``Investing in trainers and curriculum to increase the quality of services for elderly and disabled individuals across the state.``

The Beginning

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Training Academy

During the period of 2016 to 2019, the Social Policy Institute (SPI) was funded by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to develop and implement the IHSS Training Academy. THe SPI team revitalized the IHSS Core Curriculum, recruited, trained and supported high quality trainers, and developed several topical trainings, such as Disability Awareness.

Older Adults are the fastest growing segment of our population. Services, systems, and communities need to adjust to meet the changing needs of an aging society.

What Changed

SPI ensured high quality services across all IHSS related program activities by providing a solid administrative infrastructure for registration and tracking of all training participants and implemented a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) System to monitor and continuously enhance the training curriculum and training delivery.

In The End

Overall, trainings were provided to 4,500 County social workers as requested by the CDSS Adult Services Division in California.

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SPI's Executive Leadership brings subject matter expertise in their respective fields as well as a combined track record for innovation and quality.

Steve Hornberger

Steve Hornberger is the Co-Director of the Social Policy Institute (SPI) since 2014 administering a number of statewide contracts.

Lori Clarke

As Co-Director, Lori brings innovation and excellence to design/development and facilitation of insight and action.

Stories of Success

What Our Partners Say

Elizabeth Estes

“The Social Policy Institute’s Director, Steve Hornberger, has been an integral part of Breaking Barriers development and implementation. The Social Policy Institute team has brought excellence and innovation to support Breaking Barriers’ work across systems to increase and enhance the well-being of California’s children and youth.”

Elizabeth Estes

Founder, Breaking Barriers
Robin Jenkins

“San Diego State University’s Social Policy Institute has been a highly valued partner for the State of California and an array of organizations seeking to effectively translate evidence-supported science into well-designed public policies for broad social benefits. One example is through our National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives and SDSU collaborations. As well, SPI’s work with county-level Prevention teams and their articulation of best practices with and for Child Abuse Prevention Councils across the state of California has been impressive.”

Robin Jenkins

Associate Director, The Impact Center, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill
Dr. Rachelle Benson

“The entire team at the Social Policy Institute brought subject matter expertise and cultural humility to the revision and redesign of our Faith-based and Behavioral Health Training Academy! Our trainers appreciated the validation for what they already know and can do; coaching to raise their game to a higher level of performance; and the high-quality, evidence-based materials.”

Dr. Rachelle Benson

Vice President, Stepping Higher Inc.

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