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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
   Referral rate: 32/1000
   Substantiated referrals: 952   Child Welfare Statistics

   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
    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

                  First Five
                   Commission (2004)

                  CWSOIP (2005/06,
                   2006/07)

                  Department Budget
                   (2007/08)
2008/2009???
            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                     2006-2007

   Community Action
    Partnership (central)           Community Action
                                     Partnership (all
    West County Community
                                     Santa Rosa)

    Services

   Social Advocates for Youth
    (north)                         Social Advocates
                                     for Youth
   Sonoma County Adult &
    Youth Partnership (south)
         Families Served

   2004-2006       CAP met/exceeded target

    50 (4 sites)

   2005-2006
    50 (1 site)

   2006-2007
    120 (2 sites)
    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                  I&R
   In-home visitation       Domestic violence
   Parenting curricula      Health/Mental
   Child development         Health
    education                Employment/job
   School-related            training
    issues                   Day care
   Purchased services       Substance abuse
   Information &             treatment
    referral                 Legal issues
        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
         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

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

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

				
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