As part of its instructions related to its outcome review process, Social Services should direct county CWS agencies to include completed internal death reviews in the development of their self-assessments and improvement plans.
Fully Implemented/Completion Date: September 2012. In addition to the September 2012 ACIN, in December 2012 CDSS released a draft of the California-Child and Family Services Review (C-CFSR) Instruction Manual to counties. In the manual, the Critical Incident Review Process states counties shall describe the process by which they review and respond to critical incidents such as fatalities and near fatalities. The process also suggests that counties should consider the appropriateness of including systemic issues in their respective SIPs if such issues are identified during the review process.
Counties have been utilizing the draft Instruction Manual when completing their CSAs and SIPs. CDSS is in the process of finalizing the Instruction Manual, which is expected to be published via ACL in the Fall of 2013.
Social Services released a September 2012 letter to county CWS agencies encouraging them to use information gathered from death reviews in their county self-assessments. However, the department did not indicate that it revised its instructions related to its outcome review process.
Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.