Approved Comprehensive Prevention Plans for California Counties and Title IV-E Tribes (Updated Jan 17, 2024)

Alameda County has a long-standing history of providing prevention services across sectors and to serving those that are disproportionality impacted by the child welfare and juvenile justice system.  Alameda County has selected Motivational Interviewing as a cross-cutting approach as the primary evidence-based practice to improve engagement. As one of the Title IV-E Demonstration Project (Waiver) counties, Alameda has established prevention programs and as a county is prepared to expand on the work that has been done in the past. 

Alameda County plans to implement a community-pathway as part of a larger phased approach to ensure implementation is completed strategically and thoughtfully.  The vision for this legacy is a three-phase approach which first ensures all providers are trained on Motivational Interviewing techniques, then develops and sustains community pathways, and finally, focuses on special populations who may need additional prevention services.

Alameda County has an array of services to meet the needs of special populations, including the African American Family Support Group (a program intended to support families coping with mental health conditions and/or substance abuse), Black Men Speak, and Parent Voices of Oakland. Investments in these types of programs are a testament to Alameda County’s commitment to ensuring the voices of those with lived experience are continuously elevated in both practice and policy. Alameda County recognizes that although prevention cross-sector collaboration is essential to comprehensive prevention planning efforts, not all parties have the workforce capacity to attend all meetings and have implemented processes to ensure that there is continuous feedback loop of information and input by essential prevention partners. For example, the Bay Area Collaborative of American Indian Resources (BACAIR) is a critical team of prevention partners and county staff will be the responsible party for both sharing information about progress of CPP’s during BACAIR meetings and will gather feedback from BACAIR to share with the planning and implementation CPP collaborative teams. Alameda stands as a model for other counties intending to implement new prevention programs. Read the Alameda Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Amador County’s vision is centered around preventing the need for foster care through the utilization of federal funding provided by the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). The county’s commitment involves implementing evidence-based prevention programs to assist children and families deemed to be at “imminent risk” of foster care involvement. Amador county intends to work with their community-based providers to develop service pathways for all children and families who meet the eligibility criteria to be considered candidates. Amador county already has a robust range of prevention services for children and families and intends to increase capacity for the following EBPs: Brief Strategic Family Therapy, Functional Family Therapy, Motivational Interviewing for both substance abuse and cross-cutting case management, Multisystemic Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and Parents As Teachers. In addition to these programs, Amador county’s community partners have a focus on prevention education and outreach to reach families as early as possible. Read the Amador Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Butte County’s Comprehensive Prevention Plan reaffirms its commitment to keeping children and families together and preventing the need for foster care whenever possible while pursuing opportunities to leverage federal Title IV-E funding to expand the availability of prevention services within the County. Butte County leveraged their Inter-agency collaborative as the basis for their cross-sector collaboration, and invited additional stakeholders to participate in the planning and development of their CPP. Butte County has included four Butte County Tribes in their Inter-Agency collaborative, and they remain a part of the county’s cross-sector collaborative.  Butte County has selected five Evidence-Based Practices listed in the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse, and intends to expand current primary and secondary prevention programs throughout their county.  Read the Butte Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Calaveras County is committed to keeping children and families together and reducing the need for foster care by leveraging resources to expand the availability of prevention services. Through data analysis, the County determined the five challenges that reflect major service gaps and serve as primary drivers of children’s welfare system-involvement for children and families. Phase one prioritizes caregiver substance abuse, especially when co-occurring with DV, children experiencing acute behavioral health challenges, developing and expanding services that can be fiscally and programmatically sustained, expanding access to support programs for families through community-based pathways, and expanding access to support programs for families in rural and isolated communities through virtual and in-home service delivery. Calaveras County also intends to explore the expansion of its existing EBPs in phase one, which include: Family Check-Up, Healthy Families America, Homebuilders, Motivational Interview (cross-cutting and substance abuse), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and Parents as Teachers.  Read the Calaveras Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Colusa County has engaged multiple partners in the development of the CPP based on a well-established Children’s Multidisciplinary Team. Colusa County is well positioned to further develop collaborative partnerships that will increase and strengthen the county’s ability to access prevention services. Colusa County’s demographic data indicate there is a large population of Hispanic youth and Spanish speakers and Colusa County is committed to ensuring bilingual staff are available to provide services in the appropriate language. 

Colusa County has selected two evidence-based practices (EBPs), Motivational Interviewing as a cross-cutting approach and Parents As Teachers. Recognizing the importance of sustainability, Colusa County will leverage other funding such as Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), and American-Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars to enhance services and meet the county’s prevention needs. Read the Colusa Comprehensive Prevention Plan.  

As part of their vision, Contra Costa is committed to providing prevention and intervention services that strengthen families, enable children to remain safely in their home in a stable and nurturing environment, and positively impact parents, children and caregivers in the community. For their Comprehensive Prevention Plan (CPP), Contra Costa opted to utilize the optional CDSS CPP Template and Spending plan. Various and extensive data sources were used in gathering and reviewing of information to assess for needs and candidacy population, which determined a higher level of need in the East County, specifically with Black/African American populations, immigrants, LGBTQ+ and those with lower income. Contra Costa will be utilizing Motivational Interviewing as their fundamental EBP, along with Protective Factors Framework from the Strengthening Families Program for its strategies to support their prevention services and engagement with families. Recommendations from community assessments for prevention services included increasing the resources and accessibility of services, increasing behavioral health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services, increasing awareness of school-based services, and strengthening the safety net of supportive services that are critical to establishing stability and safety for individuals and families. Read the Contra Costa Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Del Norte County’s capacity assessment, data analysis, and service array findings helped inform their prioritized candidacy population and elected Evidenced Practice (EBP).  Del Norte County intends to prioritize families involved in voluntary/court family maintenance, probation youth, and children whose caregivers experience Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD).  They chose Motivational Interviewing (MI) as their EBP, based upon the population of Del Norte County, the broad range of needs, and the capacity to launch a sustainable prevention service.  The county already utilizes high fidelity Wraparound, Nurse Family Partnership (NFP), and Healthy Families America (HFA).


