Extension of Foster Care Services: For Young People Who Cannot Attend Work or School Due to Serious Mental and/or Physical Health Needs or an Intellectual Disability.
Tennessee Alliance for Children and Families.
This fact sheet explains foster care services may be extended for some young people aging out of foster care in Tennessee who have been identified with an intellectual disability, a mental health diagnosis, or are medically indicated, and who are unable to continue education or attain employment due to their condition. Foster care extension is authorized in three month (quarterly) periods, with a goal of transitioning the young person to greater independence. It explains the purpose of the extension of foster care services, eligibility criteria, the need for clinical authorization and consultation by the regional Department of Children's Services Well Being team, steps in the approval process, and the quarterly review of transition services for youth receiving extended foster care services.
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