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Rates for Placement and Related Services

0900-511.10 | Revision Date: 01/14/20

Overview

This policy guide provides a listing of rates for the all AFDC-FC Rates, including Resource Family (RF)rates, the Specialized Rate Increments (SCI), Kinship Guardianship (Kin-GAP) Adoption Assistance Program (AAP)A mandatory statewide program that provides financial support to families in order to facilitate the adoption of children who would otherwise be in long-term foster care. The intent of this program is to remove limited financial resources as a barrier to adoption. 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 Nonminor Dependent (THP-NMD) 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 (Kin-GAP) and State AFDC-FC NRLG Rates

Resource Families (RF) Level of Care (LOC), Kin-GAP, NRLG and AAP

Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Basic Rates

Foster Family Agency (FFA) Rates

Intensive Services Foster Care (ISFC)Rates

Transitional Housing Placement - Nonminor Depdenent (THP - NMD)

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/FYIs

Statutes

Version Summary

This policy guide was updated from the 11/17/17 version per All County Letter (ACL) 19-70 to reflect the California Necessities Index (CNI) increase for fiscal year (FY) 2019-20 and other rate changes related to Kin-GAP, SCI, and FFAs..

POLICY

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Effective July 1, 2019, eligible out-of-home care placements received a CNI increase and all new rates are reflected throughout this policy .

Basic Rate

Applicable to 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, 2019, the basic rate is $1000.

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Specialized Care Increment (SCI)

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

Specialized Care Increment (SCI) – D-Rate

Effective July 1, 2019, the D-rate is $1601.

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Specialized Care Increment (SCI) – F-Rate

Level

Effective July 1, 2019

F1

$1,191

F2

$1,341

F3

$1,601

F4

$1,821

 

Non-Federal and Federal Kinship Guardianships (Kin-GAP) 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, 2019

0-4

$581

5-8

$632

9-11

$677

12-14

$746

15-20

$819

 

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, 2019

0-4

$795

5-8

$859

9-11

$905

12-14

$948

15-20

$993

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The CNI will also apply to 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. Back to Policy  

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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.

 

Resource Families (RF) Level of Care (LOC), Kin-GAP, NRLG and AAP

 

Effective July 1, 2019, a 4.15% CNI increase applies to RFs, FFHs, relative placements, including those funded under the Approved Relative Caregiver (ARC) program, NREFMs and those AAP cases with agreements signed on or after January 1, 2017:

 

RF LOC, Kin-GAP, NRLG and AAP Rates Effective July 1, 2019

Basic Level Rate

(LOC 1)

LOC 2

LOC 3

LOC 4

$1000

$1112

$1225

$1337

Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Basic Rates

The adjusted rate schedule reflects the CNI increase of 4.15% for FY2019-2020, effective July 1, 2019. The negotiated AAP rate continues to be based on the child's needs and the circumstances of the family and may include the SC), 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, 2019

0-4

$554

5-8

$603

9-11

$653

12-14

$711

15-20

$780

 

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, 2019

0-4

$581

5-8

$632

9-11

$684

12-14

$746

15-20

$819

 

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

 

Age

Rate Effective July 1, 2019

0-4

$795

5-8

$859

9-11

$905

12-14

$948

15-20

$993

 

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 $1000, effective July 1, 2019, is to be used.

 

Initial AAP agreements signed on or after December 1, 2017: the RF basic rate of $1000. 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, 2019, the 4.15% CNI increase is only applied to the age-based rate portion that is retained by the RF. Additionally, effective July 1, 2019, a 4.15% increase will be applied to components of the FFA that are not retained by the RF; specifically, the Social Worker, Services and Supports, Resource Family Approval (RFA) and Administration components of the rate.

 

All existing and new FFA placements made prior to December 31, 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 - Age-Based

Age

0-4

5-8

9-11

12-14

15-20

FFA Certified Family Minimum Rate

$984

$1048

$1094

$1137

$1182

Social Worker

$354

$354

$354

$354

$354

Services and Supports

$162

$162

$162

$162

$162

RFA

$50

$50

$50

$50

$50

Administration

$700

$700

$700

$700

$700

Total Rate

$2,250

$2,314

$2,360

$2,403

$2,448

 

Effective July 1, 2019, the 4.15% CNI increase applies to the FFA RF Rate portion for all placements made after December 1, 2017. Further information regarding LOC rates is forthcoming.

 

FFA Rate Components - LOCP

Age

Basic Level Rate

(LOC 1)

LOC 2

LOC 3

LOC 4

RF

$1000

$1112

$1225

$1337

Social Worker

$354

$354

$354

$354

Services and Supports

$162

$208

$254

$336

RFA

$50

$50

$50

$50

Administration

$700

$700

$700

$700

Total Rate

$2,266

$2,424

$2,583

$2,777

 

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Intensive Services Foster Care (ISFC) Rates

Effective July 1, 2019, the 4.15% CNI increase applies to the ISFC RF rate portion only:

 

FFA or County ISFC Rate

ISFC RF

$2609

Administrative Costs

$3482

Social Services and Supports

$200
Total $6291

 

Transitional Housing Placement - Nonminor Dependent (THP-NMD)

 

THP-NMD Placement Type

Rate Effective July 1, 2019

Single Site Housing $3,474
Remote Site Housing $3,474
Host Family Model $2,764

Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) Rates

Effective July 1, 2019, all NMDs in SILPs receive the Basic Rate $1000 plus the applicable clothing allowance. NMDs in SILPs are not eligible to receive SCI rates. Parenting NMDs can receive the Infant Supplement when residing in a SILP. In addition to the Basic 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 Rates for Children –  Effective July 1, 2019

RCL

Point Ranges

Standard Rate

1

Under 60

$2,762

2

60-89

$3,450

3

90-119

$4138

4

120-149

$4,823

5

150-179

$5,507

6

180-209

$6199

7

210-239

$6885

8

240-269

$7576

9

270-299

$8260

10

300-329

$8950

11

330-359

$9634

12

360-389

$10,324

13

390-419

$11,019

14

420 & Up

$11,704

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, 2019, the new STRTP rate is $13,532.00.

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 current FY 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, 2019, 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. The infant supplement remains the same and 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-NMD Single Site Housing THP-NMD Remote Site Housing THP-NMD Host Family Model SILP
Placement Type $1,379 $900 $900 $900 $900 $900

Dual Agency Rates

Age

July 1, 2019

Birth to 3 Years

$1171

3 Years & Older

$2617

 

* 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 three (3) months.

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HELPFUL LINKS

Referenced Policy Guides/FYIs

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)A rate paid in addition to the basic care rate for the care of children/youth with special needs. – D-Rate

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

 

FYI 18-09, Implementation of the Home-Based Family Care (HBFC) Level of Care (LOC)Rate Determination Protocol

Statutes

ACL 16-79 - Information regarding the CCR Home-Based Family Care (HBFC) and STRTP rates structure and conversion process from the old rate structure to the new rate structure .

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

ACL 19-58 - provides information on the CNI increase to be applied to the AAP basic rate.

 

ACL 19-70, provides information on the CNI increase to be applied for FY 2019-2020.

 

 

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