Youth Development: The 6-Month Transition Plan, the 90-Day Transition Planning Conference, and Transitioning to Independence

0100-535.60 | Revision Date: 10/08/2020

Overview

This policy guide provides CSWs with guidelines on how to complete the 90-Day Transition Plan based on State and Federal requirements in order to assist youth in a successful transition to independent living. This policy also incorporates new requirements for the 6-month Transition Plan.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Policy

6-Month Transition Plan

90-Day Transition Plan

Youth Exiting Care at age 18

90-Day Transition Plan Conference

Completing the DCFS 5204A, Exit Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Pre-Transitioning Medical/Dental Exam

Extended Medi-Cal Services/Other Medical Coverage

Special Immigrant Status(SIS)

Social Security Benefits

Application for CalFresh Benefits (CF 285)

Referral to Youth Coordinated Entry System for Post-Exit Housing Assistance

Mental Health Records

Case File Inspection Requests

Sibling Contact

Runaway Youth

Termination of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction and DCFS Services for Dependent Youth Ages 18-21

Exit Outcome Measures

Procedure

6-Month Transition Plan

CSW Responsibilities

Prior to Termination of Jurisdiction

CSW Responsibilities

SCSW Responsibilities

Preparing for the 90-Day Transition Planning Conference

CSW Responsibilities

During the 90-Day Transition Planning Conference

CSW Responsibilities

SCSW Responsibilities

Completing the DCFS 5204A, Exit Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Case-Carrying CSW Responsibilities

Transition Independent Living Planning (ILP) Coordinator Responsibilities

Court Report/Other Legal Requirements

CSW Responsibilities

SCSW Responsibilities

Court Jurisdiction has been Terminated

Case-Carrying CSW Responsibilities

SCSW Responsibilities

Approval

Helpful Links

Attachments

Forms

Referenced Policy Guides

Statutes

Version Summary

This policy guide was updated from the 08/08/19 version to amend the timeline for completion of the 6-Month Transition Plan for Transition Age Youth (TAY). This version also amends the timeline for completion of the 90-Day Transition Plan in accordance with the passage of Assembly Bill 718.

POLICY

6-Month Transition Plan

 

The implementation of the 6-Month Transition Plan in addition to the 90-Day Transition Plan, are necessary components to assist foster youth in planning to prepare to exit foster care. It is intended to provide additional time that youth can utilize resources in order to strengthen the discharge planning and provide positive outcomes that support long-term self-sufficiency to prevent homelessness.

 

CSWs are required to provide youth who are in out-of-home placement the DCFS 5556, 6-month Transition Plan. This form is only to be completed when the youth turns 17.5 years of age (regardless if the youth will be participating in Extended Foster Care), at 20.5 years old, or at the time of exiting foster care before the age of 21.

 

90-Day Transition Plan

The 90-Day Transition Plan is a crucial and required component in assisting the foster youth as they prepare to exit foster care. The FC 1637, 90-Day Transition Plan provides youth, and those in support of the youth, with an individualized plan for the youth's successful transition to independent living. The FC 1637, 90-Day Transition Plan must be completed in addition to the Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP).

 

The 90-Day Transition Plan addresses the following areas for youth exiting foster care:

 

The following guidelines apply to the completion of the 90-day Transition Plan:

 

 

Youth's Age and/or Situation

90-day Plan Completion Timeline

Age sixteen (16)
  • 90 days prior to sixteenth birthday

Age eighteen (18)

  • 90 days prior to turning eighteen years of age or exiting foster care

Non Minor Dependents (NMDs)

  • Within the 90-day prior to exiting EFC (reaching maximum age or at the time of the planned exit)

Unplanned exits (Missing or Absent from Care or NMDs)

  • To be completed upon making the recommendation to terminate jurisdiction and must be attached to the report.

 

 

For those youth whose primary physician or health/mental health care professional has determined during the past six (6) months that the youth is unable to meaningfully participate in the development of the 90-Day Transition Plan, the CSW will develop the Plan in collaboration with any significant individuals in the youth’s life, service providers and the youth.

Youth Exiting Care at Age 18

For foster youth who have reached age eighteen (18) who decline to participate in Extended Foster Care (EFC), CSWs should review the potential benefits of participating in EFC with the youth and inform them or their right to re-enter foster care as a NMD as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. The 90-day Transition Plan must be completed 90 days prior to the youth exiting care.

 

If the youth decides to participate in EFC, the 90-day Transition Plan will be completed, at a later date, prior to exiting EFC (Please note that the 6-Month Transition Plan must be completed whether or not the youth will be participating in Extended Foster Care).

