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Handbook 6: Out of Home Placement and Services
6-7  Independent Living-skills Program (ILP)
Out of Home Placement and Services
6-7   Independent Living-skills Program (ILP)
Reference Points
Overview
Who Is Eligible
Definition of Foster Care
ILP Core Services
How to Refer a Youth for ILP Services
When May ILP Be Deferred
Social Worker Responsibilities
ILP Service Providers
ILP Coordinator Responsibilities
Follow-up Services for Emancipated Youth, Emancipated Youth Stipend (EYS)
EYS Services for Emancipated Youth
EYS Services for Non Minor Dependent  (NMD) Foster Youth)
EYS Application Process
Extended MediCal Benefits for Emancipated Foster Youth
Contacts


Reference Points
Effective Date: in effect
Last Updated: 1/23/14
 Legal Basis:
Popup Window California Department of Social Services (CDSS) All County Letter (ACL) #11-09 Senate Bill 654 Independent Living Program (ILP) For Non-Related Guardianships
Popup Window Public Law 106-169
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Social Security Act § 477

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California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-525

Popup Window CDSS MPP Division 31-236
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Welfare and Institutions Code § 16501(c)

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WIC § 10609.3(e)(1)

Popup Window WIC § 366.3 (e)(8)
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Federal Code of Regulations, Title 45, Part 1200, Sec. 1355.20

 Non CWS/CMS Forms:
 
 CWS/CMS Forms:
Transitional Independent living Program (TILP) Assessment and Referral


Overview  

The Independent Living Program (ILP) was authorized by the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-169).  The ILP provides training, services and programs to assist current and former foster youth achieve self-sufficiency prior to and after leaving the foster care system.

In California, each county has the flexibility to design services to meet a wide range of individual needs and circumstances for current and former foster youth, and to coordinate services with other Federal and State agencies engaged in similar activities. 

There are seven basic competencies incorporated into the ILP program.  As part of ILP services, youth attend workshops and receive case management services, both focusing on assisting youth to develop skills in each of the competency areas. Those areas include:

  • Employment
  • Daily living
  • Survival skills
  • Choices and consequences
  • Interpersonal/ Social Skills
  • Education and Training
  • Computer/ Internet skills

Additional individualized services may include obtaining personal documents, preparing a resume, applying for colleges and scholarships, and securing stable housing and employment.

Individualized program services and activities are documented in a Transitional Independent Living Skill Plan (TILP), part of the CWS/CMS case plan. 

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Who Is Eligible  

Youth are eligible for ILP services up to their 21st birthday provided one of the following criteria is met:

  • The youth was or is in foster care at any time from his or her 16th to 19th birthday.
    • This does not include youth placed in detention facilities, locked facilities, forestry camps, training schools, facilities that are primarily for the detention of youth who are adjudicated delinquent, medical and psychiatric facilities, voluntary placements, wraparound program participants, youth placed pursuant to an individualized education program and guardianship placements in which the youth is not a dependent or ward of the court.

  • The youth is 16 years of age up to 18 years of age and receives KinGAP assistance, regardless of the youth's age when the dependency case was closed.
  • Guardianship with a non-relative was established after the child was 8-years-old, dependency is dismissed, and the youth continues to receive Permanency Planning services.
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Definition of Foster Care  

The federal definition of foster care is 24-hour substitute care for children placed away from their parents or guardians and for whom the State [or local] agency has placement and care responsibility.  This includes, but is not limited to, placements in foster family homes, foster homes of relatives, group homes, emergency shelters, residential facilities, child care institutions, and preadoptive homes. A child is in foster care in accordance with this definition regardless of whether the foster care facility is licensed and payments are made by the State or local agency for the care of the child, whether adoption subsidy payments are being made prior to the finalization of an adoption, or whether there is Federal matching of any payments that are made.

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ILP Core Services

 

Core services included in the ILP are provided to each youth based on the youth’s identified individual needs and goals as documented in the Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP) including, but not limited to:

  • Education, including: skill development, assistance and referrals to obtain literacy skills, high school diploma/GED, post-secondary education experiential learning and computer skills;
  • Career development, including: assistance and referral to obtain career exploration, work readiness and responsibility skills, employment development, employment experience, vocational training, apprenticeship opportunities, job placement and retention;
  • Assistance and referral to promote health (including mental health) and safety skills including, but not limited to:
    • substance abuse prevention
    •  smoking cessation
    •  pregnancy prevention and
    • nutrition education;

  • Referral to available mentors and mentoring programs;
  • Daily living skills, including: information on and experiences and training in financial management and budgeting; personal responsibility skills; self-advocacy; household management; consumer and resource use; survival skills; and obtaining vital records;
  • Financial resources, including: information and referrals regarding applicable financial assistance, including, but not limited to, incentives, stipends, savings and trust fund accounts, educational/vocational grants, CAL-Grants, Employment Development Departments, registered in One-Stop Career Centers, Workforce Investment Act funding and programs, other employment programs and other forms of public assistance including, but not limited to, CalWORKs, Food Stamps, and Medi-Cal; and
  • Housing information, including: training and referrals about transitional housing programs; federal, state and local housing programs; and landlord/tenant issues.
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How to Refer a Youth for ILP Services  

To refer a youth for ILP services, the social worker first develops a Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP) with the youth. The Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP) is a part of the youth’s individual case plan and is a description of the youth’s emancipation readiness and emancipation preparation services that have been and will be provided to the youth to assist the youth to make the transition from foster care to independent living.  ILP Services will not be provided if a youth does not have a TILP or his/her TILP is not updated by his/her social worker.

