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Assessment Tools

Behavioral Health Services Co-Occurring Screening Tool (COST)

This eLearning course will provide a behavioral health screening tool for adults in English, for parents or caregivers in English as well as Spanish versions.

Curriculum Review EBP Guidelines

This checklist will assist trainers, stakeholders and staff in determining whether or not training materials meet evidence-based practice standards.

Screening Guidelines for Evidence-Based Research and Practice

This tool can be used to guide you in ensuring that your curricula has the most reliable, evidence-based practice standards built into it.

Training Observation Form

This form is completed by site coordinators and training assistants to give feedback on individual training deliveries.

Checklists and Program Tips

Bringing Them Back – Tribal STAR

How do you ease your children back to a home and a culture that is vastly different than what they have been experiencing for 10 years? This tip sheet offers suggestions.

Child Development Milestones Handout

This handout provides a comprehensive list of child development milestones including normal physical development, activities that promote healthy growth and developmental concerns.

Child Development Milestones Resource

This online resource provides a comprehensive list of child development milestones including normal physical development, activities that promote healthy growth and developmental concerns.

Positive Outcomes from a Tribal Perspective

This document describes what is meant by “positive outcomes” from a Tribal perspective.

Practical Suggestions for Non-Indian (Child Welfare) Workers & Newcomers to Tribal Communities

This document offers practical suggestions for child welfare workers who are newcomers to Tribal communities.

Quality Improvement Project for Psychotropic Medication Use (QIP) Foster Youth Mental Health Bill of Rights

This tip sheet lists the primary rights of foster youth receiving mental health services. This is a collaboration with our partners at the Department of Health Care Services to try and address the use of psychotropic medication in the foster youth community.

Quality Improvement Project for Psychotropic Medication Use (QIP) Questions to Ask About Medications

This tip sheet offers a list caregivers and youth can use to ask important questions about medication. This is a collaboration with our partners at the Department of Health Care Services to try and address the use of psychotropic medication in the foster youth community.

Recommendations for Developing and Maintaining Tribal Relationships

Suggestions on this concise list include the use of creativity, patience, preparation and planning, and respect when developing and maintaining Tribal relationships.

Tips for Cross-Cultural Training

The aim of this tip sheet is to effectively increase understanding of the complex issues surrounding Child Welfare Services for Tribal youth by illuminating historical events and how they have shaped today’s Tribal and non-Tribal relationships. See both long and short versions.

Tips for Following Protocol When Working with Tribal Communities

This tip sheet offers suggestion on how to follow protocol when working with Tribal Communities.

Tribal STAR Judges Checklist

This checklist has been developed to help judges determine the best circumstances surrounding placement of a child in a non-Indian home. The intention of this list is to provide guidelines that can strengthen the potential for a successful outcome.

eLearning Open to All

Supervisor’s Role in the Transfer of Learning to the Workplace

This is a brief online training that provides an overview of the behavioral health supervisor’s role in the transfer of learning.

Training Evaluation and Construction eLearning

This eLearning offers ways to identify training evaluation strategies and methods and construct exam questions.

Journal Articles

An outcomes evaluation of a leadership development initiative

Packard, T., & Jones, L. (2015). An outcomes evaluation of a leadership development initiative. Journal of Management Development34(2).

A leadership development initiative for eight county human service agencies: results after nine years

Coloma, J., Gibson, C., Jones, L., Packard, T., Rahiser, P., Tucker-Tatlow, J. (2014). A leadership development initiative for eight county human service agencies: results after nine years. Training and Development in Human Services. 8(1), 78-87.

A tool for evaluating leadership development initiative: From satisfaction to outcomes

Packard, T., & Jones, L. (2014) A tool for evaluating leadership development initiative: From satisfaction to outcomes. Training and Development in Human Services, 8(1):67-78.

Implementing services integration and interagency collaboration: experiences in seven counties

Packard, T., Patti, R., Daly, D., & Tucker-Tatlow, J. (2013). Implementing services integration and interagency collaboration: experiences in seven counties. Administration in Social Work, 37(4), 356-371.

Using strengths-based leadership to improve the child welfare system

Giardina, K. M. (2013). Using strengths-based leadership to improve the child welfare system. Journal of Family Strengths, 13(1), 7.

Continuum of readiness for collaboration, ICWA compliance, and reducing disproportionality

Lidot, T., Orrantia, R.M., & Choca, M. (2012). Continuum of readiness for collaboration, ICWA compliance, and reducing disproportionality. Child Welfare, Special Issue: Services for Native American Children and Families in North America, 91(3), 65-87.

Participant outcomes of a leadership development initiative in eight human service organizations

Coloma, J., Gibson, C., & Packard, T. (2012). Participant outcomes of a leadership development initiative in eight human service organizations. Administration in Social Work, 36(1), 4-22.

