Foster Care Model of Care Workgroup
The CalAIM Foster Care Model of Care Workgroup is being established to create a long-term plan for how children and youth in foster care receive health care services (physical health, mental health, substance use disorder treatment, social services, and oral health) and as an opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback on ways to improve the current system of care for children and youth in foster care. The workgroup also will determine whether or not a new system of care should be developed.
The workgroup will:
- Engage in collaborative discussions to develop policy recommendations and operationally achievable timelines for implementing a new, and/or transitioning to an existing but slightly different, model of care for children and youth in foster care, including Former Foster Youth (FFY) programs and transitioning out of foster programs and services at age 26.
- Engage in meaningful dialogue and consensus building to ensure all key players, both internal DHCS/CDSS staff and external stakeholders, have an opportunity to provide feedback and perspectives to inform a uniform and agreed upon approach to address the unique and complex health care needs of this vulnerable population.
- Develop implementation work plans and timelines.
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the Department of Social Services (DSS), in consultation with our major stakeholders, have decided to launch the Foster Care Model of Care workgroup on June 26, 2020, instead of April 21. The intent is to ensure the workgroup can devote the attention necessary to launch with full engagement.
DHCS and DSS have reviewed the applications submitted for membership in the workgroup and finalized the group membership. We will provide details for the June 26 meeting during the first week of June.
We thank you for your continued interest and support of keeping children safe and healthy. If you have any questions or thoughts, please share them with us at
The public is welcome to attend all meetings by phone or webinar. A public call-in option will be active for all workgroup meetings.
All meetings will be held via webinar and are scheduled from 9:30-2:30. Meeting lengths may be shortened or extended depending on workgroup needs. Meetings dates and materials are below.
Please join the webinar at the specified time and date on Zoom Meetings.
Future meetings are scheduled for the below dates:
- The September 24, 2021, workgroup meeting has been postponed. We will update this page once a new date has been established. DHCS and CDSS are very pleased with the extensive input that the workgroup has provided. DHCS and CDSS will be taking the input and developing a proposal to bring to the group in September.
For any questions or concerns about this workgroup, please contact CalAIMFoster@dhcs.ca.gov.