Statewide Evaluation of the CYSA/TANF Program: Final Report

Statewide Evaluation of the CYSA/TANF Program: Final Report

Statewide Evaluation of the CYSA/TANF Program: Final Report

Statewide Evaluation of the CYSA/TANF Program: Final Report

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California's Welfare-to-Work Act of 1997 created two new programs, one of which was the Comprehensive Youth Services Act (CYSA). The CYSA, enacted in fiscal year (FY) 1997/1998, provided county probation departments (CPDs) with federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funds to be used to help attain overarching federal TANF goals by providing services to youths and their families. As specified in the CYSA, the intent of the legislation was to allow CPDs to “provide a continuum of family-focused, case-specific services in a community-based setting, that addresses the full spectrum of child and family needs, including services provided in county-operated residential care facilities.”

In 1999, the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) issued a request for proposals to study the implementation and impact of CYSA/TANF. The evaluation was not required by law, but was undertaken by CPOC to provide an independent analysis of how CPDs responded to, and were impacted by, the new legislation. RAND was chosen as the evaluator.

This report is the final document of RAND's three-year evaluation of the Comprehensive Youth Services Act/Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (CYSA/TANF) Program within California. These findings reflect analyses conducted through February 2003, using data from two statewide surveys of probation departments, an 11-county process study, and four county outcome studies. These findings will be of interest to policymakers and individuals within probation, other county and state agencies, and community organizations, as well as to service providers whose responsibilities include policy design, funding, planning, or service delivery to youths and their families at the local and state levels.

The research is being conducted jointly by RAND's Public Safety and Justice and Labor & Population Programs under contract number CPOC-12–23–99, Chief Probation Officers of California.

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