The division of adolescent medicine at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, along with local agencies participating in the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership (HHYP), will conduct a needs assessment of runaway and homeless youth in Hollywood, with a $212,000, two-year grant from the California Endowment, according to Susan J. Rabinovitz, associate director of the division of adolescent medicine at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
Rabinovitz said that survey results will enhance the selection and implementation of best practices, as well as help inform advocacy and policy development for homeless youth.
The goals of the project are to: assess the needs and service utilization patterns of youth; make agency-specific changes in programming, policies and procedures to ensure they’re responsive to youth, and design and implement network-based improvements and innovations, and develop recommendations for public agencies and policy makers based on the findings in order to improve the overall system of care.
Rabinovitz said that the coalition will seek to do the following:
� By the end of the first year of the study, collect needs assessment data from 300 runaway and homeless youth accessing agencies, as well as youth on the street, in order to assess the needs of this population.
� By the end of the second year of the study, analyze the data to provide accurate information about the needs and characteristics of youth, including their mental health problems, substance abuse, sexual risk behavior and juvenile justice and dependency system involvement; the perceived agency-level and system-level barriers to services and care; and youth satisfaction with, and perception of, the effectiveness of existing services.