6-Month and 90-Day Transition Planning Conferences

The 6-Month and 90-Day Transition Plan Conference are any meetings attended by, at a minimum, the youth and the CSW for the purpose of completing the DCFS 5556, 6-MonthTransition Plan and FC 1637, 90-Day Transition Plan respectively. The meeting can count as a CFT if aligned with the CFT process. Other adult representatives for the youth or non-minor dependent, as appropriate, may participate in the development of the 6-Month and 90-Day Transition Plan. Such representatives may include, but are not limited to:

 

The 90-Day Transition Plan Conference must be held ninety (90) days prior to the youth’s 18th birthday, or (90) days prior to when the youth is planning on exiting care after they turn eighteen (18). The following forms/applications must be completed during the 90-Day Planning Conference:

Completing the DCFS 5204A, Exit Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

The DCFS 5204A, Exit Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care must be completed prior to termination of jurisdiction for youth who are aging out of foster care:

 

The DCFS 5204A is not required for youth residing in the home of a Kin-GAP guardian.

 

Prior to termination of jurisdiction, the Case-Carrying CSW must provide the ILP Coordinator with information required to complete the DCFS 5204A.

 

If there is an additional 90-Day Transition Planning Conference, the case carrying CSW must inform the ILP Coordinator. The ILP Coordinator is responsible for updating the DCFS 5204A, with input from the Case-Carrying CSW and the youth, as appropriate.

Pre-Transitioning Medical/Dental Exam

For youth under eighteen (18) years of age, CSWs must ensure that the youth receives a CHDP or CHDP-equivalent medical and dental examination three (3) months prior to termination of jurisdiction.

Extended Medi-Cal Services/Other Medical Coverage

Former foster youth ages eighteen (18) to twenty-six (26) are eligible to receive extended Medi-Cal services through the Former Foster Care Children (FFCC) program. FFCC will continue Medi-Cal eligibility for youth:

 

Eligibility will continue regardless of the youth’s living arrangements. A youth should be encouraged to inform their Medi-Cal worker of an address change if they move. However, the youth should not be terminated from the Medi-Cal program for Former Foster Youth (FFY) due to a loss of contact or absence of a current address. If there is a loss of contact, the county must retain the FFY in Medi-Cal and move the youth into fee-for-service coverage if he or she is enrolled in a managed care plan. There is no cost associated with the fee-for-service Medi-Cal coverage.

 

A youth in foster care at age eighteen (18) or older is eligible for extended Medi-Cal regardless of:

 

A youth is eligible for the Medi-Cal program for FFY even if they have other health insurance through:

 

Former foster youth will remain in no cost full scope Medi-Cal up to age 26 unless they opt to enroll into fee-for-service Medi-Cal with no associated fee or they opt to enroll in a managed care plan.

 

Youth who do not qualify for the Medi-Cal program for FFY (e.g. youth who were not in foster care at or after age 18) may qualify for Medi-Cal on another basis, such as income or disability. Youth residing out-of-state may qualify for Medicaid coverage in the state in which they are residing.

Special Immigrant Status (SIS)

Undocumented dependent children must be referred to the SIS Unit to assess eligibility for lawful permanent resident status. DCFS cannot recommend continued jurisdiction when there is no risk to the youth, if the only purpose of maintaining jurisdiction would be to gain immigration benefits.

Social Security Benefits (SSI)

A recommendation to terminate jurisdiction should not be made for children who are approaching their 18th birthday with a pending SSI application or related issues, until their SSI status is stable. Counties are mandated to inform children who are approaching their 18th birthday birthday (and non-minor dependents approaching their 21st birthday)of the ongoing requirements for the SSI/SSP program and assist them in applying for federal Social Security (SSI/SSP) benefits. The following applies:

Application for CalFresh Benefits (CF 285)

CSWs should discuss and assist in the process of applying for CalFresh benefits with their youths every time there is a placement change or other significant life event such as a change in family size or change in income (e.g. loss of employment, change from full-time to part-time employment status). CSW should also discuss applying for CalFresh benefits with their youths when transitioning out of foster care and provide the Application for Cal Fresh Benefits (CF285) to the youth as part of their 6-Month and 90-day Transition Planning Conference prior to age eighteen (18). Please note that many youth will qualify for CalFresh benefits at some point while in Extended Foster Care so the CSW should encourage the youth to apply for CalFresh. Youth with current immigration issues should not apply for CalFresh without advice from immigration counsel. Document all information in the Special Projects tab (CWS/CMS) using the following codes: TAY-CalFresh Appl Referral. Please note in the comments section whether an application was completed, or if the youth declined an application.

Referral to Youth Coordinated Entry System for Post-Exit Housing Assistance

CSWs should discuss and assist in the process of applying for ILP TAY Housing Options if needed by the youth. CSW can reach out to the LAHSA DCFS and Probation Housing Navigators who can assist the youth and CSW with applying for ILP housing resources through the Youth CES when the youth is within 90 days of exiting or has exited the system.

Mental Health Records

The youth’s mental health records (Psychological or Psycho-Educational Assessments, Individualized Educational Plans (IEP), or any other document containing a mental health component) may only be released with the consent of the mental health provider.

Case File Inspection

The youth is entitled to inspect the case file sections that are pertinent to them with some exceptions. The youth may not inspect sections that are specific to someone else, (e.g., psychological reports on other family members, medical records of siblings, etc.) or sections that have other confidential information related to their case. Case records and files are confidential. Before any files are released, County Counsel must be consulted to ensure confidentiality is being maintained. Inspection of the case file requires the appropriate statutory authorization and may require court approval and a redaction process. The youth cannot obtain photocopies of information within their case file that may be confidential and therefore are not to be released by DCFS to the youth without a court order.

