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1 Fresno County Linkages Project Employment & Temporary Assistance Julie Hornback, Director Children & Family Services Catherine Huerta, Director

2 Presented by: Kathleen Miller, SWSKathleen Miller, SWS –(559) Sally Marquez, E&TA, JSIIISally Marquez, E&TA, JSIII –(559) –James Hackett, Social Services Supervisor –(559)

3 2 Departments 1 Goal To enhance service coordination between CalWORKs and Child Welfare Programs to help families achieve economic stability and ensure child safety and overall well-being. To enhance service coordination between CalWORKs and Child Welfare Programs to help families achieve economic stability and ensure child safety and overall well-being.

4 Fresno County’s Demographics The County area: 6,000 square milesThe County area: 6,000 square miles 15 incorporated cities15 incorporated cities General population 931,098General population 931,098 Number of youth involved with CPS 2436Number of youth involved with CPS 2436 Currently linking approximately 100 familiesCurrently linking approximately 100 families

5 DCFS REFERRAL ●Jointly, E&TA and DCFS will use a team approach to coordinate services: By respecting client choices & family goals;By respecting client choices & family goals; Collaborates with families and multi-systems;Collaborates with families and multi-systems; Reduce duplication of services & provide effective and efficient services.Reduce duplication of services & provide effective and efficient services. ER SW RESPONSES TDM HELD TO DETERMINE WHERE CHILDREN SHOULD REMAIN & BE SAFE SW Facilitator ER SW & SWS Court SW, VFM SW Mental Health Community Rep. E & TA JS Family & Friends of Children Action Plan Developed Children remain in Home with services, Court Petition filed & Children placed out of the home or Parents access services On their own Social Worker & Job Specialist Carries case to ensure Treatment & Services are provided To the family

6 Linkages Benefits For the Families & County: Quicker accessQuicker access Improved prevention effortsImproved prevention efforts Improved communication between families and staffImproved communication between families and staff Shared program costs for Substance Abuse ServicesShared program costs for Substance Abuse Services Family Cal Works Pays Drug Treatment Cal Works Pays Supported Services SW & JS Staffing Home calls DCFS Parenting DV, AM & Drug testing

7 Together We Serve Our Consumers.... DCFS Services Mental Health ServicesMental Health Services Random Drug TestingRandom Drug Testing Substance abuse assessment & treatmentSubstance abuse assessment & treatment Parenting Education classesParenting Education classes Domestic ViolenceDomestic Violence Anger managementAnger management Transportation-bus pass/tokensTransportation-bus pass/tokens Clothing vouchersClothing vouchers Food voucher referralsFood voucher referrals E&TA Services Cal Works Eligible Mental Health ServicesMental Health Services Drug TreatmentDrug Treatment Subsidized Child CareSubsidized Child Care Educational/vocational trainingEducational/vocational training Parent Education classesParent Education classes Domestic ViolenceDomestic Violence Transportation assistanceTransportation assistance Subsidized EmploymentSubsidized Employment Assistance with housingAssistance with housing Reimbursement for educational & vocational materials (i.e., books, clothing, work related equipment)Reimbursement for educational & vocational materials (i.e., books, clothing, work related equipment)

8 How We Link Services Two E&TA Job Specialists (JS’s) are co-located at the L Street site & work closely with DCFS Social WorkersTwo E&TA Job Specialists (JS’s) are co-located at the L Street site & work closely with DCFS Social Workers ● Communication with E & TA Staff by phone & Conduct home-calls, attend Team Decision Making (TDM’s) meetings & Treatment Center staffingsConduct home-calls, attend Team Decision Making (TDM’s) meetings & Treatment Center staffings Link, coordinate and monitor WTW & Child Welfare ServicesLink, coordinate and monitor WTW & Child Welfare Services Enter Linkages Special Indicator code in CWS/CMSEnter Linkages Special Indicator code in CWS/CMS

9 Outcomes A more comprehensive case plan for Child Welfare & Welfare to Work (WTW)A more comprehensive case plan for Child Welfare & Welfare to Work (WTW) Decreased duplication of servicesDecreased duplication of services Efficient use of limited fundingEfficient use of limited funding Case plans specific to needs of familiesCase plans specific to needs of families More information available to both CalWORKs and Child Welfare workersMore information available to both CalWORKs and Child Welfare workers Improving client success in both systemsImproving client success in both systems

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