Stakeholder Resources

CDSS Upcoming Stakeholder Meetings

Last updated: February 1, 2024

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) works closely with stakeholders across the state. Below is a listing of upcoming meetings.

Child Care and Development Division

“Dismantling the Pipeline" Equity Webinar
Date: February 8
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Details: The CDSS Child Care and Development Division will host "Dismantling the Pipeline: A Change Centered Approach," facilitated by EduPOP! TLC (Educational Equity Leaders). This two-hour webinar will delve into the critical topics of the preschool to prison pipeline, implicit bias and microaggressions and their role in perpetuating generational barriers for historically excluded communities. Attendees will gain valuable insights and strategies to ensure that all children receive unique support and celebration for the diversity they bring.
How to participate: Webinar Link


Program for Infant Toddler/Care (PITC) Academy for Family Child Care and Family, Friend, and Neighbor
Virtual Training Event (Six-sessions)
Dates:

  • March 5
  • March 7
  • March 12
  • March 14
  • March 19
  • March 26

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Details: The CDSS Child Care and Development Division and WestEd's Program for Infant Toddler/Care (PITC) will conduct the second PITC Academy for Family Child Care (FCC) and Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) Providers. The Academy is a six-session virtual training event for California FCC and FFN providers serving infants and toddlers. The Academy will provide PITC training in English with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and Chinese highlighting the unique assets and challenges of FCC and FFN providers. Please visit the PITC Academy for FCC and FFN Providers webpage to learn more about this exciting opportunity. Applications will close when the Academy has reached capacity.
How to participate: For more information, please email PITCEvents@wested.org
Contact: Please email PITCEvents@wested.org


Monthly Member Child Care Referral and Resource Meeting
Date: First Tuesday of the month
Time: 10 a.m. – noon
Details: A monthly webinar for members of the California Child Care Resource & Referral Network to provide support and resources. The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network is a non-profit organization helping to make reliable child care more affordable and accessible for families in California.
How to participate: Webinar Link
Contact: Lakisha Sipple; Lakisha.Sipple@dss.ca.gov


California Alternative Payment Program Association (CAPPA) Quarterly Meetings
Dates:

  • February 1
  • May 2

Time: 10-10:50 a.m.
Details: The purpose of these quarterly meetings is to address items or areas where Alternative Payment Programs may have questions about CDSS policy or directives.
How to participate: Online Registration: Zoom link
Contact: Maria Mayorga; maria.mayorga@dss.ca.gov


Community Care Licensing Division

Children's Residential Program
2024 Statewide Quarterly Provider Meetings
Dates:

  • February 22
  • May 23
  • August 22
  • November 21

Time:

  • Congregate Care Providers: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Foster Family Agencies: 1-3 p.m.

Details: Agency leadership and direct care staff are encouraged to attend. All stakeholders are welcome. Topics include: Provider Information Notices (PINs); policy updates on chaptered legislation; other presentations and topics of interest.
How to participate: Reach out to your local regional office to pre-register and receive a link for the listed virtual meeting options.
Contact: Children's Residential Regional Offices


Adult and Senior Care Program
Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) Advocacy Coalition Meeting
Dates:

  • April 15
  • July 15
  • October 14

Time: 1-3 p.m.
Details: These meetings are intended for resident advocacy organizations/associations to discuss broad policy, regulatory and statutory issues impacting RCFEs. There may be additional opportunities for external partners to engage with the Department via local outreach through Regional Offices.
How to participate: Reach out to contact below.
Contact: ASCPStakeholders@dss.ca.gov


Adult and Senior Care Program
Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) Provider Meeting
Dates:

  • April 22
  • July 22
  • October 21

Time: 1-3 p.m.
Details: These meetings are for provider organizations/associations that represent licensees of RCFEs to discuss broad policy, regulatory and statutory issues impacting RCFEs. There may be additional opportunities for external partners to engage with the Department via local outreach through Regional Offices.
How to participate: Reach out to contact below.
Contact: ASCPStakeholders@dss.ca.gov

