Several counties have customized their own training materials to ensure staff from both CalWORKs and child welfare services learn about Linkages together. Once Linkages is fully implemented, creating a permanent curriculum that can be incorporated into the Core training received by all new employees helps integrate Linkages into an agency’s practice model.
All Family Reunification and CalWORKs staff in Orange County received joint Linkages training on coordinating services for their mutual clients.
All newly hired staff at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) receive core training about Linkages using these presentation slides and handouts. Los Angeles county also uses to unique games to help staff learn about the programs. Download their LA Linkages Jeopardy and LA Lingo Bingo games.
Sonoma County has developed a “meet and greet” exercise Sonoma Speed Dating Exercise/Meet and Greet Between Programs to help staff from each program get to know about each other’s services.
Humboldt County has developed a training that is provided quarterly to all new hires in CalWORKs, Welfare-to-Work, and Child Welfare. Humboldt linkages new worker training