Organizational change for services integration in public human service organizations: Experiences in seven counties

Packard, T., Patti, R., Daly, D., & Tucker-Tatlow, J. (2012). Organizational change for services integration in public human service organizations: Experiences in seven counties. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, 34(4), 471.

Literature Reviews

Recruitment and Retention in Health and Human Services – SACHS – 2015

This report is designed to review the current recruitment and retention problems in public health and human services, with a focus on child welfare services, where a majority of the research in this field is. The research will discuss realistic job previews, and creative recruitment, hiring, and orientation strategies in human services.

23-Hour Assessment Centers – SACHS – 2014

In this literature review, the topic of 23-Hour Assessment Centers, which provide a temporary placement for children to be taken to after being removed from their homes, is discussed.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) – SACHS – 2014

Models and strategies for providing services to victims of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) has been building for over a decade. However, there is a lack of a current evidence base related to prevention, identification and interventions. This literature review delves into the discussion of CSEC programs and practices and the need for additional work in this area.

Teleworking in Human Services – SACHS – 2013

This review summarizes the existing research related to teleworking, with a focus on government organizations. Specifically, it provides information related to policies, procedures,best practices, challenges, and recommendations.

Review of Child Welfare Risk Assessments – SACHS – 2012

This literature review is a discussion of risk assessment tools used in child welfare agencies across the United States. It also provides results from research on risk assessment tools.

 

Father Engagement in Child Welfare – PCWTA – 2011

This literature review came about as a result of the Fatherhood Initiative, a Federal and statewide effort to address issues of fathers in the child welfare context. Since approximately the time of the Vietnam War, the United States has experienced a dramatic increase in fatherlessness among American children. In addition, fathers have historically been overlooked in child welfare and negative outcomes for children are correlated to this absence.

Open Juvenile Dependency Courts – SACHS – 2011

This review provides a summary of the existing research regarding public access to dependency proceedings and records in states across the country.

Child Maltreatment Fatalities-Risk Factors and Lessons Learned – SACHS – 2010

This review summarizes existing research literature to identify common factors/variables related to the type of maltreatment, the child, the parents/caretakers and other circumstances of the case that may contribute to a higher probability of fatal child maltreatment.

Differential Response: Effective Prevention and Intervention Models Implementation and Financing – SACHS – 2009

At the request of the Southern Area Consortium of Human Services (SACHS) Directors, this review of the research highlights effective prevention and intervention strategies for differential response from California’s eleven pilot counties.

Child Welfare Social Worker Recruitment and Retention: Influential Factors and Promising Practices – SACHS – 2009

This literature review summarizes numerous studies and literature from across the nation on the various factors that impact the readiness and retention levels of new child welfare social workers.

Mobile Applications

Academy for Professional Excellence Overview Andriod Mobile App

This mobile app for android phones provide an overview of the Academy for Professional Excellence and its programs.

Academy for Professional Excellence iPhone App

This browser-based mobile app for iPhones provides an overview of the Academy for Professional Excellence and its programs.

Assess Risk in Intimate Partner Violence Android App

This mobile app for android phones provides a handy checklist and resources to
assess if an individual is at risk for intimate partner violence (IPV).

Assess Risk in Intimate Partner Violence iPhone App

This browser-based mobile app for iPhones provides a handy checklist and resources
to assess if an individual is at risk for intimate partner violence (IPV).

Basic Interviewing for Social Workers for Android Phone

This mobile app for android phones provides tips and resources for social workers on
the basics of interviewing.

Basic Interviewing for Social Workers iPhone App

This browser-based mobile app for iPhones provides tips and resources for social
workers on the basics of interviewing.

CAT Tools Definitions Android App

This mobile app for android phones is intended to assist the completion for all CAT
tools when assessing Child Strengths, Child Vulnerabilities, and Adult Strengths.
The definitions included in this mobile application are examples of the different
types of strengths and vulnerabilities listed on the tools.

CAT Tools Definitions iPhone App

This browser-based mobile app for iPhones is intended to assist the completion for
all CAT tools when assessing Child Strengths, Child Vulnerabilities, and Adult
Strengths. The definitions included in this mobile application are examples of the
different types of strengths and vulnerabilities listed on the tools.

Child Development Milestones Android App

This mobile app for android phones provides a comprehensive list of child development milestones including normal physical development, activities that promote healthy growth and developmental concerns.

Critical Thinking Android App

This mobile app for android phones provides information on models, types of
questions and cognitive biases of critical thinking.

Critical Thinking iPhone App

This browser-based mobile app for iPhones provides information on models, types of
questions and cognitive biases of critical thinking.

Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Services Andoid App

This mobile app for android phones is designed for behavioral health professionals,
administrators and policy makers to help reduce behavioral health disparities,
increase health equity and seek solutions for under-served communities in
California.

