Enhanced Care Programs Guide

The Enhanced Care Programs Guide serves as a manual to assist counties and providers with the development and implementation of individualized programs serving foster youth with unmet complex needs to safely and successfully thrive in family and community-based settings. This guide includes information about program design, eligibility, staffing models, clinical practices, and funding. This guide is not a “how to,” but instead offers an approach that can be adapted on a case-by-case basis to the individual youth’s developmental and behavioral needs and cultural background.

The Enhanced Care Programs Guide is a living document that will be periodically updated as we learn more and as we gather additional resources to assist providers and counties across California.

Below you will find links to particular sections of the ECP Guide, but if you wish to view it in its entirety, please click HERE.

For any questions you may have on the guide, please send an email to

Many people contributed to the conceptual framing of the Enhanced Care Program model. Thank you to Alex Volpe (Catalyst Center), Alison Larkin (Cardenas Consulting Group), Don Taylor (Pacific Clinics), Jen Cardenas (Cardenas Consulting Group), Lauren Crutsinger (Seneca Family of Agencies), Leticia Galyean (Seneca Family of Agencies), Mary Sheppard (Pacific Clinics), Renzo Bernales (California Department of Education), Victoria Kelly (Redwood Community Services), the Youth First Clinical Workgroup, and countless others who contributed time and ideas to the development of ECPs.