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STATE OF CALIFORNIA - HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

744 P Street, Sacramento, California 95814

REASON FOR THIS TRANSMITTAL

May 27, 2008

[ ] State Law Change [ ] Federal Law or Regulation

Change [ ] Court Order [ ] Clarification Requested by

ALL COUNTY LETTER NO: 08-21

One or More Counties [ X ] Initiated by CDSS

TO:

ALL COUNTY WELFARE DIRECTORS ALL COUNTY CHIEF PROBATION OFFICERS ALL OUT-OF-STATE GROUP HOMES APPLICANTS ALL COUNTY CHILD WELFARE SERVICES PROGRAM MANAGERS

SUBJECT:

CERTIFICATION PROCESS FOR OUT-OF-STATE GROUP HOMES

REFERENCE: ALL COUNTY INFORMATION NOTICE NO. I-69-00

The purpose of this All County Letter (ACL) is to provide updated information regarding the process for California certification of out-of-state group homes. This ACL supersedes All County Information Notice No. I-69-00. Effective immediately, counties may not pre-certify facilities on behalf of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). Additionally, it is important for the county placement worker to advise the facility administrator that certification by CDSS is required and: 1) a certified out-of-state group home is required to comply with the licensure standards required of group homes in California, unless a waiver is granted; 2) the reporting requirements applicable to group homes in California pursuant to Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations apply for each child in the facility’s care regardless of whether he or she is a California placement; and 3) that the facility administrator should review the general and group home licensing regulations commencing at Title 22 section 80000 et seq; and 84000 et seq; respectively and contact CDSS, Out-of-State Certification Unit (OSCU) to initiate the certification process.

Pursuant to Family Code section 7911.1(c), CDSS is required to certify and perform initial and continuing inspections of out-of-state group homes providing care to dependents and wards of California’s Juvenile Courts placed by county social service agencies or probation departments. The CDSS recognizes new out-of-state group homes may be identified by counties to best meet a child’s specific and unique needs. The following procedures have been developed in order to expedite the certification process and the placement of children by the counties. Please note the following procedures, outlined in sequential order are necessary and essential to ensure timely certification of an out-of-state facility.

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