Crisis & Safety Net Services

Safety Net Continuum of Care- Preventative Support Services, Mobile Crisis, Residential Services, Homes/Services for Complex Support Needs, Acute Crisis Options, Step Down, Stabilization/Wrap-Around

With the closure of state-operated developmental centers, the safety net system is developed to be person-centered, trauma-informed, and to prevent or transition individuals from placements and interventions that are highly restrictive. The Department is committed to an evolving safety net system to ensure individuals with co-occurring behavioral, mental health, and medical needs are identified in childhood and adolescence and that a range of safety net supports and specialized services are in place to provide a continuum of care throughout their lifespan.

The safety net system recognizes that consumers with co-occurring behavioral and mental health conditions often receive supports from multiple agencies, including mental health, special education, psychiatric, and mobile crisis services. The Department is committed to strengthening its crisis and safety net services by providing a range of services and supports in the community that are specific to these individuals’ needs.

Characteristics of Services

Individuals and those providing them with support will be able to access and move through the continuum of services in a fluid manner, receiving tailored, appropriate levels of intervention and support. In addition, individuals, families, professionals and direct support staff will be provided tools, skills, and interventions needed to quickly and effectively prevent, identify, and deescalate crises.

The Department will continue to engage with individuals, family members, regional centers, professionals, advocates, and other stakeholders to:

  • Identify strategies and potential models of services and supports,
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of existing models, and
  • Address the capacity of community safety net services and supports.

Fiscal Year 2019-2020

Plan for Crisis & Other Safety Net Services
in the California Developmental Services System
– January, 2020 PDF

Fiscal Year 2017-2018

Plan for Crisis & Other Safety Net Services in the
California Developmental Services System
– May, 2017 PDF


Last modified: June 10, 2020