7 Steve Waldrip
9 LONG TITLE
10 General Description:
11 This bill modifies provisions related to shelter, care, and services for homeless youth.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 ▸ clarifies that a person who provides shelter, care, or services to certain homeless
15 youth may refer the homeless youth to temporary or permanent housing; and
16 ▸ makes technical changes.
17 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
19 Other Special Clauses:
21 Utah Code Sections Affected:
23 62A-4a-502, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2019, Chapter 242
25 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
26 Section 1. Section 62A-4a-502 is amended to read:
27 62A-4a-502. Consent to shelter, care, or services by a homeless youth.
28 (1) As used in this section:
29 (a) "Care" means providing:
30 (i) assistance to obtain food, clothing, hygiene products, or other basic necessities;
31 (ii) access to a bed, showering facility, or transportation; or
32 (iii) assistance with school enrollment or attendance.
33 (b) "Homeless youth" means the same as that term is defined in Section 62A-4a-501.
34 (c) "Licensed services" means a service provided by a temporary homeless youth
35 shelter, a youth services center, or other facility that is licensed to provide the service to a
36 homeless youth.
37 (d) "Service" means:
38 (i) youth services, as defined in Section 62A-7-101;
39 (ii) child welfare or juvenile court case management or advocacy;
40 (iii) aftercare services, as defined in 45 C.F.R. 1351.1; or
41 (iv) independent living skills training.
42 (e) "Temporary homeless youth shelter" means the same as that term is defined in
43 Section 62A-4a-501.
44 (f) "Youth services center" means the same as that term is defined in Section
46 (2) A homeless youth may consent to temporary shelter, care, or licensed services if the
47 homeless youth:
48 (a) is at least 15 years old; and
49 (b) manages the homeless youth's own financial affairs, regardless of the source of
51 (3) In determining consent under Subsection (2), a person may rely on the homeless
52 youth's verbal or written statement describing the homeless youth's ability to consent to
53 temporary shelter, care, or licensed services.
54 (4) A person who provides shelter, care, or licensed services to a homeless youth who
55 consents to the shelter, care, or licensed services under Subsection (2):
56 (a) shall report to the division as required under Section 62A-4a-403 and Subsection
57 62A-4a-501(4); and
58 (b) may provide the homeless youth a referral to [
59 housing, employment [