“Fiscal Year 2004-2005″

YOUTH PILOT PROGRAM

 2004-2005 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 (CPS) Systems.   Through facilitated family-decision-making processes, intensive services are provided to these families in order to maintain the children safely in the least restrictive level of care.  The pilot is also viewed as a vehicle for developing collaborative 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, which ended June 30, 2005, fifty-eight (58) families were served with a total of 124 children.  Eighty (80) of the children 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 85% of focus children served.

Of the 58 families served, 17 were referred by Mental Health, 25 by Social Services, and 16 by Juvenile Probation.  Twenty-one of the families, or 36%, were involved with at least two of these three County agencies at the time of referral.

All families served by the YPP 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 YPP.  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 58 families from July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005 was 26.2% of the projected placement cost.

If the 80 focus children had been placed out of home or at higher levels of care the cost of placements were projected to have been $1,543,907.

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 allowed for the blending of funds enabling YPP to expand the number of families from 32 in Fiscal Year 02-03 to the current level of 58 families.

The ethnic distribution of youth and children served by the YPP was collected on the YPP intake form.  The client stated description of their ethnicity was as follows:

African-American (26%)
Hispanic (26%)
White (excluding Hispanic origin) (43%)
Multi-Ethnic (6%)

The distribution of annual family income at intake was as follows:

Below $15,000 (29%)
$16,000 to $20,000 (17%)
$21,000 to $25,000 (10%)
$26,000 to $30,000 (3%)
$31,000 to $35,000 (2%)
$36,000 to $40,000 (3%)
$41,000 to $45,000 (0%)
$46,000 and over (12%)
Unknown (24%)

During the year, a total of 296 Family Network meetings were held.  Representatives from 63 different public and private agencies and other service providers attended meetings. 151 individuals identified as family members, extended family and friends attended the meetings.

During the 12-month period, 31 families ended service.  Reasons for closure were the following:

Family goals achieved ( 8 )
CPS or Juvenile Probation Closed-goals partially achieved (11)
Focus child graduated from high school (2)
Parent did not follow through (1)
Teen aged-out, self-referred to substance abuse treatment (1)
Placed by CMH (3)
Placed by CPS (2 children) (1)
Placed by Juvenile Probation (4)

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