To complete a Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP) please refer to OPP 4-3, Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP).  

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When May ILP Be Deferred  

ILP participation is deferred only if the youth:

  • Is physically or mentally unable to benefit from the ILP as determined by the youth’s primary care physician or health/mental health care professional or
  • Declines to participate in the ILP.

Social workers must document in the case plan the reasons why ILP services are not appropriate for the youth.  If ILP participation is deferred, the social worker, on behalf of youth in foster care, or the ILP coordinator, on behalf of KinGap youth and other eligible youth, shall document in the TILP the reason(s) for the deferment.

A redetermination of deferment shall be made at least every six months and documented in the TILP.  The social worker must ask the youth every 6 months if he/she has changed his/her mind about ILP.

 

Eligibility for the ILP shall not be determined by outside agencies such as contractors or vendors.

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Social Worker Responsibilities  

The responsibilities of social workers in relation to ILP are to:

  • Ensure that foster care/probation youth are given appropriate information about and the opportunity to participate in the ILP.

  • Ensure that ILP participation is not used as a punishment or reward.

  • Complete the appropriate Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP)
  • Work with foster youth to ensure that they have access to ILP core services as described in CDSS MMP Section 31-525.8.

  • Collaborate with the youth, ILP Coordinators, care providers, and other service providers to ensure the development and implementation of TILP goals, services and activities, including addressing transportation needs.
    • Counties shall encourage providers to participate in the development of the TILP.

  • Prior to the youth’s emancipation, ensure that ILP services are provided as identified in the TILP.

  • Defer ILP enrollment only if the youth is physically or mentally unable to benefit from the program as determined by the youth’s primary care physician or health/mental health care professional or if the youth declines to participate.
    • A redetermination of deferment shall be made at least every six months and be documented in the TILP.

  • Provide, as applicable, the necessary records, referrals and documentation to ensure that timely and appropriate ILP service provision has met the goals and services of the TILP as described in Section 31-236.

  • Collaborate with the ILP provider, youth, caregiver, and additional service providers to ensure services are provided to prepare the youth for self-sufficiency.

  • If the youth defers ILP services or does not actively participate, it is the responsibility of the social worker to ensure additional resources are in place to prepare the youth for self-sufficiency.
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ILP Service Providers  

Santa Clara County contracts with one agency to provide ILP services to youth residing in Santa Clara County:

Family and Children Services of Silicon Valley

591 N. King Road

San Jose, CA 95133

 

ILP Staff are located at The HUB at 591 N. King Road San Jose, CA 95133.  Contact The HUB at 408-792-1750.

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ILP Coordinator Responsibilities  

The responsibility of the ILP coordinator is to:

  • Ensure that every eligible youth participating in ILP up to age 21 has a TILP.
  • Collaborate with the youth, social workers, care providers and other service providers to ensure the provision of core services and activities so that the goals outlined in the youth's TILP are achieved.
  • Ensure that participation in ILP is not used as a punishment or reward.
  • Not duplicate or replace services that are available through other agencies and programs.
  • Recruit, offer and provide individualized ILP services to eligible youth including emancipated youth, legal guardianship, and KinGap youth.
  • Ensure that benefits, services and treatment are fair and equitable to all eligible youth.
  • Attend Emancipation Conferences for youth who are placed out-of-county/state (via phone if necessary) or are not receiving ILP services.
  • Utilize the Emancipated Youth Stipend to provide assistance to emancipated youth who are eligible for the ILP pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 10609.3.
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Follow-up ILP Services for Emancipated Youth- Emancipated Youth Stipend (EYS)  

When funding is available, the Emancipated Youth Stipend (EYS) is state funding allocated to provide critical assistance to youth who aged out of foster care and transitioning into adulthood.

Critical needs include but are not limited to the areas of transportation, employment, education, contracted services, health care, parenting, housing, and miscellaneous aftercare needs.  

EYS is distributed on a first come, first serve basis with a maximum of $1500 per stipend.  The stipend is not guaranteed as the money is limited and all requests are subjected to denial.

The Stipend is available for youth from ages 18 to the day before their 21st birthday, who are actively participating in ILP.  The stipend request is completed by the youth, in consultation with his or her ILP case manager. 

Emancipated youth and Non minor dependent Youth who reside in Santa Clara County contact their assigned ILP case manager or Social Worker/ Probation Officer to identify their needs and request funding

Emancipated youth who live out of County or State contact the Santa Clara County ILP Coordinator to request EYS.  Documentation is required to support the requests.

