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  Regular-Health & Human Services   #   24.    
Board of Supervisors Child, Youth & Family  
Meeting Date: 01/26/2021  
Brief Title:    Child Welfare Services System Improvement Plan
From: Karen Larsen, Director, Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency
Staff Contact: Karleen Jakowski, Child, Youth & Family Branch Director, Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency

Receive update on the 2020-2025 System Improvement Plan for Child Welfare Services and Probation. (No general fund impact) (Larsen)
Recommended Action
Receive update on the 2020-2025 System Improvement Plan (SIP) for Child Welfare Services and Probation.
Strategic Plan Goal(s)
Thriving Residents
Safe Communities
Reason for Recommended Action/Background
The California Child and Family Services Review (C-CFSR) System was formed as a result of the passage of the Child Welfare System Improvement and Accountability Act (AB 636) in 2001 and modeled after the Federal CFSR. The C-CFSR was designed to improve outcomes for children in the child welfare system while holding county and state agencies accountable for the outcomes achieved. This statewide accountability system requires the completion of a County Self-Assessment (CSA), which includes a peer review, development of a five-year System Improvement Plan (SIP), submission of annual SIP Progress Reports, and quarterly monitoring of SIP strategies and effects on Child Welfare outcomes.

The local CSA process began in 2019 and included input from a variety of community partners, stakeholders and Child Welfare and Probation service recipients. The CSA provided Yolo County Child Welfare Services and Probation the opportunity to assess the local system during a very challenging and transformative time period for the Child Welfare and Probation Systems in the State of California with the implementation of Continuum of Care Reform. The CSA reflected the challenges and transformation that has occurred in Yolo County during the review period, particularly in regards to the delivery of Child Welfare Services. The final CSA was approved by the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in September 2020.

The resulting five-year System Improvement Plan (SIP) is being developed collaboratively by the C-CFSR Team, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and stakeholders, and it is a continuation of the work plan that was utilized in the development of the CSA. Details of the draft SIP will be shared during the presentation of this agenda item. The draft SIP:
  • Further defines the priority areas that the county designated for improvement in the CSA;
  • Outlines solutions to the needs, barriers and challenges in the plan; and
  • Identifies where resources should be concentrated.

The SIP has been in a review and revision process between the CDSS and Yolo County CWS and Probation since the first draft was submitted on November 24, 2020. The SIP was returned by the CDSS in December for revisions. Areas of the SIP that are currently being revised included greater specificity of action steps under each strategy area as well as Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) requirements related to specific CWS funding streams and programming. Once the SIP is approved by the CDSS, the final SIP will be brought back as an agenda item at a later date for Board approval.
Collaborations (including Board advisory groups and external partner agencies)

California Department of Social Services
Yolo County Child Welfare Subcommittee
Yolo County Probation Department

Fiscal Information
No Fiscal Impact
Fiscal Impact of this Expenditure
Total cost of recommended action
Amount budgeted for expenditure
Additional expenditure authority needed $0
On-going commitment (annual cost)
Source of Funds for this Expenditure
General Fund $0
Att. A. Presentation

Form Review
Inbox Reviewed By Date
Karen Larsen Karen Larsen 01/13/2021 08:52 AM
Form Started By: tdickinsonb Started On: 10/21/2020 08:33 PM
Final Approval Date: 01/13/2021
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