Sibling Contact

Supporting transitioning youth includes assisting them in maintaining ties with significant individuals in their lives. When appropriate, CSWs must provide the youth with the following sibling information:

 

If the transitioning youth or their sibling(s) are legally freed and in an adoptive placement, contact between the youth and sibling(s) may continue when the parties (adoptive family and siblings) agree to continued contact/visits. If the transitioning youth is eighteen (18) years old and wishes to have post-adoptive contact with a sibling, the youth may also initiate a Post-adoptive Contact Agreement prior to the siblings' adoption.

 

In addition, when the sibling(s) turn eighteen (18), and able to make decisions for themselves, they may also seek contact/visitation.

Runaway Youth

If a youth's whereabouts are unknown or a runaway refusing to remain placed and turns eighteen (18) years of age , the CSW must walk-on a report or wait until the next scheduled status review hearing (if it is scheduled within thirty (30) calendar days) to request termination of jurisdiction, unless exceptional circumstances exist such as:

Termination of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction and DCFS Services for Dependent Youth Ages 18-21

Termination of DCFS services and juvenile court jurisdiction for a youth who is a dependent of the court is considered when:

 

Prior to the age of eighteen (18), a youth may be legally emancipated under certain circumstances. Consult with County Counsel in these cases.

 

The Court is not permitted to terminate jurisdiction if it finds that DCFS has not met State and Federal requirements. However, the court may terminate jurisdiction if DCFS demonstrates that the required services have been offered and the youth either has refused the services or, after reasonable efforts by DCFS, the youth cannot be located.  For situations with exceptional circumstances, the decision to terminate jurisdiction must be made on a case-by-case basis. Factors to be considered include family support, Regional Center support, and other services available to meet the youth’s special needs.

Exit Outcome Measures

The ILP Coordinator is required to complete the DCFS 5204A, Exit Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care when the CSW is recommending termination of court jurisdiction for a youth who:

 

BIS issues monthly alerts to each regional office listing all youth, age seventeen (17) and older residing in out-of-home care (including Missing or Absent from Care and youth residing in the home of a NRLG). A youth’s name will remain on the list until the DCFS 5204A has been completed and the youth exits foster care. The listing is also posted to the SITE on LA Kids.

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PROCEDURE

6-Month Transition Plan

CSW Responsibilities

  1. Convene a transition planning meeting when the youth turns 17.5 years old (regardless if youth will be participating in extended foster care), 20.5 years old and at least six months before the youth’s target emancipation date to develop the 6-Month Transition Plan (DCFS 5556) in order to allow for sufficient time for housing.

 

  1. The CSW shall provide the youth with the 6-Month Transition Plan (DCFS 5556), which shall include the following:

 

  1. Wraparound support services to families when youth exit back to a family member’s home;
  1. Community college or vocational training, at a minimum;
  1. Linkage to supports that promote career pathways to the workforce, e.g., Youth Source System or programs funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA);
  1. Housing services options for non-minor dependents, including Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Family Unification Program (FUP) voucher
  1. Public benefits assistance, e.g., Cal Works and/or Cal Fresh, as needed; and,
  1. Data tracking of youth beyond discharge from foster care, including accurately recording on the DCFS 5556 the youth’s stated exit destination.

 

  1. Provide a copy of the 6-Month Transition Plan (DCFS 5556) to the youth, youth’s caregiver, and ILP Coordinator (if applicable).

 

  1. Document the 6-Month Transition Plan in the Special Projects tab (CWS/CMS) using the following code: TAY-DCFS 5556 Form.

 

Prior to Termination of Jurisdiction

CSW Responsibilities

  1. Document all ILP services, related services, efforts made in preparing youth transition to independent living, including documents and information provided to the youth, in the Contact Notebook under the Associated Services tab, in the Special Projects tab and the case plan. See attachment.

 

  1. Ensure that the mandated SSI screening is completed.

 

  1. Schedule the 6-Month Transition Planning Conference.

 

  1. Schedule the 90-Day Transition Plan Conference.

 

  1. Complete the 6-Month and 90-Day Transition Plans.

 

 

  1. Advise the youth of the following:

 

  1. Provide the youth the DCFS 159, Youth Advisement of Non-minor Dependency (Extended Foster Care).

 

  1. Provide the youth with the following records and/or instruct the youth on how to access these records (For a complete list of all required actions and documents/information regarding the youth, reference the JV 365, DCFS 5557):

 

  1. If the youth is interested in obtaining their mental health records:
  1. Complete an ABCDM 228, Applicant's Authorization for Release of Information and obtain the youth’s signature.
  1. Complete a DCFS 5646.
  1. Send both forms to the mental health provider(s) to request the youth's mental health records.
  1. Facilitate the youth’s receipt of their mental health records.

 

  1. Advise the youth of their Legal Right to inspect their case file. If the youth requests to review their case file or requests copies of the case files:
  1. Complete a DCFS 5647, Access to Juvenile Records letter.
  1. Give the youth the Access to Juvenile Records letter and a blank Declaration in Support of Access to Juvenile Records form.

 

  1. Explain to the youth that when jurisdiction is terminated, DCFS will send their Medi-Cal eligibility information to the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) and that they will be automatically transitioned into the Medi-Cal program for FFY and remain eligible for this program up to age twenty-six (26). Explain to the youth that they do not need to apply for this extended coverage and will not need to fill out any renewal paperwork on a yearly basis.

 

  1. Provide youth the items below if the youth wishes to and is eligible to resume dependency status as a Non-minor Dependent (NMD) and participate in Extended Foster Care (EFC):

 

  1. Assist the youth with maintaining relationships with significant individuals (who are in the youth’s best interest), particularly for youth who have been in out-of-home placement for six months or longer from the date they entered foster care.

 

  1. Assist the youth with secure housing and/or refer the youth to the Youth Development Services (YDS) Housing Coordinator at (213) 351-0123, as well as the LAHSA DCFS/Probation Housing Liaisons as needed.

 

  1. Provide the youth with job seeking resources and information on other financial support such as Social Security Income (SSI), if applicable.

 

  1. Assist the youth in applying for college admission/vocational training program or other educational institution.

 

  1. Assist the youth in applying for financial aid.

 

  1. Provide the youth a copy of the, Foster Youth Benefits for College form which includes information about priority registration.

 

  1. Encourage the youth to register to vote and refer them to the nearest Post Office in their community to obtain a voter registration form.

 

  1. Refer the youth to the local Post Office to register for Selective Service/ Alternative Service, if applicable (male ages 18-25), and refer them to http://www.sss.gov/.

 

  1. Refer non-minors between the ages of eighteen (18) and twenty-one (21), to the Independent Living Program in their respective county of residence or the CDSS Transition Age Youth Policy Unit at TAYPolicy@dss.ca.gov or (916) 651-7465 for assistance.

 

  1. Verify that the ILP Coordinator provided the information listed below. If not, contact the ILP Coordinator and provide the youth with the:

 

  1. Update all required National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) fields in CWS/CMS. Users with Closed Case/Referral Update privilege are able to continue to enter NYTD data in closed cases for clients.

SCSW Responsibilities

  1. Ensure all items listed above have been addressed and documented in:

 

  1. Ensure that all of the required actions on behalf of a transitioning youth and all the required elements of the 90-day Transition Plan have been completed prior to termination of jurisdiction.

 

Preparing for the 6-Month and 90-Day Transition Planning Conference

CSW Responsibilities

  1. Review the Case Plan and the current Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP) and Agreement.

 

  1. Determine if all the identified components have been addressed.
  1. If any of the elements in the TILP cannot be met or provided, one of the following steps must be taken:
  1. Arrange for a suitable substitute; or
  1. Document why the action is inappropriate or not possible in the Case Plan and the Court Report for the Termination of Jurisdiction hearing.

 

  1. Consult with the SCSW (and ARA, if needed), the ILP Coordinator and/or any other appropriate Youth Development Services (YDS) staff to determine:

 

  1. If the youth is taking prescription and/or psychotropic medication or has a chronic or other medical or mental health condition, invite the following to the 6-Month and 90-Day Planning Transition Conference.

 

  1. If the medical/mental health professional/service providers are not available:
  1. Request that the doctor/psychiatrist participate by phone; or
  1. Schedule the 6-Month and 90-Day Transition Planning Conferences at the doctor's/psychiatrist's office.
  1. Consult with them prior to the 6-Month and 90-Day Transition Planning Conferences.
  1. Discuss the youth's prescription and/or psychotropic medication, ongoing mental health and /or medical intervention needs.
  1. Discuss how these needs will continue to be met once the youth is no longer under DCFS or court supervision.

 

  1. Strongly encourage the youth to invite members of their CFT and/or people that they have identified as being important in their successful transition to independence. The meeting can count as a CFT, if aligned with the CFT process. Include, when possible, the following participants in the youth’s 6-Month and 90-Day Transition Planning Conferences (confidentiality guidelines) apply:

 

  1. Schedule the 6-Month and 90-Day Transition Planning Conferences.

 

  1. If the youth or caregiver is not available for a face-to-face meeting (i.e., out of state, etc.), conduct the 6-Month and 90-Day Transition Planning Conferences via phone.

 

  1. If the youth refuses to participate or is unavailable for the 6-Month and 90-Day Transition Planning Conferences for other reasons:
  1. Document the refusal/reason and the reasonable efforts made to obtain the youth's cooperation.
  1. Consult with County Counsel as necessary.
  1. Complete the DCFS 5556, 6-Month Transition plan andFC 1637, 90-Day Transition Plan even if the youth refuses to cooperate.
  1. Develop the DCFS 5556, 6-Month Transition plan and FC 1637, 90-Day Transition Plan for runaway youth, if it is appropriate to terminate jurisdiction.
  1. Provide the significant adults in the youth's life the DCFS Youth Development Services Division (YDSD) contact information so that they can relate the information to the youth.

