• Ann Wrixon

California Instituting Trauma-Informed Care in Child Welfare



The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) recently released “Trauma-Informed Care in Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs and Foster Family Agencies” in response to a May 9, 2018 All County Information Notice (ACIN) issued by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). The ACIN outlines the requirements for trauma-informed care (TIC) for Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs (STRTPs). STRTPs are part of the Continuum of Care Reforms in the California Child Welfare System that will eliminate group homes.

CEBC has outlined evidence-based trauma informed treatments at both the client level and the systems level. The ACIN includes a variety of other programs that have not been rated by CEBC so it is hard to know if they are evidence-based or not.

The ACIN also notes that the pilot program for the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI) is open to providers (including Community Based Organizations, like CASA programs) in California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, and The Cherokee Nation. It will be open to the entire nation in 2019.

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