Clothing allowance & SCI under CCR

Q: I understand that foster care rates have changed as of January 1, 2017 as a result of California’s Continuum of Care Reform (CCR). What about the clothing allowance and the Specialized Care Increment? Do these still exist under CCR?

A: Yes, the clothing allowance and the Specialized Care Increment (SCI) still exist under Continuum of Care Reform (CCR). On top of the foster care rates which did change as of January 1, 2017 (see 11/9/17 Q of the W to learn more), counties may continue to pay an SCI and clothing allowance.

As stated in All County Letter 16-79, families paid at a higher rate than the basic level rate (e.g. any additional SCI) may continue receiving those rates at county discretion. Counties will continue to provide written guidelines for their discretionary continuation of SCI rates and clothing allowances, and apply these guidelines equitably to determine a family’s eligibility for SCI rates or clothing allowances.

Citation: All County Letter 16-79 (September 22, 2016)

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2 thoughts on “Clothing allowance & SCI under CCR

  1. Cynthia Freeman says:

    However youth in AB12 do not receive clothing allowance or Specialized Care Rates, correct? I know they get the infant supplement if they have children in their care.

    • John Burton Foundation says:

      Hi Cynthia,

      NMDs can get Specialized Care Increments if they are placed in County Foster Family Homes or with relative caregivers or Non-Related Extended Family Members (and are eligible for an SCI). NMDs can receive a clothing allowance in any placement.

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