center

or

Placement Unit social worker  

2.

Completes the referral for PSCSRT and emails the referral to:

  • RCST Intake email address and copies the Placement Unit social work supervisor.

Receiving Assesment

and Intake Center

or

Placement Unit social worker   

3.
Respond to the child, youth, Non-minor dependent and/or caregiver within 30 minutes of receiving the referral.
EMQFF PSCSRT Staff
4.
Contacts the case carrying social worker to discuss the case and needed services within one hour or no later than 24 hours of reciept of the referral.

EMQFF PSCSRT Staff 

 

 

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Contacts  

Gilbert Murillo, Placement Unit Supervisor

Tel: 408-501-6842

Email: Gilbert.Murillo@ssa.sccgov.org

 

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Other References  
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Agency Announcement_ Procedures for Requesting Services from the Family Focused Services (FFSS)

PDF Agency Announcement Procedures_ for Requesting Services from the Placement Services and Crisis Stabilization Response Team
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