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ALL COUNTY LETTER NO. 08-21 Page Two

The County Placement Agency Director or designee should contact CDSS, OSCU either by phone or e-mail as soon as a group home has been identified and/or selected as a potential placement for a child(ren) and it is determined that the chosen group home is not currently certified1. The County Placement Agency Director or designee shall then submit a “letter of support” to OSCU stating their interest or intent to place with the group home. However, prior to submitting a “letter of support”, it is recommended that the county placement worker visit the prospective facility to the extent permitted by the respective state’s statutes and regulations.

1. Additionally, the County Placement Agency shall submit the identifying information listed below:

    • A.

      the facility name, address, telephone number, and contact person;

    • B.

      the county placement worker’s name, address, fax and telephone numbers;

    • C.

      whether the facility is for profit or non-profit (Please note: No state or federal funding may be used for placements in out-of-state for-profit facilities); and

    • D.

      if there is a specific child awaiting placement, the child’s name, date of birth and juvenile court status.

  • 2.

    The OSCU will then contact the facility to assess and determine:

    • A.

      if the facility is eligible to be certified;

    • B.

      if the facility is willing to apply for CDSS certification and comply with California group home licensing laws and standards in addition to complying with their own states laws and standards;

    • C.

      if the facility is currently licensed and in good standing with the licensing authority(ies) of the state in which it is located; and

    • D.

      whether the facility is for-profit or non-profit.

  • 3.

    If the facility is eligible and its administrator agrees to apply for certification, the administrator will be requested to fax a “letter of intent” to OSCU confirming:

  • A.

    the facility’s intent to apply for certification by completing and submitting an application package to OSCU within four weeks of receiving the application package and;

  • B.

    their intention to accept and serve the specific child identified by the placement worker, if a child has been identified.

4.

The OSCU will notify the placing county that the facility has initiated or will pursue, certification.

For the most up-to-date listing of certified facilities, contact the OSCU.

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