Foster Youth Placed Out-of-County
Ensuring that all foster youth have access to needed mental health services is a priority for DBH. This includes (1) foster youth who are originally from another county and now residing in San Bernardino County and (2) San Bernardino County foster youth who are now residing in another county.
For both groups, a primary resource is the DBH Access and Referral Unit which can be reached by calling (888) 743-1478. If additional support is needed after calling the Access Unit, you may contact the Juvenile Court Behavioral Health Services unit at (909) 387-7000.
One aspect of ensuring foster youth are served appropriately is being compliant with the process of getting approval to serve out-of-county foster youth, which was created by Senate Bill 785 (SB 785) and includes multiple state forms.
Presumptive Transfer of Medi-Cal (AB 1299)
In an effort to overcome barriers to mental health care for foster children placed outside their county of jurisdiction, Assembly Bill 1299 (AB 1299) established the presumptive transfer of responsibility for the provision and payment of Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS) from the county of original jurisdiction to the county in which the foster child resides.
Informing notices of presumptive transfers should be submitted by the placing agency to the new county of residence within three (3) business days of the decision to place a foster child outside the county of jurisdiction.
The single point of contact for presumptive transfers into San Bernardino County is the DBH Access and Referral Unit, which may be reached by phone (888) 743-1478, fax (909) 890-0353 or