YOUTH PILOT PROGRAM
2008-2009 FISCAL YEAR SUMMARY
- 34 families with a total of 67 children were served during the twelve-month period ending June 30, 2009.
- 42 of the children were considered to be “focus children” (those who were identified as at-imminent-risk of being placed out of their homes).
- 92.8% of the focus children avoided more restrictive placements.
- Of the 34 families served, 14 were referred by Mental Health, 18 by Social Services (CFS) and two (2) by Juvenile Probation. Seven of the families, or 21% received services from two or three of these County agencies while they participated in the YPP.
- $707,483 program savings was achieved. The cost of the YPP services provided to the 34 families was 26% of the projected placement cost. If the 42 focus children had been placed out of home or at higher levels of care, the cost would have been $950,000.
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, action steps and to monitor progress.
A wide variety of services were identified and provided through the Youth Pilot Program, including the following:
- Childcare and 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%)
- Asian (3%)
- Hispanic (27%)
- White excluding Hispanic origin (46%)
- Multi-Ethnic (12%)
The distribution of annual family income was as follows:
- Below $15,000 (44%)
- $16,000-$25,000 (12%)
- $25,000 to $35,000 (12%)
- $45,000 and above (20%)
- Unknown (12%)
NEW AND CLOSING FAMILIES
Twenty (20) families began participation in the YPP during the 2008-2009 fiscal year. Of these, five youths were “stepping-down” from placement in residential care–level 12 to 14–or Juvenile Hall (four youth returned to a parent and one to placement in a fost-adopt home), and one “stepping-down” from foster care to return to a parent.
During this 12 month period, 19 families ended services. Reasons for closure were the following:
- All goals achieved (9)
- Goals partially achieved (3)
- Youths placed by Juvenile Probation (2)
- Family declined service or no follow-through (4)
- Youth placed by Mental Health (1)
During the 12 month period, a total of 181 Family Network meetings were held. Representatives from 33 different public and private organizations attended meetings, 111 individuals identified as family members, and extended family and friends attended the meetings.