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Handbook 1: How To...
19-6 How to Refer a Child to RISC (Resource and Intensive Services Committee)

 

How To...
19-6  How to Refer a Child to RISC (Resource and Intensive Services Committee)
Reference Points
Overview
About the RISC Meeting
What Services Can Be Accessed Through a RISC Referral
TDM Requirement
CCF Court Order Requirement
RISC Referral Procedures
Emergency RISC Referrals
RISC Referral Meeting Results
Contact
Other References


Reference Points
Effective Date: 12/19/2012
Last Updated: 12/19/2012
 Non CWS/CMS Forms:
MS Word
MS Word RISC Referral -WRAPAROUND (SCZ63-WRAP)
MS Word Intensive Treatment Foster Care Services Rate Schedule (SCZ685)
MS Word Intensive Treatment Foster Care Services Referral (SCZ688)


Overview  

The Resources and Intensive Services Committee (RISC) is an interagency decision-making committee with representatives from the Department of Family and Children's Services (DFCS) Juvenile Probation Department (JPD), Mental Health Department (MHD), the County Office of Education (COE) and providers from level 13/14 programs within Santa Clara County

 

RISC was developed in 1999 to streamline the process of referring children and families to intensive residential and in-home treatment programs. These referrals typically involve children who have DSM-IV diagnoses and/or multiple placement failures.

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About the RISC Meeting  

RISC meets each Thursday morning from 9a.m.-12p.m. to review and authorize referrals for services.  Social workers may attend the RISC meeting in order to better inform the committee and direct the proper selection of services.  However, social worker attendance is not required.  The DFCS RISC Coordinator will represent the social worker at the meeting, at the social worker's request.

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What Services Can Be Accessed Through a RISC Referral  

Social workers may request the following services through a RISC referral:

  • Residential Care Living Level 13/14 Group Home Placements
  • Wraparound Services (Levels 10 through 14)
  • Level 12 Placement - for Sunny Hills only
  • Matrix (through Eastfield Ming Quong)
  • Out-of-County "Patched" Group Home Placements
  • Starlight [referral only from Community Care Facility (CCF) Units]
  • Out-of-State Community Care Facility Placement
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TDM Requirement   Prior to referring a child to RISC, the social worker must hold a Team Decision Making meeting to discuss placement planning options for the child.  The DFCS RISC Coordinator may be consulted for information on possible attendance at the TDM by a RISC member.
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CCF Court Order Requirement  

A court order for a CCF placement is not required to initiate a referral to RISC.  If there are no CCF placement orders for the child, while the RISC referral is being processed, a 300 or 387 Jurisdictional/Dispositional Hearing must be scheduled via the filing of a 300 or 387 Supplemental Petition.  The recommendation in the Dispositional orders should include authorization for CCF placement.  A child may be placed in a group home or community care facility on a temporary, emergency basis, until the 300 or 387 Dispositional orders are made by the Court. 

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RISC Referral Procedures  

To make a RISC referral, the social worker:

  • Completes the SCC RISC Referral (SCZ 63) and provide the appropriate attachments,for:
    • Level 13/14 Group Home Placements
    • Level 12 Placement - for Sunny Hills only
      • Placement in all other Level 12 facilities do not required a RISC referral.
  • Completes SCC RISC Referral Wraparound (SCZ63-WRAP), no attachments required.  Providers will request the necessary information from Social Workers upon receiving the WRAP referral for:
    • Matrix
    • Wraparound
  • Submits the referral to the DFCS RISC Coordinator, Mary Bianchi
    • Placement Bureau

    373 W. Julian St., 5th floor

    Tel: 408-501-6842

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Emergency RISC Referrals  

 

Step
Action
Who
1.

Consults with the DFCS RISC Coordinator WOOC, Mary Bianchi (408) 501-6842.

Child's

Social Worker

2. Determines if the referral meets the criteria for emergency services. DFCS RISC Coordinator
3. Completes a RISC Referral Form (SCZ63) and attaches all pertinent documentation, if the referral is approved on an emergency basis. Child’s
Social Worker
4. •  Contacts the two other RISC committee members from Juvenile Probation and Mental Health Departments.

•  Faxes the RISC Referral Form to each of the other RISC committee members.

DFCS RISC Coordinator
5.

•  Discuss the case.


•  Sign and approve the referral, if appropriate.

RISC Committee Members
6.

•  Contacts the provider agency to whom the referral will be given.

•  Sends the packet to the provider agency.

DFCS RISC Coordinator
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RISC Referral Meeting Results   The social worker is notified by email by the DFCS RISC Coordinator of the outcome of the RISC meeting regarding the child referred by the social worker.  Additionally, the RISC Coordinator sends a copy of the RISC referral with the Committee's comments for approval or non-approval to the social worker for review and filing in the case.  If approved, the social worker is given the name of the agency which will be providing services to the child, along with a contact name and phone number at the agency.
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Contact  

Mary Bianchi, SWC II

DFCS RISC Coordinator

Tel: 408-501-6842

schlimm@ssa.co.santa-clara.ca.us

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Other References  
bullet2 OPP Chapter 13-8: Team Decision Making
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