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    Youth In Transition

    Youth In Transition Funding

    Youth in Transition, (Michigan's name for Chafee ) is a funding source available to cover expenses NOT covered by other government or community resources, or to augment or supplement services from other funding sources.

    Eligibility Requirements
    1. Michigan youth who are active in the foster care system, placed out of their home based on abuse and neglect, starting at age 14 and up to age 21.
    2. Michigan youth, ages 18 to 21, that have been in foster care on or after their 14th birthday but are no longer under DHS/Tribal supervision.
    3. A youth who has or had an open juvenile justice case and is placed in an eligible placement under the supervision of DHS.
    Where to Apply
    1. A youth with an open case can access funds through his/her foster care case manager.
    2. A youth with a closed case must apply for closed case services (YIT) in the current county of residence through the local DHS office.
    3. A tribal youth who was or is only supervised by a tribal court may contact DHS at (517) 373-9219. 
    Covered YIT expenses include
    Daily Living Skills
    • Cooking.
    • Laundry.
    • Use of community resources.
    • Public transportation system.
    • Money management and budgeting.
    Transportation
    • Transportation for educational or employment purposes.
    • Bus or gas cards when needed for activity related to self-sufficiency.
    • Medical, including counseling transportation (closed case services only).
    • Driver's training.
    • Vehicle purchase if county allocation allows - $3,000.00 maximum limit.
    • Vehicle repair - not to exceed $900.00.
    Mentorship
    • Mentorships.
    • Family connection services if the youth is not covered by foster care family reunification services.
    Parenting Skills
    • Parenting skills/classes.
    • Day care costs not covered by FIP (but not denied due to noncompliance) for working teen parents and/or teen parents in educational/vocational programs.
    Employment Services
    • Career exploration.
    • Job training.
    • Job placement and retention.
    • Training in job-readiness skills such as interviewing, developing a resume, and job retention.
    • Job related supports.
      • Uniforms.
      • Tools.
      • Transportation.
      • Apprentice fees.
      • Safety clothing.
      • Equipment.
    • Interview clothing maximum of $250.00.
    Educational Support / Pre-college
    • Tutoring services.
    • Vocational placement.
    • Career planning.
    • College resources.
    • GED preparation and testing.
    • Educational testing and assessments.
    • Books and supplies for specialized classes. 
    • Transportation.
    • Summer School.
    • School sponsored educational field trips.
    • College applications up to $150.00
    • SAT/ACT fees.
    • SAT/ACT preparation classes.

    * YIT funding can not be used for post secondary education expenses for students who are receiving ETV funding.

    Computer
    • Computer and accessories - maximum lifetime limit of $1500.00.
    Graduation Expenses
    Funding sources are available for graduation expenses
    1. Senior Class Ring.
    2. Tuxedo rentals and dress purchases for senior prom - up to $100.
    3. Senior cap and gown.
    4. Senior pictures.
    5. Announcements.
    6. Yearbook.
    Physical and Mental Health Services
    • Preventive health services - smoking avoidance, substance abuse prevention, nutrition, pregnancy prevention, personal hygiene, etc. if not covered by Medicaid or other health insurance.
    • Individual or group counseling for the youth if he/she is receiving closed case services only.
    Relationship Building Skills
    • Classes or groups on interpersonal communication/relationship building and maintenance and Independent Living Skills.
    • Coordination and connection between associated support people and the youth with various and appropriate community agencies and services.
    • Membership in community organizations which would promote/support the youth with transitioning to independent living, i.e., YMCA/YWCA, Junior Achievement, Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
    Housing
    • Assistance in locating a suitable living arrangement.
    • First month's rent, security deposits, and utility deposits for youth ages 18-21. There is a lifetime limit of $1,000.
    • Start up goods lifetime limit of $1,000:
      • Personal hygiene.
      • Household cleaning supplies.
      • Basic household furniture.
      • Household utensils/tools.
      • Linens.
      • Household record keeping and accounting needs, etc.

    Source: Department of Human Services Policy and Procedures Manuals, Childrens Foster Care Section 950.

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