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 Consultations and Webinars

Monthly Case Consultations are available to all California counties.  To request a Case Consultation, please click here.

Upcoming Case Consultations

The ASIST/Specialized Permanency program provides monthly webinars, which include training from experts on subjects such as permanency, child-specific recruitment, coaching, as well as peer-to-peer learning. Additional resources include monthly child-specific case consultation calls, which will include a team of subject matter experts, system and program level permanency consultation and additional resources to support permanency-focused agency cultures and practices.

Upcoming Webinars

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

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