Realignment Review: New Reality for Advocates

Realignment is the new reality for California’s child welfare, foster care, and community mental health programs; not a temporary strategy, not a recession era intervention, but truly a redefinition of the policymaking context for many programs serving our most vulnerable. And it’s complex: “local control” in California means that 58 different boards oversee 58 different sets of interlocking systems and are subject to the unique pressures of 58 different counties’ demographic, political, and social realities. read more