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May 2014Vol. 15, No. 5Cross-System Service Delivery Toolkit

In order to provide a framework for effective service delivery for public child welfare and mental health leaders and practitioners, the Core Practice Model was developed by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). The framework was developed to unite the two departments and facilitate teaming with families and providers in the provision of mental health services to children involved with child welfare.

To support the implementation of the Practice Model, CDSS and DHCS teamed with the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) to develop a Child Welfare/Mental Health Learning Collaborative Toolkit. The toolkit serves as an information hub and provides a compendium of resources designed to assist county administrators and staff implement integrated child welfare and mental health services for families and children participating in both systems.

The tools are organized in categories that each address a specific aspect of implementation, including tools for assessment and screening; communication; planning; policies and procedures; outcomes and evaluation; funding; and training, coaching, and transfer of learning. The toolkit also provides:

  • A page for counties to share resources
  • A calendar of events that support implementation of the practice model and a form to join the Learning Collaborative listserv
  • Contact information for available training and technical assistance
  • Information about technical assistance services offered by collaborating organizations

The Toolkit is maintained by CalSWEC, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley, and can be found on the CalSWEC website: