Supervised Independent Living (SIL) is a type of voluntary Extended Foster Care placement where young adults can live on their own, while still getting casework and support services to help them become independent and self-sufficient.
The DFPS SIL program allows young adults to live independently under a supervised living arrangement provided by a DFPS contracted provider. A young adult in SIL is not supervised 24-hours a day by an adult and has increased responsibilities.
Through SIL a young adult has:
- Increased responsibilities
- Manage their own finances
- Buying groceries/personal items
- Working with a Landlord
- Help transitioning to independent living
- Achieving identified education and employment goals
- Accessing community resources
- Engaging in needed life skills training
- Establishing important relationships
What are the eligibility requirements for SIL?
SIL is available for a young adult who is able to:
- Demonstrate a reasonable level of maturity and ability to manage the expectations required in a SIL setting with minimal supervision and case management; and able to
- Meet eligibility requirements for Extended Foster Care.
The young adult may be:
- The young adult must be between 18 and 20 years of age and in Extended Foster Care or returning for Extended Foster Care.
- If returning, a young adult must meet the Extended Foster Care eligibility requirements within 30 days of return. A 17 year old youth in DFPS conservatorship may apply for a SIL placement, but is not eligible for placement until the 18th birthday.
SIL settings can include:
- Non-College Dorms
- College Dorms
- Shared Housing
- Host Homes
Requesting a SIL Placement
Step 1: The young adult discusses SIL with the caseworker. The young adult completes the DFPS SIL Application (Form 2605) and gives to the DFPS caseworker.
Step 2: The DFPS caseworker sends the completed and approved SIL Application and Form 2087EX to the SIL Coordinator through the DFPS Supervised Independent Living mailbox. The SIL Coordinator in state office will give the caseworker a referral to the SIL Contractor(s) that have available openings.
Step 3: The DFPS caseworker discuss the available SIL placement options with the young adult. The young adult has the option to accept a SIL placement in any DFPS Region where a SIL setting has been established.
Step 4: At the young adult's direction, the DFPS caseworker sends Form 2529, the SIL application and 2087EX to the agreed upon SIL provider(s).
Step 5: Upon initial acceptance by a SIL provider, the young adult and DFPS caseworker hold discussions with the SIL provider. If the young adult, DFPS caseworker and SIL provider agree on the placement, a placement date is identified and the placement is completed.
For more information, refer to the SIL policy on Requesting a SIL Placement.
The federal Fostering Connections legislation established a supervised independent living (SIL) component of Extended Foster Care but said rules would be developed later.
In 2009, DFPS began work on developing an SIL program in anticipation of the federal regulations. DFPS released a Request for Information (RFI) in 2009, and a number of ideas were presented and discussed in a public forum on November 23, 2009. After the meeting, DFPS began to work on implementation plans. In 2010, the federal government gave states the green light to start an SIL program before federal regulations were published. DFPS in coordination with the Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Legislature moved forward.
- A public forum was held on March 7, 2011.
- A SIL rate setting rule was approved and rates were set (see Page 2) in December 2011.
- An SIL draft request for proposal (RFP) was posted for public comment on December 27, 2011.
- The SIL program eligibility rules become effective February 12, 2012.
- The SIL RFP was posted in April 2012, was updated and reposted in July and submissions closed on 8/31/12.
- SIL policy became effective 11/1/12 (CPS Handbook 10480).
- The first SIL contracts were signed in April, 2013 and the first SIL placements began in May, 2013.