Children and Family Services Division

Peer Partner Hubs
Dates:

  • April 18
  • July 18
  • October 24

Time: 9 a.m.
Details: The Peer Partner Hubs are a safe space for peer partners (including youth advocates and parent advocates) with lived experience in child and family-serving organizations to network and support one another, share information and learning opportunities, and provide feedback to organizations, counties, and CDSS for system improvement.
How to participate: Online Registration
Contact:Family Centered Practice Unit at ICPM@dss.ca.gov


Wraparound Hubs
Dates:

  • February 1
  • April 26
  • May 2

Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Details: Regional groups who share information relevant to Wraparound, including Northern California, Central California, Bay Area and two Southern California hubs.
How to participate: Online Registration
Contact: Family Centered Practice Unit at Wraparoundquestions@dss.ca.gov


Permanency Policy Bureau
Family Urgent Response System (FURS) Technical Assistance
Dates: Second Tuesday of every two months
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Details: Information to follow
How to participate: WebEx Meeting Link
Contact:FURS@dss.ca.gov


Integrated Practice & Resource Development Bureau
Wraparound Steering Committee Meetings
Date: Fourth Wednesday of every month
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Details: The purpose of the California Wraparound Steering Committee is to develop a collaborative California Wraparound community that seeks to build continuity in practice and improve equitable safety, wellbeing and permanency outcomes for children and families through the provision of high-fidelity Wraparound programs.
How to participate: Reach out to contact below
Contact: Family Centered Practice Unit Wraparoundquestions@dss.ca.gov

Family Engagement and Empowerment Division

CalWORKs and CalFresh Branch's
Racial Equity and Implicit Bias (R.E.I.B) Initiative Stakeholder Meeting 
Date: Quarterly
Time: 11 a.m. - noon
Details: The REIB Stakeholder Meeting will be occurring on a quarterly basis. The purpose of these meetings is to provide updates on the work surrounding this initiative. We will also be providing stakeholder engagement opportunities, and project implementation development.  
How to participate: Reach out to contact below.  
Contact: REIBInitiative@dss.ca.gov 


CalWORKs and Family Resilience Branch
Cal-Learn/Adolescent Family Life (AFLP) Quarterly Meeting

Date: Not yet scheduled.
Time: TBD
Details: Agenda to follow
How to participate: Reach out to contact below.
Contact: CalWORKs Engagement Bureau at (916) 654-2137.


CalWORKs and Family Resilience Branch
Regional Workforce Partnerships Meeting

Date: Not yet scheduled.
Time: TBD
Details: Agenda to follow.
How to participate: Reach out to contact below.
Contact: CalWORKs Engagement Bureau at (916) 654-2137.


CalWORKs and Family Resilience Branch
CCCCO CalWORKs State Advisory Committee Meeting

Date: Not yet scheduled
Time: TBD
Details: Agenda to follow.
How to participate: Reach out to contact below.
Contact: CalWORKs Engagement Bureau at (916) 654-2137


CalWORKs and Family Resilience Branch
CalWORKs Outcomes and Accountability Review (Cal-OAR)

Date: Not yet scheduled
Time: TBD
Details: Agenda to follow
How to participate: Reach out to contact below.
Contact: Cal-OAR@dss.ca.gov

Adult Programs Division

IHSS Career Pathways
Dates: TBD
Time: TBD
Details: The Adult Programs Division, along with stakeholders, will discuss proposed training opportunities for IHSS providers that assist with the development of a culturally and linguistically competent workforce to meet the needs of an ever-growing diverse population of IHSS recipients, increase provider retention to maintain a stable workforce, and improve the overall quality of care and health outcomes for IHSS recipients.
How to participate: More info to follow
Contact: IHSS Training and Development Unit at IHSS-Training@dss.ca.gov

State Hearings Division