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Title: On Their Own: Runaway and Homeless Youth and Programs That Serve Them
Author(s): S A Pires; J T Silber
Corporate Author: CASSP Technical Assistance Ctr
Georgetown University Child Development Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 273
Sponsoring Agency: CASSP Technical Assistance Ctr
Washington, DC 20007
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
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United States of America

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Document: PDF
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes programs for runaway and homeless youth in Des Moines, Chicago, San Diego, Iowa City, Albuquerque, Seattle, and Boston.
Abstract: With mainstream systems slow to respond to the needs of homeless youth, a creative alternative system of commumity- based agencies has developed. The National Institute of Drug Abuse and National Institute of Mental Health requested the Children and Youth at Risk Project assemble a panel of experts to examine effective programs for site visits and develop recommendations for policy issues. Extensive interviews were conducted at the chosen sites with staff, board members, directors, funders, and adolescents. The panel based their program choices on geographical balance and fundamental principals of effective service delivery such as adaptation to the needs of youth, establishment of comprehensive services, and services for all. Also, appropriate agencies provide a range of services including substance abuse treatment, HIV prevention, education, mental health, housing, and general medical care. "On Their Own" targets service providers who need technical assistance in enhancing their programs. One objective of this monograph is to encourage collaboration between traditional service systems and alternative youth programs. Universities, service providers, decision makers, and others in the research community need to examine issues of homeless adolescents, considered the least studied subgroup of the homeless population. 9 appendixes and 55 references
Main Term(s): Programs for runaways; Runaways
Index Term(s): Homeless persons; Juvenile program coordination; Youth community involvement
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