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JOHN BURTON FOUNDATION. THP-Plus Letter of Intent Online Webinar – September 9, 2008 at 10:00 am Presented by Michele Byrnes and Amy Lemley, John Burton Foundation Call-in phone number for live audio: (703) 259-9001 Access code: 315-789-141. Webinar technical details.

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  1. JOHN BURTON FOUNDATION THP-Plus Letter of Intent Online Webinar – September 9, 2008 at 10:00 am Presented by Michele Byrnes and Amy Lemley, John Burton Foundation Call-in phone number for live audio: (703) 259-9001 Access code: 315-789-141

  2. Webinar technical details • Call-in phone number for live audio:(703) 259-9001 Access code: 315-789-141 • To submit live questions, click on the “Question and Answer” arrow on your screen, type your question, and click “Send.”

  3. Goal of today’s training • To assist counties in estimating the most accurate demand for THP-Plus based on: • Estimated number of youth in need • Actual THP-Plus rate • Current housing supply • County contracting process

  4. Outline of presentation • Importance of the Letter of Intent (LOI) • Estimating demand in your county • Elements of the LOI • Questions?

  5. Why is the Letter of Intent important? • Provides information to CDSS to allow for: • Accurate budgeting • Timely allocation • Ongoing management and planning

  6. Legislative budget hearings held CDSS submits estimates to DOF Governor’s May Revise Budget Act takes effect Governor’s budget due to Legislature Letter of Intent Due Approved budget bill to Governor LOI in context of full budget process Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. May June July

  7. Estimating demand and planning THP-Plus capacity • Estimate demand for THP-Plus • Determine planned housing capacity • Determine actual THP-Plus rate • Budget for costs • Keep CDSS informed

  8. Step 1. Estimate demand for THP-Plus • Calculate the number of eligible youth using data archived at the Center for Social Services Research • http://cssr.berkeley.edu/ucb%5Fchildwelfare/Exits.aspx • Include youth that emancipated over the past six years (2001-07)

  9. Step 1. Estimate demand for THP-Plus (continued) • Goal: Determine rate of homelessness among former foster youth • Proxy: Findings from the Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth and the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study • 13% - 22% of former foster youth were homeless for at least one night

  10. Step 1. Estimate demand for THP-Plus (continued)

  11. THP-Plus capacity by county Severely under: < 50% Under: 51% to 99% At Capacity: Within range Over Capacity: Above range For information by county, visit www.thpplus.org

  12. Step 2. Determine planned housing capacity • Does the county already provide THP-Plus housing and services? • Is current housing capacity meeting the need? • Do the existing THP-Plus providers have the ability and track record to expand their capacity? • Does the community have additional experienced youth housing providers? • What is the county contracting timeline?

  13. Step 3. Determine actual THP-Plus rate Actual THP-Plus rate reflects funding provider receives for housing and supportive services Actual THP-Plus rate is typically lower than maximum THP-Plus rate Using actual rate improves accuracy of LOI and statewide budget estimate

  14. Step 4. Budget for costs County budgets for costs incurred until reimbursed by CDSS County fiscal staff must be included in the conversation to ensure enough funding is in the county budget to sustain the program until reimbursed by CDSS

  15. Step 5. Keep CDSS informed Regular communication with CDSS improves program administration and management Notify CDSS: If there are changes to THP-Plus actual rate When provider(s) have been selected If THP-Plus capacity changes If there are any programmatic or fiscal changes

  16. Elements of the Letter of Intent • Number of anticipated youth served • THP-Plus monthly rate paid to the provider(s) by model • Anticipated implementation date • Number of youth that age-out of foster care in the county each year • Contact information for program and fiscal staff

  17. LOI Submission Information • CDSS will issue ACIN with details and deadline • 2007 deadline was October 1st • LOI should be submitted to: California Department of Social Services Independent Living Program Policy Unit Statewide Transitional Housing Coordinator 744 P Street, M.S. 14-78 Sacramento, California 95814

  18. Project Announcements • “The Host Family Model in THP-Plus” released July 17th • “Outcomes for Former Foster Youth in California's THP-Plus Program: Are Youth in THP-Plus Faring Better?”released September 4th • Publications available at www.thpplus.org

  19. Questions or comments? Enter questions on your screen now by clicking the “Question and Answer” arrow, typing your question, and clicking “Send.” Or direct later questions or comments to: Michele Byrnes John Burton Foundation (415) 693-1323 michele@johnburtonfoundation.org Policy questions concerning the Letter of Intent should be directed to: Lynette Stueve or Vebra Switzer California Department of Social Services (916) 657-3329 (Lyn) or (916) 654-2572 (Vebra) lynette.stueve@dss.ca.gov or vebra.switzer@dss.ca.gov

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