 

  1. For those youth who are unable to meaningfully participate in the Planning Conference, schedule and complete the 6-Month and 90-Day Transition Plan Conference in collaboration with service providers and significant individuals in the youth's life.

 

  1. Generate the 6-Month and 90-Day Transition Plan on CWS/CMS.

During the 90-Day Transition Planning Conference

For a complete list of all required actions and documents/information regarding the youth, reference the JV 365, DCFS 5557 and the section "Prior to Termination of Jurisdiction" that address required actions on behalf of a youth.

CSW Responsibilities

  1. Meet with the youth, caregiver and other invited participants to develop and complete the 6-Month and 90-Day Transition Plan.

 

  1. Complete the following:
  1. Advise the youth of their transition to independence date.
  1. Review the youth’s foster care experience, accomplishments and lifetime goals.
  1. Provide important/required documents, contact information for siblings, relatives, other significant individuals and any other information.
  1. Confirm the youth’s plan regarding the below topics and provide this information to the ILP Coordinator in order for them to complete the DCFS 5204A.
  1. Provide the youth the name and telephone number of the ILP Coordinator.

 

  1. Ask the youth the following required questions and any other relevant questions applicable to their particular situation.

 

  1. Document the youth's responses in the Contact Notebook and Court Report.

 

  1. Provide the youth with copy of the Health and Education Passport and discuss medication instructions/needs.

 

  1. Discuss how the youth's prescription and/or psychotropic medication and ongoing mental health needs will continue to be met once the youth is no longer under DCFS or court supervision, if applicable.

 

  1. Discuss and confirm (if applicable) the youth's knowledge and ability to do the following:
  1. List of medication(s) taking and the medical reason
  1. Correct dosage and frequency
  1. Side effects, "red" flags and who to call in an emergency
  1. How to get new prescriptions, prescription refills, pharmacist consultation
  1. How to access regular care/treatment (make appointments, transportation, Medi-Cal or other payment method, etc.)
  1. How to make medical and/or mental health appointments
  1. If check-ups beyond an annual physical are needed, youth should know why, where and with whom.
  1. What to do if they wish to stop taking the medication
  1. Identify a trusted adult (family, parent, caregiver, etc.) who is aware of the youth’s medical needs, with the youth’s consent.
  1. How to obtain mental health records

 

  1. Document the medication treatment plan on the Transition Plan.

 

  1. Assist the youth in working with the appropriate service providers to ensure the youth receives and is able to do the above.

 

  1. Submit a referral to the Special Immigrant Status (SIS) Unit for any undocumented youth when the court has ordered or is likely to order no reunification with one or both parents.

 

  1. Provide youth who are currently receiving or are potentially eligible for SSI, with the following:

 

  1. Provide the caregiver or a significant support person the "Caregiver Brochure - Helping Your Child Receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Youth with Disabilities"

 

  1. Provide the necessary assistance to facilitate youth's receipt/continued receipt of SSI (For youth who are eligible for SSI, the CSW should facilitate SSI being taken out of suspense so that SSI funding will be on when the youth exits care).

 

  1. Ask the youth if he/she would like to participate in CalFresh (food stamps) after transitioning out of foster care. If so:
  1. Provide the youth the Application for CalFresh Benefits (CF 285)(transition age youth should be provided with the CalFresh application upon every placement change or other significant life events such as a change in family size or change in income (e.g. loss of employment, change from full-time to part-time employment status). CSW should also discuss applying for CalFresh benefits with their youths when transitioning out of foster care and provide the Application for CalFresh Benefits (CF285) to the youth as part of their 6-Month and 90-day Transition Planning Conferences. This should be documented in the Special Projects Tab using the code- TAY-CalFresh App Referral.
  1. Assist the youth in completing the application. For further assistance, set up appointment for the youth with your office’s DPSS Outreach Eligibility Worker (EW) by emailing the EW and their supervisor. In the absence of a designated DPSS Outreach worker in the office, CSWs may utilize getcalfresh.org/s/ladcfs to assist TAY with submitting their CalFresh applications (This will allow DPSS to track when DCFS assists, but it is not processed by the outreach worker).

