9 CRR-NY 182-1.11NY-CRR

OFFICIAL COMPILATION OF CODES, RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
TITLE 9. EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT
SUBTITLE E. OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
PART 182. RUNAWAY AND HOMELESS YOUTH REGULATIONS
SUBPART 182-1. RUNAWAY AND HOMELESS YOUTH REGULATIONS FOR RUNAWAY AND HOMELESS YOUTH CRISIS SERVICES PROGRAMS
9 CRR-NY 182-1.11
9 CRR-NY 182-1.11
182-1.11 Interim family programs.
Interim family programs shall comply with the provisions of this section in addition to being in compliance with all other applicable provisions of this Subpart, except section 182-1.10 of this Subpart, or where otherwise specifically stated herein.
(a) Qualifications.
(1) In order to qualify to provide interim family services, individuals must be:
(i) 21 years of age or older;
(ii) able to provide a safe and supportive environment and to understand the needs of runaway and homeless youth; and
(iii) sponsored by an interim family program to provide shelter to youth.
(2) Interim family candidates may be employees of the authorized agency operating the interim family program, provided such employees do not work directly with or in the runaway and homeless youth program or service provided by the authorized agency.
(3) All interim family candidates shall attend a two-hour orientation program which provides information about the operation of interim family programs and the care of runaway and homeless youth.
(b) Certification.
(1) Application process.
(i) The interim family program which sponsors qualified interim family candidates shall apply to the division for certification, in accordance with procedures established by the division. Such application process shall require the candidates to provide the following to the interim family program:
(a) information regarding all prior and current certifications or licenses issued to the candidates for the purpose of boarding or otherwise providing care for children or youth, by the office or any other agency, including the name of the issuing agency and type of operating certificate or license;
(b) a sworn statement from the candidate and each member of the candidate’s household who is 18 years of age or older, stating whether, to the best of his or her knowledge, the individual has ever been convicted of a crime in any jurisdiction; and
(c) a completed fingerprint card for the candidate and each member of the candidate’s household who is 18 years of age or older necessary for the office to conduct a criminal history review.
(ii) Married individuals living in the same household shall file one joint application but shall separately provide the above supporting information and documentation.
(iii) Interim family candidates and all household members 18 years of age or older shall be screened through the statewide central register of child abuse and maltreatment, and through the register of substantiated category one cases of abuse or neglect maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of Persons with Special Needs pursuant to section 495 of the Social Services Law.
(2) Home study. Staff of the interim family program shall conduct a comprehensive home study comprised of the following elements:
(i) initial review of all information provided in the application;
(ii) two interviews of the candidates, at least one of which shall be conducted in the candidates' home and shall include all household members;
(iii) an inspection of the candidates' home, based upon the following criteria:
(a) cleanliness;
(b) safety;
(c) physical plant and structure;
(d) ability to accommodate youth with dependent infants and children, where applicable;
(e) size;
(f) location/neighborhood; and
(g) proposed sleeping arrangements for runaway and homeless youth; and
(iv) evaluation of the candidates and their home and, where acceptable, preparation of a home study report.
(3) Division review.
(i) The director of the interim family program shall be responsible for forwarding all required documents to the division, in accordance with procedures established by the division for its review of acceptable candidates for certification.
(ii) If the documents submitted by the director of the interim family program are found to be in compliance with the requirements of this Subpart, and the division agrees with the program's evaluation of the applicant, the division shall issue an operating certificate for the interim family.
(iii) The director of the interim family program shall hold the original operating certificate and shall provide the interim family with a copy thereof to keep at the home. The interim family shall immediately provide written notification to the director of the interim family program, who shall notify the division, of any intention to withdraw from participation in the program.
(iv) Certified families shall immediately inform the director of the interim family program, who shall inform the division, of all changes in marital status, family composition, number of persons residing in the home, physical plant, location of residence and other significant changes in the condition of the family or home.
(c) Training.
(1) Staff of the interim family program shall ensure that four hours of training is provided to each interim family within six months after certification.
(2) Staff of the interim family program shall ensure that interim families are provided with four hours of in-service training during each year of certification.
(3) Program staff shall document all training provided in interim family records.
(4) Training provided to interim families shall cover a variety of relevant topics, including the following:
(i) HIV awareness and education;
(ii) adolescent behavior;
(iii) communication skills; and
(iv) first aid/CPR.
(d) Requirements of the interim family.
Each certified interim family shall provide a homelike environment and comply with the following requirements at all times while a youth is in residence:
(1) involve each youth in family activities;
(2) respect the privacy and confidentiality of each youth;
(3) prohibit neglect, maltreatment, physical abuse and psychological abuse of each youth;
(4) provide three daily meals of good quality and sufficient quantity, properly prepared and served at regular hours;
(5) allow each youth reasonable visitations outside the home;
(6) permit each youth to make reasonable telephone and letter communications to individuals outside the home;
(7) arrange and encourage each youth's participation in recreational and social community activities;
(8) provide appropriate supervision of each youth;
(9) provide a private sleeping area for no more than two youth of the same gender;
(10) provide a closet, dresser or other storage area for the personal possessions of each youth;
(11) provide bathing and lavatory facilities maintained in a sanitary condition;
(12) provide youth with access to laundry facilities; and
(13) ensure that all firearms and other dangerous items or substances belonging to the interim family are properly and securely stored to prevent access by youth.
(e) Supervision.
Staff of the interim family program shall be available to both youth and interim families 24 hours per day, and shall supervise youth and interim families as follows:
(1) Youth.
(i) Staff of the interim family program shall establish daily telephone contact with each youth residing with an interim family, and shall meet with each such youth at least once every three days while the youth is in an interim family home.
(ii) The director of the interim family program shall ensure that a discharge conference is held with each youth, prior to their leaving an interim family home, to assess the success of the youth's stay.
(2) Interim family.
(i) Staff of the interim family program shall establish daily telephone contact with each interim family having runaway and homeless youth in residence.
(ii) The director of the interim family program shall ensure that a follow-up interview is held with an interim family after each youth's discharge from their home, to assess the success of the youth's stay. The director of the interim family program shall not permit any other youth to stay in the interim family home until such follow-up interview is completed for the youth last discharged from the home.
(f) Reimbursement.
(1) The interim family program may reimburse interim families for all actual expenses incurred and documented by the family in providing shelter to youth in their home.
(2) The interim family program may provide for the per diem reimbursement of interim families for the shelter of runaway and homeless youth.
(g) Reporting and records.
(1) The interim family program shall provide an annual report to the division setting forth the status of each interim family relative to ongoing compliance with this Subpart.
(2) The interim family program shall maintain a record of each certified interim family. Such records shall include the following documents and information:
(i) a copy of the home study report;
(ii) the original operating certificate issued by the division;
(iii) a photocopy of any other valid operating certificate currently held by the interim family;
(iv) a chronological listing of all youth housed in the home;
(v) an assessment of each youth's stay in the home;
(vi) documentation of all training provided to the family;
(vii) copies of all written correspondence and documentation of verbal correspondence with the family; and
(viii) ongoing written evaluation of the families' ability to provide services to runaway and homeless youth and cooperate with the interim family program.
9 CRR-NY 182-1.11
Current through November 30, 2020
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