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|Policy Title:||Gender-Specific Services for Children and Youth|
|Approved By: DHS Director or Deputy Director||
Approved Date: 12/22/2004
This policy describes the expectations, one-time and on-going actions to enhance the equity in the access to gender-specific services to children and youth provided by DHS.
The Department will undertake action, where appropriate, to incorporate gender specific perspectives and practices into the program strategy, development, implementation, analysis, and DHS work culture. To accomplish this, gender consciousness and related topics must be integrated into all aspects of DHS work; including program implementation, service delivery and the recruitment, continuous development and work expectations for DHS staff.
Purpose/Rationale: "The legislature acknowledges that females under 18 when compared to males under 18 often lack equal access to services and treatment provided by human services organizations. The legislature and DHS declares that it is a matter of best interest for the state that males and females under 18 have equal access to gender appropriate services, "facilities and treatments". ORS 417.270.
The Department seeks to ensure that children and youth accessing services receive gender-specific services that effectively meet their needs and that gender consciousness and related issues are integrated into the internal and external work of the Department, through its programs, services and offices, as well as the many delivery systems through which it provides services.
Applicability: Expectations for All DHS staff working with programs affecting children and youth. Specific expectations for DHS managers, program managers, human resources, contracts staff and others.
Failure to Comply: Possible legislative sanction.
Gender-specific Services: Services, treatments, interventions, educational programs, and/or approaches that comprehensively address the unique needs, strengths and risk factors of each gender and fosters positive gender identity development.
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