Available services and supports
(1)Each county department shall offer, at a minimum, the following services and supports to participating youth in the transition program:
(a)Assistance with enrolling in the appropriate category of medicaid for which the participating youth is eligible;
(b)Assistance with securing safe, affordable, and stable housing in the following ways:
(I)The participating youth’s living expenses are fully or partially funded through foster care maintenance payments, in addition to any other housing assistance the youth is eligible to receive. Any expectations for the youth to contribute to the youth’s own expenses must be based upon the youth’s ability to pay.
(II)With the participating youth’s consent, the participating youth’s housing may be in any placement approved by the county department or the court for which the participating youth is otherwise eligible, including a licensed host family home, as defined in section 26-5.7-102 (3.5), or a supervised independent living placement, and that is the least restrictive option to meet the participating youth’s needs; or
(III)If the participating youth needs placement in a qualified residential treatment program, then such placement must follow all relevant procedures pursuant to section 19-1-115 concerning the placement of a child or youth in a qualified residential treatment program.
(c)Case management services, including the development of a case plan with a roadmap to success for the participating youth, as well as assistance in the following areas, as appropriate, and with the agreement of the participating youth:
(I)Provision of resources to assist the participating youth in the transition to adulthood;
(II)Obtaining employment or other financial support and enhancing financial literacy;
(III)Obtaining a driver’s license or other government-issued identification card;
(IV)Obtaining appropriate community resources and public benefits;
(V)Upon request, and if services are available, referral to services satisfying any juvenile or criminal justice system requirements and assisting with expunging the participating youth’s court records, as appropriate, pursuant to section 19-1-306;
(VI)Pursuing educational goals and applying for financial aid, if necessary;
(VII)Upon request, and if services are available, referral to services for obtaining the necessary state court findings and applying for special immigrant juvenile status pursuant to federal law, as applicable, or applying for other immigration relief for which the participating youth may be qualified;
(VIII)Obtaining copies of health and education records;
(IX)Maintaining and building relationships with individuals who are important to the participating youth, including searching for individuals with whom the participating youth has lost contact; and
(X)Accessing information about maternal and paternal relatives, including any siblings.
Section 19-7-305 — Available services and supports,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-19.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).