Planning for case closing:
- is a clearly defined process that includes assignment of staff responsibility;
- begins at intake; and
- involves the worker, the family, and others, as appropriate.
The organization provides youth transitioning to independence with information about:
- health and financial assistance or other available benefits;
- community resources and support services;
- housing options;
- financial planning;
- compiling necessary legal and personal documents; and
- information to maintain an ongoing relationship with their tribe and tribal community members, as appropriate.
Interpretation: “Legal and personal documents” can include:
- an identification card;
- a resume;
- a driver’s license;
- an original copy of the youth’s birth certificate;
- religious documents and information;
- documentation of tribal eligibility and membership;
- documentation of immigration, citizenship, or naturalization, if applicable; and
- educational records.
Interpretation: Housing options may include a full range from supported living to a fully independent living environment. When the case involves an Indian child, the organization should work with the tribe and the youth in transition to explore the risks and benefits of housing options within Indian country and prepare youth for this potential transition.
Organizations should explore the definition of independence with youth to ensure that youth are transitioning into a living arrangement that meets their needs and honors their belief system and cultural values. Establishing strong interdependent relationships with a committed caregiver
, extended family, and supportive community members can smooth the transition into adulthood and independence.
NA The organization does not serve youth transitioning to independence.
Upon case closing, the organization notifies any collaborating service providers, including the courts and tribal governments, as appropriate.
If a family is asked to leave the program
, the organization makes every effort to link them with appropriate services.
The organization that has a contract with a public authority that does not include aftercare planning or follow-up:
- conducts a formal case closing evaluation and assessment of unmet needs; and
- informs the public body of the findings, in writing, as appropriate to the contract and with the permission of the family member.
NA The organization does not have a relevant contract.