YOUTH PILOT PROGRAM
2007-2008 FISCAL YEAR SUMMARY
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- 40 families with a total of 82 children were served during the twelve-month period ending June 30, 2008.
- 61 of the children were considered to be “focus” children (those who were identified as at-imminent-risk of being placed out of their homes).
- 90.2% of the focus children avoided more restrictive placements.
- Of the 40 families served, 15 were referred by Mental Health, 22 by Social Services (CFS) and 3 by Juvenile Probation. 12 of the families, or 30%, received services from two or three of these County agencies while they participated in the YPP.
- $923,057 program savings was achieved.
- The cost of the YPP services provided to the 40 families was 36% of the projected placement cost.
- If the 61 focus children had been placed out of the home or at higher levels of care, the cost would have been $1,255,857.
All families served by the Youth Pilot Program participated in the Center for Restorative Practice’s “Family Network” facilitated process. Each Family Network team meets in order to determine goals and action steps and to monitor progress.
A wide variety of services were identified and provided through the Youth Pilot:
- Childcare & Respite
- Parent training
- Anger management training
- Substance abuse treatment
- Extra-curricular activities
- Extraordinary basic needs expenses
The ethnic distribution of youth and children served by the Youth Pilot Program is collected on the YPP intake form. The client-identified description of their ethnicity was categorized as follows:
African American (12%)
White (excluding Hispanic origin) (50%)
The distribution of annual family income was as follows:
Below $15,000 (41%)
$16,000 to $25,000 (20%)
$26,000 to $35,000 (5%)
$36,000 to $45,000 (2%)
$46,000 and over (20%)
NEW AND CLOSING FAMILIES
Thirteen (13) families began participation in the YPP during the 2007-2008 Fiscal Year. Of these, three children were “stepping-down” from placement in Residential Care Level 12 or 14 (two to return to a parent and one to a guardianship) and three returned home following placement in foster care.
During this twelve-month period, 27 families ended service. were the following:
All goals achieved (7)
Goals partially achieved (6)
Children placed by CFS (CPS) (2)
Children placed by Juvenile Probation ((3)
Out-of-county move, goals partly completed (3)
Focus child court ordered to lengthy term in Juvenile Hall (1)
Family declined service or no follow-through (4)
Agency ended service (1)