Behavioral Health Department
Child Welfare Subsystem - Foster Care
The Child Welfare Subsystem (CWS) is a specialized program of the Behavioral Health Department. This program provides behavioral health services to court dependent (California W&I Code 300) children/youth in Ventura County in collaboration with the Human Services Agency/Children and Family Services division. Referrals come from the Children and Family Services (CFS) Social Worker and Public Health Nurses (PHN’s) for mental health services.
The CWS program continues working in coordination with our Children & Family Services social work partners, public health nurses, foster parents and legal guardians in providing mental heath services to this unique foster population. Adjunct specialty services to the child/family include intensive behavior modification supports in the home environment as well as parenting classes for family. This team approach increases the successful reunification with the child/youth and their biological parents and/or legal guardians.
Services and Supports:
The CWS clinicians perform a complete bio-psycho-social assessment and master treatment plan within 3 weeks of referral. Clinicians provide intensive in home, community based and individualized mental health services to children/youth in their own home, family setting or the most homelike setting appropriate to their needs. CWS clinicians work closely with the CFS social worker and Public Health Nurses to best coordinate all services and referrals provided to the child/youth and their parent/guardian.
To access mental health services, or for immediate help, please call 24/7 1-866-998-2243.