As a component of the CPP, Del Norte is launching an innovative Youth Opportunity Center for youth aged 12-17. Referrals for the service center will primarily be brought to weekly meetings staffed with partners from Behavioral Health, Probation, Education, and Child Welfare. Referrals will be initiated by outside agencies and community partners such as, but not limited to, Child Welfare Services, Probation, Behavioral Health, and Del Norte County Unified School District.  Using this process, the best secondary and tertiary service options for children and families can be identified and arranged.  Read the Del Norte Comprehensive Prevention Plan View the addendum. 

El Dorado County determined their priority populations are children exposed to domestic violence, children with caretakers experiencing substance use disorder, and substance-exposed infants. They have elected Motivational Interviewing for cross-cutting case management and substance use disorder as their EBP. They also intend to further explore Parents as Teachers and Healthy Families America. Additionally, El Dorado County plans to embrace a no wrong door community pathway by supporting organizations providing navigation services as primary and secondary prevention. El Dorado’s County aims to help the shift from a “mandated reporter” to a “community supporter” paradigm by enhancing and supporting referral pathways.  Read the El Dorado Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Through thorough data analysis, Fresno County selected its priority populations: children aged 0-5 years and 11-15 years, specifically Black, American Indian families, and Latino and pregnant and parenting foster youth. Fresno demonstrated thoughtful planning by diligently selecting prevention strategies and services that are culturally appropriate to meet the needs of their prioritized populations. When selecting their EBPs, they considered these services’ effectiveness in their prioritized population. They chose Motivational Interviewing (cross-cutting case management), Parents and Teachers, and Functional Family Therapy as their EBPs. Furthermore, Fresno County was able to apply the Tribal input by incorporating prevention services that mitigate Tribal leaders’ and Tribal representatives’ identified needs. Fresno County selected prevention services such as the Tribal Partner, differential response for Tribal Communities, and plans to enhance and coordinate services provided to the Tribal community. Read the Fresno Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Glenn County is committed to expanding the availability of prevention services to keep children and families together whenever possible. Glenn County identified five service priorities to address the major community needs, service gaps, and challenges. One of their service objectives in Phase I of their CPP implementation to provide community-based pathways to preventive services outside of the traditional child welfare system by enhancing their Family Services Unit. Through this creative prevention strategy, Glenn County thoughtfully planned for sustainability as it is a change in practice rather than a new program that needs additional funding. Furthermore, Glenn County intends to explore the development, replication, and expansion of the following EBPs in Phase I of implementation: Family Check Up, Motivational Interviewing, Nurse-Family Partnership, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and Parents as Teachers.  Read the Glenn Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Humboldt County’s Comprehensive Prevention Plan (CPP) offers a client-centered 3×5 approach focusing on providing services within the three levels of prevention to five target populations while moving investments from high-end focused treatment interventions for high-risk populations, toward more upstream selective and preventive strategies. Out of ten well-supported practices, Humboldt County has selected to provide Nurse Family Partnership and Motivational Interviewing. Humboldt County’s CPP encompasses the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Racial Equity Strategic Plan to supports diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout its branches. The CPP seeks to improve countywide capacity to deliver culturally and linguistically competent services by collaborating to ensure agencies, programs and services reflect the cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic populations they serve. The CPP highlights their commitment to engage the diverse tribal populations throughout the county as cross-sector collaborative partners during the planning and implementation of the CPP. The CPP intends to facilitate access to and increase utilization of appropriate services and community supports throughout the county to reduce disparities. As such, Humboldt County has opted to implement a community pathway composed of an established network of 16 Family Resource Centers, three tribes and the Humboldt County Transition Age Youth Collaboration, located at 17 sites throughout the county. The 20 sites are committed to the goals of FFPSA – keeping families out of CWS and children out of foster care. Read the Humboldt Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Karuk Tribe completed a thorough data analysis and assessment process which aligned directly with the selection of evidence-based practices. In addition, to an assessment of Karuk Tribe’s child welfare data, the Comprehensive Prevention Plan included data from two counties, Humboldt and Siskiyou in which Karuk Tribal members reside. Through this analysis Karuk was able to identify the top three factors leading to entry into child-welfare, this includes parental substance abuse, domestic violence and parental mental health. To address these concerns, Karuk has selected to implement Motivational Interviewing for Substance Use Treatment and as a cross-cutting approach, Multisystemic Therapy, and Parents As Teachers. Additionally, Karuk categorically outlined service gaps and needs and the programs that would help to address those needs. This led to primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies. Karuk also included two templates, one template is the candidacy determination form and the second is the prevention case plan form. Read the Karuk Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Through collaboration with other county agencies, community-based organizations, Tribes, and those with lived experience, Kern County Department of Human Service’s Comprehensive Prevention Plan includes a robust plan to implement and expand primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention programs that will provide support to underserved populations countywide. Most notable is Kern County’s engagement with the Tejon Tribe of California and the Tübatulabal Tribe and partnership with the Bakersfield American Indian Health Project to fund a Family Advocate for Tribal families in Kern County. Families with children, ages 0-5, with a Substantiated or Inconclusive Disposition of a child abuse or neglect allegation, but no case opened and an SDM tool indicating a child is at imminent risk of entering foster care, will be the candidacy population for FFPSA Prevention Services. All families with children 0-5, who are referred and open cases in Voluntary Family Maintenance will also be included in the candidacy population, as well as pregnant and parenting foster youth. Parents as Teachers is the EBP providing services to Kern’s candidacy population. Read the Kern Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

