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Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts #11: Connecting Aging-Out Youth to Behavioral Health Services []

The Chronicle of Social Change is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 12 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.

The program is overseen each summer by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Each of the FYI participants crafted a policy recommendation during their time in Washington, D.C. Today we highlight the recommendation of Justin Abbasi, a student at Yale University.

The Proposal

Abbasi would update the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program to include two new grants:

Support for “trauma-informed, evidence-based psychosocial services” for transition-age youth.

Support for services that help these youth access behavioral health services, including “transportation costs” and “reimbursement for lost wages.”

Abbasi would also amend the case-planning requirements for aging out youth to mandate that they’re informed about their health coverage and local providers that they can see.

Follow here to read more about The Argument, and The Chronicle's take on this proposal for Congress funded grants to support access to trauma-informed behavioral health for foster youth as they age out of the system.

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