Newsletters

To access prior CCOFFA newsletters, please click on the link to  open in another window. Below each link is a summary of the topics of  that newsletter.

2016:

  • February 15, 2017 CCOFFA newsletter
    • This newsletter had a final appeal for FFAs to apply for the NTI training as well as Probation’s outreach results, including examining recruitment and retention,  partnering with FFAs, building capacity, and using resource families as a step down out of congregate care.
  • January 11, 2017 CCOFFA newsletter
    • This newsletter had information from the CCR Probation work group.  It included updates from CCR director Sara Rogers, as well as information from a number of counties on how their Probation Departments were handling CCR and RFA requirements.
  • November 14, 2016 CCOFFA newsletter
    • This newsletter was from the Stakeholder Implementation Advisory Committee meeting.  Topics included fosterparentcollege.com, CFTs,  ITFC, a variety of CCR and RFA issues, as well as information about the Interim Licensing Standards.
  • September 26, 2016 CCOFFA newsletter
    • The information was from the Mental Health work group with a focus on placed children/youth who can receive Mental Health services, Mental Health’s role in CFTs, as well as education-related concerns.
  • August 29, 2016 CCOFFA newsletter
    • This newsletter shared information from the Mental Health work group trying to figure out Mental Health’s role in CCR.  It also shared about the resource book, Adoption in the Movies.
  • July 29, 2016 CCOFFA newsletter PDF
    • This newsletter outlines an amazing free opportunity for 20 hours of CEU qualified adoption competency training for FREE as part of a federally funded pilot project through C.A.S.E.
  • July 25, 2016 CCOFFA newsletter
    • This newsletter is from the 7/25/16 CCR Mental Health work group and discusses CFTs and Medi-cal 101 training for the FFAS.  The Medi-cal 101 discussion lead to a broader discussion regarding what is takes for a FFA for offer specialized mental health services.
  • July 24, 2016 CCOFFA newsletter
    • This newsletter has updates from CDSS about CCR, requirement for counties to review FFAs’ CCR/RFA updated Program Statements,  updates from the Audit and Rates Bureau, Mental Health Approval information, pertinent STRTP information, and accreditation advice from a FFA.
  • June 30,, 2016 CCOFFA newsletter
    • Included the current foci of the CCR Mental Health work group and quite a bit of information about medical necessity for a child/youth to receive Mental Health Services.
  • May 23, 2016 CCOFFA newsletter
    • Included updates shared at the 5/16 Mental Health work group meeting, accreditation advice from other FFAs, and 2 accreditation support organizations.
  • May 1, 2016 CCOFFA newsletter
    • Included updates from the 4/26 CCR Advisory Committee meeting, annoucements about the coming rate structure, and ideas for Regional CCR Technical Assistance,
  • March 23, 2016 CCOFFA newsletter
    • Included a correction and clarification of the change from making all FFAs also become adoption agencies to leaving our current system where some FFAs are adoption agencies and some are not, clarifications regarding  the elements of the new written assessment, and withdrawing the heard rumor that PAARP funding was going to bee cut in the near future,
  • March 18, 2016 CCOFFA newsletter
    • Included the initial and not fully accurate) info about the shift to not making all FFAs become adoption agencies and a possible PAARP reduction.  There were also quite a few updates from the 3/15 CCR meeing.
  • February 23, 2016 CCOFFA newsletter
    • Included the discussion and a polling of accredited FFAs to see if licensing was duplicative of accrediation, salient updates from the 2/22 CCR meeting, additional accreditation information, and some updates.
  • January 22, 2016 CCOFFA newsletter
    • Included updates from two January meetings – the CCR/FFA stakeholders meeting and the CCR Advisory Committee meeting, including information about the $2.5 million in the budget to help agencies become accredited the first time, and a number of hand-outs that were given.  If you would like a copy of the hand-outs, email the request to Jerry_Johnson@ccoffa.org

2015:

  • June 15, 2015 CCOFFA newsletter
    • Included information about the Foster Care Tax Credit Act, legislation to increase the number of CCL visits to FFAs,  tutoring service for foster youth, and brief updates on RFA and CCR, and a list of unreimbursed costs that FFAs will have as a result of RFA and CCR.
  • September 15, 2015 CCOFFA newsletter
    • Included a list of upcoming regional CCL/FFA quartlery meetings, info regarding COA, CARF, and Joint Commission, concerns abut the impact of mandated accreditation on smaller agencies, and a  foster family app.
  • September 30, 2015 CCOFFA newsletter
    • This focused on getting feedback from FFAs to see how many feel the costs associated with accreditation would make it hard, or impossible, to stay in business.
  • November 24, 2015 CCOFFA newsletter
    • Included information about an email test of the UC Davis/CDSS merged email master list for all FFAs (there are now 209), a training resource,  “sales pitches” from COA, CARF, and Joint Commission, and the time restraints about getting accredited in time to meet the CCR mandated target date.

2014:

  • October 16, 2014 CCOFFA newsletter
    • Included the announcement of RFA and CCR becoming law, request for feedback about RFA and CCR,  information from a FFA that experienced a punishing Rate Setting Audit, and a Rehab Resource.

Pre-2014 CCOFFA newsletters are available upon request.