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Rates for Placement and Related Services

0900-511.10 | Revision Date: 11/17/17

Overview

This policy guide provides a listing of rates for the all AFDC-FC Rates, including Resource Family Rates, the Specialized Rate Increments (SCI), Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Rates, Foster Family Agency (FFA)A non-profit organization licensed by the State of California to recruit, certify, train, and provide professional support to foster parents. Rates, Group Home/Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) Rates, Supervised Independent Living Program (SILP) Rates, Rates for Intensive Services, Infant Supplement/Whole Family Foster Home Rates, Transitional Housing Placement Plus Foster Care Rates, Dual Agency Rates (including Rates for AAP), and Emergency Placement Stipend.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Policy

Basic Rate

Specialized Care Increment (SCI) – D-Rate

Specialized Care Increment (SCI) – F-Rate

Non-Federal and Federal Kinship Guardianships and State AFDC-FC NRLG Rates

Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Basic Rates

Foster Family Agency (FFA) Rates

Intensive Treatment Foster Care/Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care Rates

Transitional Housing Placement Plus Foster Care (THP+FC) Rates

Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) Rates

Group Home Rates

Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) Rate

Out-of-State Group Home Rates

Infant Supplement/Whole Family Foster Home/Shared Responsibility Plan (SRP)

Dual Agency Rates

Emergency Placement Stipend

Helpful Links

Referenced Policy Guides

Statutes

Version Summary

This policy guide was updated from the 12/07/16 version per All County Letter (ACL) 17-69 and ACL 16-75 to reflect the California Necessities Index (CNI) increase and other increases. ACLs/policies for the Level of Care (LOC) protocol to determine the child's eligibility for the LOC rates are forthcoming.

POLICY

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Continuum of Care Reform Phase I rates became effective January 1, 2017 and are eligible for a CNI increase effective July 1, 2017 for the Basic Rate given to all eligible placements. All other placements not affected by the new HBFC and STRTP rate structure will continue to receive the CNI increase as in previous years.

Basic Rate

Applicable to Resource Families (RFs): Foster Family Homes (FFHs), Relatives (including Approved RelativeFor the purpose of placement and foster care payments: An adult who is related to the child by blood, adoption or affinity within the fifth degree of kinship, including stepparents, stepsiblings, and all relatives whose status is preceded by the words, "great," "great-great" or "grand" or the spouse of any of these persons even if the marriage was terminated by death or dissolution. Caregivers (ARCs) and Non-Related Extended
Family Members (NREFMs). For FFAs, see below.

Effective July 1, 2017, the basic rate is $923.

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Specialized Care Increment (SCI)

Information on any changes related to our county's SCI process as it relates to the LOC determinations will be released in the future.

Specialized Care Increment (SCI) – D-Rate

Effective July 1, 2017, the D-rate is $1524.

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Specialized Care Increment (SCI) – F-Rate

Level

Effective July 1, 2017

F1

$1,114

F2

$1,264

F3

$1,524

F4

$1,724

 

Non-Federal and Federal Kinship Guardianships and State AFDC-FC Non-Related Legal Guardian (NRLG) Rates (including Probate)

Kin-GAP cases in which dependency was dismissed and NRLG cases (including probate) in which guardianships were established prior to May 1, 2011:

 

Age

Effective July 1, 2017

0-4

$537

5-8

$584

9-11

$625

12-14

$689

15-20

$756

 

Kin-GAP cases in which dependency was dismissed and NRLG (including probate) in which guardianships were established on or after May 1, 2011 through December 31, 2016:

 

Age

Effective July 1, 2017

0-4

$734

5-8

$794

9-11

$836

12-14

$875

15-20

$917

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Kin-GAP cases in which dependency was dismissed and NRLG cases in which guardianships were established by the Juvenile Court on or after January 1, 2017:

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Effective July 1, 2017, the basic rate is $923.

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NRLG Probate cases in which guardianship was established on or after January 1, 2017 are only eligible for the basic rate with the corresponding CNI increase.

Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Basic Rates

The adjusted rate schedule reflects the CNI increase of 3.84% for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018, effective July 1, 2017. The negotiated AAP rate continues to be based on the child's needs and the circumstances of the family and may include the Specialized Care Increment (SCI)A rate paid in addition to the basic care rate for the care of children/youth with special needs., if eligible.

