Transition Planning for Dependent and Delinquent Youth with Disabilities: A Webinar Series for Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Professionals in Pennsylvania
We’re partnering with the Juvenile Law Center to produce a new webinar training series for child welfare and juvenile justice professionals!
Youth with disabilities are significantly overrepresented in both the child welfare system and the juvenile justice system, and planning for the transition from those systems to a successful adulthood presents unique challenges. This series of eight webinars will help advocates and professionals tackle these challenges by:
- Presenting in-depth information from experts in the field regarding the service options available for youth with disabilities;
- Describing key advocacy tips and action steps for the transition planning process; and
- Highlighting state and local resources.
To register for a webinar, click the registration links below or contact Meghan Johnson, CEA Project Manager. The series will begin on December 15, 2015, and a new webinar will be released approximately every 6 weeks.
CEU/CLE Credits: 1 CLE and 1 CEU credit are available for live webinar sessions. You can register for any number of webinars, but you must participate in at least 2 webinars in the series to receive any CEU credit. (Please note CLE and CEU credit is only available to those who participate in the live sessions. Credit is not available for those who view the recorded session).
This program is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. As a CSWE accredited program, the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for social workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states.
Tuesday, January 3rd from 12:00-1:30pm – “Post-Discharge Housing Options for Transition Age Youth with Disabilities”
Throughout the past year Child Advocates, in partnership with the Juvenile Law Center, has been hosting an 9-part webinar series to address many of the common issues involved in transition planning for youth with disabilities. The next and final session, “Post-Discharge Housing Options for Transition Age Youth with Disabilities” is scheduled for Tuesday, January 3rd from 12:00 – 1:30. Register HERE
Miss a previous webinar? You can watch the recordings of each webinar below. Recordings will be posted within a week of the webinar’s original air date. (Please note CLE and CEU credit is only available to those who participate in the live sessions. Credit is not available for those who view the recorded session).
September 29, 12:00 – 1:15 pm: Special Session – News and Updates
Over the last few months, there have been several important state and federal policy changes that affect system-involved youth with disabilities, including:
- A new Social Security Administration policy to help youth transitioning out of foster care access Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Changes in the use of APPLA as a permanency goal and other news about Pennsylvania’s implementation of the Strengthening Families Act (SFA)
- The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the release of federal guidance on ensuring educational stability for children in foster care
- The expansion of youth services through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) in response to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Join us for a special session to learn key information about these and other changes, as well as tips for how to implement them into your practice. Expert Contributors include:
- Jenny Pokempner, Child Welfare Policy Director at Juvenile Law Center
- Kate Burdick, Staff Attorney at Juvenile Law Center
- Karen U. Lindell, Skadden Fellow at Juvenile Law Center
- Lucy Johnston-Walsh, Clinical Professor and Director of the Children’s Advocacy Clinic at the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State
- Participants will understand how to use SSI as a tool for transition-age youth, and they will learn about the SSA’s new policy expanding the application window for foster youth.
- Participants will learn about new developments in Pennsylvania’s implementation of the Strengthening Families Act, particularly the APPLA restrictions and normalcy provisions of the statute.
- Participants will learn about key provisions of ESSA and will gain tools and resources on the law that can aid them in their practice.
- Participants will discover how to access “Pre-Employment Transition Services” and other OVR services for youth.
August 9: Transition Planning for Youth with Physical Disabilities
Youth with physical disabilities often have difficulty accessing services while in foster care or the juvenile justice system, including community-based placements, independent living skills training, permanency services, and vocational programs. They also may struggle to connect with adult-serving systems, resulting in damaging gaps in health care and other services. Learn how to advocate for youth with physical disabilities and ensure they get the services they need to successfully transition to adulthood.
- Participants will learn strategies to ensure that youth with physical disabilities grow up in families.
- Participants will be able to help their clients transition from pediatric to adult medical care.
- Participants will learn how to connect their clients with adult service systems, including Medicaid Waivers and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
- Participants will learn creative strategies for preparing their clients for independent living and adulthood.
