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DEAR COLLEAGUE We are pleased to share this Core Practice Model Handbook to assist you in your work on behalf of children and families in Los Angeles County. The Handbook is a brief reference tool for social workers therapists and other professionals as we continue expanding Core Practice Model CPM implementation countywide. While not a comprehen- sive manual to the CPM the Handbook is intended to be a useful guide with reminders insights and tips to help you make a positive difference for the children families and communities we serve. The Core Practice Model represents a powerful evolution of our child welfare practice to meet childrens underlying needs strengthen families and engage communities. We thank you for your ongoing commitment and dedication to improving our work together. Sincerely Philip L. Browning Director Department of Children and Family Services Robin Kay Acting Director Department of Mental Health