    If the youth refuses to apply, then this should be documented in case notes and the Special Project Page under TAY-CalFresh App Referral. In addition, provide the youth the TAY CalFresh Pass-It-On card and encourage them to apply when they are ready.
  1. Instruct the youth to provide information that reflects their expected circumstances at the time court jurisdiction is terminated when completing the CalFresh application.
  1. Stress the importance of providing a current phone number on the application as the interview portion takes place by phone.
  1. Inform the youth that they must be prepared to provide DPSS proof of identity (CA ID, driver’s license, Social Security Number, and citizenship status).
  1. Advise the youth that DPSS may take up to 30 days to process the application so they should prepare ahead of time. Youths with immediate need may be eligible for Expedited Services. Expedited services are determined within three calendar days following the date the application was filed.
  1. CSWs may provide the youth the application prior to the 90-Day Transition Planning Conference to allow the youth ample time to review.
  2. Inform the youth that eligibility is based on placement type, household size, income and/or the amount the provider provides directly to the youth. For certain youths receiving EFC payments it may be best to hold the completed CalFresh application until court terminates jurisdiction so the DPSS Eligibility Worker should be consulted.
  3. If a youth is denied CalFresh benefits, contact the Eligibility Worker and Eligibility Supervisor to seek a review and resolution. If this application is not accepted by DPSS, refer the youth to contact the local DPSS office.
  4. if a resolution is not reached after contacting the Eligibility Worker and Eligibility Supervisor, refer the youth to an appropriate legal services organization, such as the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Public Counsel, or Neighborhood Legal Services

 

  1. Discuss any remaining problems or concerns that preclude transitioning to independence.

 

  1. Discuss any other appropriate resource referrals. For information on the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), see the following link.

 

  1. Consider the interview as part of the on-going assessment of whether or not the youth is ready to live independently.

 

  1. Complete the DCFS 5556, 6-Month Transition Plan and FC 1637, 90-Day Transition Plan forms.

 

  1. Evaluate whether all the elements cited in the TILP have been addressed to the youth and caregiver's satisfaction.

 

  1. If the youth qualifies for CalWORKs or General Relief, inform the youth of the additional available programs through DPSS and complete the DCFS 5122 Referral Notice on CWS/CMS and follow the procedure under Assessing Potential Eligibility for DPSS Services on a New Referral. If you have questions regarding their eligibility to either program, consult your office co-located Linkages GSW. A separate CalFresh application is not necessary, as the youth can request CalFresh benefits on the application for Cash Aid.

 

  1. Document any unpaid citations, tickets or fines or incomplete court ordered community service on the Transition Plan.

 

  1. Contact Public Counsel or refer the youth to the youth’s dependency attorney, to request assistance in seeking relief from the court if the youth is unable to pay a court-related fine.

 

  1. Provide the youth information that explains why and how to designate a "power of attorney for health care" also referred to as a "health care agent".
  1. Explain to the youth that if they do not have/ do not want a relative to make emergency medical decisions on their behalf, at age eighteen (18) they can designate a trusted person to become their "health care agent".
  1. Encourage the youth to think about this choice and discuss this with the person they may want to designate as their "health care agent".

 

  1. Provide youth with a sample of the Advanced Health Care Directive form.

 

  1. Inform the youth that if they decide to choose a "health care agent", they must complete the Advanced Health Care Directive form.

 

  1. Discuss any other transition related issues with the ILP Coordinator.

 

  1. Have all participants sign the completed DCFS 5556, 6-Month Transition Plan and FC 1637, 90-Day Transition Plan.

 

  1. Provide the youth and the ILP Coordinator with a copy of the Transition Plan.

 

  1. Document all information related to the 6-Month and 90-Day Transition Plan in CWS/CMS under the Transition Plan Notebook including:

SCSW Responsibilities

  1. Discuss the youth’s readiness for independent living and the appropriateness of terminating jurisdiction with the Case Carrying CSW.

 

  1. Attend the 6-Month and 90-Day Transition Planning Conferences when appropriate.

 

  1. Review and sign the DCFS 5556, 6-Month Transition Plan and FC 1637, 90-Day Transition Plan

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Completing the DCFS 5204A, Exit Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Case Carrying CSW Responsibilities

When jurisdiction is terminated:

 

  1. Provide information required for completion of the DCFS 5204A, Exit Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care to the ILP Coordinator prior to termination of jurisdiction.

 

  1. Notify the ILP Coordinator when the court terminates jurisdiction.

 

  1. Provide the ILP Coordinator a copy of the minute order within one business day of receipt.

 

  1. In cases where the youth is a runaway and the court terminates jurisdiction, contact the ILP Coordinator and assist in the completion of the DCFS 5204A.

 

When jurisdiction is not terminated:

 

  1. Notify the ILP Coordinator of this (by e-mail, phone, etc.) as soon as possible, if jurisdiction was not terminated.

ILP Coordinator Responsibilities

  1. Complete the DCFS 5204A, Exit Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care at the 90-day Transition Planning Conference (if possible).

 

  1. Data-enter the information from the DCFS 5204A into the Exit Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care (Exit Outcomes) database upon receipt of the termination of jurisdiction minute order.

 

  1. If the court does not terminate jurisdiction, do not enter information on the DCFS 5204A into the Exit Outcomes database.

 

  1. Update the original DCFS 5204A as needed and consult with the Case-Carrying CSW and, if appropriate, the youth when:
  1. There is a subsequent 90-day Transition Planning Conference
  1. A 90-day Transition Planning Conference was not held, but the CSW is planning to recommend termination of jurisdiction

 

  1. In cases where the youth's whereabouts are unknown or is a runaway:
  1. Complete the DCFS 5204A in consultation with the case-carrying CSW upon receipt of the termination of jurisdiction minute order
  1. Enter the information into the Exit Outcomes database.