- Karen U. Lindell, Skadden Fellow, Juvenile Law Center (facilitator)
- Symme Trachtenberg, MSW, LSW, Director of Community Education, Career Path & LEND Community Outreach at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Mary Beth Morgan, Independent Living Specialist – Youth Transition, at Liberty Resources
- Jamele Greenwood, Former Foster Youth and Youth Advocate
July 7: Youth with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System: Planning for Adulthood
A growing body of evidence shows that youth with disabilities are disproportionately represented in the juvenile justice system. Learn how to advocate for these youth while they are in the system, and how to ensure they get the services they need after discharge.
- Participants will understand the special considerations for transition planning for youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system
- Participants will learn how to ensure Medicaid continuity for youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system
- Participants will understand the types of treatment and services available for youth in the juvenile justice system and how to advocate for them
- Participants will understand the need for effective post-dispositional representation of youth in the juvenile justice system
- Participants will learn strategies for using the transition planning framework in the child welfare system for youth in the juvenile justice system
- Kacey Mordecai, Staff Attorney, Juvenile Law Center
- Jeff Skakalski, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Pennsylvania
- Janice Meinert, MSW, Paralegal, PA Health Law Project
May 17: Transition Planning for Youth with Behavioral or Mental Health Needs
Youth with behavioral health needs are significantly overrepresented in foster care and in the juvenile justice system, and they require careful planning to prepare for adulthood. Learn how to advocate for youth with behavioral health needs; examples of available treatment and support services and how to access them; and tips for connecting to post-discharge services.
Moderator: Jenny Pokempner, Child Welfare Policy Director at Juvenile Law Center
- Laura DeRiggi, Director of Integrated Clinical Consultation for Community Behavioral Health and the Philadelphia Department of Human Services Medical Affairs
- Ruth Ann Koss, Supervisor of Children & Adolescents Services at Allegheny County Office of Behavioral Health
- Shelley Smith, BSU Director at CMSU (Columbia, Montour, Snyder, Union Counties) Behavioral Health & Development Services
April 12: Education Transition Planning: High School and College
Quality special education services are vital to ensuring that youth with disabilities have the tools they need to succeed as adults. Learn how to advocate for a quality IEP, ensure that youth have an appropriate post-secondary transition plan, develop a 504 Accommodations Plan, and more!
- Kate Burdick and Jean Strout of Juvenile Law Center
- Jamie Ray-Leonetti of Disability Rights Pennsylvania
March 8, 2016: Transition Planning for Youth with Autism
The number of young people with autism is on the rise in Pennsylvania and around the country, and these youth face unique challenges as they approach adulthood. Learn how autism is treated and diagnosed; service options available to youth in care with autism; tips for helping youth with autism navigate encounters with the justice system; and how to access the systems that serve adults with autism.
Expert Contributors: The ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training) Collaborative
- Participants will understand what Autism Spectrum Disorder is, its prevalence, and how it is diagnosed.Participants will learn how to interact with clients with ASD.
- Participants will understand the types of treatment and services available for youth with the ASD and how to advocate for them.
- Participants will understand the necessary action steps to prepare a youth with ASD for the transition to adulthood, including accessing Medicaid Waivers and/or ACAP, connecting with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and developing a 504 Accommodations Plan.
February 4, 2016: Effectively Using SSI for Youth in Care and upon Transition
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be an extremely valuable source of financial stability for transitioning youth. Learn about the benefits of SSI – both while a youth is still in care and after discharge – and how to access it.
Expert Contributors: Kristen Ornato of KidsVoice, Claire Grandison of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
- Participants will understand what SSI is and how it can benefit youth with disabilities.
- Participants will learn how Title IV-E funds affect eligibility for SSI, and what that means for their clients.
- Participants will learn the steps of the SSI application process and how to navigate them.
December 15, 2015: Transition Planning for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities (ID)
Youth with disabilities are significantly over-represented in both the child welfare system and the juvenile justice system, and planning for the transition from those systems to a successful adulthood presents unique challenges. Learn about what goes into an ID diagnosis, the treatment and service options available to youth with ID, and the key things to know when preparing for transition, including how to register for ID Services, connect with OVR, and access Medicaid Waivers.
Expert Contributors: Tanya Regli of the Arc of Philadelphia and Rachel Mann of the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania
- Participants will understand what ID is and how it is diagnosed.
- Participants will learn how to advocate for appropriate treatment and services for youth with ID.
- Participants will understand the necessary action steps to prepare a youth with ID for the transition to adulthood, including registering for ID Services and accessing Medicaid Waivers.