The Kings County CPP indicates an initial FFPS candidacy population of children aged 0-5 years, specifically children of color, was identified.  The county also included pre- or post-natal infants and/or children of otherwise eligible pregnant/parenting foster youth in foster care.  Kings County intends to explore expanding the priority population definition based upon future program evaluation.  The EBPs chosen to meet the community needs are Parents as Teachers (PAT), Nurturing Parenting, Supporting Father’s Involvement, and Home Visiting Program. 


Kings County developed an innovative strategy, the LISA Project, to enhance and raise awareness about prevention.  The LISA Project is a free, unique, multi-sensory exhibit that allows the participant to experience the reality of the world of child abuse. This experience allows the participant to be fully immersed in the world that these children face daily.   Kings County also constructed a Prevention and Support Unit to provide a community pathway that will allow eligible families to voluntarily seek services without the stigma attached with court-ordered intervention. Read the Kings County Comprehensive Prevention Plan. 

The Resilient Lake County worked to solidify their intentions in leading a collaborative approach to the development of a comprehensive prevention plan (CPP) that expanded outreach efforts to increase partnerships and reach community families, stakeholders, and caregivers. Lake County desired outcomes includes decreasing entries and reentries into foster care, decreasing the rate of substantiated referrals to child welfare, decreasing referrals to Child Protective Services, increasing the number of parents that have access to prevention services, and reducing the disproportionality and disparity in investigations and removals. Utilizing data from asset mapping, community engagement sessions, social media campaigns,  and community-wide surveys, Lake County was able to identify community priorities and current gaps in the areas of mental health to assess needs and to develop a responsive prevention plan. Lake County’s intended candidacy population includes parents, parents of children with disabilities, and Native American & Latino parents/families with children. As part of their Theory of Change/Logic Model, Lake County has identified four prevention goals and have included their strategies into actionable steps to provide guidance and support in the implementation of their CPP. Read the Lake Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Lassen County intends to be proactive and increase its capacity to allocate resources to more prevention focus with their prevention efforts through the “no wrong door” approach. Lassen County has been consulting and collaborating with the Susanville Indian Rancheria (SIR) in all aspects, and they will have a tribal pathway for tribal youth. Additionally, Lassen County diligently worked with LassenLinks, an organization that primarily refers families to primary and secondary prevention services, to increase awareness and knowledge through the developed County Resource Guide website, where community members can easily access critical information about services. They have selected Motivational Interview and Functional Family Therapy as their EBPs.  They also plan to expand their Wraparound Program.  Read the Lassen County Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Los Angeles County has devised a Comprehensive Prevention Plan (CPP) that prioritizes the equitable and accessible distribution of support services, promoting inclusivity and combating racism. Out of ten well-supported practices, Los Angeles has selected seven, including PCIT, PAT, FFT, MST, NFP, HFA, and MI, as cross-cutting techniques to be implemented. The CPP includes a thorough data analysis to support the selection of appropriate practices for specific populations. LA County intends to uphold its comprehensive range of prevention services, incorporating feedback from multiple task forces dedicated to prevention efforts. They also aim to develop a shared set of outcome metrics based on an equity framework and establish an integrated vision for prevention encompassing children and families, aging adults, justice and safety, and homeless populations. LA County’s vision for prevention, as outlined in the CPP, extends beyond the scope of children and families, emphasizing community well-being. Recognizing that addressing the unmet needs of aging adults, homeless individuals, and families on a broader scale contributes to community well-being, the county acknowledges that this, in turn, positively impacts children and families. Read the Los Angeles Comprehensive Prevention Planand Addendum.

