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FYSB Set to Host Final Rule Webinar

Runaway and Homeless Youth Program - Final Rule

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) will host a 90-minute webinar training at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, to discuss the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program Final Rule. The new rule, published on December 20, 2016, in the Federal Register, details additional requirements that apply to the Basic Center, Transitional Living, and Street Outreach programs, including non-discrimination, background checks, outreach, and training, and establishes program performance standards for grantees providing services to eligible youth and their families. Performance standards build on standards already used as priorities in funding opportunity announcements and awards. This rule also updates procedures for soliciting applications and awarding grants.

Who Should Participate:
RHY grantees and organizations working with, and on behalf of, runaway and homeless youth are highly encouraged to attend.

When:
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters:
Debbie A. Powell, Deputy Associate Commissioner, FYSB
Christopher Holloway, Program Manager, RHY Program
Kimberly Waller, Policy Advisor, FYSB

Register for the Webinar at: http://air-org.adobeconnect.com/rhyfinalrule/event/login.html

View the New Rule at: www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/20/2016-30241/runaway-and-homeless-youth

View the RHY Rule Fact Sheet here

 

FAQs - FY17 TLP/MGH FOA

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) has received several questions from our grantees currently receiving Transitional Living Program (TLP)/Maternity Group Home (MGH) grant funding that ends in April 2018 regarding their eligibility to apply for grants through the current Fiscal Year (FY)17 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is intended to respond to questions grantees have posed, either to their Federal Project Officer (FPO) or a Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Regional Program Manager.

1. How many TLP or MGH grants are ending in April 2018?
There are approximately 102 TLP or MGH grants ending in April 2018.

2. Can a TLP/MGH grantee whose five-year grant ends in April of 2018 apply for a grant through the FY17 FOA?
Yes. However, the application must target a different geographic area or population than they are serving under the current FYSB-funded TLP/MGH grant.

3. Will there be a new five-year grant competition for fiscal year 2018 (FY18)?
The expectation is FYSB will issue a TLP/MGH FOA to award new grants for FY18, subject to the availability of funds. If/When Congress appropriates funding for FY18, FYSB will plan to publish a FOA that will provide funding for a new five-year grant beginning no later than September 2018.

4. What is the timeline for a FY18 FOA?
It is uncertain at this time.  FYSB will announce a FY18 FOA as early as possible at the start of FY18; however, no awards can be made until Congress completes the appropriations process for FY18 (which could occur before the start of FY18 on October 1, 2017 or not be completed until later in the year).

5. Will "bridge" funding be available for grantees whose five-year grant ends in April 2018?
No, FYSB does not plan to make bridge funding available for programs with funding ending in April 2018. It is uncertain how much funding Congress will provide for FY18, which FYSB intends to allocate for both new starts through a FY18 FOA and non-competing continuation funding for existing grants.

6. What options are available to a provider if their five-year grant is ending in April 2018?

  • Apply for a new five-year grant (subject to availability of funds) with an award date of September 2017 through the FY17 TLP/MGH FOA, which focuses on a different geographic area and/or population than is currently targeted in the five year grant ending April 2018.  Again, it is important to emphasize that this must be EITHER a new geographic area OR a new population.
  • Apply for a no-cost extension for the grant ending April 2018.
    • The no-cost extension will allow time for grantees to continue to spend any unspent funds after April 2018, to complete unmet goals and objectives.
    • Programs operating under a no-cost extension can apply for an FY18 grant if/when Congress appropriates funding for FY18.

7. How do I apply for a no-cost extension?
Your FPO can assist you with this process and explain what is meant by "unspent funds."

 

TLP/MGH Funding

As you are aware, your Transitional Living Program (TLP) and Maternity Group Home (MGH) funding is scheduled to end on April 30, 2018.  We wanted to inform you that all TLP and MGH grants that will expire on April 30, 2018, are eligible to apply for funds through this FOA for projects that are not in the same service area and/or not serving the same target population as their current grant.  You can also work directly with your Federal Project Officer to request a no cost extension to maintain continuity of services until the Family and Youth Services Bureau can process new awards with the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriated funds.

Further, the Family and Youth Services Bureau will not be providing any bridge funding for grants that will expire on April 30, 2018 as we are unsure of when FY 2018 appropriations will be available to make new awards.  We hope this information is helpful to you, but if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your Federal Project Officer.

Sincerely,

The Family and Youth Services Bureau

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The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is now accepting applications for the Transitional Living Program (TLP) and Maternity Group Homes (MGH) to provide services for runaway and homeless youth. All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. eastern on July 14, 2017. Current TLP and MGH grantees with grants that will expire on April 30, 2018, are eligible to apply for funds through this FOA for projects that are not in the same service area and/or not serving the same target population as their current grant. 

The TLP and MGH projects implement, enhance, and/or support promising intervention strategies for the effective transition of homeless youth (for the purposes of MGH projects, homeless youth and their dependent child(ren)) to self-sufficiency. Both projects must provide safe, stable, and appropriate shelter for up to 21 months and comprehensive services that support the transition of homeless youth to safe and stable living. This funding opportunity is a 60-month project with five 12-month budget periods.

