Rules of the Road

Finding your Way: The Map

Now that you have gotten started, you need to know the “Rules of the Road.” With any new initiative or legislative change, familiarizing yourself with the basic tenets of the reform will help you find your way.

What is discretionary? This toolkit ensures that you can address your operational needs, risk management, continuous improvement, and compliance. First, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with “CCR: A Report to the Legislature” and AB 403. Then, explore the web pages that the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has filled with background and history of CCR.

This site contains the following informative fact sheets:

CCR Implementation Roll-Out for County Child Welfare Services 

County Child Welfare CWDA Timeline

All County Letters

ACL 16-88: California's Pregnancy Prevention Plan for Youth and Non-Minor Dependents in Foster Care 

ACL 16-87:  Release of Revised California Manual of Policies and Procedures, Division 31 Regulations

ACL 16-85: Statewide Policies and Procedures to Prevent Child Sex Trafficking

ACL 16-84: Requirements and Guidelines for creating and providing a child and family team

ACL 16-82: Reproductive Health Care and Related Rights for Youth and Non-Minor Dependents in Foster Care

ACL 16-81: National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) Survey: Third Cohort 

ACL 16-79: New HBFC and STRTP rate structures and description of the first phase of implementation

ACL 16-75: Foster Youth Data Shared with California Department of Education

ACL 16-52: Foster Parent Recruitment, Retention and Support (FPRRS) funding Opportunity

ACL 16-10: Resource Family Approval Program

ACL 16-05: Nationally Recognized Accreditation agencies identified by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to be used for Accreditation by Foster Family Agencies and Short-Term Residential Treatment Centers (STRTCs)

All County Information Notices

ACIN I- 84-16: Child Welfare Services Continuous Quality Improvement Guidelines

ACIN I-77-16: Foster youth Data Shared Between Local Education Agencies and Child Welfare Agencies 

ACIN I-73-16: Documentation in the CWS/CMS for Parenting Minor and Non-Minor Dependents


ACIN 16-061: Clarification on MHP or Medi-cal is expected to provide to Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) SMHS to children and youth who meet SMHS medical necessity criteria. 

ACIN I-52-16: Therapeutic Foster Care Services and CCR

ACIN I-50-16: Continuum of Care Reform 

MHSUDS ACIN I-16-031E(Errata):  Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) Service Model and Continuum of Care Reform (CCR)

ACIN I-06-16: Pathways to Mental Health Services Implementation and Continuum of Care Reform Implementation Updates

County Fiscal Letters

CFL 16-17_41: Home Based Care Phase I Claiming Instructions 

CFL 16-17_22: Child and family team claiming instructions