HB 1735 adds to the eligibility for extended foster care, “not able to engage in any of the activities described in (a) through (d) of this subsection due to a documented medical condition.” The current eligibility applies to: (a) Enrolled in a secondary education program or a secondary education equivalency program; (b) Enrolled and participating in a postsecondary academic or postsecondary vocational program, or has applied for and can demonstrate that he or she intends to timely enroll in a postsecondary academic or postsecondary vocational program; (c) Participating in a program or activity designed to promote employment or remove barriers to employment; ((or)) (d) Within amounts appropriated specifically for this purpose, engaged in employment for eighty hours or more per month. The bill defines medical condition as a physical or mental health condition documented by a licensed health care provider.
Additionally, HB 1735 includes language establishing that it is the responsibility of the Children’s Administration to invite representatives from the division of behavioral health and recovery, the disability services administration, the economic services administration, and the juvenile justice and rehabilitation administration to the youth’s shared planning meeting, which occurs between age 17 and 17 and a half, that is used to develop a transition plan.
Bill as amended by the ELHS: Requires the children's administration of DSHS to direct youth to apply for developmental disability services and assist those youth in doing so -- if during the shared planning meeting for foster youth that occurs between the ages of 17 and 17.5 it appears that those individuals may qualify for developmental disability services.
Second SHB 1735 as amended by the House Appropriations Committee: The implementation date for covering the youth with a medical condition was moved to July 1, 2016 and a null and void clause was added (meaning if funds are not included in the budget the bill will not go into effect).
Second SHB 1735 as amended by the Committee on Ways and Means: (1) Requires the department to coordinate medical, mental, and behavioral health services to maximize the use of federal resources and the most cost-efficient delivery of services to extended foster care youth, and (2) Adds a subject to the amounts appropriated for this specific purpose clause to the new foster care eligibility category.