PA-SH 12: Exit Planning, Aftercare, and Follow-Up
Each individual or family participates in the development of an exit plan that includes supports and services needed to adjust to living in the community and to maintain stable housing.
Service planning and exit planning for shelter stays are often the same process and service and exit plans are often integrated.
Exit plans for homeless and runaway children or youth take into account differences presented by:
- youth who have left home;
- youth for whom return home is not an appropriate plan;
- youth meeting legal requirements for emancipation; and
- youth who are without family or community supports.
NA The shelter does not serve children or youth without their parents
The agency explores a range of aftercare alternatives with homeless and runaway children and youth, including:
- return to family when possible and in the best interest of the individual served;
- referral to community-based residential facilities or foster care; and
- residence with friends, relatives, or independently in the community.
NA The shelter does not serve children or youth without their parents.
The agency takes the initiative to explore suitable resources and contact service providers when appropriate.
Upon case closing
, the agency notifies collaborating service providers, including the courts, as appropriate.
The shelter follows-up, whenever possible, with each person or family regarding their progress and well-being.
If follow-up of a particular person or family is not possible, the reasons are to be noted in the case record
The agency that has an interagency agreement that does not include aftercare planning or follow-up:
- conducts a formal case closing evaluation and assessment of unmet needs; and
- informs the collaborating agency of the findings, in writing, as appropriate to the agreement and with the permission of the person or his/her legal guardian.
NA The agency does not have a relevant agreement.