Definiciones básicas de Recursos de Seguridad Organizada Android

Esta aplicación móvil para android tiene el objetivo de ser utilizada por
trabajadores sociales, supervisores, y gerentes en los condados que están
implementando y utilizando Práctica Organizada de Seguridad (SOP).

Definiciones básicas de Recursos de Seguridad Organizada iPhone

Esta aplicación móvil para iPhones tiene el objetivo de ser utilizada por
trabajadores sociales, supervisores, y gerentes en los condados que están
implementando y utilizando Práctica Organizada de Seguridad (SOP).

Child Development Milestones iPhone App

This browser-based mobile app for iPhones provides a comprehensive list of child development milestones including normal physical development, activities that promote healthy growth and developmental concerns.

Elements of Sexual Abuse App for iPhones

This mobile app is designed to provide social workers with the elements used to evaluate child sexual abuse in investigations. Many of these elements are often referred to as indicators of child sexual abuse.

Elements of Sexual Abuse Mobile App for Android Phones

This mobile app is designed to provide social workers with the elements used to evaluate child sexual abuse in investigations. Many of these elements are often referred to as indicators of child sexual abuse.

ICWA Guide Android App

This mobile app for android phones is designed to provide Social Workers with
guidelines for implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

ICWA Guide iPhone App

This browser-based mobile app for iPhones is designed to provide Social Workers with
guidelines for implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

Keys to Engagement Android App

This mobile app for android phones is designed to provide social workers with keys
to engaging the families they serve.

Keys to Engagement iPhone App

This browser-based mobile app for iPhones is designed to provide social workers with
keys to engaging the families they serve.

Safety Organized Practice Tool Android App

This mobile app for android phones is designed to help social workers utilize some
of the tools from Safety Organized Practice. This app can serve as a reminder to
workers to help workers remember important steps for utilizing the tools to help
build good working relationships with families, think critically, and enhance
safety.

Safety Organized Practice Tool iPhone App

This browser-based mobile app for iPhones is designed to help social workers utilize
some of the tools from Safety Organized Practice. This app can serve as a reminder
to workers to help workers remember important steps for utilizing the tools to help
build good working relationships with families, think critically, and enhance
safety.

Safety Planning in Intimate Partner Violence Android App

This mobile app for android phones includes recognizing if a victim of Intimate
Partner Violence is planning to Stay, Leave, or is in the “Process of Leaving” and
options that may support, and motivate, victims to provide safety for themselves and
the victim’s children.

Safety Planning in Intimate Partner Violence iPhone App

This browser-based mobile app for iPhones includes recognizing if a victim of
Intimate Partner Violence is planning to Stay, Leave, or is in the “Process of
Leaving” and options that may support, and motivate, victims to provide safety for
themselves and the victim’s children.

W&I Codes for CWS for Android App

This mobile app for android phones provides a brief overview of CA Welfare and
Institutions Codes Section 300 that are frequently used by Child Welfare Staff.

W&I Codes for CWS iPhone App

This browser-based mobile app for iPhones provides a brief overview of CA Welfare
and Institutions Codes Section 300 that are frequently used by Child Welfare Staff.

Program Tools

Public Child Welfare Training Academy Trainer Development Policy

Developed to provide support to new and experienced Public Child Welfare Training Academy (PCWTA) trainers in fulfilling the mission of the Academy for Professional Excellence. The policy includes Trainer Induction, Trainer Development, Trainer Recognition, Individual Trainer Development Plan, and Trainer Development Evaluation – Policy & Procedures

Research

In-Home Supportive Services: Descriptive Data Report 2013 – SACHS

The Southern Area Consortium of Human Services (SACHS) has performed an analysis of the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program data. This analysis was performed at the request of the SACHS Directors to examine annual changes to the IHSS Program.

In-Home Supportive Services: Descriptive Data Report 2012 – SACHS

The Southern Area Consortium of Human Services (SACHS) has performed an analysis of the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program data. This analysis was performed at the request of the SACHS Directors to examine annual changes to the IHSS Program.

In-Home Supportive Services: Descriptive Data Report 2011- SACHS

The Southern Area Consortium of Human Services (SACHS) has performed an analysis of the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program data. This analysis was performed at the request of the SACHS Directors to examine annual changes to the IHSS Program.

CalWORKs and Food Stamps Programs: A Comparison of SACHS Counties Applications and Cases (2007-2010) – SACHS

This report addresses research questions from the SACHS directors regarding changes in applicants and recipients in the CalWORKs and Food Stamps programs which may be effects of the current recession. Data were collected for the months of January 2007 and January 2010.

Review of the Research: Call Centers and Web-based Eligibility Systems – SACHS

This report is a review of the research performed on call centers and web-based eligibility systems

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