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Court Report/Other Legal Requirements

CSW Responsibilities

  1. Mail the Notice of Hearing to the youth for the hearing addressing termination of jurisdiction within set legal time frames.

 

  1. Submit a Court Report recommending Termination of Jurisdiction with documentation outlining the services provided to the youth.  Include the following:

 

  1. Include in the court report (refer to Attachment):

 

  1. Make transportation arrangements for the youth to attend the hearing. If the youth does not wish to attend the hearing, advise the youth that they may attend the hearing telephonically by making arrangements with their attorney.

 

  1. Document the efforts made to contact the youth and include in the termination of jurisdiction case plan and court report:

SCSW Responsibilities

Prior to recommending termination of jurisdiction:

 

  1. Ensure all items listed above have been addressed and documented in:

 

  1. Ensure that all of the required actions on behalf of a transitioning youth and all the required elements of the 6-Month and 90-Day Transition Plan are completed.

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Court Jurisdiction has been Terminated

Case-Carrying CSW Responsibilities

  1. Forward the, Application for CalFresh (CF 285), if applicable, to your office's DPSS Outreach EW or the CalFresh office that serves the area where the youth resides or instruct the youth to call the Customer Service Center at (866) 613-3777, Option 1 or submit their application on line at getcalfresh.org/s/ladcfs. If the youth does not want to apply for CalFresh, the CSW should provide the youth a TAY Pass-It-On card.

 

  1. Provide the youth the name and contact information for the DPSS Outreach Worker.

 

  1. Advise the youth to promptly notify the DPSS Outreach Worker of any address changes.

 

Upon receipt of the Court termination of jurisdiction minute order:

 

  1. Document the youth’s post-transition residence address with a new start date on the Address Page of the Client Notebook in CWS/CMS.

 

  1. Submit a DCFS 280, Technical Assistance Action Request to the EW/TA requesting that the youth’s pre-transition Placement be end-dated.

 

  1. Ensure information has been transmitted to DPSS prompting DPSS to seamlessly transition the youth into the Medi-Cal program for FFY. Confirm with the DPSS Outreach worker that the youth has been successfully recoded into 4M.

 

  1. Close the case on CWS/CMS by completing the End Case Notebook.

SCSW Responsibilities

  1. Ensure that all critical and required items are completed prior to case closure, as applicable, including, but not limited to:

 

  1. Ensure that all of the required actions on behalf of a transitioning youth and all the required elements of the 6-Month and 90-day Transition Plan are completed prior to case closure.

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APPROVALS

SCSW

HELPFUL LINKS

Attachments

90-Day Transition Plan and Transitioning to Independence

FYI 10-39 Announcing the New DCFS 90-Day Transition Planning Conference (90-Day TP Conference) and Federally Required 90-Day Transition Plan (90-Day TP) For Foster Youth Prior To Aging-Out of Foster Care

FYI 10-72 New Federal Requirement Added To The 90-Day Transition Plan

National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) Information

Forms

CWS/CMS

DCFS 280, Technical Assistant Action Request

DCFS 5556 6-Month Transition Plan

DCFS 5557, TILP Transmittal & Supplement

JV-464-INFO, How to Ask to Return to Juvenile Court Jurisdiction of California and Foster Care

JV-466, Request to Return to Juvenile Court Jurisdiction and Foster Care

JV-468, Confidential Information - Request to Return to Juvenile Court Jurisdiction and Foster Care

Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP) and Agreement

Hard Copy

Former Foster Youth -- "Covered til 26" -- Free Health Care Information

LA Kids

ABCDM 228, Applicant's Authorization for Release of

Information

Advance Health Care Directive form

DCFS 280, Technical Assistant Action Request

DCFS 5204A, Exit Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

DCFS 5557, TILP Transmittal & Supplement

DCFS 5646, Emancipating Youth Mental Health Records Request Letter

DCFS 5647, Access to Juvenile Records Letter with Declaration in Support of Access to Juvenile Records (WIC §827)

DCFS Proof of Dependency Letter

Declaration in Support of Access to Juvenile Records (WIC §827/828)

CF 285, Application for Food Stamps Benefits

DL 937, Verification for Reduced Fee identification Card

FC 1637, 90-Day Transition Plan

Foster Youth Benefits for College

JV-365, Termination of Dependency Jurisdiction (Child Attaining Age of Majority)

MC 250 A, LA Medical for Emancipated Former Foster Youth (Application and Redetermination was in Foster Care Placement on His or Her 18th Birthday

Proof of Dependency

PUB 420, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Transitioning Foster Youth

PUB 421, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Youth with Disabilities

PUB 422, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Foster Youth with Disabilities

Referenced Policy Guides

0080-503.00, Contacts with the Child Support Services Department (CSSD)

0080-505.20, Health and Education Passport (HEP)

0080-505.10, Youth Development: Transitional Independent Living Planning

0080-507.20, Concurrent Planning and the Concurrent Planning Assessment (CPA)

