The Center for Children and Family Services

The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions established its Child and Family Services Center as part of its commitment to supporting the state’s ongoing efforts to improve mental health services for the children of California, particularly those experiencing Serious Emotional Disturbance and their families.The Center develops and disseminates information, convenes key stakeholder groups to identify and address priorities, informs policy discussion, participates in research and provides training and technical assistance to support innovation in local mental health services.Child and Family Center priorities include:

  • Improve public policies that impact services for children and youth, with mental health needs, who are served in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
  • Promote the use of quality assurance processes, fidelity monitoring, evaluation and outcome reporting as a key strategy to improve services for children and their families.
  • Reduce disparities in access to and quality of mental health services to diverse children and families.
  • Develop and provide training and technical assistance to directly support local efforts to implement and sustain effective practices.

In the spring of 1997, California State Department of Mental Health dedicated funds to establish a technical assistance center to support the expansion and continuous improvement of Children’s System of Care throughout the state. The center was named in honor of former Senator Cathie Wright, in recognition of her efforts to expand mental health services to children with serious emotional disabilities. The California State Department of Mental Health has partnered with the CIBHS, a non-profit public interest corporation, to operate the center.