Madera County’s investment in having meaningful partnerships, authentic engagement, and collaboration has resulted in a robust plan. Madera County has demonstrated meaningful partnership through numerous stakeholder workgroups, fostering a deeper relationship with Tribal Nations and native community leaders and hosting around 40 participants in the Statewide Collaborative Prevention Convening. Madera County plans to develop the Community HOPE Network, which provides a holistic approach, organized, supportive services, and resources for all children and families. Madera County has selected Family Check-Up, Healthy Families America, Motivational Interviewing (Cross-Cutting), and Parents as Teachers as their EBPs. The County plans to ensure that their tribal families have equal access to services and that these services are customized and adapted to meet their needs by evaluating their selected EBPs with tribal governments to include adaption as allowed per Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Information Memorandum (ACYF-CB-IM-21-04). Read the Madera Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Marin County’s Comprehensive Prevention Plan agenda is centered on primary and secondary prevention activities that uplift the social determinants of health which is key to overall wellbeing of children, youth, parents, families and communities. Within the Plan, Marin County has included both implementation goals as well as advocacy goals.  Advocacy is essential to ensuring services reach underserved and disproportionately impacted populations.  In addition, Marin County provided a detailed outline of the evaluation methodology for the Comprehensive Prevention Plan and the listed interventions.  The evaluation section in the Plan provides various innovative ways in which Marin County will be monitoring the effectiveness of programs and incorporating feedback. Read the Marin Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Mariposa County envisions a landscape where Children and Families receive the necessary support within Mariposa County well before the need for involvement with Child Welfare arises. The county’s aspiration lies in delivering comprehensive and culturally sensitive assistance to foster the flourishing of children and families. Mariposa’s strategy involves establishing a multi-tiered support system, ensuring that families and service providers are well-acquainted with accessible resources. Notably, the county has incorporated representatives from Tribal organizations, specifically the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation and the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, onto the Interagency Leadership Team. This move signifies Mariposa’s commitment to integrating cultural perspectives into the design of prevention services. Through this process, Mariposa County has developed a robust framework for involving Tribes in determining culturally fitting prevention services. The county has also chosen to implement a community pathway, and chosen Parents As Teachers, Family Spirit, and Motivational Interviewing for their Evidence-Based Practices. Read the Mariposa Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Mendocino County executed a thorough Comprehensive Prevention Plan (CPP) dedicated to improving the well-being of Native/Indian children and families from the Cahto Tribe of the Laytonville Rancheria. The county used various data systems that clearly indicated an overrepresentation of American Indian youth within the county’s child welfare system. Mendocino County’s vision is centered around their Theory of Change: Choices of culturally specific and respectful primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention services provided on the Laytonville Rancheria and 1) availability of “skilled transportation” to those prevention services provided in other areas and 2) building tribal capacity to provide “skilled transportation” and prevention services, will lead to strengthening of families, through an increase of Protective Factors and a decrease in the likelihood of child maltreatment and involvement with child welfare services/ juvenile probation for Cahto tribal children in Mendocino County. The county is sustaining these services through federal funding provided by the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). The Cahto Tribe is interested in utilizing Celebrating Families! (CF!) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) cross-cutting Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) in this plan. Mendocino County has a longstanding relationship with many of the local tribes’ Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) advocates and participates in ICWA roundtables and joint meetings to further assess, develop, and provide protection for American Indian children and their families. Mendocino County is driven to improve the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) within the Cahto Tribe, focusing on increasing Protective Factors while expanding upon their community pathway. The county predicts that prevention services will greatly impact the Cahto Tribe and reduce the high proportionality of cases involved in the formal child welfare system.  Read the Mendocino Comprehensive Prevention Plan

Merced County developed a CPP that selected the candidate population and correlating services by reviewing the local data, hosting large stakeholder events to get feedback, robust asset mapping with capacity assessments and all occurring through the cross-sector collaboration framework established. The candidate population has been identified to target ages 0-5, Black and Latino families as well as Pregnant and Parenting foster youth. Merced County selected Motivational Interviewing and Parents as Teachers for the eligible Title IV-E EBP. Read the Merced County Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

The Napa County Comprehensive Prevention Plan (CPP) affirms the county’s commitment to keeping children and families together and preventing the need for foster care whenever possible and pursuing opportunities to leverage federal Title IV-E and state Family First Prevention Services Block Grant funding, along with other resources, to expand the availability of prevention services within the County. The Napa County CPP focuses on all 12 candidacy populations and identifies three pillars of need driving child welfare system involvement in Napa County: 1. Substance use disorders (SUDs) coupled with a lack of available resources, 2. Limited availability of, and access to, mental health services, and 3. Increases in the rates of domestic violence with limited service provider capacity to meet demand. The CPP outlines Napa County’s plan to address these three pillars. Napa County will implement the following EBPs as part of their CPP: Functional Family Therapy, Motivational Interviewing – Substance Abuse/Cross-Cutting, and Parents as Teachers. Napa County’s CPP mentions interest in implementing a community pathway pending further guidance from the State. Read the Napa Comprehensive Prevention Plan and Addendum.

Nevada County elected children 0 to 5 and 13 to 17 residing in Nevada City 95959 and Grass Valley 95949 and 95945 as their target population for primary prevention services and children, youth, and families with inconclusive and substantiated referrals for their secondary and tertiary prevention services. Nevada County plans to employ more in-depth needs assessment, using engagement, exploration, and collaboration strategies for the above zip code to select the appropriate primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies, thus decreasing the number of children entering foster care. Nevada County intends to use motivational interviewing for tertiary services as they continue to explore other appropriate EBPs. Nevada’s County proactive approach supports continuous learning. By regularly aggregating data, the county will be able to closely monitor and measure the implementation stage of their CPP to assess what is working and make adjustments where needed to achieve their goals. Read the Nevada County Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Orange County has a well-designed governance structure that is inclusive of several teams that are involved in the development, implementation, and oversight of the comprehensive prevention plan. Additionally, Orange County’s alignment with ICPM behaviors and strategies is clearly articulated and will support engagement and ongoing implementation. Orange County is committed to serving American Indian/Native American (AI/AN) children and families and is prepared to work with community providers to ensure culturally responsive services are available. Orange County has selected the following evidence-based practices: Healthy Families America, Parents As Teachers, and Nurse Family Partnership.  Additionally, Orange County is reserving State Block Funds for the implementation of culturally responsive services.   

Orange County CBOs, FRCs, and County staff are motivated to work with Social Services and Probation to co-create a community pathway. These organizations are prepared to provide prevention services and most importantly will find ways to elevate the importance of engaging in prevention service and disseminate information widely.  Orange County has an established history of prevention networks and services and will continue to grow partnerships and expand services county-wide. Read the Orange Comprehensive Prevention Plan and Addendum, Amended Appendix G Evidence Based Services, and Local Spending Plan.

