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  1. Differential Response:Our Community ProgramSonoma County Human Services Department‘Empower, Support & Protect’Jo Weber, Director, Human Services Department Nick Honey, Director, Family Youth & Children’s Division

  2. Sonoma County Quick Facts • Child Population 2005: 109,966 • Referral rate: 32/1000 • Substantiated referrals: 952 • 1st entries: 156 • Petitions filed 2005: 160 • Petitions filed 2006: 248 • Petitions 2007 to date: 70 • In care May 2007: 579 • 178 in relative/NRFEM homes • 100 in group home care • 64.3% with siblings • Fastest growing child population: Hispanic at 31% in 2006 Child Welfare Statistics

  3. Differential Response Goals • Protect children from abuse/neglect due to family stress • Reduce subsequent CPS referrals for DR families • Engage families early • Provide neighborhood resources that are culturally responsive and accessible • Contract out ‘Path 1’ and ‘Path 2’ services so CPS can concentrate resources on ‘Path 3’ high risk families

  4. Funding Sources • First Five Commission (2004) • CWSOIP (2005/06, 2006/07) • Department Budget (2007/08) 2008/2009???

  5. Funding Sources • 2004-2006 $150,000 First Five (2 year grant) • 2005-2006 $132,217 CWSOIP • 2006-2007 $$191,672 CWSOIP/County • CWSOIP includes funding for purchased services (counseling, parent education, respite, etc.)

  6. 2004-2006 Community Action Partnership (central) West County Community Services Social Advocates for Youth (north) Sonoma County Adult & Youth Partnership (south) 2006-2007 Community Action Partnership (all Santa Rosa) Social Advocates for Youth Differential ResponseCommunity Partners

  7. 2004-2006 50 (4 sites) 2005-2006 50 (1 site) 2006-2007 120 (2 sites) CAP met/exceeded target Families Served

  8. Comprehensive Assessment Tool • Supplements social workers’ knowledge and experience • Excellent training tool for new social workers • Promotes consistency • Field for DR referral • Can be customized for county • Aligned with state objectives for Statewide Safety Assessment System

  9. In-house In-home visitation Parenting curricula Child development education School-related issues Purchased services Information & referral I & R Domestic violence Health/Mental Health Employment/job training Day care Substance abuse treatment Legal issues Differential Response Provider Services

  10. Referral Process • CPS referral-hotline, SCARS, MDT • Intake researches history • Meets criteria for ‘evaluate out’ • Screener narrative: potential for DR • DR Special Projects field/CMS • Route to ER supervisor of day • ER may make field visit/assessment only

  11. Referral Process • ER supervisor reviews • Signs off on DR referral • Enters in CMS under ‘Determine Response’ • Intake/ER contacts family within 2 business days • Family accepts/refuses • Intake/ER routes to manager • Administrative secretary faxes referral to provider

  12. Community Provider • Accepts referral • Family advocate assigned • Family contacted within 3-5 business days • May be joint visit CPS/FA • Safety assessment first visit • Service plan 30 days • Average duration 3-6 months

  13. Strengths Active community participation Frees social workers to address high risk situations Neighborhood access for families School-based inclusive of other services Allows for purchased services CAT enables appropriate/consistent Differential Response referrals Culturally responsive Challenges Funding uncertain each year Providers must carry over program to new fiscal year before contract approved Access not consistent across county CPS referrals/ ‘evaluated outs’ may be inconsistent for geographic area Voluntary nature of program Families may view DR provider as ‘extension’ of CPS Some families hard to engage Strengths/Challenges

  14. Differential ResponseCollaborative Activities • CPS supervisors/managers available for consults • Staff from CBO/CPS meet quarterly • Multi-disciplinary team meetings • CPS contacted at acceptance/refusal of DR, CPS referral, DR closure • Some joint visits

  15. What’s in it for us? • Less work for CPS • More efficient use of resources • Collaborations in one area spill over to others • CPS does not have sole responsibility for family safety/stability • Everybody wins

  16. Promoting Safe and Stable Families Education Liaison Lifelong Connections/CPYP Redwood Empire Foster Parents’ Association Speaker’s Bureau Runaway Roundtable ICWA Roundtable Project ESP (Linkages) THPP/THP Plus Dependency Drug Court Fairness and Equity Committee Kinship Initiative Network of Services (KINS) Sonoma Family Kinship Center (KSSP) School-based Social Workers Outstation Social Worker-SRPD School Attendance Review Board Coffee with Counsel Valley of the Moon Children’s Foundation Dual Jurisdiction Protocol (with Juvenile Probation) Other Family Youth & Children’s Division Partnerships