The guide linked below was developed by the California Department of Social Services. It includes funding information and resources available for counties and communities supporting foster youth with complex care needs. A brief overview is provided for each resource listed along with information on how to access the supports described. The chart is broken into three sections to support youth with complex care needs. The first section provides an overview of the funding available. The second section provides an overview of available technical assistance and support. The third section provides an overview of additional services that are available to children and families.

Complex Care Spending Examples

The Complex Care Spending Examples document is a resource for county placing agencies, system of care partners, and stakeholders. This document was created to provide specific examples of the types of resources the $18.1 million child specific needs funding and the $43 million capacity building funding can be utilized for. This document cites the corresponding language in AB 153, provides the necessary information from the corresponding ACLs, and lastly, it provides a list of examples that are consistent with the purpose and intent of each funding stream. 

Request Case Coaching or Program Consultation

The California Department of Social Services, in partnership with the Resource Center for Family-Focused Practice, is able to provide coaching and/or consultation to agencies and organizations for complex care/trauma-informed care, Wraparound Services, Peer Partner programs, and System of Care.

Request a consultation here.

CDSS Technical Assistance Calls

CDSS provides facilitated technical assistance on an array of topics. These calls bring together the county placing agency, county behavioral health, other system partners, and, as appropriate, the STRTP provider to discuss the following:

  • Placement options when a county needs support identifying a provider that will be a good fit for a youth, including but not limited to STRTPs;
  • Eliminating barriers to a youth’s placement in an STRTP or other setting;
  • Any issue(s) or challenge(s) with a youth’s current placement and what resources can be put in place to alleviate those issues; and
  • Placement termination notices and what, if any, behavioral/mental health or other supports might preserve the placement or would support the youth in a transition to another placement if the current placement is no longer viable.

Please contact to set up a TA call.