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Overcoming Barriers to Mental Health Services for Foster Children. Bruce D. Friedman Barbara Reifel Cheri Linde Petra Gil- Vigie Anne Dancause -Twist Jennifer Thompson California State University, Bakersfield Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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overcoming barriers to mental health services for foster children

Overcoming Barriers to Mental Health Services for Foster Children

Bruce D. Friedman

Barbara Reifel

Cheri Linde

Petra Gil-Vigie

Anne Dancause-Twist

Jennifer Thompson

California State University, Bakersfield

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Joint International Conference of Social Work and Social Development

objectives
Objectives
  • Present a community collaborative pilot project that addresses a need
  • Identify factors related to the problem
  • Identify solutions and steps taken
  • Present potential models that work
problem
Problem
  • Mental health services to children in foster care was below 30% penetration rate
  • Mental health services for children under 5 was 0%
  • Barriers between Child Welfare System and Mental Health System
  • Can the University play a role to resolve?
collaborative process
Collaborative Process
  • University initiated
  • Administrators from both Child Welfare and Mental Health
  • Identified terminology barriers
  • Designed a pilot study where SW Department will supervise cohort of students to provide mental health services to all 0 – 5 year olds in foster care
additional barriers identified
Additional Barriers Identified
  • Different IMS (CWS-CMS; Anasazi)
  • Access to clientele
    • 0 – 5 logged in but end up in Emergency Foster Care
    • Time lag between entry and logged into system
    • 90 day court order for screening (not sufficient time)
findings
Findings
  • Monthly administrative meetings with decision makers
  • Increased penetration rates
  • 90 Days not sufficient, change to 120 days for initial assessment
  • Need for cross training on both IMS
  • Shared experiences between agency staff
  • Theoretical practice differences between MSW and MFT
conclusions and next steps
Conclusions and Next Steps
  • University Dept. of SW facilitated change process
  • Improved relationship between County agencies
  • Continue the project
    • First year 4 students; second year 6 students; third year 5 students
for more information contact
For more information contact

Bruce D. Friedman, PhD

Professor

Social Work

California State University, Bakersfield

9001 Stockdale Highway

Bakersfield, CA 93311

[email protected]

661-654-2798

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