HB 1816 would authorize the department of social and health services to disclose to the department of commerce and certain contracted providers child welfare records that pertain to or may assist with meeting the service needs of foster youth who are admitted to crisis residential centers or HOPE centers under contract with the office of homeless youth prevention and protection.
The bill additionally changes certain duties of the department of commerce and the department of social and health services with regard to the homeless youth prevention and protection act of 2015. First, the administrator of a crisis residential center will have to also notify the department of social and health services immediately as to any unauthorized leave from the center by a child who is in the care of or receiving services from the department of social and health services children's administration. Second, the bill establishes the facility administrator of a HOPE center as providing oversight to residents whereabouts and establishes that residents may come and go from the facility at reasonable hours such that no residents are free to come and go at all hours of the day and night.
Substitute Bill Compared to Original Bill:
The purpose of the DSHS sharing child welfare records for foster care youth admitted to a CRC or HOPE center is changed from meeting the service needs of youth to ensuring the
youth's safety and welfare. The terms "secretary" and "department" are amended to reference the DSHS instead of the COM with regard to responsibilities for the rules and licensing for CRC and HOPE centers. The substitute bill allows CRC administrators, rather than the COM, to establish rules related to the hours a resident may come and go from a CRC. Also, in the substitute bill, preferences to payments for HOPE center beds with respect to the DSHS' approval are removed.