Placer County was one of the first California communities to create an integrated health and human services agency, aiming to provide more unified and holistic services to customers. Placer County maintains strong partnerships with community-based organizations and service providers through the Systems of Management, Advocacy and Resource Team (SMART) and SMART Policy Executive Advisory Committee (SPEAC) collaboratives and the Campaign for Community Wellness (CCW) as well as the Placer Collaborative Network (PCN). As a result of this enduring cross-collaborative work and extensive asset mapping, Placer County’s plan will provide services and supports to all candidacy groups with a phased-in approach. Phase One target populations/services include: broadening the service array for families disproportionately impacted by poverty and child welfare involvement; expanding the continuum of mental health and substance use disorder services; expanding the continuum of services for families with children under 5; and expanding the availability of in-home and school and community-based prevention & intervention services. Placer County intends to utilize State Block Grant funds to implement and expand the following EBPs that are included in the California Prevention Plan: Functional Family Therapy, Homebuilders, Motivational Interviewing, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Parents as Teachers, as well as Youth Villages Intercept. Read the Placer Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Riverside County child welfare initiated a prevention framework in the year, 2020.  This framework was based upon data collected during their Comprehensive and Timely Investigations project.  The data led to the construction of their Prevention Services Unit.  To develop their CPP, they used a community needs assessment to construct their candidate population and to reveal disproportionality in the community. They will use a phased approach to implement FFPSA by expanding their existing prevention services framework. During phase 1, families that come into contact with the child welfare agency hotline and that are screened out will serve as the initial subset candidate population.  During phase 2 and 3, candidacy populations will be added based upon regimented analysis of the data and program outcomes of phase 1.

Riverside County chose seven EBPs identified in the California Five-Year Comprehensive Prevention Plan to span primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention purposes.  These include Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Brief Strategic Therapy (BSFT), Parents as Teachers (PAT), Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), Healthy Families America, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Read the Riverside County Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Sacramento plans to prioritize Black/African American children ages 0-5 and their families within six zip codes. Their governance structure includes the existing Sacramento County Prevention Cabinet, the newly formed Executive Sponsor Committee, and the Family First Services (FFS) implementation team and planning team. Between these teams Sacramento County has included all the required partners, and some additional recommended partners. Sacramento County engaged the Wilton Rancheria Tribe, which is Sacramento’s only federally recognized Tribe, and identified three additional non-federally recognized Tribes they plan to include in implementation. Sacramento plans to implement primary and secondary prevention programs including a guaranteed basic income pilot program, child care capacity building, concrete supports, and assisting families in navigating services. Probation is planning to use their state block grant to fund a high fidelity wrap around program, and hired two community intervention officers to provide linkages to prevention and early intervention services for youth and families involved in the Juvenile Justice system. Read the Sacramento Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

By coordinating with their cross-sector partners and stakeholders, San Benito County identified the needs and services of their community based on the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) framework. San Benito County was able to clearly identify their current conditions impacting families and children, such as an inadequate supply of affordable housing, difficulties with commuting long distances for work, and poor access to physical, mental, and dental health that impacts similar small counties. The county’s primary intervention includes community outreach events, increasing funding for family well-being resources, and expansion of its 2-1-1 program. As a secondary prevention service, San Benito County will invest in the development and implementation of the Promotores program, which will initially focus on providing family well-being and maltreatment prevention resources to at-risk families. San Benito County believes California can be successful when they focus on recruiting and training local community members, support the individuals in becoming a trusted source of resource and are skilled advocates for community transformation. Read the San Benito Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

San Bernardino presented an innovative means to incorporate the Integrated Core Practice Model (ICPM) into their prevention community pathways. The CPP identified and outlined the community pathways using the lens of each different community point of contact. They created space for community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, healthcare providers, or other local organizations/service providers to request Preventive Child and Family Team Meetings (CFTMs) for families in need of prevention services, like the ICPM CFTs held after entry into foster care. The county illustrated meaningful cross-sector collaboration and focus groups with all required entities, Tribes, and children and parents that have lived child welfare experience. The initial candidate population will be made up of families connected with child welfare/probation or that have been identified by the community as having risk factors that could potentially lead to a connection.

San Bernardino County chose to implement the following EBPs: Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Parent and Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Early Identification and Intervention Services (EIIS), Motivational Interviewing (MI) for substance abuse and Cross-Cutting, and Wraparound. Read the San Bernardino County Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

San Diego’s vision aligns with the state plan and takes a holistic approach to prevention. San Diego intends to develop systems to improve protective factors and create equitable pathways to wellness. San Diego will use a phased-in approach to implementation and has identified interventions to meet different target populations. San Diego’s community pathway provides a clear structure as to how the county plans to support children, youth, parents and families by implementing a pathway to services.  The collaborative structure that has been established in San Diego County will be the foundation for prevention efforts and a model for other counties. Read the San Diego Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

The San Francisco HSA-FCS prevention planning team showed engagement with cross-sector community partners and stakeholders to participate and offer feedback as part of their governance structure and CQI efforts. The Needs and Readiness Assessment conducted by the planning teams was thorough in exploring potential causes of disparity and in identifying what prevention services the community may need. San Francisco’s planning team identified eight (8) EBPs (4 approved through the Prevention Services Clearinghouse) to include in the initial round of implementation based on existing capacity and needs, the cross-cutting nature of the EBP, the age ranges supported, and the clinical licensure requirements due to the workforce shortages impacting California. Through these 8 EBPs and a comprehensive trauma-informed system, San Francisco County has developed prevention pathways for families to receive access to services that best meet their needs. As mentioned in San Francisco’s prevention plan, there are 491 programs providing prevention services and at least 419 of those programs are providing primary, secondary, or tertiary preventions services. Read the San Francisco Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

