As noted in the October edition of OCALI Now, efforts are underway to develop an action plan to reduce custody relinquishment and improve outcomes for multi-system youth and their families. As part of the Multi-System Youth Action Plan Committee, the Office of Policy is leading a work group focused on modernizing Family and Children First Council, and continues to raise issues and concerns shared by families who have multi-system youth with disabilities. Other work groups include: data; peer mentoring; high fidelity wrap around; safety-net funding; and legal/financial conditions that lead to custody relinquishment.
The Multi-System Youth Action Plan Committee and working groups will meet throughout November and into December. According to the Governor’s office, “Based on this evaluation and action plan, funds will be made available for both sustainability efforts and technical assistance.” Additional coverage of this issue can be found in a WOSU radio broadcast or this Columbus Dispatch article