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1 Round Table Discussion Presented by: TC Cassidy, MPA, M.Div., Director of Technical Assistance/HTR3 Project Director

2 Objectives Participants will be provided an overview of FYSB Runaway and Homeless Youth Programming to include: Regional Federal Project Officers SOP BCP TLP/MGH Participants will be provided with information about RHY programs in their states and how to contact these programs Participants will be provided an opportunity to discuss challenges and potential solutions for overcoming challenges in working with RHY programs.

3 Regional Federal Project Officers Region I (East): TEMPORARY: Bill Clair Region II (East): Myrna Quinta Region II (East): Esceta McGee Region III (East): Habibah Sulayman Region IV (East): Carolyn Bates Region IV (East): Pamela Marr

4 Regional Federal Project Officers Region IV (East): Keylan Mitchell Region V (West): Jenny Weiser Region V (West): Niki Lee Region VI (East): Paul Bowser Region VI (East): Rebecca Eichelberger Region VII (West): Raymond Hicks

5 Regional Federal Project Officers Region VII (West): Dr. Linda Cloud Region VIII (West): Deborah Yatsko Region IX (West): Petrina Winston Region IX (West): Deb Oppenheim Region X (West): Janice Holt Region X (West): Thomas Bonnington

6 Regional Federal Project Officers Region X (West): Steve Ice RHY Program Manager (West): William ‘Bill’ Clair

7 Legislative Authority Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, 42 U.S.C. sections , as most recently amended by Public Law on October 8,

8 Street Outreach Program Purpose: The primary purpose of the street outreach program is to provide street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual exploitation and or sexual abuse. Scope: The scope of work is to include outreach, individualized assessment, service linkages, case planning, and follow-up for youth _0.pdf 8

9 Street Outreach Program FYSB’s Intent: FYSB’s intent is to increase young people’s safety, social and emotional well-being, self-sufficiency, and help them build permanent connections with families, communities, schools, and other positive social networks. FYSB supports projects that: Implement outreach intervention strategies to keep youth safe and help them leave the streets; Coordinate and sustain partnerships to expand access to services to respond to the needs of youth homelessness; and Foster service delivery systems that provide protective factors such as skills, attitudes, and behaviors for effective transition into adulthood while reducing risk factors such as substance use, lack of shelter, and disconnection from school or caring adults _0.pdf 9

10 Definitions HOMELESS YOUTH: Is an individual less than 21 years of age for whom it is not possible to live in a safe environment with a relative, and who has no other safe alternative living arrangement. (Section 387(3) RHY Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5732a(3)) REINTEGRATION SERVICES: The connection of youth with services to promote their long-term well-being and self-sufficiency, including resource plans and case management services for substance abuse, mental health, education, employment transportation, income security, identity papers, and housing. (For purposes of this announcement.) RUNAWAY YOUTH: An individual who is less than 18 years of age and who absents himself or herself from home or a place of legal residence without the permission of a parent or legal guardian. (Section 387(4) of the RHY Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5732a(4)) 0956_0.pdf 10

11 Definitions Runaway Youth – A person under 18 years of age who absents himself or herself from home, or place of legal residence, without the permission of his or her family. (45 CFR (a)) STREET YOUTH: An individual less than 21 years of age who is a runaway youth or indefinitely or intermittently a homeless youth, and spends a significant amount of time on the street or in other areas that increase the risk to such youth for sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, prostitution, or drug abuse. (Section 387(6) of the RHY Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5732a(6)) 0956_0.pdf 11

12 Basic Center Program Purpose: The purpose of the BCP is to provide temporary shelter and counseling services to youth who have left home without permission of their parents or guardians or to other homeless youth who might otherwise end up in the law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. Scope: The scope of work is to include access to shelter, gateway services, assessment, coordinated case management, follow-up, and continuum service linkages _0.pdf 12

13 Basic Center Program FYSB’s Intent: FYSB’s intent is to increase young people’s safety, social and emotional well-being, self-sufficiency, and help them build permanent connections with families, communities, schools, and other positive social networks. FYSB supports projects that: Provide services for runaway and homeless youth and the families of such youth Establish an alternative to involving runaway and homeless youth in the law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems Provide safe and appropriate shelter for runaway and homeless youth Provide individual, family, and group counseling Reunite youth with their families when appropriate _0.pdf 13

14 Definitions RUNAWAY YOUTH: An individual who is less than 18 years of age and who absents himself or herself from home or a place of legal residence without the permission of a parent or legal guardian. (Section 387(4)of the RHY Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5732a(4)) STREET YOUTH: An individual who is a runaway youth, or indefinitely or intermittently a homeless youth, and spends a significant amount of time on the street or in other areas that increase the risk to such youth for sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, prostitution, or drug abuse. (Section 387(6) of the RHY Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5732a(6)) 0957_0.pdf 14

15 Definitions YOUTH AT RISK OF SEPARATION FROM THE FAMILY: The term ‘youth at risk of separation from the family’ means an individual: (A) who is less than 18 years of age; and (B) (i) who has a history of running away from the family of such individual; (ii) whose parent, guardian, or custodian is not willing to provide for the basic needs of such individual; or (iii) who is at risk of entering the child welfare system or juvenile justice system as a result of the lack of services available to the family to meet such needs. 15

16 Transitional Living Program Purpose: FYSB’s Transitional Living Program supports projects that provide long- term residential services to homeless youth ages Services are provided for up to 21 months. Young people who have not yet turned 18 at the end of the 21 months may be able stay until their 18th birthday. Scope of Services: To establish or operate a TLP that provides services to homeless youth outside of law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, and the juvenile justice system to make a successful transition to self-sufficient living. Transitional Living Programs are required to provide youth with stable, safe living accommodations, and services that help them develop the skills necessary to become independent. Living accommodations may include host- family homes, group homes, maternity group homes, or supervised apartments owned by the program or rented in the community. 16

17 Maternity Group Home Scope of Services: Establish or operate a MGH which is a community-based, adult supervised transitional living arrangements that provides all the services of a regular TLP in addition to providing pregnant or parenting youth and their children with supportive and supervised living arrangements in which such pregnant or parenting youth are required to teach parenting skills as well as child development, family budgeting, health and nutrition, and other skills to promote their long-term economic independence in order to ensure the well- being of their children. 17

18 Definition of Homeless Youth for TLP/MGH Purposes An individual who is not more than 21 years of age, or in the case of a youth seeking shelter in a center under Part A of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, not more than 18 years of age, and for the purposes of Part B, not less than 16 years of age; for whom it is not possible to live in a safe environment with a relative; and who has no other safe alternative living arrangement. (Section 387 RHY Act, as amended) 18

19 Locating RHY Grantees

20 RHY Authorizing Legislation

21 RHY Program Regulations idx?c=ecfr&SID=99e748024e94a7d8e26cd353f8170c6c&rgn=div5&view=text &node=45: &idno=45

22 RHYMIS Data https://extranet.acf.hhs.gov/rhymis/

23 Discussion of Challenges and Potential Solutions Challenges Potential Solutions 23

24 Presenter Contact TC Cassidy, MPA, M.Div. Director of Technical Assistance/HTR 3 Project Director Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center M: O: E: W: 24

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