The Supervised Independent Living Placement SILP CalSWEC

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					    The Supervised Independent
         Living Placement (SILP)
      A new placement under Assembly Bill 12
                         Version 1.2, April 17, 2012

     Introduction to the SILP
     Completing the Readiness Assessment
     Completing the Physical Inspection
     Completing the Approval & Placement
     Shared Living & Shared Living Agreements
     Other Considerations: Parenting NMDs
     Helping NMDs Plan for the Future
    Ice Breaker: Share with Group
          What was your
        living experience?    How did you
                               handle it?

    Introduction to the SILP

    Least restrictive placement
    setting under extended care

      Introduction to the SILP
    What the SILP is:
     A placement for young adults developmentally ready to
      live independently or in a less restrictive environment
     A placement that will most often consist of shared living

    What the SILP is not:
     An emergency placement for NMDs lacking suitable
     A placement for “hard to place” NMDs
     A placement for NMDs requiring significant supportive
     A placement for NMDs with high risk mental/physical
      health needs
    Monthly Benefit
     Limited to the basic rate ($776/month)
     NMDs can receive the foster care benefit
     Clothing allowance available
     Parenting NMDs receive the infant
      supplement ($441/month)
     Specialized care increment not available

      Role of SW/PO
    Social Worker/Probation Officer Responsibilities:
     Conduct a readiness assessment of NMD
     Include areas of needed improvement identified in
      readiness assessment in NMD’s TILP
     Provide guidance to NMD about selecting appropriate
      roommate(s) and appropriate housing site
     Complete a SILP Approval & Placement Agreement
     Meet with NMD once per month
     Ensure a physical inspection of identified housing unit is
      conducted (by SW/PO or another county authorized entity)
       Role of NMD
    Non-Minor Dependent Responsibilities:
     Locate/identify housing
     Notify SW/PO of interest in SILP
     Prepare financial information/budgeting materials to
      provide for SW/PO during readiness assessment
     Apply for or make arrangements for securing housing
     Select roommate(s) (with guidance from SW/PO)
     Meet with SW/PO once per month
     Notify SW/PO of changes in housing status (i.e. change in
     Maintain housing (paying rent & bills, housekeeping, etc.)
    Types of Housing for SILPs

     Private Market Housing-
       Renting a Room
       Single Room Occupancies (SROs)

     Dorms / University Settings

                 Getting Started

           NMD is                 approaches
         interested in          SW/PO with a
       living in a SILP         place to live in

 If NMD needs assistance with finding housing, SW/PO can provide him/her
 with Young Adult’s Guide to Housing, but also may want to have conversation
 with NMD about who he/she already knows that he/she may be able to live
 with (former caregiver, permanent connection, etc.)
           Readiness Assessment

      Required for all NMDs in SILPs except those in
      student approved housing/dormitories
      NMD & SW/PO should work together to assess
      Some SILP types require more independence
      than others
     Readiness Assessment
     Purpose & Components
      To assess whether NMD • can afford identified housing
       has a feasible financial
                 plan           • has stable income

      To assess whether NMD
         has knowledge of   • e.g budgeting, managing money
           financial skills
      To assess whether NMD
      is developmentally ready • e.g grocery shopping, preparing
                                 meals, self care, paying bills,
       to handle daily tasks on  transportation, etc.
              their own
      To assess whether NMD • e.g. waking up in time for work or
      has the ability to handle school, stress/anger management,
           independence         decision-making
      Readiness Assessment
      Assessment Tool

      Social Workers and Probation Officers must use a tool
      Tools suggested by DSS
        Ansell Casey
        Daniel Memorial
        Other nationally recognized tools approved by the
        state and used by counties to approve TILP

       Help with Budgeting
     Helpful tools for NMDs who express need for
     assistance with preparing his/her budget for readiness
      Budgeting tool included in Young Adult’s Guide to
      Online budget tool:
        Select option 1: Reality Check
        Tool is great for NMDs to explore housing costs in
         their county
      Readiness Assessment

      Budgeting and Money Management
        Assesses youth’s ability to pay rent/bills
        Experience with banking and responsible
        Ability to budget and manage funds

      Readiness Assessment

      Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
        Whether NMD understands their lease (if applicable)
        Whether NMD knows their rights as a tenant
        Whether NMD is aware of their responsibilities as a
      Ability to handle daily tasks
        Whether NMD can prepare food and do laundry
        Ability to use transportation
        Ability to access resources and obtain medical care

      Readiness Assessment

      Ability to handle independence
        Is the living environment safe
        Can the youth manage time?
        Understanding of healthy behavior (safe sex,
         pregnancy prevention, drinking, proper use of
         medications, medication side effects)
        Managing conflict and relationships

      Readiness Assessment
      Possible assessment outcomes
       Ready
       Ready with assistance
       Not ready (goals incorporated into TILP)
      Basis for assessment
      Determination of payee

