What is NYTD?
Pronounced (night~ed), this is the new National Youth in Transition Database. NYTD is a new requirement developed by the federal government to collect two types of information: 1) the services being provided to youth in care, and 2) youth outcomes resulting from these services.
Maine supports NYTD because NYTD will highlight the good work happening in Maine. NYTD will help us understand how effective we are at helping youth transition to adulthood. And, having this information will help know where to make changes to improve outcomes for all youth in care.
What data will be collected?
Beginning July 1, Maine will begin documenting the independent living services provided to all youth age 15 -21, for the following areas:
The independent living services that should be counted for NYTD are all the services provided and/or paid for by Child Welfare Services. These include the formal and informal services, supports, meaningful conversations, and day-to-day teaching provided by OCFS caseworkers, youth transition workers, foster parents, agency providers, and various contracted providers.
We need your help!.....We know that foster parents, caseworkers and others are teaching youth these essential life skills every day. We need foster parents and others to keep track of the services and supports they provide youth every day—and to report the services provided to the youth’s OCFS caseworker during every monthly face-to-face contact.
Also, Beginning July 1, Caseworkers will SURVEY youth at age 17 about the following outcomes:
(And these youth will complete a similar survey again at ages 19 and 21)
Youth—this is NOT an attempt to keep tabs on individual youth who age out of care; it is an attempt to learn general information about youth in care as a whole group.
Youth Surveys are voluntary and youth can decide how much information they are willing to provide.
Why should youth be involved?
Youth involvement in the NYTD Surveys helps us make sure the services provided are what youth need and want to feel prepared for adulthood. Their involvement in NYTD will encourage their peers to participate and ultimately improve services and outcomes for younger youth in care.
By participating youth will be part of improving the national foster care system. We need their voice to make a difference!
What happens if Maine doesn’t collect the data?
Maine will be required to survey all youth in foster care and at least 60% of youth who have left care to participate in the survey. If Maine does not meet this standard, we will lose up to 5% of our annual Chafee Foster Care Independence Program funding. This may mean fewer services for youth.
NYTD should be seen as …
…an opportunity to focus on providing the right services and supports to youth in care, as well as to highlight the good efforts being made everyday to help youth plan for their futures and to develop skills they will need to be successful adults.
Before leaving foster care, all young adults need to have developed essential life skills, have permanent families, have life-long connections, be connected to their communities, and have actively engaged in planning that prepares them for adulthood.
For more information, please contact Dulcey Laberge, Youth Transition Specialist, Office of Child and Family Services, email@example.com, or (207) 624-7928