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NCJ Number: 136717 Find in a Library
Title: Los Angeles System of Care for Runaway/Homeless Youth
Journal: Journal of Adolescent Health  Volume:12  Issue:7  Dated:special issue (November 1991)  Pages:555-560
Author(s): G L Yates; J Pennbridge; A Swofford; R G Mackenzie
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 6
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: For the past 7 years, the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles has learned a great deal about how to intervene effectively with runaway and homeless youth and to divert them from high-risk behaviors such as prostitution and drug abuse.
Abstract: The Los Angeles system of care has five major components: networking and consolidation, outreach, short-term crisis shelter, comprehensive medical and psychosocial care, and long-term shelter and case management. The approach is collaborative, with a substantial portion of the work subcontracted to other youth agencies in the community in order to build and strengthen the network of existing services. In the process, the Los Angeles system has moved closer to developing a comprehensive approach to care for homeless street youth throughout the county. Where programs previously operated in relative isolation, representatives from 40 private and public agencies now meet regularly at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles to discuss ways of improving services. Systematized data collection has helped all agencies involved understand how they can work together and has prompted additional funding for needed services. 4 references and 1 table
Main Term(s): Homeless children; Runaways
Index Term(s): California; Juvenile health services; Juvenile program coordination; Juvenile shelter care
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