YOUTH PILOT PROGRAM
2001-2002 FISCAL YEAR SUMMARY
The Marin County Youth Pilot Program (YPP), or AB 1741, serves the families of selected children who are currently in placement or at imminent risk of out-of-home placement in the Mental Health (CMH), Juvenile Probation and the Social Service Systems. Through facilitated family-decision-making processes, intensive services are provided to these families in order to safely maintain the children in the least restrictive, viable level of care. The pilot is also viewed as a vehicle for developing local processes and for assessing the overall well being of the child and family participants. This document summarizes YPP activities for the most recently ended fiscal year.
During the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2002, thirty-seven (37) families were served with a total of 78 children. Forty-one (41) were considered to be “focus” children or those who were identified as at-risk of out of home placement.
More restrictive placements were avoided for 84% of families served.
Of the 37 families served, 22 were referred by Mental Health, 11 by Social Services, and 4 by Juvenile Probation. Sixteen of the families, or 43%, were involved with two or more of these three County agencies at the time of referral.
All families served by the Youth Pilot Program participated in the Coordinated Youth Services Council “Family Network” collaborative, facilitated process. Each Family Network team meets in order to determine goals and action steps and to monitor progress. Through this process, a wide variety of services were identified and provided through the Youth Pilot Program. Respite care, tutoring, parent training, anger management, extraordinary basic needs expenses, substance abuse treatment, therapy, extra-curricular
activities, and mentoring are examples of services which were provided through the Youth Pilot Program.
The cost of the services provided to the 37 families from July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002 was 21.3% of the projected placement cost.
If the 41 focus children had been placed out of home or at higher levels of care the cost of placements are projected to have been $1,080,793.
The State of California has granted Marin County a waiver to allow for the flexible use of State funds previously available only to fund out-of-home placement. This waiver will allow Social Services to use these funds to expand the YPP and further assist families to keep their children at home.
The ethnic distribution of youth and children served by the Youth Pilot Program was collected on the YPP intake form. The client stated description of their ethnicity was as follows:
Native American (4%)
White (excluding Hispanic origin) (53%)
The distribution of annual family income at intake was as follows:
Below $15,000 (32%)
$16,000 to $20,000 (8%)
$21,000 to $25,000 (19%)
$26,000 to $30,000 (3%)
$31,000 to $35,000 (5%)
$36,000 to $45,000 (0%)
$46,000 and over (22%)
During the year, a total of 161 Family Network meetings were held. Representatives from 24 different public and private agencies attended meetings, 12 individuals identified as extended family members and 10 individuals identified as family friends attended the meetings. (Agency names not listed on website).
During the 12 month period 22 families ended service. Reasons for closure were the following:
Goals completed (11)
Moved out of County (1)
Placed by Community Mental Health (2)
Minor moved to foster placement (CPS) (1)
Placed by Juvenile Services (3)
Family withdrew from program (2)
Closed by referring agency (1)
Closed by program—family wanted child to remain in placement (1)