Comment: We received many unique comments arguing that in some situations a youth may need to go to another shelter, including shelters that provide for special needs. Also, one commenter pointed out 21 days is often not enough time to resolve issues and transition to a stable family arrangement. We have, however, modified the language to make clear that the grantee responsibility is to make referrals, not to arrange or monitor the actual provision of specific medical care services, insurance, or insurance coverage. We renumbered these criteria accordingly. Homelessness at such a young age if left alone, leads to increased rates of conflict. We have revised paragraph c to include an emphasis on trauma-informed care and evidenced-based approaches that must be part of the core services provided.
To assist in such comments, we provided specific regulatory text that commenters could review and suggest changes. This expanded list does not attempt to list all of the federal laws and regulations e. Comment: One unique comment recommended that client confidentiality be protected under the merged system. Most of these commenters pointed out that a minor is allowed to stay in a Basic Center for 21 days, and if not unified with this family or placed in Foster Care in that period of time might appropriately go to a Transitional Living Program, which provides services up to 21 months. We think it would likely present concerns if established as a regulatory requirement at this point in time, in part because it was not presented as a proposal for the public, including stakeholders, to comment on.
We note that we already involve regional staff in the grant review process, since they bring unique expertise and knowledge of local conditions and grantees to that process. Technical assistance to grantees will be provided on this issue. Comment: More than six unique comments raised an issue as to whether it is appropriate under § 1351. If I were a major stakeholder or beneficiary of this Act, I would be concerned that not all people in need are getting what they deserve. Comment: One commenter pointed out that often the provision of gender appropriate services is a matter of allowing a youth to participate in programming that is appropriate for their gender identity, or with the gendered group where they feel most safe and supported. Comment: We received two comments on the proposed requirement in § 1351.
These sections apply to all grants under the program. The Act also authorizes additional activities conducted through grants, including grants for research, evaluation, and service projects; grants for a national communications system to assist runaway and homeless youth in communicating with their families and service providers; and grants for technical assistance and training. Part D—Coordinating, Training, Research, and Other Activities §11241. In the proposed rule preamble, we stated that we welcomed comments on whether our proposed standards struck the proper balance in meeting the objectives stated above, including measuring the most important program goals that are feasible to measure, preserving flexibility to grantees, and minimizing unnecessary burden. We have not, however, limited it to any particular system or process, since states or communities need flexibility to experiment or supplement. Several program policies regarding confidentiality of information, treatment, conflict of interest and state protection apply to recipients of Runaway and Homeless Youth Program grants. Therefore, we have left this definition unchanged in this final rule.
We proposed to revise a number of existing definitions, to add a number of definitions, to delete a few definitions that we do not believe are useful or necessary, and to change the format of the definitions. The more homeless youths now, the more our country as a whole will have to deal with divorce, mental illness, and the need for government assistance. We received no comments on this provision, and it is retained unchanged in the final rule. Authority to make grants for research, evaluation, demonstration, and service projects a Authorization; purposes The Secretary may make grants to States, localities, and private entities and combinations of such entities to carry out research, evaluation, demonstration, and service projects regarding activities under this subchapter designed to increase knowledge concerning, and to improve services for, runaway youth and homeless youth. We do not agree with the comments that request background checks only include state records.
You are encouraged to reuse any material on this site. Third, our proposed language said that we will publish such announcements periodically rather than annually. Public Health Service, which as previously explained are inappropriate for a number of reasons e. States can provide homeless youth with access to educational outreach programs, job training and employment programs, transitional living programs, and services for mental health and life skills trainings. Separable costs of the Runaway and Homeless Youth project are, of course, fully reimbursable. One commenter said that the text of this provision should not include aftercare, since that was covered under the previous provision, arguing that this was duplicative, confusing, and potentially very costly if it were read to require a detailed referral plan for each client's specific services. In fact, paragraph h clearly states our intent to consider a grantee's past performance, including measures associated with the performance standards outlined in §§ 1351.
Lease of surplus Federal facilities for use as runaway and homeless youth centers or as transitional living youth shelter facilities a Conditions of lease arrangements The Secretary may enter into cooperative lease arrangements with States, localities, and nonprofit private agencies to provide for the use of appropriate surplus Federal facilities transferred by the General Services Administration to the Department of Health and Human Services for use as runaway and homeless youth centers or as transitional living youth shelter facilities if the Secretary determines that— 1 the applicant involved has suitable financial support necessary to operate a runaway and homeless youth center or transitional living youth project, as the case may be, under this subchapter; 2 the applicant is able to demonstrate the program expertise required to operate such center in compliance with this subchapter, whether or not the applicant is receiving a grant under this part; and 3 the applicant has consulted with and obtained the approval of the chief executive officer of the unit of local government in which the facility is located. If you can, please take a few minutes to help us improve GovTrack for users like you. Youth aging out of the foster care system often have little or no income support and limited housing options and are at higher risk to end up on the streets. We have made no changes to this provision. Comment: We received several comments regarding difficulties with requiring grantees to contact the parent s , legal guardian, or other relatives of clients within 72 hours of Start Printed Page 93056entering the program to inform them that the youth is safe, with a determination to be made on a case-by-case basis of whether it is in the best interests of the youth to notify the parent s , legal guardian or other relatives of the location of the youth until further information has been gathered to assure safety. We have not changed the language in the final rule.
The vast majority of these trainings will be available on the internet. For these reasons we revised our list of regulations that apply or potentially apply to Runaway and Homeless Youth Program grantees to include. What A re States Doing? Another comment noted conflicts between state laws and federal policies which include different ages for services. Family Impact Review Section 654 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act of 1999 Pub L. Third, we use funding opportunity announcements to further clarify requirements and guidance for particular grant recipients. We received more than a half dozen unique comments on the proposed priorities and on ways to improve or refine them.