     Readiness Assessment

      Examples   • Rent & utilities exceed income
                 • Unstable income
          of     • No knowledge of how to
       reasons     manage money
                 • Unable to care for self without
         for       assistance due to a medical or
                   mental health condition (as cited
       denial:     in ACL 11-77)

      Readiness Assessment
      Next Steps

                       NMD          SW/PO conducts
                    determined       Health & Safety
                       ready           Inspection
     Readiness                       Reason for denial
     Assessment                       documented on
     completed                          assessment

                        NMD              Areas of
                   determined not    turned into goals
                        ready         on NMD’s TILP
                                       NMD can be
                                    reassessed at a later
                                          set date
      Readiness Assessment
      Denials: Grievance Process

      If SW/PO determines after readiness assessment that
       NMD is not ready for a SILP, NMD has right to a
       grievance process if he/she disagrees with SW/PO
        No standard process; each county may use own

      If NMD is still not satisfied with outcome of grievance
       process or doesn’t want to use county grievance process,
       he/she can bring issue in court


            SILP Physical Inspection
      10-item SILP health & safety walk-through and checklist
         must be performed on all SILPs except university/college
         approved housing
        Inspection should be arranged with NMD so that it respects
         NMD’s privacy and schedule (including that of roommates)
        NMD allowed to live in a SILP that has not yet been approved
        County must inspect a new SILP within 10 calendar days
        SILP unit must be re-inspected annually
        Copy of completed checklist should be provided to NMD
     SILP Healthy & Safety Checklist

          SILP Physical Inspection
          Section A: SILP Placement Type
     University/College Approved Housing
       Physical inspection does not need to be conducted

     Shared Roommate Setting, Single Resident
      Occupancy (SRO), Apartment, Room and Board,
      Room Rental
       Physical inspection needs to be conducted

     SILP on or near a reservation, approved by the
      tribal placing agency
       Physical inspection needs to be conducted, but there are
      areas that may be exempt where indicated on the checklist
              Physical Inspection
              Section B: Safety Checklist

      Checklist completed during walk-through of unit with NMD
      10 items on list – each must be marked with “yes” meaning item
       is acceptable, or “no” meaning item is not acceptable
        If repairs are needed, but item does not pose safety risk, item can be
         marked “yes” with an “x” in the “Maintenance Noted” column with list of
         the maintenance issue(s) in section C of form.
        If conducting inspection of tribal housing, circle “Tribal waiver” for those
         items that are exempted.

        ON EACH ITEM ON CHECKLIST (as defined by HUD
        Quality Standards)
             Physical Inspection
             Section B: Safety Checklist
     Directly from form:
     1. Bedroom/Sleeping area: Bedroom/sleeping area used by the young
        adult has at least one exit that ensures safe, direct, emergency exit to
        the outside. If security bars are installed on windows, the window is
        considered operable only if equipped with safety release devices.
     HUD HQS Definition/further clarification:
      “emergency exit to outside” could be a door or a window that
       leads directly to the outside, not to a hallway or another part of the
       building. If not on first floor, there must be a safe way to exit such as
       fire escape, ladder or stairs.
      “safety release devices” are a way to release bars from a window
       so that an open window can serve as an exit
               Physical Inspection
               Section B: Safety Checklist
     Directly from form:
     2. Home has indoor sprinkling system and/or functioning smoke detector
        installed in the hallway(s) of the young adult’s sleeping area audible in each
        room or sleeping room used by the young adult.
     HUD HQS Definition/further clarification:
      “indoor sprinkling system” – will most likely not have a system, but
       will have smoke detector.
      “functioning smoke detector” – test by pressing the test button (if
       battery needs to be replaced, detector will make chirping sound).

