ERIC Number: ED451290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the HOPE Act: New State Services for Street Youth. Interim Report.
This report reviews the effectiveness of Washington's HOPE Centers and Responsible Living Skills Programs (RLSPs) and reports findings and recommendations. In 1999, state legislators enacted the HOPE Act, which created these two services. HOPE Centers are temporary residential facilities where street youth can stay for 30 days while being evaluated for appropriate placement, education, and treatment services, including family reconciliation. RLSPs provide residential placement and transitional living services to state dependent youth age 16-18 years whose other foster care placements were unsuccessful. The report provides the following information about HOPE Centers and RLSPs: legislative intent; implementation update; characteristics of youth served (preliminary findings); and services provided (preliminary findings). Data come from research on the effectiveness of these two efforts. The research investigates number and characteristics of youth served, services offered, success of permanent placements, and participant outcomes. Data come from state data systems regarding participants' education, juvenile court involvement, history with child welfare and treatment services, and employment. Data also come from site visits and interviews with programs and participants. Four appendixes describe: temporary residential programs for runaway youth; contracted service providers for the HOPE Act; Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse allocations for HOPE Center services; and transitional living programs for older adolescents. (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Homeless People, Residential Institutions, Runaways, Social Services, State Legislation, Youth Problems, Youth Programs
Washington State Institute for Public Policy, 110 East Fifth Avenue, Suite 214, P.O. Box 40999, Olympia, WA 98504-0999. Tel: 360-586-2677; Fax: 360-586-2793; Web site: http://www.wa.gov/wsipp.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Inst. for Public Policy, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington