Catalyst Center Provider Vacancy Database
In partnership with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), the Catalyst Center is collecting vacancy information from STRTP, FFA, and THP service providers throughout California. The vacancy information is aggregated and used to answer requests for placement information coming from state and county officials.
The Catalyst Center is maintaining a current, statewide census of available vacancies for dependent youth. For that reason, weekly email reminders will be sent to STRTP, FFA, and THP providers asking for an update to their vacancy status, edit/add staff contacts, and confirm/update information about your facility. In the database, a “vacancy” refers to a placement slot that is available for immediate placement. For example, if an STRTP facility is licensed for 50 beds, but due to staffing shortages can only accommodate 30 youth, and is currently serving 25 youth, the total vacancies would be five (5); current capacity (30) minus beds in use (25).
The goal is that all STRTP, FFA, or THP facilities participate in this database. However, it is most advantageous for programs that are under capacity and could use placement referrals made through the Catalyst Center.
The Catalyst Center will use the database to identify available placements, but it is not involved in the placement process beyond the referral. A final placement determination must be made between the placing agency and the facility.
Instruction for providing updates can be found below. Instruction video can be viewed here (URL for video to come)
• Providers will provide updates for each of their licensed facilities.
• Providers will be able to enter vacancy information by “groups” that share common characteristics (age, gender identity, etc.)
• You may use the link in the weekly email to make changes to your vacancy status at any time. Thus, if a provider had 2 vacancies in their THP program on Monday, but accepted 2 youth on Wednesday, the provider could use the THP vacancy link to update their status to “0” on Wednesday.
Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also use this email address to inform us of any contact information updates.
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