 

Initial AAP agreements signed on or after October 1, 1992 through December 31, 2007 and the adoption was finalized before May 27, 2011:

 

Age

Rate Effective July 1, 2017

0-4

$512

5-8

$557

9-11

$603

12-14

$657

15-20

$720

 

Initial AAP agreements signed on or after January 1, 2008 through May 27, 2011 and the adoption was finalized on or before May 27, 2011:

 

Age

Rate Effective July 1, 2017

0-4

$537

5-8

$584

9-11

$632

12-14

$689

15-20

$756

 

Initial AAP agreements signed and the adoption was finalized on or after May 27, 2011 through December 31, 2016:

 

Age

Rate Effective July 1, 2017

0-4

$734

5-8

$794

9-11

$836

12-14

$875

15-20

$917

 

Consistent with existing law, AAP agreements signed on or after May 27, 2011 or for AAP eligible adoptions that were finalized or or after May 27, 2011 through December 31, 2016, may be reassessed based on the changing needs of the child or the circumstances of the adoptive parent.

 

Effective January 1, 2017, following a reassessment pursuant to the above, the AAP basic rate may be increased to the RF basic level rate.

 

Initial AAP agreements signed on or before January 1, 2017: the statewide RF basic rate of $923, effective January 1, 2017, is to be used.

 

Initial AAP agreements signed on or after December 1, 2017: the RF basic rate of $923. ACLs/policies regarding LOC are forthcoming.

 

Initial AAP agreements signed on or after January 1, 2017, with an RF basic rate may be renegotiated on or after December 1, 2017, based on a reassessment of the child's needs and the circumstances of the adoptive parent(s) to the appropriate level.

 

Initial AAP agreements signed prior to January 1, 2017, with an AAP basic rate based on the statewide structure effective May 27, 2011, may be renegotiated on or after December 1, 2017 based on a reassessment of the child's needs and the circumstances of the adoptive parent(s) to the appropriate RF rates

 

Please refer to the Dual Agency section for the AAP dual agency rate

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Foster Family Agency (FFA) Rates

Effective July 1, 2017, the 3.84% CNI increase is only applied to the age-based rate portion (as identified in ACL No. 16-57) that is retained by the RF. All existing and new FFA placements made prior to January 1, 2017 through November 30, 2017, will continue to receive the rates that are reflected below, unless there is a triggering event as described in ACL No. 17-11.

 

FFA Rate Components– Phase I

Age

0-4

5-8

9-11

12-14

15-20

FFA Certified Family Minimum Rate

$923

$983

$1025

$1064

$1106

Social Worker

$340

$340

$340

$340

$340

Services and Supports

$156

$156

$156

$156

$156

RFA

$48

$48

$48

$48

$48

Administration

$672

$672

$672

$672

$672

Total Rate

$2,139

$2,199

$2,241

$2,280

$2,322

 

Effective July 1, 2017, the 3.84% CNI increase applies to the FFA RF Rate portion only during Phase II for all placements made after December 1, 2017. Further information regarding LOC rates is forthcoming

 

 

Basic Rate

RF $923
Social Worker $340
Services and Supports $156
RFA $48
Administration $672
Total Rate $2,139

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Intensive Treatment Foster Care/Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (ITFC/MTFC) Rates

Effective July 1, 2017, the 3.84% CNI increase applies to the minimum reimbursement rate which results in a corresponding increase to the standard rate as reflected below:

 

Schedule of Service and Rate Levels –  Effective July 1, 2017

Service and Rate Level

In-Home Support Hours/Month

Standard Rate

Minimum Reimbursement to Certified Home

Level I

81-114 hours

$5,892

$2,410

Level II

47-80 hours $5,109 $2,410
Level III Less than 47 hours $4,345 $2,410

 

As a result of the Los Angeles (LA) County Title IV-E Child Welfare Demonstration Capped Allocation Project, the LA County ITFC program has been granted an exception to the state ITFC rate structure. This exceptions allows the ITFC providers to receive the Level I monthly rate for all ITFC youth under their care regardless of acuity level provided the youth has completed the ITFC referral process and met the basic eligibility standards for ITFC services prior to placement.

