The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) recently released three Model Policies designed for use by agencies and jurisdictions that provide services for youth in detention and foster care centers. The Policies outline the basic minimum requirements for sexual health care services, sexual health education programs, and ensuring staff competence in youth facilities. The Policies highlight the need for sexual health services to be culturally competent and inclusive, including for youth who are pregnant, gender non-conforming, or LGBTQI.
The Model Policies serve as companions to the model standards of care CHLP released earlier this year: Model Sexual Health Care Standards for Youth in State Custody; Model Sexual Health Education Standards for Youth in State Custody; and Model Staff Training Standards: Focusing on the Needs of LGBTQ Youth.
The Model Policies may be downloaded here:
Model Policy: Sexual Health Care for Youth in State Custody
Model Policy: Sexual Health Education for Youth in State Custody
Model Policy: Training for Youth Facility Staff: Ensuring Competence that Includes the Rights and Needs of LGBTQ Youth