44201. Social Worker Monthly Health and Safety Visits for Youth in JRA Facilities

Purpose

Monthly contacts by a CA social worker with a dependent youth committed to Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) addresses on-going case planning issues and treatment progress to support the youth's permanency following discharge.

Policy

  1. The CA social worker will talk with the JRA counselor and dependent youth each month and address treatment progress, case planning, discharge planning, and other relevant monthly visit issues.
  2. The CA social worker will determine on a case-by-case basis the frequency of the face-to-face contact with the youth based on individual case needs.

Procedure

  1. Contact JRA counselor and dependent youth on a monthly basis. Contact may be by phone or in person.
  2. Document contact in FamLink using the "Health and Safety monitoring visit conducted by other agency" code.
  3. Consider the following factors when determining if a face to face visit should occur:
    1. Current needs of the youth based on consultation with the JRA counselor and youth.
    2. Legal status of the youth.
    3. Involvement of the youth's family.
    4. Contact with other significant adults outside the facility.
    5. Permanent plan and necessary steps to achieve it.
    6. Length of time until discharge, with particular consideration given to attendance at the Pre-Release Transition Planning meeting.
  4. Coordinate schedules with the JRA counselor and youth at a time most appropriate to the youth's treatment program and school schedule.

Note: Do not request courtesy supervision for monthly visits with dependent youth in JRA, as it does not meet the purpose of the policy.