Substitute HB 1999 moves responsibility for the educational coordination program for foster youth and demonstration site to improve educational outcomes for foster youth from DSHS to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instructions. It moves responsibility for the Supplemental Educational Transition Program for foster youth from DSHS to the Washington State Achievement Council. The bill appears to add a demonstration site to improve educational outcomes for foster youth, however that was actually done in the 2015 legislation.
As amended, the bill
- allows the DSHS to disclose only those confidential child welfare records that pertain to or assist with meeting the educational needs of foster youth to another state agency or state agency's contracted provider responsible for assisting foster youth in attaining educational success and those records retain their confidentiality
- requires DSHS to contract with OSPI, which in turn must contract with a nongovernmental entity to administer a program of education coordination for dependent youth
- defines outcomes that are to be used in measuring the program of education coordination for dependent youth and the demonstration sites to improve educational coordination for foster youth
- requires the WSAC and the OSPI to establish a set of indicators relating to the outcomes measuring the demonstration sites and program of education coordination and include those indicators in the report to the Governor and Legislative committees