2 San Diego County Office of Education Foster Youth & Homeless Education ServicesSan Diego, CASan Diego County Office of Education’s Foster Youth & Homeless Education Services Program responds to, assists, and empowers all systems that support foster youth in achieving academic success. FY&HES programs are designed to prepare foster youth to become successful, self-sufficient and develop independent skills.Serving all of San Diego County, including 42 school districts and Juvenile Court and Community Schools
4 Key collaborative partners San Diego County Office of Education, Foster Youth and Homeless Education ServicesCounty of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Child Welfare Services (HHSA, CWS)San Diego County school districtsVoices for Children, a CASA organizationSan Diego State University Foundation - Child and Adolescent Research Center (CASRC)
7 TransportationGoal: Identify and ameliorate gaps of transportation services to improve enrollment in school of origin when it is in the students’ best interestSurvey CWS, Foster parents and school liaisons to track gaps in transportation servicesDevelop agreement with transportation provider to help fill gaps. In ProcessTrack number of youth provided with alternative transportation assistance to their school of origin.
8 TransportationExpected Outcome: Resources will be developed and transportation options identified by the Year One Gap Analysis.Students will remain in their school of origin 95% of the time when in their best interest when they experience a placement change.
9 Voluntary Caseload with unmet Mental Health Needs Goal: Identify and secure services for children carried on CWS Voluntary Caseloads that are in middle school and high school and require mental health services via the school system in order to prevent entry into foster careTrack the number of students in foster care requiring high level placements due to unmet mental health needs during the school dayCreate list of resources available for mental health needs and coordinate with voluntary CWS workers to assist in identifying resources through schools for unmet mental health needs
10 Voluntary Caseload with unmet Mental Health Needs Expected Outcome: Develop a methodology for tracking children carried on CWS Voluntary Caseloads that are in middle school and high school due to a lack of appropriate mental health services and connect with available mental health resources
11 Educational AdvocacyGoal: Improve the ability of CASAs to advocate for and support the educational outcomes and stability of at least foster students in San Diego County middle- and high-schoolsDevelop and provide specialized educational training to five veteran Voices for Children CASAs and 20 new CASAs in educational rights for foster youth (SDCOE, FY&HES)Match 25 identified CASAs with 25 foster children in need of educational advocacyExpected Outcome: Improved educational stability of at least foster students in San Diego County middle- and high schools.
12 List of key expected outcomes Youth in foster care will receive the following:Reliable transportation to school of originAppropriate mental health servicesAppropriate school based servicesStable educational settingsSan Diego Stakeholders will receive the following:Access to real time reliable data and information
17 Expected ChallengesVoluntary services and mental health: There is a huge gap of unmet need for youth who can sustain at school, but are unable to do so at home. IDEA limits schools’ ability to help in these circumstances. California no longer provides children’s mental health services through counties. All services are provided by schools due to legislative change (AB 114)CASA: Sustainability of CASA program depends on the sustainability of that funding as well as the ability to recruit enough appropriate volunteers, as CASAs are all volunteers.Challenges will be addressed through increased interagency communication, meetings, surveys and focus groups
19 Sustainability & Dissemination Plans Voices for Children is committed to sustaining increased accountability for educational stability and strengthening the infrastructureIncreased awareness and understanding of what mental health services exist and how to access them, as well as knowledge of gaps in serviceShare program data and results at Joint Foster and Homeless liaison meetings, , FYSAC, California Department of Education’s Foster Youth Education Summit, and with local universities conducting research on foster youth educational outcomes
20 Questions for other CWED Grantees Does anyone have models of sustainable transportation to school of originDoes anyone have a deep understanding of mental health services under the affordable care act?