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Screening and Placement of Children, Youth and Nonminor Dependents (NMDs) in a Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP)

0100-510.55 | Issue Date: 01/07/19

Overview

This policy was developed to align with Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) mandates for placement of children/youth/NMDs in STRTPs and addresses the roles and responsibilities of placing a child/youth/NMD in an STRTP, including utilizing the Interagency PlacementOne agency has custody of the child and another agency approved the applicant assessment. Committee (IPC) screening process.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Policy

Short-Term Therapeutic Residential Program

STRTP Placement Criteria for Children/Youth/NMDs

Case Plan Documentation

Interagency Placement Committee

Emergency Placements

Second-Level Review

Procedure

Referring A Child/Youth/NMD For An IPC Screening

Non-Emergency Placements

CSW Responsibilities

SCSW Responsibilities

ARA or Designee Responsibilities

RA or Designee Responsibilities

Residential Care Liaison (RCL Responsibilities

Emergency Placements

CSW Responsibilities

SCSW Responsibilities

ARA or Designee Responsibilities

RA or Designee Responsibilities

Residential Care Liaison (RCL) Responsibilities

Presenting and Placing a Child/Youth/NMD’s Case to the IPC

CSW or SCSW Responsibilities

Residential Care Liaison (RCL) Responsibilities

Approvals

Helpful Links

Forms

Attachments

Referenced Policy Guides

Statutes

Version Summary

This is a new policy developed to align with CCR.

POLICY

 

Pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 403, the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) was established to ensure that, when children/youth are removed from their families, they are supported by a broad continuum of programs and services tailored for their individual needs and their family’s needs. Under CCR, reliance on residential care is limited to circumstances in which the child/youth/nonminor dependent (NMD) requires residentially-based, short-term interventions designed to successfully transition the child/youth/NMD into a permanent, home-based family setting.

 

Case planning and placement decisions are required to be informed by Child and Family Teams (CFTs), who identify the core services and supports for the child/youth/NMD and their family.

Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program

Under CCR, the community care facility category “Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program” (STRTP) was established in place of group home care. STRTPs provide more intensive care and supervision, services and supports, treatment, and short-term 24-hour care and supervision of children/youth/NMDs than previously required in group home settings. STRTPs are intended to serve children/youth/NMDs who are in need of a level of care and supervision that cannot be met in a family-like setting and who are not in need of inpatient services, such as a psychiatric hospital or Community Treatment Facility. STRTPs provide specialized intensive treatment and oversight of children/youth/NMDs whose needs cannot be served in a less restrictive environment. Any child/youth/NMD placed in an STRTP is to have a case plan indicating the necessity for placement in an STRTP. Specifically, the case plan is to reflect that the STRTP placement is for the purposes of providing short-term, specialized, and intensive treatment and include the anticipated duration of the treatment as well as the transition plan to a less restrictive environment (WIC 361.2(e)(9)).

 

Exploration of family-like settings should be given priority, particularly for children twelve (12) years of age and under.

 

The transition process from group home licensure to STRTP and the establishment of new STRTPs began January 1, 2017. All existing group homes that transition to STRTPs are expected to complete the process by December 31, 2018. Extensions for group homes may be granted on a case-by-case basis beyond December 31, 2018.

 

STRTPs are required to provide trauma-informed and culturally relevant core services to children/youth/NMDs directly in their facility or through formal agreements with other agencies. The goal of STRTP therapeutic interventions is to address a child/youth/NMD’s needs in order to assist the child/youth/NMD in transitioning to a permanent home-based family setting.

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STRTP Placement Criteria for Children/Youth/NMDs

To qualify for placement in an STRTP, the child/youth/NMD must meet all of Criteria One (1) and at least one (1) of Criteria Two (2), and be authorized by the IPC screening, as follows:

Criteria One (1):

  1. Inpatient care in a licensed health care facility is not required, and

  2. A determination has been made in conjunction with the Child and Family Team which indicates that the child/youth/NMD requires the level of services provided by a STRTP.

