As the needs of youth seeking services changes over time, organizations have faced challenges that make meeting their needs more difficult. Legislation that helps organizations providing support services and transitional housing to homeless and vulnerable youth was passed out of the Human Services Reform Committee. The current landscape for these services is somewhat fragmented and can create delays for those accessing critical services. This legislation seeks to improve access and close the gaps.
The bill would provide more flexibility for grants provided by the Department of Human Services to serve younger populations and directs the agency to take a closer look at how organizations obtain certain certifications for working with youth and whether a change is necessary. (SF 2988)