2013 RBS Lessons Learned Report
Using Insights from the Residentially Based Services Project to Inform California's Statewide Continuum of Care Reform Implementation Efforts
California's Residentially-based Services Reform initiative seeks to transform the state's group homes, currently providing long-term congregate care and treatment, to programs combining short-term residential stabilization and treatment with follow along community-based services to reconnect youth to their families, schools and communities.
In 2007, with the passage of AB 1453 (Soto), support of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), financial support from Casey Family Programs, and the creation of the RBS Reform Coalition, reform of the state's system for care and treatment of youth with challenging needs came to fruition. In 2010, project authority was extended to January 1, 2015 through passage of AB 2129. This statute also clarified cost containment provisions and performance indicators for RBS sites during the demonstration period.
The legislation authorized selection of four counties that, in partnership with private providers, will implement alternative program and funding models consistent with the framework document that defines and describes RBS. The lessons learned from these projects will inform planning for statewide implementation of RBS reform due to the Legislature in 2015.