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When Troubled Youth Can't Stay at Home: An Analysis of Out-of-Home Placements in Hennepin County.

Heggeness, Misty L., and Elizabeth E. Davis.

Significant behavioral issues can result in youth being removed from the home by local government officials and temporarily placed in an out-of-home setting, such as a group home or juvenile corrections center. Youth placed in out-of-home settings for behavioral reasons in Hennepin County are the focus of this article. In Hennepin County, both human services and juvenile corrections departments handle out-of-home youth placements for behavioral reasons. Out-of-home placements for youth are expensive. The cost to Hennepin County for alternative living arrangements for youth with behavioral problems was approximately $56 million in 2004. In addition to a growing concern about costs, there is little evidence that these placements are effective. This article reports on a study that examined the similarities and differences of youth placed by either Hennepin County's human services or juvenile corrections departments for behavioral reasons; the study also compared the placement experiences of these youth across racial and ethnic groups in terms of the types of placement and length-of-stay to examine the potential differences in experiences. Findings from the research have implications for how services are provided, including whether or not to coordinate services across departments. The results may also help inform ongoing interdepartmental coordination efforts in Minnesota and give direction for potential changes in state and national child welfare and juvenile corrections policies and laws.

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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported through a New Initiative grant from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota. Additional support provided by the Hennepin County Department of Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement, the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department, the Hennepin County Community Corrections Department, and the Hennepin-University Partnership.
38 (2): 26-34
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