Funding Opportunity Announcement HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-CX-1233:
https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/index.cfm?switch=foa&fon=HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-CX-1233

Estimated Number of Awards: 103

 

Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group Homes Funding Opportunity Announcement Now Available

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is now accepting applications for the Transitional Living Program (TLP) and Maternity Group Homes (MGH) for runaway and homeless youth. The TLP and MGH projects will work to implement, enhance, and/or support promising intervention strategies for the effective transition of homeless youth (for the purposes of MGH projects, homeless youth and their dependent children) to sustainable living. Both projects must provide safe, stable, and appropriate shelter for up to 21 months and comprehensive services that supports the transition of homeless youth to stable living.  All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. eastern on July 14, 2017. Please note the 50-day response period for applying for these funds.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) supports organizations and communities that work every day to put an end to youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy, and domestic violence. 

Funding Opportunity Announcement: HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-CX-1233

Link to Announcement: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/index.cfm?switch=foa&fon=HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-CX-1233 

Anticipated Number of Awards: 103

 

Basic Center Program Funding Opportunity Announcement Now Available

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is now accepting applications for the Basic Center Program (BCP) for runaway and homeless youth. The purpose of the BCP is to provide temporary shelter and counseling services to youth who have left home without permission of their parents or guardians, have been forced to leave home, or other homeless youth who might otherwise end up in the law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. eastern on July 14, 2017. Please note the 50-day response period for applying for these funds.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) supports organizations and communities that work every day to put an end to youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy, and domestic violence. 

Funding Opportunity Announcement: HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-CY-1239

Link to Announcement: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-CY-1239

Anticipated Number of Awards: 91

 

Street Outreach Program Funding Opportunity Announcement Now Available

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is now accepting applications for the Street Outreach Program (SOP) for runaway and homeless youth. The purpose of the SOP is to provide prevention and intervention services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to or are at risk of being subjected to sexual abuse, prostitution, sexual exploitation, and severe forms of trafficking in persons. All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. eastern on July 11, 2017. Please note the 60-day response period for applying for these funds.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) supports organizations and communities that work every day to put an end to youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy, and domestic violence. 

Funding Opportunity Announcement: HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-YO-1241 

Link to Announcement: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-YO-1241

Anticipated Number of Awards: 17

 

RHY-HMIS Upload Starts Monday and Webinar Materials Now Available

Dear RHY Grantees:

This is a reminder that the RHY-HMIS upload period starts on Monday, May 8 will end on May 26. We encourage you to upload your data as soon as possible starting on Monday.

The reporting timeframe for RHY-HMIS upload is October 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017.  Requests can be made for technical assistance via the on-line RHYMIS TA Service Desk at www.RHYMISServiceDesk.net. If you haven't done so previously, you will be prompted to register (NOTE: this is different from the username and password provided in this email for RhyPoint data uploads) before being able to submit a TA request.

To help grantees with the upload, materials from Preparing for Spring 2017 RHY-HMIS Upload webinar are now available at: www.rhyttac.net/technical-assistance/rhy-hmis

 

RHY Community of Practice Hot Topics

The Community of Practice (CoP) provides runaway and homeless youth (RHY) grantee representatives from across the country an opportunity to share expertise and learn from each other. We all know staff cannot always attend conferences or join Talk It Out Thursday to collaborate with colleagues; the CoP provides another opportunity to make these connections. The CoP allows you to communicate with colleagues on your time schedule, as it is available 24/7. Did you connect with an RHY colleague at a training event? If so, you can maintain and strengthen that connection through the CoP. New and current RHY grantees are encouraged to join this free resource today and begin sharing your expertise and learning from colleagues!

This month's CoP "hot" topics, discussions, and questions are:

Support for Parents of LGBTQ Youth

  • Question: We're looking to start a support group for parents of LGBTQ youth. Does anyone offer a support group for parents of LGBTQ youth currently that would be willing to share their experience?
  • Responses: 1) Here is a resource from Human Rights Campaign that may be helpful: http://www.hrc.org/resources/transgender-children-and-youth-finding-support-for-you-and-your-family. 2) Family Acceptance Project has family education resources as well: https://familyproject.sfsu.edu/publications. 3) In our community we have an active chapter of PFLAG, which is a nationally affiliated support group for parents, friends, and allies of LGBTQ folks--it is an established and solid program.  If your community does not have a chapter, I'd encourage you to check with the national website on how to begin one!  You then have the linkage with national issues involving the LGBTQ community as well as the support group.

