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The goal of the Indiana Youth Advisory Board is to be a youth-led board that will prepare its members to take on leadership roles. The vision of this board is to enable Indiana's foster youth to advocate for themselves and communicate effectively by increasing awareness of rights, responsibilities and resources to ensure successful transitions.
Through this RFP, DCS is seeking a vendor to develop a youth-adult partnership with the Indiana Youth Advisory Board, thereby educating the community and assisting the youth in fulfilling leadership roles and advocating for themselves and others. In fulfilling its duties, the vendor will co-facilitate the Indiana Youth Advisory Board in conjunction with the members. This youth-led collaboration will engage youth throughout the state in various ways, including organization and working with members to plan Youth Advisory Board meetings, as more specifically provided in Attachment A, Service Standards.
The Department of Child Services plans to offer a new program for older youth: Collaborative Care. In preparation, youth will transition to a new case manager at age 17 ½. The new Family Case Manager will be called a Collaborative Care Case Manager (3CM). The goal of the Collaborative Care program is to move identified youth into independent living settings that the youth can continue to live in once DCS closes the case. The focal points of this programming are to increase youth voice, offer youth opportunities to practice interdependence, and provide a foundation for gaining the skills needed to build the youth’s own social capitol. This program also allows youth to voluntarily return to foster care on or after the age of 18. Through this RFP, DCS is seeking proposals from providers interested in providing Older Youth Services. DCS is also interested in learning about creative programming designed for older youth that focuses on vocational educational opportunities. DCS may fund such a program.
Due to the questions received, minor changes have been made in the OYS RFP. Please see the Addendum link for a listing of changes.
Collaborative Care RFP Use the revised edition, listed above.
Attachment B: Budget Worksheets Use the revised edition, listed above.