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Differential Response : Our Community Program Sonoma County Human Services Department ‘Empower, Support & Protect’ Jo Weber, Director, Human Services Department Nick Honey, Director, Family Youth & Children’s Division. Sonoma County Quick Facts. Child Population 2005: 109,966

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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

sonoma county quick facts
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

differential response goals
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
funding sources
Funding Sources
  • First Five Commission (2004)
  • CWSOIP (2005/06, 2006/07)
  • Department Budget (2007/08)

2008/2009???

funding sources5
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.)
differential response community partners
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
families served
2004-2006 50 (4 sites)

2005-2006 50 (1 site)

2006-2007 120 (2 sites)

CAP met/exceeded target

Families Served
comprehensive assessment tool
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
differential response provider services
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
referral process
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
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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
community provider
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
strengths challenges
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
differential response collaborative activities
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
what s in it for us
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
other family youth children s division partnerships
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