Criteria Two (2):

  1. The child/youth/NMD meets the medical necessity criteria for Medi-CalCalifornia's federal Medicaid program. Specialty Mental Health Services as provided by a STRTP, or

  2. The child/youth/NMD is assessed as Seriously Emotionally Disturbed, or

  3. A licensed mental health professional assessed the child/youth/NMD’s as requiring the level of services provided in a STRTP in order to meet the child/youth/NMD’s behavioral or therapeutic needs

Case Plan Documentation

 

Pursuant to WIC Section 361.2(e)(g), the case plan for a child/youth/NMD placed in an STRTP or group home is to contain the following information:

 

  1. The placement is for the purposes of providing short-term, specialized, and intensive treatment.
  2. The need for, nature of, and anticipated duration of treatment
  3. The plan for transitioning the child/youth/NMD to a less restrictive environment
  4. The projected timeline for the transition to the less restrictive environment
  5. The child/youth/NMD's goals and services noted in the case plan update must be consistent with the child/youht/NMD's Needs and Services Plan

 

Interagency Placement Committee

The Interagency Placement Committee (IPC) is a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary team which serves to support children/youth/NMDs with significant behavioral, emotional, medical and/or developmental needs through a screening process whereby a child/youth/NMD’s treatment and placement needs are determined. The IPC screening process includes a review of available assessments/evaluations, treatment information and other relevant information regarding the child/youth/NMD’s history and current services and needs.

 

The CFT process is an integral part of family engagement and service planning and is designed to empower the family. Placement decisions are a key part of this process, thus CFTMs are to be utilized to keep the CFT members fully informed and involved in decision-making. While a formal Child and Family Team Meeting (CFTM) is not required, available members of the CFT must confer regarding placement of a child/youth/NMD in a STRTP. A consensus amongst the CFT members is not required in order to proceed with an IPC screening.

 

An IPC screening will be held within forty eight (48) hours of submission of the completed IPC screening referral packet. If an IPC screening is needed in less than forty-eight hours, the Residential Care Liaison (RCL) can assist in that process.

The IPC consists of permanent representatives from the following agencies:

 

In addition to the permanent IPC members, other participants may include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

The Residential Care Liaison (RCL) assists in ensuring the IPC screening referral packet is completed accurately and assists in coordinating the screening of cases.

 

The case of a DCFS-supervised child/youth/NMD is to be presented via telephone by the:

 

The IPC discusses a child/youth/NMD’s current status and needs, asks questions of the presenter, and determines whether or not the child/youth/NMD meets criteria for placement in an STRTP. DMH documents the discussion, including the outcome of the IPC screening, and provides the presenter with a written copy of the recommendation. For those children/youth/NMD’s determined to meet the criteria for a STRTP, prospective STRTP placement options will be provided by DMH.

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Emergency Placements

The emergency placement process differs from the non-emergency and expedited screenings processes in that placement occurs prior to an IPC screening. Although the IPC screening is not required prior to an emergency placement, an IPC screening referral is to be completed in order to initiate the IPC screening process.

 

On rare occasions, it may be necessary to place a child/youth in an STRTP on an emergency basis upon consultation and approval by your SCSW, ARA, and RA or their respective designees prior to an IPC screening.

 

For children twelve (12) years of age and under, an IPC screening must be held prior to placement in an STRTP. Children twelve (12) years of age and under are not eligible for emergency placement in an STRTP.

 

An IPC screening referral is to be completed in order to initiate the IPC screening process.

 

All of the following conditions must occur for an emergency placement in a STRTP:

 

  1. The child/youth/NMD has been determined to meet the criteria for placement in a STRTP; and

  2. There is not ample time to hold an IPC screening due to such circumstances as imminent discharge from a psychiatric hospital or current STRTP or the child/youth/NMD is in a regional office awaiting placement; and,

  3. The child/youth/NMD is awaiting immediate placement and it has been determined that his/her needs cannot be met in a family-like setting; and

 

Children/youth/NMDs placed in an STRTP on an emergency basis will be presented to the IPC within thirty (30) days for a determination on continued placement in an STRTP. In some instances, the IPC may determine that continued placement in a STRTP is not warranted. As such, a transition plan should be considered at the time of placement.

