Viva La CANS

By: Shelly Paule, Policy Analyst County of San Diego Child Welfare Services (CWS) Hi, my name is Shelly Paule. As a policy analyst with the County of San Diego Child Welfare Services (CWS), I was the lead for managing the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) implementation. My role included drafting the policy, training roll out and completion, and coordinating with our Behavioral Health Services partners. As a trainer and an advocate for the positive impact CANS will have on the children and families we serve, I also have the privilege… Read More

Moment of Crisis, Part 3/4

Parenting with hope through the hard places by Jennifer Griffis. Visit the homepage for the full series! — “I don’t think she can safely return home right now. Do you have any other options? Are there any family members who can take her?” My husband and I sat across from our daughter’s case manager as she continued, “I just don’t think she can safely come home. The risk is too high.” This was supposed to be a treatment plan meeting. Our daughter had been home from residential care for almost six months…. Read More

Discharge Planning, Part 2/4

Parenting with hope through the hard places by Jennifer Griffis. Visit the homepage for the full series! — “Here’s the discharge summary. There’s a follow-up appointment for medication management in two weeks. She has an appointment for therapy next week. And here is all of the information on her medication. I just need you to sign here and then I’ll go get her for you.” After the nurse left the room I turned to my husband, “That’s it? We just take her home now? What do we do if she does this… Read More

Entering the System, Part 1/4

Welcome to the first post of a 4 part series written by Jennifer Griffis. Visit the homepage for her series for a full look into their experiences. — “The treatment team is recommending long-term residential placement. Have you filled out an application for Children’s Mental Health services?” I was sitting on the floor of my bedroom, door closed and phone pressed to my ear. At best I only had a few minutes of quiet before a child came looking for me, desperate for a snack or ready for a snuggle. It had… Read More