Child Welfare/Mental Health Learning Collaborative Leadership to Convene August 21

The Second Statewide Convening of the Leadership for the Child Welfare/Mental Health Learning Collaborative, “Advancing Implementatlon for Pathways to Well-Being: Integration and Sharing to Improve Outcomes,” will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on August 21 at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento. The first convening was held last year on October 28.

Registration is open to county leadership and statewide partners essential to the successful implementation of the Katie A. v. Bonta Settlement Agreement. The convening invites leadership from all California counties, irrespective of official designation as a Learning Collaborative county. Due to space limitations, county leadership should include no more than two representatives from child welfare and two representatives from nental health.

Use the Child Welfare/Mental Health Collaborative (Katie A.) Toolkit

Dr. Joan PennellThe convening features keynote speaker Dr. Joan Pennell (pictured at right), professor of Social Work and director of the Center for Family & Community Engagement at North Carolina State University. The center emphasizes family and youth leadership in decision making and cross-system partnerships and provides training on child and family teams and family group conferencing.

Breakout Tracks
The day’s agenda includes five breakout tracks, with each being offered in the morning and repeated in the afternoon to allow attendees to participate in two breakout tracks.

Track 1—Policy, with an emphasis on billing for Intensive Care Coordination and Intensive Home Based Services

Track 2—Collaboration, a look at overcoming barriers through peer learning that addresses leadership, supervisory, and line worker/practitioner levels

Track 3—Teaming, a discussion initiated by youth and parent partners to guide counties to create and sustain systems that support effective teaming

Track 4—Screening and Assessment, a presentation by Chadwick Center / Rady Children’s Hospital regarding a pilot study with Tulare County, followed by an in-depth discussion of screening and assessment within the two contexts of child welfare and mental health practice

Track 5—Being Strategic and Collaborative in Planning and Implementation, a discussion about assessing collective resources, creating joint infrastructure, and implementing a system for collaborative decision-making.

For more information

Phyllis Jeroslow, Training and Curriculum Specialist,