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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 Children

  • 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 Children

  • 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 Children

  • 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 Children

  • 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 Children

  • 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 Children

  • 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 Children

Bruce D. Friedman, PhD

Professor

Social Work

California State University, Bakersfield

9001 Stockdale Highway

Bakersfield, CA 93311

bfriedman@csub.edu

661-654-2798