Specialized Foster Care in Nevada: State Fiscal Year 2018, July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
Nevada Division of Child and Family Services.
Technical Report State Resource
Published: January 2019
This annual report discusses the number of children in specialized foster care in Nevada for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018. Findings from the report indicate: during SFY 2018 all jurisdictions continued to maintain compliance with the new requirements for specialized foster care, including use of an evidence-based model such as Together Facing the Challenge (TFTC) and requirements for data collection and oversight; 802 youth were served in specialized foster care placements during SFY 2018, and 710 were present in a specialized foster care placement for greater than 90 days at some time during the fiscal year; Nevada’s Specialized Foster Care Program (SFCP) had a substantial positive effect on placement stability across jurisdictions and placement types; many youth transitioned to a permanent placement upon discharge; legal involvement appears to decrease during SFCP; psychotropic medication use was common, in particular the use of medications to focus attention, and the average number of medications prescribed per youth at discharge/end-of-fiscal- year was 2.7; SFCP youth utilize a significant quantity of mental/behavioral health services to support ongoing complex needs; clinical standardized assessment tools indicated that the specialized foster care population in Nevada, including foster parents in SFCP homes, is a high-needs population with up to 55% of SFCP youth meeting criteria for probable post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); youth over the age of 11 as well as foster parents reported being satisfied with specialized foster care services; areas for potential SFCP improvement are including youth in treatment planning, according to youth self-report, and building youth coping skills, per foster parent report; and 529 youth were enrolled in specialized foster care on the last day of the fiscal year. 12 references.
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