Following the emergency placement, the following must occur:

 

  1. Within 72 hours of placement, a licensed mental health professional contracted by the STRTP provider must assess the child/youth/NMD as requiring the level of services provided in an STRTP in order to meet the child/youth/NMD’s behavioral or therapeutic needs

  1. A CFTM should occur to determine the need for continued placement in an STRTP

  1. Within 30 days of placement, with the recommendations from the CFT, an IPC screening must be conducted. The 30-day timeline is not reset or altered if there is a replacement from one STRTP to another

  1. If the IPC determines continued placement is not required, it shall provide DCFS and the STRTP provider with current placement recommendations

 

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Second Level Review

Residential care (i.e., placement in a STRTP) is best used when necessary as a short-term, therapeutic intervention until such time as a child/youth/NMD can transition to a home-based family-like setting. Under CCR, case plan documentation and age-based second level review processes are applicable once a child/youth/NMD is placed in an STRTP and it is determined that placement in a STRTP continues to be necessary. The case plan documentation requirements and age-based placement timeframes for second level review are available via Second Level Review for Children, Youth, and Nonminor Dependents in a Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) and Group Home.

 

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PROCEDURE

Referring A Child/Youth/NMD For An IPC Screening

Upon determining that a child/youth/NMD meets the criteria for a referral to an STRTP, a referral may be completed for an IPC screening. An IPC screening will be held within forty eight (48) hours of submission of the completed IPC screening referral packet. If an IPC screening is needed in less than forty-eight hours, the Residential Care Liaison (RCL) can assist in that process.

 

The IPC screening protocol applies to all children/youth/NMDs when placing in an STRTP either as an initial placement or as a replacement, including moving the child/youth/NMD from one STRTP into another STRTP.

 

For children twelve (12) years of age and under, additional information may be needed to ensure the needs of these younger children would be best served through the intensive services and supports of an STRTP, which are primarily utilized for older youth and NMDs.

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Non-Emergency Placements

CSW Responsibilities

  1. Confer with the available CFT members when there is consideration being given to placement in an STRTP. Utilize the “Questions to Ask When Considering GH/STRTP Placement.”

  2. If a decision is made by the CFT members that the child/youth/NMD’s needs warrant consideration for placement in an STRTP, consult with the SCSW, ARA and RA or their designees, and the Deputy Director (DD) or designee as applicable, regarding referring the child/youth/NMD for an IPC screening and document each consultation in the CWS/CMS Case Notes (i.e., Title XX’s).

  1. Refer the child/youth/NMD for an IPC screening by completing the IPC screening referral packet and email the packet to the RCL via the DCFS IPC central inbox at DCFSIPC_referrals@dcfs.lacounty.gov

  2. The following documentation should be uploaded as part of the referral packet:

    1. DCFS IPC Referral Form

    2. Mental health assessment and diagnosis completed by a licensed mental health professional within the last year

    3. Clinical documents from recent psychiatric hospitalization(s), if applicable and available

    4. Psychotropic MedicationMedications used as tools for producing certain chemical and physiological effects in the central nervous system. They are usually classified according to the types of disorders they are primarily used to treat. Authorization form (JV-220), if applicable


  1. The following documentation is not required for submission of the referral packet; however, the CSW should be able to address historical and current information during the IPC related to the following:

    1. Health and Education Passport, including but not limited to, current physical examination results, immunization and school records, and, if applicable, the child/youth/NMD’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

    2. Developmental records, including Regional Center assessments/evaluation, if applicable

    3. Recent Status Review Court Report and Detention Report or Jurisdiction Report

    4. The most recent minute order that contains language that a mental health assessment and/or services have been ordered


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SCSW Responsibilities

  1. Discuss the reasons for the IPC referral for consideration of an STRTP placement with the CSW.

  2. If approval is not given for placement in an STRTP, discuss alternative placement options. Placement in a STRTP should not occur.
  1. If approval is given, submit the IPC referral packet directly to the ARA for approval or return the IPC referral packet to the CSW for submission to the ARA

  1. Consult with the ARA and RA or their designees regarding the IPC referral or ensure the CSW consults with the ARA and RA or their designees prior to the CSW referring the child/youth/NMD for an IPC screening and ensure the consultations are documented in the CWS/CMS Case Notes (i.e., Title XX’s)

    1. For children twelve (12) years of age and under, ensure approval is obtained from the DD or his/her designee prior to making the referral.

