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