YOUTH PILOT PROGRAM
2010-2011 FISCAL YEAR SUMMARY
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
- 28 families with a total of 58 children were served during the twelve-month period ending June 30, 2011.
- 49 of the children were considered to be “focus” children (those who were identified as at-imminent-risk of being placed out of their homes).
- 88% of the focus children avoided more restrictive placements.
- Of the 28 families served, 15 were referred by Mental Health (CMH), 11 by Social Services (CFS) and 2 by Juvenile Probation. 3 of the families, or 11%, received services from two or three of these County agencies while they participated in YPP.
- $834,080.74 program savings was achieved, as the cost of foster care or a higher level of care for the 49 focus children would have been $1,088,420. The cost of the YPP services provided to the 28 families was 23.4% of the projected placement cost.
Marin County Youth Pilot Program (YPP) serves 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 Social Services (CFS) systems. Intensive services are provided to these families in order to safely maintain the children in the least restrictive level of care. YPP is viewed as a vehicle for developing family focused processes and assessing the overall well-being of the child and family participants. In 1993, California Legislation signed AB 1741 which allocated a flexible blend of funds previously available only for categorical expenditure, allowing families to be served locally. Marin YPP began serving families in 1996. In 2002, the State of California granted Marin County a waiver to allow for the flexible use of state funds previously available only to fund out-of-home placement. The waiver allowed Social Services to expand the number of families served by the Youth Pilot Program. The waiver also augmented the pool of flexible funding to assist families in keeping their children at home or in the least restrictive level of care. In 2008, the California Legislature reauthorized legislation, allowing YPP to continue using flexible state funding through December 2012.
All families served by Marin County Youth Pilot Program participated in the Center for Restorative Practice’s “Family Network” facilitated meetings. Each Family Network team meets in order to determine goals, address risk factors, action steps, and to monitor progress.
A variety of services were identified and provided through the Youth Pilot Program, including the following:
- Childcare and respite care
- Parent education
- Anger management
- Substance abuse treatment
- Driver’s training
- Extra-curricular activities
- Extraordinary basic needs expenses
The ethnic distribution of the 58 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:
NEW AND CLOSING FAMILIES
Of the 28 families served by YPP, 16 families were new during the 2010-11 fiscal year.
Of the 49 focus children, six (6) were placed out of home:
- Children placed by Juvenile Probation (01)
- Children placed by Mental Health (00)
- Children placed by CFS (05*)
* Of the five children placed by CFS, all of the children were from one family; therefore, of the 11 families referred by CFS, the children of one (1) family were placed.
21 families ended services for the following reasons listed below. It should also be noted that some families have more than one (1) goal that they are working on or have worked on during the course of their team meetings; therefore, the number of goals will exceed the total number of families closed. Goals listed as “partially achieved” receive this rating as the families did not quite complete the goal at the time of closing but have the tools to complete the goal(s) without the support of the full team.” Goals dropped often indicate a family terminating services or an administrative decision to close because a family is not responding to phone messages or a letter mailed asking the family to respond by a certain date.
- All goals achieved (14)
- Goals partially achieved (03)
- Goal Unmet (Includes placement of children) (05)
- Goal dropped – Family declined service (04)
During the twelve-month period, a total of 152 Family Network meetings were held. 132 Representatives from 34 different public and private organizations attended meetings, 110 individuals identified as family members, relatives and friends attended the meetings.