The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) allocated funds to support the implementation of the FURS. FURS is a coordinated statewide, regional, and county-level system designed to provide support to current and former foster youth, as well as their caregivers. FURS requires county child welfare, probation, and behavioral/mental health agencies to establish a joint county-based mobile response system that includes a mobile response and stabilization team to provide in-person support as needed. This support also includes a toll-free hotline available 24 hours per day, seven days a week, in order to effectively engage caregivers and children and youth currently or previously in the foster care system who are experiencing tension and conflict in their relationships, emotional distress, or behavioral or other difficulties that may threaten their relationships. Hotline operators will provide immediate assistance over the phone to help defuse conflict and to provide focused engagement and assessment to make a referral to the county mobile response system for further support.
FURS is intended to have multiple positive effects on the lives of children and youth and caregivers, including:
- Preventing placement disruptions and preserving the relationship between the child or youth and their caregiver.
- Preventing the need for a 911 call or law enforcement involvement and avoiding the criminalization of traumatized youth.
- Preventing psychiatric hospitalization and placement into congregate care; and
- Promoting healing as a family.
- Preventing foster care reentry for former foster youth.
- Assist foster parents and foster youth to develop and practice skills and strategies that mitigate conflict.
Yolo County received funding from CDSS to meet the FURS requirements and established a joint county-based system that included a mobile response and stabilization team to provide immediate, in-person support 24 hours per day, seven days per week, including during normal business hours. Counties accepted and responded to referrals received from the state-established hotline as of the statewide hotline launch date of March 1, 2021.
Approval of this request will ensure that the County’s FURS services are available by the statewide hotline through the completion of the current RFP process for these services.
Performance measures were included in Agreement No. 21-41 and are not being changed by this amendment.