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R512. Human Services, Child and Family Services.

Rule R512-305. Out-of-Home Services, Transition to Adult Living Services.

As in effect on February 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R512-305-1. Purpose and Authority.

(1) The purpose of Transition to Adult Living (TAL) services is to help prepare a youth who is receiving out-of-home services in accordance with Rule R512-300 to gain skills to transition to adulthood and to provide support to youth upon leaving the Division of Child and Family Services (Child and Family Services) custody. TAL is a continuum of services that begins while youth are in care and continues while they transition out of care. Youth receiving In-Home Services may also receive some TAL services.

(2) TAL services, which includes the Education and Training Voucher Program, are authorized by the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, 42 USC 677 (February 9, 2018), incorporated by reference.

(3) This rule is authorized by Section 62A-4a-102.

R512-305-2. Scope of Services.

(1) Qualification for and duration of services:

(a) TAL services are required for all youth receiving out-of-home services, age 14 years or older, until Child and Family Services custody is terminated regardless of permanency goal, as specified in Rule R512-300.

(b) TAL provides aftercare services for youth if they are no longer in Child and Family Services custody and are not yet 23 years of age, and the youth:

(i) Ages out of out-of-home care, or

(ii) Is adopted from foster care at age 16 years or older.

(2) Service description:

(a) TAL services build on the youth's individual strengths and develop personal assets in order to help young people acquire the motivation and the means to be successful throughout their lives. The strategies are aimed at helping youth achieve five fundamental aspects of adult life, including work, career planning, and education; housing and money management; home life and daily living; self-care and health education; and communication, social relationships, family, and marriage.

(b) Aftercare services consist of time-limited support to youth. This assistance can be provided through support, financial aid, or Basic Life Skills training. It may include housing, counseling, employment education, and other appropriate support and services to complement a youth's efforts to achieve self-sufficiency.

(3) Availability:

(a) TAL services are available in all geographic regions of the state.

(b) TAL services are available on the same basis to Native American youth who are or were formerly in Tribal custody within the boundaries of the state.

R512-305-3. Transition to Adult Living Services for a Youth in Child and Family Services Custody.

(1) The caseworker, with the assistance of the youth and Child and Family Team, ensures completion of the empirically validated life skills assessment to identify the strengths and needs of the youth.

(2) Based upon the empirically validated life skills assessment, a TAL plan is developed that identifies the youth's strengths, needs, and specific services.

(3) The youth, with the assistance of the Child and Family Team, determines the TAL plan. Youth aged 14 years or older are required to have a TAL plan, with youth taking the lead in setting goals and facilitating the Child and Family Team with staff guidance. Youth 14 years and older must be given the opportunity to have at least two individuals of their own choosing as members of the Child and Family Team.

(4) TAL services do not substitute for active efforts to address the youth's permanency goal.

(5) The TAL plan includes a continuum of training and services to be completed by the youth and designated team members in such settings as at the foster home, with a therapist, at school, or through other community-based resources and programs.

(6) Basic Life Skills training shall be offered to all foster youth age 14 years and older. The training may include training in daily living skills, budgeting, career development and financial management skills, substance abuse prevention, and preventive health activities (including smoking avoidance, nutrition education, and pregnancy prevention).

(7) Each youth who completes Basic Life Skills training may receive a completion payment.

R512-305-4. Transition to Adult Living Placement for a Youth in Child and Family Services Custody.

(1) A TAL placement may be used as an alternative to out-of-home care when it is determined that such a placement is in the best interest of the youth. The appropriate types of living arrangements for youth in this situation include living with kin; living with former out-of-home caregivers while paying rent; living in the community with roommates; living alone; living in a group facility, YWCA, boarding house, or dorm; or living with an adult who has passed a background check or the placement was assessed and approved by the region director or designee. This recommendation will be presented to the Child and Family Team, who will work to ensure that this type of placement is appropriate and that the following Practice Guidelines are met:

(a) A TAL placement may be used as an out-of-home care placement.

(b) A youth must be at least 16 years of age to be in a TAL placement.

(c) The Child and Family Team is responsible to determine if a recommendation for a TAL placement for a youth is appropriate.

(d) The region director or designee is authorized to approve a TAL placement.

(e) The caseworker and youth shall complete a contract outlining responsibilities and expectations while in the TAL placement.

(f) The caseworker shall visit with and monitor progress of the youth at least twice monthly or at an interval determined by the Child and Family Team.

(g) The youth may receive a TAL stipend while in the TAL placement.

(h) If the TAL placement is not successful, the Child and Family Team shall meet to determine, with the youth, a more appropriate living arrangement in accordance with R512-305-4.

R512-305-5. Child and Family Services Responsibility to a Youth Leaving Out-of-Home Care.

(1) Aftercare services provide support to youth who leave out-of-home care, as specified in R512-305-2.

(2) A youth may access services by contacting a Child and Family Services office and being referred to a regional TAL coordinator.

(3) Services may include additional Basic Life Skills training, information and referral, mentoring, computer access for resources, and follow-up support. Funds may also assist eligible youth in the four areas listed below:

(a) Education, Training, and Career Exploration.

(b) Physical, Mental Health, and Emotional Support.

(c) Transportation.

(d) Housing Support.

(4) Funds used for room and board are subject to federal limits.

KEY

social services, child welfare, out-of-home care, Transition to Adult Living

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

January 9, 2019

Notice of Continuation

February 15, 2018

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

62A-4a-102; 62A-4a-105


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R512, please contact the promulgating agency (Human Services, Child and Family Services). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.