The Reimagining Prevention Initiative

The Reimagining Prevention initiative is centered on Assembly Bill 153 Comprehensive Prevention Planning; moving upstream toward primary prevention; change management to support successful, sustained implementation; and community engagement that fosters innovative, collaborative prevention efforts across all systems in California. Reimagining Prevention will inspire you to reimagine prevention and how we support and promote child and family well-being and provide you with information, tools, and resources for prevention planning in your community.


Reimagining Prevention is a partnership of CDSS, Strategies TA, and CalTrin.


Reimagining Prevention webinars, workshops, and technical assistance events hosted by the initiative’s partner agencies help communities prepare for Comprehensive Prevention Plan development by providing guidance and information on the planning and implementation process. These foundational webinars also focus on implementing prevention and family strengthening initiatives and approaches across all disciplines and levels, from direct service caseworkers and providers to leaders.


To leverage this series of learning events, Reimagining Prevention also provides information, tools, and resources for Comprehensive Prevention Planning, moving upstream toward primary prevention, community engagement, and successfully managing change.


Reimagining Prevention Series Learning Objectives:

  • Share CDSS’ larger vision for safety, prevention, and early intervention for California
  • Impact change by teaching common principles across diverse agencies through webinars and learning conversations
  • Lift the importance of equity and community engagement as foundational prevention principles
  • Give guidance on new initiatives that move services upstream to support and strengthen families
  • Promote a continuum of care for children, youth, mothers, fathers, and caregivers


Access Comprehensive Prevention Planning Resources


Target Audience: Everyone! Anyone who is part of the child and family well-being network. For example, staff and stakeholders in child welfare, mental health, probation, FRCs, CBOs, and any other agencies or programs supporting family strengthening, child and family well-being, and child abuse prevention.


Events in this Series

Reimagining Prevention: Equity and Community Voice as the Foundation

This webinar was originally presented
on February 1, 2022


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The first event in the series will feature Junious Williams, a proven leader in social change and a thought partner, designer, and facilitator of multi-stakeholder, cross-sector collaboratives. Mr. Williams will bring equity and community voice into focus as the foundation for our work of reimaging prevention, sharing real world strategies for engaging communities, and centering prevention work in equity.


Learning Objectives:

1. Explore equity and community engagement as the foundation for prevention work 
2. Explore elements of a prevention mindset
3. Gain an understanding of their role in primary prevention
4. Understand the roadmap for the rest of the series


Reimagining Prevention: Structural Well-Being

This webinar was originally presented on
March 15, 2022


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Join us for Part two of this series, as we welcome the W. Haywood Burns Institute, which will share their framework for Structural Well-Being. Michael Finley and Samantha Mellerson will explore the approach to frame a system of public policies, institutional and inclusive practices, cultural representations, and other norms that work to strengthen families, communities, and individual well-being for positive life outcomes.

Reimagining Prevention: The Roadmap to Comprehensive Prevention Planning

This session was originally presented
on March 30, 2022


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Follow-Up Q&A Session

This session was originally presented
on April 21, 2022


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This webinar, presented by the CDSS Safety, Prevention and Early Intervention Branch, will provide an overview of the Family First Prevention Services Program Opt in Process, the Comprehensive Prevention Plan, and the FFPS State Block Grant. Included will be an overview of the required elements and the resources available for completing the Comprehensive Prevention Plan (CPP) Template as well as a preview of the state’s technical assistance plan.



Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the Family First Prevention Services Program and Comprehensive Prevention Plan, including the Opt-In Process.
  2. Outline the elements of the Comprehensive Prevention Plan, and who needs to be involved in the Comprehensive Prevention Plan process for their county.
  3. Understand the Technical Assistance Roadmap, how it works, and the difference between the capacity assessment and the readiness assessment.
  4. Understand the funding process, including what funds can be spent at various timepoints in the process and on what activities.
  5. Understand how to access additional support and information on the Comprehensive Prevention Plan process, including how to be involved in its development.




An interactive Q&A session, facilitated by CDSS, on April 21 will provide an opportunity to ask detailed technical questions about the Comprehensive Prevention Planning process. Questions may be submitted during registration; additional opportunities for questions and dialogue will be provided during the Q&A session. participants should be familiar with the Block Grant letter (ACL 22-23) and have attended the Roadmap to Comprehensive Prevention Planning webinar on March 30, 2022, and/or reviewed the recording, slides, and materials for this webinar. 















A primary prevention mindset can drive change to break down silos, strengthen communities and support healthy, thriving families. In this 90-minute webinar we will explore a prevention mindset and review common prevention frameworks and strategies you can implement as you move upstream towards increased primary prevention work.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Review how your work fits in the CDSS prevention framework
  2. Discuss the benefits of a prevention mindset
  3. Explore how to leverage the Protective Factors and Social Determinants of Health to develop a prevention mindset
  4. Explore tools and resources for organizations moving towards a prevention mindset

Reimagining Prevention:
Leading Through Change


This webinar was originally
presented on May 3, 2022


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Managing organizational change can be difficult. This 90-minute webinar breaks down the process of change within an organization to help you understand the journey ahead. We will discuss strategies for effectively leading teams as you move further upstream in your prevention work.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the J-Curve Change Theory Model, what to expect during change, and strategies to successfully manage each stage
  2. Explore the Team Development Model and its use in your team’s shift towards a prevention mindset
  3. Identify strategies for building an engaged and resilient team during times of change

Reimagining Prevention:
The Collective Impact Community Engagement Toolkit


This webinar was originally
presented on May 10, 2022


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Join Junious Williams as he shares the Collective Impact Community Engagement Toolkit. This interactive session will explore how to utilize the toolkit to engage communities in the Comprehensive Prevention Planning process through a lens of equity.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the Collective Impact Community Engagement Toolkit
  2. Discuss the benefits of community engagement through a lens of equity and shared power
  3. Explore how to utilize the Community Engagement Toolkit in Comprehensive Prevention Planning

Reimagining Prevention:
Cultivating Commitment


This webinar was originally presented
on May 17, 2022


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Team commitment is key to a successful change implementation process. In this 90-minute webinar, we will explore how the Direction, Alignment, Commitment (DAC) framework can be used to better understand, and further, a team’s level of commitment during times of change. Specifically, we will focus our conversation on assessing and strengthening a team’s commitment toward a primary prevention mindset.


Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand why team commitment is key to a successful change implementation process
    2. Explore the Direction, Alignment Commitment (DAC) framework as a tool for initiating dialogue about moving toward a primary prevention mindset
    3. Learn how to use the DAC assessment to gauge team understanding and commitment during times of change
    4. Review strategies for improving DAC during change implementation

This virtual convening is for Prevention Planning Teams and County leadership opting into the California Family First Prevention Services (FFPS) Program.


Convening Objectives:

  1. Understanding FFPSA Part 1 in the context of Comprehensive Prevention Planning
  2. Providing support to Counties around the Capacity & Readiness Assessments for the FFPS Program
  3. Learning from current Prevention Planning Counties and peers
  4. Gaining an understanding of available TA Support