ASIST/Specialized Permanency

The Active Supportive Intervention Services for Transition (ASIST) program began in 2019 as a response to the need for specialized permanency services and supports in the transition of all children, youth and non-minor dependents (NMDs) who were residing in residential placements or residential care facilities to that of home-based settings. All County Letter (ACL) 19-53 outlines the history of the ASIST program and defines its requirements for participation.  There were 10 counties that originally opted-in for funding support during state fiscal years 19/20, 20/21 and 21/22.  Currently any California county can request consultation services.

The ASIST program (also referred to as Specialized Permanency) consultation supports extensive family finding and engagement; specialized permanency services; child-specific, field-based training and coaching; system and program-level consultation; and in-home support through high-fidelity Wraparound services or other intensive permanency-focused support services. It is important to note the ASIST/Specialized Permanency program does not replace existing Wraparound or other intensive supportive transition programs. Instead, it recommends augmentation of existing programs to provide extensive system and program-level change, direct services, resources and activities required to support children, youth and NMDs experiencing barriers to permanency.

Monthly Case Coaching

Monthly case coaching sessions are designed to assist county agencies in finding creative ways to connect difficult-to-place youth to familial and non-familial connections, and develop plans to stabilize youth already in placement. Coaching from UC Davis Human Services is conducted by national permanency experts with specializations ranging from family finding and engagement to complex trauma-informed responses.  

Monthly Webinars

ASIST sponsors monthly webinars from experts in the field of family finding, permanency, the neuroscience of trauma and much more. Join us for this free webinar each month, and hear from those on the cutting edge of the exciting and emerging changes in the way we approach child welfare and permanency!

Upcoming Webinars

  • August 17, 2022, 9-11 a.m.  "Is This Placement a Yes?” - Learn strategies for identifying appropriate resources parents and communicating effectively with them  Learn more and register.

For more information the ASIST/Specialized Permanency program, please email wraparoundquestions@dss.ca.gov.

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