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Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC

DIVISION 2.5. YOUTHS [1700 - 2106]

  ( Division 2.5 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 937. )
  

CHAPTER 1. The Youth Authority [1700 - 1915]

  ( Heading of Chapter 1 amended by Stats. 1943, Ch. 690. )
  

ARTICLE 5.4. Runaway Youth and Families in Crisis Project [1787 - 1789]
  ( Article 5.4 added by Stats. 1998, Ch. 1065, Sec. 2. )

  
1788.  

Each Runaway Youth and Families in Crisis Project established under this article shall provide services which shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

(a) Temporary shelter and related services to runaway youth. The services shall include:

(1) Food and access to overnight shelter for no more than 14 days.

(2) Counseling and referrals to services which address immediate emotional needs or problems.

(3) Screening for basic health needs and referral to public and private health providers for health care. Shelters that are not equipped to house a youth with substance abuse problems shall refer that youth to an appropriate clinic or facility. The shelter shall monitor the youth’s progress and assist the youth with services upon his or her release from the substance abuse facility.

(4) Long-term planning so that the youth may be returned to the home of the parent or guardian under conditions which favor long-term reunification with the family, or so the youth can be suitably placed in a situation outside of the parental or guardian home when such reunification is not possible.

(5) Outreach services and activities to locate runaway youth and to link them with project services.

(b) Family crisis resolution services to runaway and nonrunaway youth and their families which shall include:

(1) Parent training.

(2) Family counseling.

(3) Services designed to reunify youth and their families.

(4) Referral to other services offered in the community by public and private agencies.

(5) Long-term planning so that the youth may be returned to the home of the parent or guardian under conditions which favor long-term reunification with the family, or so the youth can be suitably placed in a situation outside of the parental or guardian home when such reunification is not possible.

(6) Followup services to ensure that the return to the parent or guardian or the placement outside of the parental or guardian home is stable.

(7) Outreach services and activities to locate runaway and nonrunaway youth and to link them with project services.

(c) Transitional living services shall include:

(1) Long-term shelter.

(2) Independent living skill services.

(3) Preemployment and employment skills training.

(4) Home responsibilities training.

(d) Where appropriate and necessary, some of the services identified under this section must also be provided in the local community and in the home of project clients. Projects shall notify parents that their children are staying at a project site consistent with state and federal parent notification requirements.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 135, Sec. 169. Effective January 1, 2001.)