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Handbook 1: How To...
19-6 How to Refer a Child to RISC (Resource and Intensive Services Committee)
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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: 3/18/14
 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), and Mental Health Department (MHD).

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

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About the RISC Meeting  

RISC meets each Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m.-12:00p.m. to review referrals for services.  Social workers may attend the RISC meeting to better inform the committee about the child's or youth's needs of specific services.  Ssocial worker attendance is not required as the DFCS RISC Coordinator will represent the social worker at the meeting.

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What Services Need To Be Accessed Through a RISC Referral  

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

  • Residential Care Level 13/14 Group Home Placement
  • Wraparound Services (Levels 10/11 or 13/14)
  • Placement at St.Vincent's Level 12 Group Home Placement 
  • Intensive Targeted Wraparound Services (ITWS)
  • Out-of-State Community Care Facility Placement
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TDM Requirement   Prior to referring a child to RISC, social workers are encouraged to have a Team Decision Making meeting to discuss placement options for the child or youth.   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 or youth, 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 to request CCF orders. 

The recommendation in the Dispositional orders should include authorization for a CCF placement.  A child or youth may be placed in a group home or community care facility on an 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- Residential (SCZ 63-Residential) and provide the appropriate attachments,for:
    • Level 13/14 Group Home Placements
    • Level 12 Placement - for St. Vincent's only
      • Placement in all other Level 12 facilities do not require a RISC referral.
  • Completes SCC RISC Referral- Wraparound (SCZ63-WRAP), no attachments are required.  Providers will request the necessary information from Social Workers upon receiving the WRAP referral for:
    • Intensive Targeted Wraparound Services (ITWS)
    • Wraparound
  • Submits the referral to the DFCS RISC Coordinator:
    • Family and Permanency Bureau

    373 W. Julian St., First floor

    Tel: 408-501-6813

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Emergency RISC Referrals  
Step
Action
Who
1.

Consults with the DFCS RISC Coordinator.

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-Residential) 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.

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

DFCS RISC Coordinator
5.

•  Discuss the case.


•  Signs off on the referral, if appropriate.

RISC Committee Members
6.

•  Contacts the provider agency to whom the referral was assigned.

•  Sends the packet to the provider agency.

DFCS RISC Coordinator
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RISC Referral Meeting Results  

The DFCS RISC Coordinator will notify the social worker by email of the outcome of the RISC referral. 

If assigned, the social social worker is given the following information who will be providing services to the child or youth:

  • The name and phone number of the agency and staff contact.

The assigned provider will make contact with the social worker.

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Contact  

Cyntha Elkins, SWC II

DFCS RISC Coordinator

Tel: 408-501-6813

Cynthia.Elkins@ssa.sccgov.org

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