In general, EYS expenditures are similar for Emancipated Youth and NMD’s. However, there are a few more restrictions for NMD’s; each request will be reviewed by ILP Coordinator and subject to denial.  If a request is denied, the applicant will receive written documentation, why the request was denied. 

 

 

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EYS Services for Emancipated Youth  

To be eligible, Emancipated Youth must meet the following requirements:

  • Youth must be eligible for the Independent Living Program.
  • Youth needs to have at least one face to face meeting with their ILP Case Manager (not including meeting to fill out EYS application).
  • Youth must be emancipated from Santa Clara County foster care/probation system.
  • Youth must be at least 18 years old, but not yet 21years old.
  • Youth must have a demonstrated critical need.
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EYS Services for Non-Minor Dependent Foster Youth  

Emancipated/NMD Youth Stipends (EYS) are available to meet the special needs of the Non Minor Dependent Foster Youth (NMD) and must meet the following criteria:  

  • Youth must be eligible and participating in the Independent Living Program or other qualifying transitioned aged youth program.
  • Youth must be a current NMD from Santa Clara County foster care/probation system.
  • Youth must be at least 18 -21years old, a current NMD.
  • Youth must have a demonstrated need that is linked to a goal outlined in their TILP or CWS/ CMS Case Plan.  Therefore, the youth’s TILP or Case Plan must be updated and or revised to identify the need
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EYS Application Process  

Contact Santa Clara County ILP Coordinator for the EYS application at (408) 501-6836.

Completing the application process for Emancipated youth:

  • ILP Case Managers will be expected to complete the EYS application with the youth.
  • All supporting documents need to be attached with the request form (See Attachments Required below).
  • ILP Case Managers will be responsible to track each youth’s EYS balance.
  • Youth will be expected to pick-up EYS at County of Santa Clara.
  • Youth will be expected to sign an EYS receipt to confirm that requested items were received.
  • Youth must submit the original receipts for all purchases within 14 days from receipt of the check.
  • All EYS applications should be submitted by fax to County ILP at (408) 792-1408.
  • For questions, please contact your ILP Case Manager or the ILP Main Line at (408) 501-6866.

Completing the application process for NMD youth:

  • NMD Youth are to fill out page 2 of EYS Application with their Social Worker
  • All supporting documents need to be attached with the request form (See Attachments Required below).
  • Youth will be expected to pick-up EYS at County of Santa Clara office.
  • Youth will be expected to sign an EYS receipt to confirm that requested items were received.
  • Youth must submit the original receipts for all purchases within 14 days from receipt of the check.
  • All EYS applications should be submitted by fax or in person to County ILP at (408)  792-1408.
  • For questions, please contact your ILP Case Manager, Social Worker or the ILP Main Line at (408) 501-6866.

Standard Attachments for all EYS requests:

  • Copy of Current TILP or CWS/CMS Case Plan
  • Copy of Transcripts or Class Schedule, if attending school
  • Copy of a Check Stub, if employed
  • W-9
  • Tax Exemption Form 590 (if using a P.O. Box Address)

Examples of Supporting Documents Needed for Emancipated Youth or NMD’s (for the following requests):

  • Housing assistance requires a copy of the housing lease or letter from roommate or landlord if renting a room
  • Cell phone bills require a copy of statement
  • Payment for insurance (health, car) requires a copy of statement.  For car insurance, need valid registration
  • Tuition requires statement/invoice from the school
  • Books require a copy of estimated cost found on the internet w/ enrollment or school verification
  • Laptops/printers require a copy of estimated cost found on the internet and school verification
  • Unpaid parking tickets or outstanding fees require a copy of statement
  • Car payments require a copy of statement (proof of valid car registration and insurance)
  • Bus tokens/passes require proof of school attendance, employment, or job search verification

 

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Extended MediCal Benefits for Emancipated Foster Youth  

The Former Foster Care Children (FFCC) program provides MediCal benefits to youth who were in foster care at the age of 18.  These benefits continue until the youth reaches his/her 26th birthday. 

For questions regarding Medi-Cal information contact the Foster Care Eligibility main line at (408) 271-7400.

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Contacts  
  • Carla Macias, Social Work Coordinator, ILP Unit

Tel: (408) 501-6836

Email: Carla.Macias@ssa.sccgov.org

  • Nicolas Castellanos, Social Worker III

Tel: (408) 501-6889

Email: Nicolas.Castellanos@ssa.sccgov.org

  • Matt Gibson, Social Worker II

Tel: (408) 501-6825

Email: Matt.Gibson@ssa.sccgov.org

  • General Information or ILP Referral Status, ILP Unit

Tel: (408) 501-6866

Toll Free Number:  1-877-975-1225

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Other References  
bullet2 OPP 13-8-Team Decision Making Meeting (TDM)
  OPP 4-3- Transitional Independent Living Plan(TILP)
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