We also understand that serving disadvantaged youth can require additional financial investment. Comment: Several commenters stated that our proposed language did not clearly show consistency with the statutory preference for awarding grants to applicants with past experience in serving runaway or otherwise homeless youth and recommended regulatory language to say this. Coordination With respect to matters relating to the health, education, employment, and housing of runaway and homeless youth, the Secretary— 1 in conjunction with the Attorney General, shall coordinate the activities of agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services with activities under any other Federal juvenile crime control, prevention, and juvenile offender accountability program and with the activities of other Federal entities; 2 shall coordinate the activities of agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services with the activities of other Federal entities and with the activities of entities that are eligible to receive grants under this subchapter; and 3 shall consult, as appropriate, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to ensure coordination of programs and services for homeless youth. Accordingly, we have made no change in the final rule. Part E—Sexual Abuse Prevention Program §11261. Bill summaries in this document were prepared using State Net, copyright© 2009 by Information for Public Affairs. Supportable Costs We proposed minor changes to update the language under § 1315.
We also proposed adding language that clarifies that research and evaluation, communications, and technical assistance grants are allowable costs that pertain to their unique purposes. Response: With respect to the comments raising the issue of the statutory preference for prior experience, it is important to note that the proposed regulatory text mirrors the statutory language exactly. Response: We agree that payment of rent is not a useful demarcation and have modified the definition accordingly, both as it applies to private residences and other residential programs. Runaway youth are usually teenagers and are perfectly capable of thinking rationally about short term and long term effects of their decision to leave home. We received no comments on this section. As to calling the home by that term, we were following the statutory terminology.
We intend the final rule to complement our other efforts to strengthen Runaway and Homeless Youth grantee monitoring and to improve the overall program. Several of these comments argued that the definition should include explicit references to locations frequented by homeless youth. Despite these difficulties, we have increasingly incorporated performance measures and standards into the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program's ongoing operations to drive program improvement and help assure accountability. This will allow existing grantees time to come into compliance with the new Start Printed Page 93032standards, and provide time for us to assist grantees, and avoid confusion that may result from changing standards in the middle of budget periods. Comment: One commenter asked that we include appeals procedures to deal with mistakes in the review process and involve regional staff in the grant review process to § 1351. Comment: We received several comments on the purpose of the program.
For others it can be a lifetime of struggle as the situation they once thought was a good solution suddenly becomes a never ending nightmare as they fight to survive and face the harsh reality that they have no place to turn to. Bill 1779 is an amendment to the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to ratify the bill through the fiscal year 2020. As a result, we have revised the final rule at § 1351. The bill would make related findings and declarations. As to safety planning, we acknowledge the oversight and have added safety planning to the regulatory definition in the final rule. Individuals that have previously experience or may experience being homeless can be from different regions, have different cultural backgrounds, ages, and could be of any gender.
You amble down the sidewalk, keep your head down, your eyes averted. These youth are vulnerable to a range of negative experiences including exploitation and victimization. We received no comments on this section and have left it unchanged. Our residential capacity requirements are not intended to preempt state or local rules in any way, and we specifically allow state or local licensure requirements to impose higher maximum standards. Prior to this act being passed, a youth that ran away was placed in a juvenile detention center and processed through the justice system without services in place to address the issue underlying the running behavior. Safe and Appropriate Exits We proposed to add a definition of Safe and Appropriate Settings When Exiting Basic Center Program Services or Transitional Living Program Services.