San Joaquin County completed a through dive into the relevant data and created a cross sector collaboration model that leveraged the existing governance structure to incorporate a diverse stakeholder feedback cycle. The selected candidacy population and correlating services selected appear to be based on what the county really needs. San Joaquin County identified the candidacy population as children aged 0-5 years, specifically Black and Latino children, families with children aged 11-15 years old and pregnant and parenting foster youth. To support the candidates Motivational Interviewing and Healthy Families America has been selected for the Title IV-E EBP requirement. Read the San Joaquin Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

The vision for San Luis Obispo County’s Child & Family Wellness Collaborative’s comprehensive prevention plan is effective partnerships across community partners committed to implement Motivational Interviewing to help support youth and families while providing prevention services across San Luis Obispo County, while ensuring families take the actions necessary to change their behavior to help reduce child abuse and neglect. Their target populations are at risk youth ages 12-17, pregnant and parenting youth, and homeless youth countywide as well as children, youth and families in the North County region. San Luis Obispo County’s comprehensive prevention services include: the use of Motivational Interviewing as a cross-cutting case management practice; expanding Services Affirming Family Empowerment (SAFE) System of Care, including hiring a SAFE System of Care Coordinator; hiring a Primary & Secondary Prevention Coordinator; targeted services and outreach to youth ages 12-17; and evidence-based parenting curricula for parents of children who have developmental delays. The SAFE System of Care is a robust plan for collaboration, safety and risk assessment, model fidelity and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI).  Read the San Luis Obispo Comprehensive Prevention Plan

The San Mateo County Comprehensive Prevention Plan (CPP) affirms the county’s commitment to keeping children and families together and preventing the need for foster care whenever possible and pursuing opportunities to leverage federal Title IV-E and state Family First Prevention Services Block Grant funding, along with other resources, to expand the availability of prevention services within the County. The San Mateo County CPP focuses on all 12 candidacy populations and identifies four main pillars of challenge within the county: Racial disparities in poverty and child welfare system involvement, Mental health and substance abuse challenges, Increased rates of sexual abuse allegations and identified victims of exploitation and Increasing severity of maltreatment and vulnerability of young children.  The CPP outlines San Mateo County’s plan to address these four pillars. San Mateo County will implement the following EBPs as part of their CPP: Healthy Families America, Motivational Interviewing (Substance Abuse/Cross-Cutting), Nurse-Family Partnership, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Parents as Teachers. Read the San Mateo Comprehensive Prevention Plan and Addendum.

Santa Barbara County’s CPP is also known as “Together for Children.” Their vision is that children, families, and communities in Santa Barbara County are safe and thriving and have equitable access to resources and opportunities. With phased-in implementation, Santa Barbara County intends to serve all eligible FFPSA candidacy groups, and children and families who do not meet candidacy requirements but may benefit from prevention services, including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Healthy Families America, and Parents As Teachers. Initial efforts will focus on Latinx and Mixtec low-income families in North County as well as Native American children identified by a tribe. By co-creating the Community Pathway with contracted CBOs and parents from communities disproportionately represented in the child welfare system and by ensuring services and EBPs provided are culturally and linguistically relevant, Santa Barbara County aims to increase equity and reduce disproportionality and the number of system-involved families.”  Read the Santa Barbara Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

The Santa Clara County Comprehensive Prevention Plan (CPP) is a 3-year plan to strengthen and expand the spectrum of services to support child and family resilience and wellbeing. Santa Clara County’s CPP identifies four priority populations: Pregnant and Parenting Foster Youth; Homeless Youth or Families; Families with Youth Struggling with Substance Abuse; and Families Struggling with Domestic Violence. Santa Clara County selected to implement Multi-systemic Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Functional Family Therapy, Brief Strategic Family Therapy, and Nurse-Family Partnership as part of their prevention services array. The services selected are expected to promote protective factors. The Santa Clara County CPP also details efforts to shift public systems towards playing a primarily supportive role to families and communities and reduce or prevent the trauma associated with system involvement. Santa Clara County’s CPP includes the county’s intentions to pilot the state’s recommended Community Pathway approach.  Read the Santa Clara Comprehensive Prevention Plan, addendum, and community engagement proposal

Santa Cruz County has established a governance structure that enables all cross-sector collaborative partners to participate in meaningful discussions and partners remain consistently engaged in the decision-making process. A unique aspect of Santa Cruz’s plan is that it includes an implementation plan at a systems level, community level, program and individual level which ensures prevention services will be accessible to residents across Santa Cruz County. Additionally, Santa Cruz County acknowledged within the Plan specific challenges and potential solutions. This highlights Santa Cruz’s County’s proactive and collaborative approach to overcoming any significant barriers to serving vulnerable populations in the County. Read the Santa Cruz County Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Shasta’s County goal for preventative services is to offer families at risk of child abuse and neglect protective intensive voluntary services to allow children to remain in their homes without court oversight, alleviating risk factors and establishing a safe, sustainable environment. Shasta has worked collaboratively with their community partners as well as contracted providers to establish new practices to address barriers with their most vulnerable population. As part of their prevention planning, Shasta created the Intensive Family Preservation Pilot (IFP)  to create pathways for families who need a secondary level of prevention with intent to expand to primary prevention. Shasta’s candidacy will focus on children and families known to the child welfare system and juvenile probation, ages 6-10 and 11-15, for youth with allegations of abuse or trauma. As part of their Theory of Change and desired outcome, Shasta’s CPP details their vision towards a reduction in open court ordered dependency cases, decreasing trauma to children children/youth which will impact their community by increasing self-resiliency in families and less dependency on formal supports and community resources. Read the Shasta Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

