1.1.8 Agreements with Young Adults (Extensions of Care)

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Volume 1: Agency Standards
Chapter 1: Case Management
Section 8: Agreements with Young Adults (Extension of Care)
Approved: 2015/06/30
Last revised:  

 

Standards
Policy
Legislation

 

What is an agreement with a young adult?

An agreement for support services is offered to a youth who is under a permanent order at the time they turn 18 years of age and whose further planning (that was identified at the assessment process) meets the criteria below. These agreements may be renewed as provided by legislation.  An agreement may be signed between a young adult and an agency to support (as defined in The Child and Family Services Act);

  • education goals
  • transition to adult services
  • transition to independent living
  • training
  • treatment programming
  • other services that will provide an opportunity for the young adult to be safe, achieve success and well-being including culturally appropriate services that recognize and support their background.

The agreement is consistent with services identified prior to age of majority planning (1.1.7 Preparing Youth for Leaving Care).

These requests are generally supported at the basic maintenance funding level. If additional funding is required to support the agreement, the agency needs to follow the procedure for special approvals at the agency level.

Young adults 18 years and older are not in care. In each situation, they have signed agreements with their agency detailing what the terms and conditions of the services needed are. If the young adult continues to live with a former foster family, the former caregivers need to agree to the agency’s plan/conditions and rates; no respite is paid for a young adult that is classified under Basic or Standard maintenance rates.

 

  

Standards

  1. The case manager explains the reason for using an agreement for supported services as part of the transition planning process at age 15 or as soon as the youth becomes a permanent ward after age 15.

  2. When a youth is assessed as requiring agency supports beyond age 18, the youth and case manager assess the goals necessary for the youth to achieve their successful transition to independence.

  3. A written plan is developed based on this assessment, including the length of the agreement and the frequency of contact between the youth and the case manager.  The contract is then signed by both parties.

  4. The case manager follows the agency’s internal review and approval process.  The initial request is then forwarded to the Authority for approval a minimum of three months prior to the agreement coming into effect.

  5. When the Authority receives a copy of  an agreement, it will:
      1. Ensure the youth/young adult is eligible;
      2. Review the case plan to determine if it meets the requirements of Section 50(2) of The Child and Family Services Act and any other specific Authority standard; and
      3. Approve and forward to the Director of Child and Family Services for review and approval along with:
        1. A copy of the financial plan, and
        2. A copy of the Authority’s approval.

    • The case manager to review the plan with the young adult at regular intervals depending on the length of the agreement.

    • The case manager to review the plan with the supervisor to ensure goals and objectives are being met.

    • The youth and the case manager assess the agreement prior to its expiration.  If further time is required to meet the goals, a request for a continuation of the agreement can be made (same process at outlined above).

    • Document termination reasons and closing summary on file

    Policy

    Some of the costs that could be covered in the agreement include:

    • Household Allowance (laundry supplies, dry cleaning, paper products, cleaning supplies)
    • Food
    • Rent
    • Health and Personal Care (hair care, dental care, combs, personal hygiene, over the counter drugs)
    • Transportation
    • Medical costs not covered by Social Allowance Health Benefits and First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)
    • Ongoing therapy of a psychiatric or psychological nature where not directly covered by Manitoba Health Services Coverage or covered by another department or agency
    • Additional care and treatment that was identified in the youth’s transition planning consistent with the services the youth is already receiving

    For young adults who continue to live in their former foster homes, many of the above costs would not apply.

    Appeal Process

    Child and Family Services agencies and Authorities are required to have an appeal process that is consistent with legislative requirements.

    If an agency chooses not to offer an Agreement for Supported Services, a letter must be sent to the young adult explaining the reason for its decision, written notice and the appeal process. A young adult has a right to an appeal if they feel that supported services were needed but not offered.

    Legislation

    The Child and Family Services Act, The Child and Family Services Authorities Act and the Child and Family Services Authorities Regulation 183/2003 confirm that the power of the Director, approval power or otherwise, has not devolved to the Child and Family Services Authorities.  Section 50(2) of The Child and Family Services Act contains provision for young people who are former permanent wards to continue to receive services beyond their 18th birthday, as follows:

     

    Support beyond termination of guardianship

    50(2)      The director, or an agency with the written approval of the director, may continue to provide care and maintenance for a former permanent ward for the purpose of assisting the ward to complete the transition to independence, but not beyond the date when the former permanent ward attains the age of 21 years.

     

    Authorities maintain responsibility for granting approval for agreements with young adults for their mandated agencies.