We also indicated that specific details about how performance standards will be considered, along with examples of performance documentation, will be provided in the annual funding opportunity announcements. It includes services that are provided in the residences of families to the extent practicable , including intensive individual and family counseling and training related to life skills and parenting. These youth almost always have experienced unimaginable abuse and trauma, in their homes, their communities, and on the street. In contrast, a congregate care shelter need not be and ordinarily would not be the domicile of a family, would ordinarily serve a larger number of homeless youth, would have essentially all spaces shared, and would have organized social and recreational activities. Eligibility a In general To be eligible for assistance under this part, an applicant shall propose to establish, strengthen, or fund a transitional living youth project for homeless youth and shall submit to the Secretary a plan in which such applicant agrees, as part of such project— 1 to provide, by grant, agreement, or contract, shelter such as group homes, including maternity group homes, host family homes, and supervised apartments and provide, by grant, agreement, or contract, services, including information and counseling services in basic life skills which shall include money management, budgeting, consumer education, and use of credit, parenting skills as appropriate , interpersonal skill building, educational advancement, job attainment skills, and mental and physical health care to homeless youth; 2 to provide such shelter and such services to individual homeless youth throughout a continuous period not to exceed 540 days, or in exceptional circumstances 635 days, except that a youth in a program under this part who has not reached 18 years of age on the last day of the 635-day period may, in exceptional circumstances and if otherwise qualified for the program, remain in the program until the youth's 18th birthday; 3 to provide, directly or indirectly, on-site supervision at each shelter facility that is not a family home; 4 that such shelter facility used to carry out such project shall have the capacity to accommodate not more than 20 individuals excluding staff ; 5 to provide a number of staff sufficient to ensure that all homeless youth participating in such project receive adequate supervision and services; 6 to provide a written transitional living plan to each youth based on an assessment of such youth's needs, designed to help the transition from supervised participation in such project to independent living or another appropriate living arrangement; 7 to develop an adequate plan to ensure proper referral of homeless youth to social service, law enforcement, educational including post-secondary education , vocational, training including services and programs for youth available under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act , welfare including programs under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 , legal service, and health care programs and to help integrate and coordinate such services for youths; 8 to provide for the establishment of outreach programs designed to attract individuals who are eligible to participate in the project; 9 to submit to the Secretary an annual report that includes information regarding the activities carried out with funds under this part, the achievements of the project under this part carried out by the applicant and statistical summaries describing the number and the characteristics of the homeless youth who participate in such project, and the services provided to such youth by such project, in the year for which the report is submitted; 10 to implement such accounting procedures and fiscal control devices as the Secretary may require; 11 to submit to the Secretary an annual budget that estimates the itemized costs to be incurred in the year for which the applicant requests a grant under this part; 12 to keep adequate statistical records profiling homeless youth which it serves and not to disclose the identity of individual homeless youth in reports or other documents based on such statistical records; 13 not to disclose records maintained on individual homeless youth without the informed consent of the individual youth to anyone other than an agency compiling statistical records; 14 to provide to the Secretary such other information as the Secretary may reasonably require; 15 to coordinate services with McKinney-Vento school district liaisons, designated under section 722 g 1 J ii of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act 42 U. The other commenters said that the definition should specifically allow for the case where family reunification is not in the best interest of the youth.
One commenter asserted that the proposed clause concerning other residential programs did not clearly include Child Welfare Services. Youth that live in residential or institutional facilities often become homeless upon discharge. Temporary shelter is now defined as all Basic Center Program shelter settings in which runaway and homeless youth are provided room and board, crisis intervention, and other services on a 24-hour basis for up to 21 days. Comment: Several commenters recommended that we drop from the list of unsafe exits the case where a youth's activities after entering the program lead to placement in a correctional institute or detention center. States have adopted a variety of policies to combat youth homelessness. Project Period We did not propose changes to § 1351. Research suggests that the experience of youth running away from home is often episodic rather than chronic with youth running away for short periods of time and returning home, in some cases multiple times.
Comments: We received two comments on the definition of congregate care suggesting that it too closely aligned with the definition of family home. These can be useful for better understanding how a document is structured but are not part of the published document itself. T enable teens to think running away is fine. As a result, young people often lack the necessary supports to help them find jobs, obtain an education and reunite with their families. The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act does abide by guidelines and requirements. We do not expect that every staff person to be trained in core competencies, but all staff members who work directly with youth should receive training sufficient to meet the stated core-competencies of youth workers. Authority to make grants The Secretary shall make grants for a national communication system to assist runaway and homeless youth in communicating with their families and with service providers.
This final rule also makes largely technical changes to existing program rules to conform to current law and to correct outdated provisions. We do not agree with the comments that request background checks only include state records. Department of Health and Human Services. Deaf and hearing impaired individuals may call the Federal Dual Party Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a. Most of these commenters pointed out that a minor is allowed to stay in a Basic Center for 21 days, and if not unified with this family or placed in Foster Care in that period of time might appropriately go to a Transitional Living Program, which provides services up to 21 months.