               Physical Inspection
               Section B: Safety Checklist
     Directly from form:
     3. Bathroom:Young adult has access to a bathroom that contains 1 toilet, 1
        sink, and 1 tub or shower maintained in safe, operating condition free from
        health hazards.
     HUD HQS Definition/further clarification:
      “maintained in safe, operating condition free from health hazards”
         Toilet must flush
         Sink must have cold and hot running water and a sink trap
         Tub/shower must have proper sewer trap, drain, vents, cold/hot running water
         Drains must not be clogged
         No broken ceramic, metal or glass fixtures that may pose a hazard (i.e. mirror,
          towel rack, soap dish, medicine cabinet, etc.)
29       A faucet with a hot water leak can be a scalding risk
               Physical Inspection
               Section B: Safety Checklist
     Directly from form:
     4. Kitchen: If applicable, the young adult has an area to prepare meals, appliances are
        safe, operational, with adequate storage for food and is free from health hazards.
        Note: SRO’s may not have standard kitchens.
     HUD HQS Definition/further clarification:
      “appliances are safe, operational” – Oven must heat. Stove/range knobs
       must be present. Refrigerator must be capable of maintaining a temperature low
       enough to keep food from spoiling (above 32 F but generally below 40 F). Sink
       must have a sink trap and hot and cold running water.
      “free from health hazards” – gas leaks, electrical hazards
      “SRO’s may not have standard kitchens” – an SRO may be located in a
       building that has shared kitchen space, or SRO may have a kitchenette or a small
       area for some basic appliances.
             Physical Inspection
             Section B: Safety Checklist
     Directly from form:
     5. Indoor and outdoor halls, stairs, ramps and porches are free from
        obstructions and no structural damage that poses a safety hazard is
     HUD HQS Definition/further clarification:
      “structural damage that poses a safety hazard” – serious defects
       such that the structural safety of the building is threatened, such as severe
       buckling, bulging or leaning; damaged or loose structural members; large
       holes; air infiltration. stairs, porches, balconies, or decks with severe
       structural defects; broken, rotting, or missing steps; absence of a handrail
       when there are extended lengths of steps (generally four or more
       consecutive steps); absence of or insecure railings around a porch or
       balcony which is approximately 30 inches or more above the ground.
             Physical Inspection
             Section B: Safety Checklist
     Directly from form:
     6. Home has adequate and functioning ventilation including
       heating systems.
     HUD HQS Definition/further clarification:
      “adequate and functioning ventilation” – opening
       windows or cooling system; heating equipment capable of
       providing adequate heat (either directly or indirectly) to all
       rooms used for living

             Physical Inspection
             Section B: Safety Checklist
     Directly from form:
     7. Lighting and outlets are provided in rooms used by the young adult
       and no electrical hazards are present.
     HUD HQS Definition/further clarification:
      “Lighting and outlets” – There at least two working outlets or
       one working out let and one working, permanently installed light
       fixture. Test by plugging something in to see if it works.
      “electrical hazards” – are defined by broken, non-insulated or
       frayed wiring; or improper types of wiring, connections or
             Physical Inspection
             Section B: Safety Checklist
     Directly from form:
     8. Waste is stored, located and disposed of in a manner that will not
       permit the transmission of communicable disease or odors, create a
       nuisance, or provide a breeding place or food source for insects or
     HUD HQS Definition/further clarification:
      Facilities and services for the sanitary disposal of food waste and
       refuse, including temporary storage facilities where necessary, are

            Physical Inspection
            Section B: Safety Checklist
     Directly from form:
     9. Living space appears to be safe and free from hazards.
     HUD HQS Definition/further clarification:
      If any other defects that present a safety hazard are
       observed during the course of the inspection that are not
       addressed by other sections, they should be noted here

             Physical Inspection
             Section B: Safety Checklist
     Directly from form:
     10. Sleeping room has not more than two adults and is not a kitchen or
       a bathroom. Waiver may be granted for more than two adults if there
       is a clear and direct path for each adult to exit the room in case of
       emergency and if there is adequate storage for each adult’s clothing
       and personal items.
     HUD HQS Definition/further clarification:
      “clear and direct path for each adult to exit” – each adult
       should be able to walk from their bed or personal area to the exit
       without having to step over furniture or obstructions.
               Physical Inspection
               Section B: Safety Checklist
      Items marked in Section B as “NO” indicate deficiencies
       that would have a direct and immediate risk to the health,
       safety or personal rights of the young adult.
      Correction must be made prior to the placement of the
       young adult or the home may not be approved.
     Examples of Immediate Impact Deficiencies:
          Infestation of insects or vermin
          Exposed electrical hazards
          Black mold
          No functioning smoke alarms in unit
          Toilet not in working condition
           Physical Inspection
           Section C: Maintenance or Repair Plan

      This section is where person conducting inspection should
       record any maintenance issues in need of repair, such as:
        Neglect of maintenance of the building and grounds
        Cracked window
        Peeling paint or wall paper, or stained walls or flooring

      These are issues that ARE NOT considered safety or health
       issues, and are not cause for denying approval of housing

             Physical Inspection
             Section D: Inspection Summary
      The Supervised Independent Living Placement of _____________
       (young adult name) meets the standards for approval as described in
       this form.
      The Supervised Independent Living Placement of _____________
       (young adult name) meets the core safety and health standards for
       approval with the above recommended maintenance or repair issues
      The Supervised Independent Living Placement of _____________
       (young adult name) does NOT currently meet the standards for
        Young adult indicated he/she will pursue needed corrections and has
         requested re-inspection of unit in ___ days.
     SILP Approval &
     Placement Agreement