ARA or Designee Responsibilities

  1. Discuss the reasons for the IPC referral for consideration of an STRTP placement with the CSW and/or SCSW.

  1. If approval is not given for placement in an STRTP, discuss alternative placement options. Placement in a STRTP should not occur.
  2. If approval is given, submit the IPC referral packet to the RA for approval.

RA or Designee Responsibilities

  1. Discuss the reasons for the IPC referral for consideration of an STRTP placement with the CSW and/or SCSW.

  2. If approval is not given for placement in an STRTP, discuss alternative placement options. Placement in an STRTP should not occur.

  3. If approval is given, return the IPC referral packet to the CSW for submission for an IPC screening.

    1. For children twelve (12) years of age and under, if approval is given, ensure approval is obtained from the DD or his/her designee prior to making the referral.

Residential Care Liaison (RCL) Responsibilities

  1. Review the IPC Referral Form and contact the CSW to discuss the appropriateness of an STRTP placement.

  1. Assist the CSW in gathering the required documents for completion of the IPC screening referral packet, as needed.

     

    For children twelve (12) and under, email the CSW upon receipt of the referral and documents to confirm ARA and RA approval.

     

  1. Submit completed referral packet to DMH via email at IPC@dmh.lacounty.gov in order to schedule an IPC screening and preparing for the presentation. In addition, submit referral packet to all STRTPs that are eligible to take youth based on demographics

    1. The IPC will be held within forty-eight (48) hours of submission of the referral packet to DMH.

  1. Coordinate the teleconference date, time, location, and call-in information for the IPC screening from DMH.

 

Emergency Placements

CSWs should make every effort to place a child/youth/NMD in an STRTP via the routine/non-emergent process. However, in those instances when an urgent placement is needed and an IPC screening is needed prior to the forty-eight (48)-hour process, CSWs should consult with the RCL to discuss alternatives, such as an expedited IPC screening or an emergency placement which occurs prior to an IPC screening.

 

Emergency placement in an STRTP may be utilized in those circumstances when the conditions for such a request have been met.

 

Emergency placements occur prior to an IPC screening.

 

Children twelve (12) years of age and under are ineligible for an emergency placement in a STRTP as an IPC screening must occur prior to placement.

 

Efforts should be made to place a child/youth/NMD through the IPC screening process. For those children/youth/NMDs that require placement in a STRTP on an emergency basis, a set of guidelines has been established, as follows:

 

CSW Responsibilities

  1. If, after consultation with the RCL, it is determined that there is not ample time to hold an IPC screening either via the routine or expedited processes, consult with your SCSW and obtain ARA and RA approval regarding the need for an emergency placement in a STRTP.

  1. If a STRTP placement has been secured, complete the DCFS 280, Technical Assistance Action Request form to acquire a placement packet and proceed with placement.

  1. Within five (5) days of the emergency placement, and with the support of the RCL in gathering the required documentation, submit the remaining referral packet information in order to schedule the IPC screening. The IPC screening must be completed within thirty (30) days of the emergency placement occurring.

  2. The following documentation should be uploaded as part of the referral packet:

    1. Mental health assessment and diagnosis completed by a licensed mental health professional within the last year
  1. The following documentation is not required for submission of the referral packet; however, the CSW should be able to address historical and current information related to the following:

  2. Health and Education Passport, including but not limited to, current physical examination results, immunization and school records, and, if applicable, the child/youth/NMD’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or any other related assessments, if available

  3. Developmental records, including Regional Center assessments/evaluations, if applicable

  4. Recent Status Review Court Report and Detention Report or Jurisdiction Report

  5. The most recent minute order that contains language that a mental health assessment and/or services have been ordered

  6. An IPC screening will be held within thirty (30) days of the emergency placement. Prior to the IPC screening, convene a CFTM regarding placement, including continued placement in the STRTP.

 

SCSW Responsibilities

  1. Conduct SCSW responsibilities items #1 - #2 above as reflected under “Referring A Child/Youth/NMD For An IPC Screening – Non-Emergency Placements.”

 

ARA or Designee Responsibilities

  1. Conduct ARA responsibilities items #1 - #2 above as reflected under “Referring A Child/Youth/NMD For An IPC Screening – Non-Emergency Placements.”

RA or Designee Responsibilities

  1. Conduct RA responsibilities items #1 - #2 above as reflected under “Referring A Child/Youth/NMD For An IPC Screening – Non-Emergency Placements.”

