Child Welfare/Mental Health Learning Collaborative Convenes on August 6

Theme for Final Convening Is ‘Improving Well-Being through Collaborative Practice and Service Delivery’

“Improving Well-Being through Collaborative Practice and Service Delivery” is the theme of the third and final Statewide Leadership Convening of the Child Welfare/Mental Health Learning Collaborative. The convening will be held August 6 at the University of California, Davis Conference Center.

RELATED: See the detailed agenda for the August 6 convening

The event marks the conclusion of the 18-month Learning Collaborative period. Regional Training Academies and other statewide training partners will join with counties to share lessons learned regarding policy, operationalization, training, and practice issues. Discussion will also address future pathways towards full access to quality mental health services for all children and youth in California’s foster care system with behavioral health needs.

Each California county is invited to send four agency leaders who are instrumental to implementation of the Katie A. v. Bonta Settlement Agreement—two leaders from Child Welfare and two leaders from Behavioral/Mental Health.


The leadership convenings, beginning with the first in October 2013 and followed by the second in August 2014, have structured the work for the Learning Collaborative process. This process is intended to improve the provision of mental health services to children and youth in foster care by enhancing collaboration among child welfare and mental health agencies, families, and community partners.

The Pathways to Mental Health Services practice model requires collaboration between county-level child welfare and mental health workforces, including a full spectrum of management, supervisors, and direct practitioners.

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The Learning Collaborative process has assisted California in meeting the requirements of the Katie A. v. Bonta Settlement Agreement. Besides the leadership convenings, counties in the Learning Collaborative have also participated in regional activities hosted by the Regional Training Academies, the Chadwick Center for Children and Families, and a series of webinars sponsored by the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions that have enabled them to share and strategize together.

For more information:

Phyllis Jeroslow, pjero@berkeley.eduTraining and Curriculum Specialist