     SILP Approval & Placement

          SILP Approval & Placement Agreement

     1.    Placement Type
     2.    SILP Readiness
     3.    Parent with Infant Supplement
     4.    Payment
     5.    Other Persons in Shared Housing Unit
     6.    Reporting
     7.    Health & Safety Inspection
     8.    Signatures
      Shared Living
      Most NMDs in SILPs will reside in a shared
      living arrangement – may consist of:
       Living with roommate(s)

       Living with former caregiver(s)

       Renting a room from a stranger

         Shared Living Agreements
            Shared Living Agreements (SLAs) are a best practice
      SLA is a basis for a written understanding between the NMD
         and former caregiver or others with whom the youth is residing.
        Should be broad in scope, covering aspects of shared daily living
        Each SLA should be individualized, reflecting specific values,
         concerns and personalities of all parties
        SLA should support the NMD’s continued transition into
        SLA should be renegotiated and updated as needed and
        SLA with roommate(s) is also something for NMD to consider
     Shared Living Agreements
     Shared Living Agreements may include the following topics:
     Household Agreements and Customs
     Healthy and Safety Concerns
     Household Chores and Responsibilities
     Attendance and Performance at School and or Work*
     Drugs and Alcohol
     Conflict Resolution
     * This would most likely not be included on a SLA between a NMD and
     Shared Living

      Scenario: Mia lives with her former foster mother, Linda as
       a SILP placement. When Mia lived with Linda as a minor,
       Linda was very strict about school and would ground Mia if
       she missed a day or was late to school. Mia is now 18 and
       takes courses at a community college. Mia recently stayed
       out until midnight on a Sunday night and was too tired to
       attend class the next morning. Linda told Mia that because
       she missed class she was grounded the following weekend
       and that she could no longer go out on a Sunday night.

     Helping NMDs
     Select Roommate(s)
  SW/PO is responsible for guiding NMDs about how to select
   appropriate roommates/housemates
  Refer to handout “Selecting Roommates” to review areas of
   consideration with NMD such as:
    Sharing space
    Personal habits
    Money

  SW/PO cannot perform background checks on roommates
    NMDs may choose to ask for a background check from roommate(s)
    Megan’s Law website - online resource to check if someone is a registered sex
     offender –
                Other Considerations:
                Parenting NMDs
      Consider including assessment of NMD’s ability to provide adequately
       for child when conducting Readiness Assessment-
        Is NMD budgeting adequately for child-related expenses?
        Is NMD’s childcare plan realistic, convenient and safe?
        Is NMD capable of daily care? (feeding, supervising, addressing health needs)
        Is NMD considering appropriate roommates?

      Helpful resources for determining whether NMD is capable of living
       independently with child:
        Ansell Casey Life Skills Parenting Young Children Assessment Supplement
        Ansell Casey Life Skills Parenting Infants Children Assessment
        Ansell Casey Life Skills Assessment Supplement - Pregnancy
      Physical inspection - consider health and safety of NMD and child
              Other Considerations:
              Parenting NMDs
      Shared living that includes a child requires additional
          quiet times for naps
          no smoking in apartment
          no leaving dangerous objects in child’s reach
          will roommate(s) ever provide baby-sitting?
          will parenting NMD pay more than non-parenting NMD in rent
           or for bills/groceries?
      Important to discuss with non-parenting NMD what to
       expect if choosing to live with a roommate with a child
      If NMD is living with former caregiver, consider completing
       a Shared Responsibility Plan in addition to SLA
     Searching for, Establishing &
     Maintaining Housing
      Make sure to provide NMD with Young Adult
      Guidebook in your training packet
      Guidebook provides resources and direction on:
        Budgeting
        Searching for housing
        Applying for housing
        Getting established
        Maintaining housing
     Planning for the Future
     How Can You Continue to Help?

      Provide NMDs with information on affordable housing early
        Get them on the wait lists ASAP!
      Serve as a reference for rental applications after NMD emancipates
      Help NMD order a credit check prior to emancipation – a landlord
       will often accept a copy
      Help NMDs with criminal records get copies of their records
        So they can prepare to respond to questions and background searches
        To help them determine the impact of their record on housing
      Help young people seal their juvenile records or have them
      Planning for the Future
      Affordable Housing

      Affordable housing options after discharge from care:
        Public housing (i.e. Section 8, FUP vouchers)
        Nonprofit or privately managed affordable housing (i.e.
         transitional, permanent)
        Employment and training with housing attached (i.e. Job
        Student housing
        Tribal housing
        Housing and programs for those with special needs (i.e.
         young parents, mental illness)
     Planning for the Future
     Benefits & Resources
      Benefits and resources to help young people sustain housing
        Food assistance
          CalFRESH, WIC, local food banks
        Income subsidies
          SSI, Tribal enrollment benefits
        Move-in money to help with deposits and first/last month
         rent requirements
          Chafee monies, Funds from community organizations and agencies
        Free or discounted furniture, household supplies and

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