Residential Care Liaison (RCL) Responsibilities

  1. Conduct RCL responsibilities items #1 - #4 above as reflected under “Referring A Child/Youth/NMD For An IPC Screening – Non-Emergency Placements.”

Presenting and Placing a Child/Youth/NMD’s Case to the IPC

A set of guidelines has been established for presenting cases to the IPC for placement of all children/youth/NMDs in STRTPs. The process for presenting non-emergency and emergency placements and replacements (including from one STRTP to another) of children/youth/NMDs in a STRTP follow the same set of guidelines.

 

To assist the CSW in preparing for the IPC screening, DMH has developed a presentation guide that the CSW may find useful towards preparing for the IPC screening presentation.

 

CSW or SCSW Responsibilities

  1. Present the child/youth/NMD’s case on the appointed day/time via teleconference.

    1. If the IPC recommends a placement in an STRTP, the CSW will be provided with the IPC Authorization and prospective STRTP placements from DMH at the close of the meeting.

      • DMH will forward the IPC Authorization and three (3) prospective STRTP placements to the CSW, SCSW, and RCL via email.

      • Placement of the child/youth/NMD is not limited to the three (3) prospective STRTPs provided by DMH

  2. If the IPC authorizes placement in an STRTP, complete the DCFS 280, Technical Assistance Action Request form to acquire a placement packet and proceed with placement. An IPC authorization is not a guarantee of acceptance of placement.

  1. If the IPC does not recommend placement in an STRTP, obtain referral and linkage assistance to appropriate supports and services.

    1. If the child/youth/NMD is already placed in an STRTP as a result of the emergency placement process, the child/youth/NMD may remain in his/her current STRTP placement until such time as an appropriate placement is identified

      1. If the IPC determines that the STRTP is not appropriate due to a health or safety concern, the child/youth/NMD must be immediately transitioned to an appropriate placement

    2. DMH IPC liaison will assist with referrals and linkage to appropriate intensive mental health services (e.g., IFCCS, FSP, WraparoundWraparound is a multi-agency initiative. The Wraparound approach is a family-centered, strengths-based, needs-driven planning and service delivery process. It advocates for family-professional partnership to ensure family voice, choice and ownership. Wraparound children and family teams benefits children by working with the family to ensure Permanency. Wraparound is funded through Title IV-E funds. The average length of involvement with the program is 8 months. The primary focus of the program is to keep children out of residential placements and maintain them safely in their family and community.)

    3. The RCL will assist with referrals and linkage to appropriate intensive child welfare supports and services (e.g., one-on-one supervision, or specialty hospitalization programs)

  2. Update the Case Plan.

    1. Document how the specific needs of the child/youth/NMD cannot be met in a less restrictive placement.

    2. Describe the treatment that will be provided to the child/youth/NMD.


  3. Document all contacts in the CWS/CMS Contact Notebook.

 

Residential Care Liaison (RCL) Responsibilities

  1. Assist the CSW in gathering any additional documentation, if necessary, in preparing for the IPC screening presentation.

  2. Participate in the IPC screening.

  3. Upload the IPC Authorization in the CWS/CMS Case Management section and document the outcome of the IPC screening in the CWS/CMS Contact Notebook.

  4. Enter the IPC screening date on the “Special Projects” page of the CWS/CMS.

  5. Maintain a log of all children/youth/NMDs who received an IPC screening.

  6. If the placement authorization could not be met within the IPC Authorization form’s indicated timeframe, assist the CSW in re-initiating the IPC screening process.

  7. The IPC placement authorization is valid for a limited timeframe as indicated on the IPC Authorization Form.

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APPROVALS

SCSW Approval

ARA or Designee Approval

RA or Designee Approval

Deputy Director or Designee

HELPFUL LINKS

Forms

Automated DCFS 280, Technical Assistance Action Request

DMH Presentation Guide

Questions to Ask When Considering GH/STRTP Placement

CWS/CMS

LA Kids

 

Referenced Policy Guides

0070-516.15, Screening and Assessing Children for Mental Health Services and Referring to the Coordinated Services Action Team (CSAT)

0070-548.01, Child and Family Teams

0080-502.10, Case Plans

0080-505.20, Health and Education Passport (HEP)A document that is generated on CWS/CMS that contains a summary of a child's health and education information. The caregiver keeps a current copy of the Passport, along with the health and education forms in a binder provided by DCFS. This binder shall follow the child to all placements. The Passport shall accompany the child to all medical, dental and educational appointments. The Passport binder in its entirety is given to the child upon emancipation.

