Section 6, Chapter 18 (Resource Providers Approved to Provide Elevated Needs Foster Care Services), Subsection 3 Elevated Needs Level B Foster Care, – Sub-subsection 3 (Characteristics of a Youth with Elevated Needs Level B)

18.3.3 Characteristics of a Youth with Elevated Needs-Level B 

These youth have serious emotional and/or behavior problems that require the 24-hour availability of a highly skilled Level B resource parent who is capable of assuming the role of primary change agent. These youth:

  1. Because of their presenting problems would be placed in a level III or above residential treatment facility or psychiatric hospital;
  2. Have been discharged from a residential treatment facility or psychiatric hospital and who are unable to function in a traditional resource home.

Presenting Problems Displayed By the Youth with Elevated Needs –Level B 

Presenting problems displayed by the Level B candidate may include the following:

  • History of suicide or currently having suicidal thoughts, statements and/or gestures;
  • Affective disorders;
  • Attention Deficit Disorder;
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder;
  • Eating disorder;
  • Panic disorders;
  • Fears/phobias;
  • Obsessive/Compulsive Disorders;
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorders;
  • Depression/withdrawal;
  • Dissociative behaviors, blank out, pass out, seizure;
  • Anger/rage;
  • History of fire setting;
  • Destructive of property;
  • Failure to form emotional attachments; and
  • Multiple short-term placements. 

Youth Who May Not be Appropriate for Level B

  1. Actively suicidal;
  2. Homicidal;
  3. Compulsive fire setter;
  4. Sexual abuse offender which might endanger other family members;
  5. Require around-the-clock awake supervision; and
  6. Unable to function in public school and alternative program (day treatment) is not available.

Chapter Memoranda History: (prior to 01-31-07)

CS03-21, CS03-27, CD05-72

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