The 2018 Legislature passed Substitute Senate Bill 6560 (SSB 6560) stating that youth leaving a government system must be discharged into safe and stable housing. Government system includes the child welfare system, behavioral health system, juvenile justice system, and the Office of Homeless Youth (OHY) programs.
Young people leaving foster care, juvenile justice, or the behavioral health system are especially vulnerable to becoming homeless. They may have experienced trauma and face challenges such as mental health issues, substance abuse, or have criminal records that inhibit access to employment and housing.
OHY is leading a strategy to engage people with lived expertise and system stakeholders to co-design the system change recommendations for SSB 6560 in collaboration with community organizations. OHY is currently in the research phase. This survey, designed in collaboration with Center for Children Youth Justice and The Mockingbird Society, and is the first of three rounds of research with the main aim to:
1) Understand the causes of housing instability for system involved youth and young adults. 2) Request feedback on an initial list of recommendations for system reform. 3) Offer up a process to submit additional recommendations. And 4) to Invite future participation in system re-design
Demographic information collected for this survey will only be used to 1) ensure that the survey is inclusive of all groups of individuals who experience the different public systems of care, and 2) to understand the nuances of systems as administered or experienced on the ground across the state. The information collected here is anonymous and completely voluntary.
Click here to fill out the survey.