About Presumptive Transfer
To provide children and youth in foster care who are placed outside their counties of original jurisdiction, in California, access to Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS) in a timely manner, Assembly Bill 1299 (Ridley-Thomas, Chapter 603, Statutes 2016 ) was enacted to establish presumptive transfer. Presumptive transfer means a prompt transfer of the responsibility for the provision of, or arranging and payment for SMHS from the county of original jurisdiction to the county in which the foster child resides.
The placing agency shall notify the Mental Health Plan (MHP) where the child resides through their posted single point of contact within 3-business days of the presumptive transfer decision and ensure that the foster child's residence address is updated in the MediCal Eligibility Data System (MEDS) within 2-business days of making the determination. This notification shall include the following information:
a. Identifying information about the child: name, date of birth, and address;
b. Name, location, and contact information of the referring placing agency;
c. Name and contact information of who can sign releases of information;
d. Name and contact information of who can sign consents;
To notify the MHP in Lassen County of a presumptive transfer case, please contact: