The Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) is one of the new placement options for youth participating in extended foster care.
SILPs are appropriate for those non-minor dependents (NMDs) who are high functioning and able to live independently: Of all placement options available, the SILP provides the least amount of support and supervision, and the highest amount of autonomy.
SILP with support: The exception is a SILP that includes assistance from a permanent connection in addition to a social worker or probation officer, which could include living skills training.
There is an approval process for NMDs placed in SILPs: Refer to the information below for the process and corresponding forms required.
There are a range of eligible living settings that can qualify as a SILP: Refer to the information below for eligible living settings.
ELIGIBLE LIVING SETTINGS FOR A SILP
Private market housing
Apartment/house, renting a room, Single Room Occupancies (SROs should only be considered in areas where rent is extremely high, and only when the building and environment is conducive to a safe and healthy lifestyle for the NMD).
Dorms and other university housing are not required to be approved by the county with a SILP health & safety inspection because they are already approved by the post-secondary institution for safety standards.
The placement setting must undergo a health and safety inspection. NMDs are allowed to live in a SILP that has not yet been approved temporarily, but the county must inspect a new SILP within 10 calendar days. The SILP must be re-inspected annually, and a copy of the completed checklist should be provided to the NMD. Click here to download the required health & safety inspection form.
California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) training for social workers and probation officers which provides information and guidelines to assist with the process of approving a SILP, is accessible on the CalSWEC website.