Regional Collaboratives

The Bay Area Academy serves as a convener of regional groups that focus on workforce development, implementation support and policy related concerns, as well as other needs throughout the Bay Area region.

The Bay Area Regional Children’s Committee is composed of director level representatives of the 12 Bay Area County Child Welfare Services Programs; representatives attend from Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, Marin, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma Counties in order to share program expertise that will improve the lives of vulnerable children throughout the Bay Area.

BARCC is constituted as:


Resources:
BARCC members only

For more information on BARCC, contact Chris Mathias.


The Training Advisory Board (TAB) was established in 1997 by the Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BASSC) and it convenes the 12 Bay Area counties’ Staff Development professionals in a learning space that is geared toward advancing training to meet regional workforce needs.

For more information on TAB, contact Chris Mathias.


The Bay Area Managers Meeting (BAMM) strives to create a supportive learning environment that encourages individual and the collective professional development and leadership capacities of Child Welfare managers from the Bay Area Region. BAMM is sanctioned by BARCC and includes various classifications of managers from the 12 Bay Area counties. The main purpose of BAMM is to provide shared learning among managers and to act as a vehicle for discussion related to the CA Core Practice Model (CPM), emerging trends, new initiatives and program operations, as well as a venue to problem solve areas of shared interest.

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For more information on BAMM, contact Emily Katz.


The Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) regional collaborative convenes regional leadership in Child Welfare, Behavioral Health and Probation to develop regional and collaborative implementation strategies.

For more information on CCR, contact Chris Mathias.


The Resource Family Approval (RFA) learning collaborative convenes every other month to support learning and RFA implementation. All Bay Area counties are invited to send Relative Approval, Adoptions, Licensing, Emergency Response and other staff and leadership to join this group, which is facilitated by the Child and Family Policy Institute (CFPIC), Shared Vision Consultants and the California Department of Social Services.

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The Federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) provided guidance to states which promoted the use of Continuous Quality Assurance (CQI), including the use of case reviews. As a result of increased awareness of CQI principles and the guidance from ACF, California began the process of building a case review process for Child Welfare. In August 2015, county Child Welfare Service and Probation agencies began conducting qualitative case reviews using dedicated case review and quality assurance staff. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) CFSR Case Review Unit provides technical assistance and a second level of quality assurance to ensure uniformity across all of the counties in the completion of the instrument.

Facilitated by BAA and CDSS, the Case Review learning collaborative is comprised of case reviewers from the twelve Bay Area counties and meets quarterly. The main purpose of this group is to collaborate as a region and provide an opportunity for reviewers to connect and exchange ideas, as well as discuss challenges and solutions.

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For more information on the Case Review learning collaborative, contact Emily Katz. For general information about Case Reviews in California, contact cwscasereviews@dss.ca.gov.