4100 Branch Center Road
Sacramento, CA 95827
Phone: (916) 875-0523
Fax: (916) 876-5320
(Driving Directions)

Reunification with family is one of the goals of rehabilitation; however, there are often cases where it is in the best interest of the minor to be placed in a group home or intensive therapeutic residential setting. The Positive Achievement Change Tool (PACT), an evidence based risk and needs assessment instrument, is used to identify a youth’s treatment needs. 


Placement Services

Level A Placement

Level A Placement focuses on placing minors in appropriate treatment facilities located within the State of California.

Level B Placement

Level B Placement focuses on placing minors in treatment facilities located in states other than California.  In order for Wards to be placed out-of-state, it must be shown that this measure of intervention is in the minor’s best interest, staff with the Interagency Management and Authorization Committee (IMAC), and must be approved by the Court.  Accepted Level B facilities are currently located in Nevada, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Michigan, Virginia, Utah and Arizona.

Sacramento Assessment Center – IMPACT Program

A 21-bed, non-secure, co-educational, placement facility, the Sacramento Assessment Center performs comprehensive assessments of wards to determine their placement needs.  The Integrated Model for Placement Case Management and Treatment (IMPACT) program uses a battery of clinical instruments to develop a fully encompassing case plan.  The goal of this plan is to place the minor in the most appropriate available program by identifying the treatment needs and/or services that can best address his/her assessed needs.  A multi-disciplinary team focuses on determining the functionality level of the minor in ten areas: criminality, education, psychology, medical, social attachment, vocational skills, substance abuse, psychiatry, recreation, and family dynamics.  Program research has shown positive outcomes for youth assessed through the IMPACT program.

Family & Children Community Treatment Program (FCCTP)

The Family & Children Community Treatment Program (FCCTP) was developed to directly address the multiple factors contributing to the delinquency of placement minors as identified through assessment. Providing post-assessment services where the problems occur (in homes, schools, and neighborhoods) reduces the barriers to treatment of the minor’s identified needs. The population served by this program includes post assessment center (IMPACT) youth categorized in one of the following groups: 1) children recommended to return home or to an appropriate relative with on-going case management/treatment; 2) Children whose return home might be expedited with special case management/treatment services; and 3) Children who without such services would be placed out-of-county. Based on the Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) model, FCCTP integrates the following components: child and family counseling; child and family mental health treatment; recreational activities; community referral and liaison; and vocational referral and support.

Contact Information:
Children’s Mental Health Access Team
Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Telephone: (916) 875-9980 

Group Home Monitoring

In July, 2011, the Placement Division implemented a group home monitoring program. Because the state's Community Care Licensing only audits group homes every 5 years, Probation ensures minors are safe and living in environments conducive to change; therapeutic, academic, and recreational services, consistent with their case plans, are being provided; and their structure and supervision level is appropriate. The Placement Monitor uses this model and also reviews new programs seeking to receive referrals from Sacramento County Probation. 

AB 12 (Extended Foster Care)         

On September 30, 2010, the Governor signed AB 12 into law. With an implementation date of January 1, 2012, the Placement Division has been diligently working with County Child Protective Services, the Department of Human Assistance, Juvenile Court and the Public Defender to develop a process to implement extended foster care for those Non-minor Dependents (NMD) that would normally exit placement without any assistance, services or reunification with parents or legal guardians. The Placement Division currently has officers assigned to this program and the officers have been integral in planning discussions about the unique challenges of providing case management and supervision to this population.


Visit the California Department of Social Services  website for more information.