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The Youth Residential Placement Task Force

The Youth Residential Placement Task Force was established by a City Council resolution in 2018 following the death of a child at a residential placement facility. This incident and other cases of harm to young Philadelphians compelled City officials and stakeholders in the child welfare, behavioral health, juvenile justice, and education communities to form this Task Force to accelerate the progress already underway. The City and the Task Force are committed to redoubling efforts to reduce the use of residential placement. And where residential placement remains necessary, they are committed to ensuring that residential placement is safe, provides high quality care, and meets youths’ educational needs. In 2019, the Task Force released a report with recommendations to reach these goals. The original report and updates on specific recommendations are available below. Together, strides can be made towards making these critical changes.   

Initial Task Force Report (2019)

Executive Summary 
Final Report 
Update on the Report's 90 Day Items
Response to Public Comments 

Updates on Specific Recommendations from the Task Force Report

Recommendation #1: Three Year Plan and Projections

View the Projection Document 

Thank you to those who submitted comments on our draft Three-Year Plan and Projections. This final plan and projections are a cross-system collaboration to reduce the number of youth in residential placement, and increase the number of alternatives over three years.

Recommendation #2: Annual Report on Systems Progress

Coming Soon

Recommendation #11: Youth and Family Rights Guides

View the Youth and Family Guides in English and Spanish

On December 9th, 2020 the City hosted an information and implementation webinar for all residential providers on new Rights Guides for Philadelphia youth. A recording of this webinar can be found here.

Click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions document as follow-up from the Youth and Family Rights Guide Webinar for a summary of questions asked during and after the webinar.

Data Presentations

Community Behavioral Health