0100-505.52, Placement Preservation Strategy, 14-Day Notice of Placement Changes, and the Grievance Review Process

0100-510.60, Placement Considerations for Children

0100-510.56, Second Level Review for Children, Youth, and Nonminor Dependents in a Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) and Group Home

0600-501.05, Psychological Testing of DCFS Supervised Children

0600-505.20, Hospitalization of and Discharge Planning for DCFS-Supervised Children

0600-505.21, Presumptive Transfer of the Responsibility for Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS) When a Dependent Child/Youth Resides Out of County

0600-514.10, Psychotropic Medication: Authorization, Review, and Monitoring for DCFS Supervised Children

0700-504.20, Referring Children for Special Education or Early Intervention Services

 

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Statutes

All County Letter (ACL) 16-84 - Provides the requirements and guidelines for creating and maintaining a child and family team.

 

ACL 17-11 – Indicates, in part, the payment rate for STRTPs and rate structure for group homes; the latter to remain in effect until December 31, 2018 when all group homes will have either transitioned to an STRTP or discontinued services to children under the jurisdiction of child welfare agencies and/or the juvenile justice system.

 

ACL 17-122 – States, in part, the case plan documentation requirements for initial placements and maintaining placements in a STRTP, including but not limited to the placement purpose and plan for transitioning to a less restrictive environment. Age-based placement timeframes in a STRTP and second level review requirements for continued placement are also indicated.

 

Health and Safety Code (HSC) Section 1502 – Defines, in part, a community care facility as well as a residential facility and a community treatment facility.

 

Katie A., et.al vs. the State of California – Obligates the Los Angeles County DCFS, in part, to improve and better ensure services to children with mental health needs.

 

Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 361.2(e)(9) – States, in part, that a child of any age who is placed in residential care shall have a case plan that indicates that the placement is for the purposes of providing short-term, specialized, and intensive treatment and is to reflect a projected timeline by which the child will be transitioned to a less restrictive environment.

 

WIC Section 361.2(e)(9)(A) – States, in part, that a child under the age of six (6) may be placed in residential care for short-term, specialized, and intensive treatment up to 120 days and that an extension may be given when progress has been made, or active efforts toward implementing the case plan, to transition the child to a less restrictive environment have been documented, including barriers towards meeting the case plan goals with Director or Deputy Director approval for continued placement in residential care every sixty (60) days.

 

WIC Section 361.2(e)(9)(B) – States, in part, that a child age six (6) to twelve (12) years of age, inclusive, may be placed in residential care up to six (6) months when progress has been made, or active efforts toward implementing the case plan, to transition the child to a less restrictive environment have been documented, including barriers towards meeting the case plan goals with Director or Deputy Director approval for continued placement in residential care every sixty (60) days.

 

WIC Section 361.2(e)(10)(B) – States, in part, that a child under the age of six (6) may be placed in an STRTP with his or her minor parent for the purpose of reunification.

 

WIC Section 11462.01(b)(2) – States that a child may be placed in an STRTP upon an assessment determining as such. Further, the assessment shall ensure that the child has needs in common with other children or youth in the residential care facility.

 

WIC Section 11462.01(b) – States the conditions required for placement of a child in an STRTP.

 

WIC Section 11462.01(3)(A) – Permits a child to be placed in an STRTP on an emergency basis, prior to an interagency placement committee screening with specific requirements if licensed mental health professional has made a written statement within 72 hours of placement that placement in an STRTP is necessary to meet the child or youth’s behavioral or therapeutic needs.

 

WIC Section 11462.01(3)(B) – States that following an emergency placement, an interagency placement committee meeting shall convene and, if it is determined the STRTP placement is no longer appropriate, the child may remain in the STRTP until such time as an alternative, suitable placement is located. The child may remain for an unspecified timeframe unless health and safety concerns are identified at which time immediate arrangements for transition is to occur.

 

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