JLARC Votes to Adopt Report on Homeless Youth
The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee Members voted to adopt a report on unaccompanies homeless youth this week.
The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) presented the results of its study on state-funded programs and services provided to unaccompanied homeless youth as directed by the Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Act. This Act transferred three programs from the Department of Social and Health Services to the Department of Commerce (Commerce) – Street Youth Services, Crisis Residential Centers, and HOPE Centers.
This study resulted in three specific recommendations for Commerce to puruse with regard to its programs:
(1) Commerce should develop program-specific performance measures and incorporate performance measurements into grant agreements beginning in fiscal year 2018;
(2) Commerce should brief legislative committees about how current consent law is interpreted, its effect on collecting data from homeless youth, and the potential impacts and trade-offs of collecting this data to evaluate program outcomes; and
(3) Commerce and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction should issue joint guidance to counties and school districts, and clarify how they can work together to improve estimates of the unaccompanied homeless youth population.
This report, and its recommendations, were adopted on January 4th by the JLARC members.
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