Only three states in the U.S. have a Coalition structure to ensure that youth in all communities have access to services. Vermont is one of them.
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has instituted a rigorous assessment process known as PART that analyzes management and outcomes from programs receiving federal money. Only 18% of the 1,004 programs evaluated have been declared “effective”. The Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs is among that distinguished group. VCRHYP programs deliver critical safety nets to at-risk youth while providing the State of Vermont and taxpayers with an effective, efficient, & economical alternative.
The following data represents results for fiscal year 2013:
VCRHYP programs provided 784 Vermont youth with 27,468 nights of shelter.
The average cost of youth receiving services from VCRHYP programs is $2,900 per year.
By contrast, the average cost of foster care is about $9,500 per year and the average cost of out-of-home placement (residential treatment, juvenile detention, and other types of residential care) is over $40,000 per year.
Of the youth served by VCRHYP in fiscal year 2013:
52% needed short-term housing - and 52% received it.
50% needed food - and 57% received it.
31% needed clothing - and 30% received it.
63% needed educational support - and 63% received it.
Because funding is so limited and the need has grown so significantly,
58% of youth served needed long-term housing – and only 30% received it.
Youth Care Workers played an instrumental role in helping youth connect with a medical home:
• 44% of youth had a dentist at intake, 73% were connected to dental care at completion of services.
• 56% of youth had a primary care physician at intake, 89% had a primary care physician at exit.
• 60% of youth served had medical insurance at time of intake, 93% of youth left VCRHYP programs with medical insurance.
Beyond basic support services for physical needs, VCRHYP agencies delivered other important life-skill services to youth: • 57% received individual counseling, • 25% received family counseling, • 29% received group counseling, • 56% received interpersonal skill building, • 65% received conflict resolution skills training, •82% received life skills training, • 39% received mediation, • 21% received drug & alcohol counseling. • 40% received vocational supports, • 58% received transportation assistance.
Most importantly, at completion of VCRHYP programs in fiscal year 2013, 95% of youth receiving services from Coalition agencies exited to a safe living situation.