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10460 Supervised Independent Living (SIL)

10461 Overview and Purpose of SIL

CPS October 2020

Supervised independent living (SIL) settings are living arrangements offered through the Extended Foster Care program. They allow young adults to reside in a less-restrictive, non-traditional foster care setting while he or she receives casework and support services to become independent and self-sufficient. See the Extended Foster Care Resource GuidePDF Document for types of SIL settings.

Placement into SIL settings may be limited by DFPS funding, eligibility, SIL provider vacancies and the SIL provider’s acceptance criteria.

Young adults placed in SIL settings have minimal supervision and case management from the SIL provider. This arrangement allows young adults to experience living independently, practice necessary independent living skills and achieve self-sufficiency in a supportive environment before leaving foster care.

The young adult must be able to demonstrate a reasonable level of maturity and ability to manage the expectations required in an SIL setting with minimal supervision and case management.

Young adults with complex needs who require more case management services to successfully adjust to an SIL placement must meet the requirements outlined in 10462 Eligibility for Supervised Independent Living (SIL) Placements.


10462 Eligibility for Supervised Independent Living (SIL) Placements

CPS October 2020

DFPS must place in a supervised independent living (SIL) setting only those young adults determined to be eligible for the Extended Foster Care program.

Qualifications for eligibility are described in 10420 Qualifying for Extended Foster Care. DFPS must remove from paid SIL living arrangements those young adults who are no longer eligible for Extended Foster Care.

Young adults who require additional case management services must meet the following eligibility requirements for Enhanced Case Management services (ECM):

  • Do not require 24-hour supervision while in an SIL program.
  • Have basic skills in self-care and the ability to follow a daily routine.
  • Have one or more of the following characteristics:
    • Frequent, but non-violent, antisocial acts.
    • Frequent or unpredictable physical aggression.
    • Depressive behaviors including being markedly withdrawn and self-isolating.
    • Major self-injurious actions, including attempting suicide in the past 12 months.
    • Current abuse of alcohol, drugs, or other consciousness-altering substances that results in severe impairment, with a primary diagnosis of substance abuse or dependency.
    • Has an intellectual or developmental disability.

ECM services are available to young adults in all SIL placements except college dorms.