 

Transitional Housing Placement Plus Foster Care (THP+FC)

 

THP+FC Placement Type

Rates Effective July 1, 2017

Single Site Housing $3,209
Remote Site Housing $3,209
Host Family Model $2,553

Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) Rates

Effective July 1, 2017, all non-minor dependents (NMDs) in SILP Placements receive the Basic foster care rate of $923 plus the applicable clothing allowance. NMDs in SILPs are not eligible to receive Specialized Care Increment (SCI) Rates. Parenting NMDs can receive the Infant Supplement when residing in a SILP. In addition to the Basic foster care rate and Infant Supplement, parenting NMDs are eligible to receive an additional $200 per month, after completion and approval of a Parenting Support Plan (PSP) with an identified responsible adult mentor and determination by the county agency that the identified responsible adult meets specified criteria. For more information on SILPs, refer to the Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) policy guide.

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Group Home Rates

Schedule of Rate for Children –  Effective July 1, 2017

RCL

Point Ranges

Standard Rate

1

Under 60

$2,551

2

60-89

$3,187

3

90-119

$3,822

4

120-149

$4,455

5

150-179

$5,087

6

180-209

$5,725

7

210-239

$6,359

8

240-269

$6,997

9

270-299

$7,629

10

300-329

$8,266

11

330-359

$8,898

12

360-389

$9,535

13

390-419

$10,177

14

420 & Up

$10,810

Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP)

As of January 1, 2017, the CDSS will no longer issue rates based on the GH RCL system for new providers. Effective July 1, 2017, the new Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) rate is $12,498.00.

Out-of-State Group Homes

The rate paid for California group home placements made out-of-state is the rate established by the rate-setting authority of the other state, however, the rate paid cannot exceed the new STRTP rate. The county cannot claim federal financial participation for any rate amount exceeding the current STRTP rate or exceeding the rate determined by the rate-setting authority of the state in which the facility is located.

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Infant Supplement and Whole Family Foster Home

Effective July 1, 2017, children who are living with a teen parent in a Whole Family Foster Home (WFFH) shall be eligible for the Infant Supplement provided in an FFH, FFA and RFA home as reflected below. This standardizes the infant supplement rate for all non-dependent children placed with their dependent parent.

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Placement Type GH FFH/FFA/RFA THP+FC Single Site Housing THP+FC Remote Site Housing THP+FC Host Family Model SILP
Placement Type $1,379 $900 $900 $900 $900 $900

Dual Agency Rates

Age

July 1, 2017

Birth to 3 Years

$1,081

3 Years & Older

$2,417

 

* Also applies to children under three (3) with a developmental disability, per WIC 11464 and as determined by a Regional Center.

 

The CNI increase is not applied to the dual agency supplemental rate. For more information on Dual Agency Rates, refer to the Dual Agency Rates policy guide.

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Emergency Placement Stipend

A monthly emergency placement stipend of $400/child is available for relatives and NREFM for a maximum of 3 months.

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HELPFUL LINKS

Referenced Policy Guides

0100-510.40, Services for Teen Parents

0100-560.40, Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP)SILP is a supervised and approved placement that is part of the Extended Foster Care program. SILP is a flexible and the least restrictive placement setting. It can include: an apartment (alone or with roommates); shared living situations; room and board arrangements; room rented from a landlord, friend or relative, or former caregiver; or college dorms.

0900-511.12, Dual Agency Rates

0900-522.10, Specialized Care Increment (SCI) – D-Rate

0900-522.11, Specialized Care Increment (SCI) – F-Rate

Statutes

ACL 16-79 - Information About the Continuum Of Care Reform (CCR) Home-Based Family Care (HBFC) and Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) Rates Structure and Conversion Process from the Old Rate Structure to the New Rate Structure .

ACL 17-11 - Information About the new HBFC and STRTP rate structure and to describe Phase II rate implementation.

ACL 17-69 - provides information on the California necessities Index (CNI) increase to be applied to the AAP basic rate.

ACL 17-75 - provides the adjusted schedule of rate that reflect the CNI increase of 3.84 percent for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.

 

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