0100-535.25, Extended Foster Care (EFC) Program

0100-560.30, Transitional Housing Program – Plus (THP-PLUS)

0100-570.11, Missing or Absent from Care and Returning Runaway Youth From Other Jurisdictions

0200-513.05, Postadoption Contact Agreements

0300-306.05, Noticing Process for Juvenile Court Proceedings

0300-503.16, Writing the WIC 366.3 Status Review Hearing Report for Minor Dependents

0400-504.00, Family Visitation Planning

0500-501.20, Release of Confidential DCFS Case Record Information

0900-523.10, Social Security(SS)/Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits for Children in Care

1200-500.10, Vital Records (Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce)

1200-500.50, Photographic Identification of Children

1200-500.86, Immigration Options for Undocumented Children and Families

Statutes

CDSS All County Information Notice No. 1-31-15, Medi-Cal eligibility extended to age 26 for foster youth exiting care on or after attaining 18 years of age.

 

CDSS All County Letter ACL 09-25 (June 16, 2009) – Food Stamp Application Process For Youth Who Are "Aging Out" Of Foster Care.

 

CDSS All County Letter ACL 09-87 (February 8, 2010) – New Federal Requirement: 90-Day Transition Plan for Foster Youth Prior To Aging-Out of Foster Care

 

CDSS All County Letter ACL 10-45 (October 14, 2010) – New Federal Requirement added to the 90-Day Transition Plan

 

California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-236 – Details requirements for the Transitional Independent Living Plan

 

CDSS MPP Division 31-236(i)(4)(f) – States in pertinent part that "proof of county dependency status" must be provided to a youth to access post-emancipation financial support resources.

 

Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) All County Welfare Directors Letter 14-41 (February 5, 2015): Enrollment in the Former Foster Care Children’s (FFCC) Program

 

DHCS All County Welfare Directors Letter 15-32 (October 7, 2015): Medi-Cal General Notices of Action for Former Foster Youth

 

Education Code (EC) Section 66025.9 – Reviews the priority enrollment system for "foster youth" and/or "former foster youth" at campuses for the community college district, California State University and the University of California.

 

Family Code (FC) Section 7120 – Described circumstances under which a minor who is at least 14 years of age may petition the superior court of the county in which the minor resides or is temporarily domiciled for a declaration of emancipation.

 

FC Section 9205(a) – Sets forth the requirements for the disclosure/releasing contact information for siblings by any department or adoption agency.

 

Government Code (GC) Section 18220 – States that State agencies, when hiring for internships and student assistant positions, shall give preference to qualified applicants who are, or have been, dependent children in foster care. The preference shall be granted to applicants up to 26 years of age.

 

Public Law 110-351 – Is the "Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act", and requires that a foster youth have a 90-Day Transition Plan that specifically covers the following areas: housing, education, health insurance, mentors/continuing support services and workforce support/employment services.

 

Public Law 111-148 – "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act", requires that information about "power of attorney for health care" during the development of the 90-Day Transition Plan is provided to all foster youth.

 

Vehicle Code (VC) Section 12500 – Sets forth requirements for California Driver License.

 

VC Section 13000 – Sets forth requirements for California Official Photo Identification Card

 

VC Section 14902(c) – Sets the reduced fee for an original or replacement identification card issued to a person who has been determined to have a current income level that meets the eligibility requirements for assistance programs.

 

Welfare and Institution Code (WIC) Section 388(e) – Pertains to foster/former foster youth’s (ages 18-21) petition to resume dependency status.

 

WIC Section 391 – Sets forth the requirements for termination of jurisdiction hearings for dependent youth who have reached the age of majority.

 

WIC Section 827 – Sets forth the persons and entities entitled to inspect juvenile case file, including the child/youth who is the subject of the court proceedings.

 

WIC Section 5328 – Sets forth the disclosure and consent requirements for confidential information and records.

 

WIC Section 10601.2 – Provides the basis for the California Exit Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care. It states that the established review system outcome indicators shall be consistent with the federal child and family service review measures, standards for child and family outcomes and system factors authorized by the federal Social Security Act.

 

WIC Section 13753 – Sets forth the actions required of the county must take when a foster youth is receiving SSI payments and is approaching his/ her 18th birthday to ensure continued SSI benefits following termination of jurisdiction.

 

WIC Sections 14005.28 – Sets forth the requirements for Medi-Cal coverage up to age 26 for former foster youth.

 

WIC Sections 14005.285– Sets forth the requirements for Medi-Cal coverage up to age 26 for former foster youth.

 

WIC Section 16010(a) – Discusses inclusion of the health and education records of a minor in the case plan.

 

WIC Section 16501.1 – Sets forth 90-Day Transition Plan requirements.

 

WIC Section 16501.1(f)(16)(B) – Sets  forth the requirements for 90-Day Transition Plan and the requirement that a caseworker or other appropriate agency staff assist the youth in developing a personalized written transition plan that includes detailed information regarding housing options, health insurance, education, workforce/employment  services, and other continuing support services.

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