The Sierra County Children and Family Well-being Network is committed to providing services that reduce and prevent child abuse through primary and secondary prevention programs and services that strengthen family and community connections. Their Comprehensive Prevention Plan reflects this commitment through their impressive cross-sector collaboration, and plans to implement prevention programs that serve their unique community. Sierra County has surveyed their community members and providers to provide their CPP planning team with as many resources to fill gaps in services as possible. Sierra County intends to look at programs that fit in one of three categories: youth programming, home visitation, and social emotional health. Read the Sierra County Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Siskiyou County has provided an in-depth CPP that includes detailed asset mapping and cross sector collaborative process’ to select the Title IV-E eligible EBPs of Brief Strategic Family Therapy, Functional Family Therapy, Healthy Families America, Motivational Interviewing, Multisystemic Therapy, Parents as Teachers.
The candidacy population is identified as children living in poverty, expectant and parenting youth in foster care, families experiencing substance use disorder challenges, families experiencing domestic violence challenges, families in need of post-permanency support services and teenagers experiencing substance use disorder challenges. Siskiyou County’s relationship with, consideration for and voice given to the Karuk Tribe (Title IV-E) and Quartz Valley Indian Reservation in this CPP stood out and is commendable. Siskiyou County included a specific goal to “work to protect the bond between the Karuk Tribe and its children and culture thereby promoting the security and stability of the Tribe and Karuk families:” These intentional efforts and commitments are important to prevention goals.  Read the Siskiyou Comprehensive Prevention Plan

Solano County will be utilizing a phased-in approach to implementation of their Comprehensive Prevention Plan, which promotes long-term sustainability.  Based on asset mapping results and data analysis Solano County will be focusing on four priority areas in the first phase of implementation which includes, expanding the continuum of support to families with children under five, increasing the availability of in-home and community-based services, reducing racial disproportionality and disparities in the child welfare system and expanding the continuum of support to address youth behavioral health challenges.  Within Solano County’s Comprehensive Prevention Plan is a commitment to identifying and implementing EBPs that are adapted to be culturally responsive to the needs of the communities served.  The Comprehensive Prevention Plan demonstrates Solano County’s commitment to working collaboratively with various agencies and prevention partners. Additionally, Solano County’s data analysis, based on community studies which focused on different aspects of well-being, led to an understanding of needs, risk factors, and challenges. Read the Solano Comprehensive Prevention Plan and Addendum. 

Sonoma County has engaged in a collective planning effort to ensure child abuse prevention does not fall upon one agency alone but is a community responsibility involving a coalition of residents, organizations and service providers across the county. Through listening closely to the voices of the community, exploring data, and facilitating dialogue with cross sector partners, Sonoma and their Prevention Planning Leadership Team developed a Comprehensive Prevention Plan (CPP) that hopes to create and sustain an equitable prevention system that promotes equitable decision-making, interventions and opportunities for the diverse array of families across their community. Sonoma’s vision for prevention is for all Sonoma County children and families to have equitable access to timely, integrated supports that ensure they thrive in safe, responsive, and caring communities where they live, learn, work and play. As part of their needs assessment, Sonoma utilized research from Indigo Team (third party survey) to perform a comprehensive review of existing reports, data and evaluations to highlight key needs of Sonoma families. In doing so, Sonoma concluded in their gap analysis that they needed to invest in addressing basic needs, expand trauma-informed services to meet demand, make it easier for families to get support, strengthen culturally relevant services and supports, build parenting capacity, and create more prevention partners. As part of their prevention efforts, Sonoma utilized the State block grant one time funding for consultant and direct staff services, prevention planning and to create a new dedicated position to oversee final stages of development and implementation of Sonoma County CPP for ongoing engagement and outreach, especially with tribal partners. Sonoma also developed a pilot program for a Functional Family Therapy Model, utilizing Motivational Interviewing as part of their Evidence Based Practice (EBP) selection to provide wraparound services to youth and families that are part of the candidate population. Read the Sonoma Comprehensive Prevention Plan

Stanislaus County submitted a well thought out and robust CPP. The “Design Team” has a dynamic governance structure which clearly powers the cross sector collaboration framework. The CPP details aspects of how you analyzed the data, receive feedback, select target populations, select services and support engagement of all while keeping the main goals of prevention services in focus. Stanislaus County has selected Nurse Family Partnership, Healthy Families America, Homebuilders and Family Check Up as their Title IV-E EBP’s. It is exciting to see plans to implement a community pathway leveraging the wide service array already in the community. Read the Stanislaus Comprehensive Prevention Plan