Youth being "disrespectful" and creating a "hostile environment"

  • Question: We have youth who can get upset easily and maybe yell (at staff) or slam doors and cabinets. I have been working with youth for over 10 years. I understand that the anger is not directed at me and don't take it personally. I don't see it as disrespectful and see it as a youth in need of help. However, my newer staff and clinician's believe behavior like that is disrespectful, inappropriate, and youth who create a hostile environment should be asked to leave the program. I want my staff to feel supported but I feel that working with clients who exhibit this behavior comes with the job. How do I help them see it's not directed at them and to focus more on their case plans and less on these types of behaviors? Does anyone else struggle with this? And how do you handle it?
  • Responses: 1) A trauma informed approach is important when working with youth AND as a clinician, it is important to address their inappropriate and ineffective behavior. Trauma informed care is not an excuse for the youth to act disrespectfully, but rather a way to understand what could be prompting this type of behavior. Addressing from a punitive approach is not effective in assisting the youth and ignoring that their behavior is disrespectful is not the goal either. Creating a safe therapeutic relationship so that these issues can be addressed to assist the youth in decreasing unacceptable/disrespectful/inappropriate behaviors. Reducing the behaviors will assist the youth in their school and work environments in addition to improving interactions with staff. 2) I attended the training of trainers events, "Providing Shelter from the Storm: Trauma Informed Care for Direct Care Staff" and "Trauma Informed Care Institute." Both were RHYTTAC trainings around 2009 or 2010. I don't see any scheduled for this year but RHYTTAC usually hosts a TOT at least once a year. It would be easy to request that they schedule one and provide it in your area to reduce travel costs. It looks like 2015 was in Hawaii and 2016 was in Chicago.

In addition to the discussions, which any member can initiate and/or respond to, you will have access to the 'file cabinet' which has resources ranging from sample forms to sample resident handbooks to research articles. Anyone can upload resources to the file cabinet too! We currently have 860 members and have plenty of room for you and your colleagues to join us as we work together to make RHY programs and services stronger so children, youth, and families accessing services THRIVE.

RHY Grantees may join today at: https://rhyttac.groupsite.com/join

Once you're signed in, you may download the COP Training Guide at: http://rhyttac.groupsite.com/uploads/files/x/000/08d/fe6/RHYTTAC%20CoP%20Guidebook.pdf?135946503

 

Spring National Data Upload Process

Please mark your calendars for the Spring National Data Upload Process for all RHY grantees active in FY 2017. The upload process will start on May 8, 2017 and conclude on May 26, 2017. During the upload process, you will be responsible for uploading your RHY-HMIS data from HMIS to the RhyPoint repository for the reporting period of October 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017.

During the upload process, all current FY 2017 RHY grantees will be expected to upload their RHY-HMIS data to RhyPoint, the national RHY-HMIS data repository, for the reporting period of October 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017. Your program should currently be using HMIS to enter youth data, according to the standards found in the HMIS Data Standards Manual (published August 2016) and the RHY Program HMIS Manual (published December 2016). The RHY Program HMIS Manual is intended to clarify the information found in the HMIS manual specific to RHY grantees. Additional information about RHY-HMIS may be found at: https://www.rhyttac.net/rhymis-hmis.

To enable the upload process, your organization will need to identify one person per grant to upload the data into the RhyPoint repository. Additional users may receive a data completeness/quality report summarizing the data you had uploaded, but only one person should log in to RhyPoint to perform the upload. You will receive an e-mail from your Federal Project Officer requesting the name and contact information for the person responsible for the upload per grant. 

Special Notice to BCP Grantees: BCP grantees which provide services to youth who do not stay in a shelter overnight need to collect the data in a "BCP-prevention" project in HMIS. This includes street-based services, home-based services for families with youth at risk of separation from the family, and drug abuse education and prevention services that are supported through RHY grant funding. If your program offers these kinds of services and is not collecting data in HMIS in a separate "BCP-prevention" project, please contact your HMIS lead and request to have a prevention project set-up as soon as possible. These data is crucial to understanding the full extent of services offered by BCP grantees.

FYSB plans to provide an in-depth training webinar on the upcoming upload process in April and additional written guidance prior to the upload. In addition, FYSB will provide additional training webinars for each program type (SOP, BCP, and TLP/MGH) to provide additional guidance on the RHY-HMIS data collection process.

For any questions or issues related to the RHY grant program data reporting requirements, please contact your Federal Project Officer or the RHY-HMIS help desk at [email protected]

For any issues related to your HMIS software, please contact your HMIS lead for assistance.

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RHY Program Final Rule Webinar for RHY Grantees

Runaway and Homeless Youth Program - Final Rule

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) will host a 90-minute webinar training at 3:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 26, 2017, to discuss the newly released Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program Final Rule. The new rule, published on December 20, 2016, in the Federal Register, details additional requirements that apply to the Basic Center, Transitional Living, and Street Outreach programs, including non-discrimination, background checks, outreach, and training, and establishes program performance standards for grantees providing services to eligible youth and their families. Performance standards build on standards already used as priorities in funding opportunity announcements and awards. This rule also updates procedures for soliciting applications and awarding grants.

Who Should Participate:
RHY grantees and organizations working with, and on behalf of, runaway and homeless youth are highly encouraged to attend.

When:
January 26, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Presenters:
Debbie Powell, Deputy Associate Commissioner, FYSB
Kimberly Waller, Policy Advisor, FYSB
Christopher Holloway, Program Manager, Runaway and Homeless Youth Program

RHY Grantees may Register for the Webinar at:
http://tinyurl.com/RHYFinalRuleWebinar   

View the New Rule at:
www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/20/2016-30241/runaway-and-homeless-youth

 
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