The Youth First project is an innovative collaboration between Casey Family Programs and the Catalyst Center to assist counties and providers in designing and implementing individualized programs (“Enhanced Care Programs”) for youth. After reviewing applications, the project team is pleased to announce the selection of the following county and provider participants:
More about the Youth First project…
Youth First is a demonstration project that seeks to identify innovative program designs that meet the needs of youth with complex challenges, with a focus on individualized trauma attuned services and supports focused on permanency. The project will build on the existing Intensive Services Foster Care and STRTP license categories as the foundation for the new programs (sometimes referred to as “Enhanced ISFC,” “ISFC Plus,” and “STRTP of One”). The project team will provide technical assistance and a learning community for participants to design programs, staffing models, clinical practices, budget development, licensing, and funding sources. Youth First will also have an evaluation component, and participating counties and providers will maintain important information in order to determine the efficacy of these individualized approaches. Youth First aims to serve a minimum of 75 California foster and probation youth in Enhanced Care Programs with the goal of meeting the complex care needs of youth in family-based care and ultimately, a successful permanent transition of youth living in their community with their family.