As part of their vision and theory of change, Sutter’s goal aligns with CA’s vision of reducing out-of-home placement and entry into Child Welfare and Juvenile Probation by improving children, youths, and families’ behavioral and emotional functioning.  Sutter uses the Interagency System of Care for Children, Youth and Family Services (AB2083) Memorandum of Understanding governed by the Family Intervention Team to ensure cross-sector collaboration in their CPP called the Interagency Leadership Team (ILT). Sutter’s CPP does a thorough job of identifying their asset and needs from their data sources and provides an in-depth analysis and recommendation based on the results. Based on data from County Self Assessment (CSA), California Child Welfare Indicators Project (CCWIP), and various sources, Sutter County candidacy will focus on children, youth, and families aged up to 17 years with intense emotional and behavioral health needs, as well as prioritizing children, youth and families without active involvement with Child Welfare and/or Juvenile Probation, and those at risk of out of home placement and/or placement disruptions. Sutter County prevention efforts include an expansion of High-Fidelity WrapAround, Differential Response and other upstream prevention services to better support families. Sutter’s goal is to improve access to intensive mental health and behavioral health services in-home to reduce the need for child welfare involvement and/or out of home placements. Read the Sutter Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Tulare County’s vision is “every child safe by having every community engaged and invested.” The collaborative mission of the Tulare County community is to provide support and services that are equitable, inclusive, and easy to access by the community. Prevention Services in Tulare County are compassionate and focused on increasing the safety and well-being of children and youth so they can safely stay at home, within their communities. The target populations prioritized in the CPP include but are not limited to youth that are disproportionately represented in the foster care system; youth living in underserved areas, including rural communities; and youth that meet 3 or more of the criteria that qualify them as FFPSA candidates. Their prevention service array includes expansion of Nurse Family Partnership and Healthy Families America and the implementation of Family Check Up, which will serve youth involved in child welfare and juvenile probation as well as pregnant and parenting foster youth. The inclusion of Tribal and community pathways ensures that youth and families in all communities within Tulare County will have access to services and supports. Read the Tulare Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Tuolumne County’s CPP demonstrates a commitment to elevating the voices of those with lived expertise. The County is developing a process to include community members with lived expertise in stakeholder groups and the Tuolumne Resilience Coalition (the CPP Planning body). Tuolumne County took a unique approach to the service array assessment and mapped resources based on prevention level (primary, secondary, or tertiary), which led to creation of a community resource guide to support the implementation of a community pathway.

Tuolumne County has selected two evidence-based practices (EBPs) for implementation, Motivational Interviewing as a cross-cutting approach and Parents As Teachers. As a small rural county, Tuolumne County selected Motivational Interviewing for its adaptability with different populations and across disciplines.   Tuolumne County Public Health was awarded a grant through the California Home Visiting Program and chose to deliver Parents As Teachers. The selection of Parents As Teachers as the second EBP for implementation highlights the strength of the cross-collaborative work within Tuolumne County and the willingness to leverage resources for long-term sustainability.

Tuolumne County has also provided an in-depth logic model which can be used as a model for other counties. This logic model clearly identifies the target population, lists the activities needed to achieve both short and long-term goals, and the overall impact. Tuolumne County’s CPP lays the foundation to build a comprehensive system of services starting with prevention. Read the Tuolumne Comprehensive Prevention Plan and Local Spending Plan.

Ventura County’s blueprint for wellness, based on the Integrated Core Practice Model, features a place-based approach. Through alignment and integration of public system and community providers, wellness activities are prioritized in communities that: (1) have been overrepresented in public systems (particularly Latinx and indigenous/immigrant families who are the most prevalent in our county’s target areas); (2) experience rates of poverty (associated with child neglect) significantly over the state average; and (3) are home to a significant number of underserved young children who are under five years old. By leveraging requirements of AB 2083 and the Comprehensive Prevention Plan, Ventura County partners will move upstream to support wellness for healthy families and strong communities. The Wellness System Collaborative, which includes public and private partners, youth, and parents, will co-design, co-implement, and co-lead the Ventura County Community Pathway, which will build on existing infrastructure. Essential components include the VC Community Pathway (“Every Right Door”); a neighborhood approach to providing services; an equity imperative; services that address early childhood critical windows (including use of the EBPs Nurse Family Partnership and Parents as Teachers) as well as the needs of older youth and families (including Family Check-Up and Motivational Interviewing EBPs); and a guaranteed income pilot. Read the Ventura Comprehensive Prevention Plan.

Yolo County’s extensive capacity assessment, data analysis, and service array findings helped informed their prioritized candidacy population and elected Evidenced Based Practices (EBPs). Yolo County plans to prioritize African American families and families with children between the ages of 0-5 who reside in West Sacramento. They selected Health Families America (HFA) and Family Check-Up (FCU) as their EBPs. Yolo County intends to work closely with the Yolo County Children’s Alliance’s West Sacramento Family Resource Center (YCCA’s WSFRC) to ensure coordination and alignment with the selected EBPs. By coordinating with the YCCA’s WSFRC, families will receive information that best meets their needs for necessities, including food, housing, medical care, and supplies, as well as information leading to broader cultural support and recreation opportunities for families. In addition to closely working with YCCA’s WSFRC, Yolo County provided a thorough service array chart with all their prevention services. Yolo County currently has twenty-eight primary prevention services, twenty-one secondary services, and forty-one tertiary services. Read the Yolo Comprehensive Prevention Plan. View Plan Addendum

The Yuba County CPP indicates an initial FFPS candidacy population of families with children aged 0-5 years and youth aged 11-15 years, specifically Black and Native American families. 

Yuba County intends to explore expanding the priority population definition based upon future program evaluation.  Substantial amounts of data analysis and focus groups were conducted to determine the unmet needs of the community. The EBPs chosen to best meet the community needs are Parents as Teachers (PAT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Triple P Parenting.  Read the Yuba Comprehensive Prevention Plan and Attachment A.

Yurok Tribe completed a thorough data analysis and assessment process which aligned directly with the selection of evidence-based practices. In addition, to an assessment of Yurok Tribe’s child welfare data, the Comprehensive Prevention Plan included data from two counties, Humboldt and Del Norte, in which Yurok Tribal members reside. Through this analysis, Yurok was able to identify the top three factors leading to entry into child-welfare, this includes parental substance abuse, domestic violence and parental mental health. To address these concerns, Yurok has selected to implement Motivational Interviewing for Substance Use Treatment and as a cross-cutting approach, Multisystemic Therapy, and Parents As Teachers. Additionally, Yurok categorically outlined service gaps and needs, as well as the programs that would help to address those needs. This led to primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies. Yurok also included two templates. One template is the candidacy determination form and the second is the prevention case plan form. Read the Yurok Tribe Comprehensive Prevention Plan.