Statewide Leadership Convening Promotes Pathways to Mental Health Services

With support from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), CalSWEC recently hosted a second Statewide Leadership Team Convening to advance the implementation of Pathways to Mental Health Services

In response to the Settlement Agreement for the Katie A. v. Bonta lawsuit, Pathways to Mental Health Services are being constructed in California counties under a joint management structure that connects CDSS with the Department of Health Care Services to coordinate the provision of mental health services for children in the child welfare system.

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

The implementation plan for Pathways to Mental Health Services involves a learning collaborative for 18 California counties to afford peer-to-peer learning opportunities. The learning collaborative facilitates the sharing of information regarding successes and challenges related to the alignment of state and county infrastructure for the delivery of collaborative child welfare and mental health services. 

Highlights of August 2014 Convening

View the entire Agenda for the convening, including handouts.

While only counties in the learning collaborative participated in the first Statewide Leadership Team Convening in October 2013, the second convening in August 2014 was open to all California counties and attracted more than 200 representatives from all regions of the state.

CalSWEC coordinated statewide and regional training partners in order to plan content for the convening that would address pressing implementation and training needs as identified by county leadership. Accordingly, the following five “Leadership Tracks” were offered that are essential for realizing the Pathways to Mental Health Services practice model

  1. Policy for Intensive Care Coordination (ICC) and Intensive Home-Based Services (IHBS)
  2. Collaboration
  3. Teaming
  4. Screening and Assessment
  5. Strategic Planning

Interactive sessions for the Leadership Tracks were developed and facilitated by the Regional Training Academies, the Chadwick Center for Children and Families/Rady Children’s Hospital, the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (formerly the California Institute for Mental Health), CalSWEC, and Shared Vision Consultants

In addition:

Continuing Collaboration

As part of a large-scale collaboration, CalSWEC and its training partners for the Statewide Leadership Team are engaged in a wide variety of statewide, regional, and local projects that provide technical assistance, training, and curriculum products to support implementation of Pathways to Mental Health Services.

For questions about this article:

Phyllis Jeroslow,, Training and Curriculum Specialist