Presumptive Transfer


Under the Welfare and Institutions Code § 14717.1,   responsibility providing or arranging for Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS) shall promptly transfer from the county of  original jurisdiction to the county in which the foster child resides. This is known as “presumptive transfer.” The county of original jurisdiction remains responsible for reimbursing the host county for specialty mental health services provided or arranged by the host county. Under this program, CalMHSA acts as the fiscal agent for participating counties to make and receive transfer payments of county match dollars.

CalMHSA’s Portal:

A custom-built secure portal was developed by CalMHSA to provide its members access to member specific important information. Within the secure portal, the presumptive transfer platform officially launched October 12, 2019. The portal as it stands today allows members to issue requests for fund transfers for services rendered to foster youth from another jurisdiction, in addition to reviewing and verifying requests for transfer to allow for timely payments. CalMHSA continues to work with participating counties to improve and add new portal functions based on county needs.

State of California – Health and Human Service Agency Information Notices:

Participating Counties:

  • Alameda
  • Alpine
  • Butte
  • Calaveras
  • Colusa
  • Contra Costa
  • El Dorado
  • Fresno
  • Glenn
  • Kern
  • Madera
  • Marin
  • Merced
  • Modoc
  • Monterey
  • Napa
  • Nevada
  • Orange
  • Placer
  • Plumas
  • Sacramento
  • San Benito
  • San Francisco
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Clara
  • Shasta
  • Siskiyou
  • Solano
  • Sonoma
  • Ventura
  • Yolo