Specifications include, but are not limited to:
OHY has a vision that, “every family and youth in Washington State has the individualized support
they need so that no young person has to spend a single night without a safe and stable home. Every
community has services that are equitable, accessible, effective, responsive, and coordinated”.
OHY guiding principles include:
Involve youth voice.
Advance approaches that are data-driven and evidence-based.
Promote accountability in all policies and programs.
Value experiences of youth and families.
Be reliable and responsive to wherever a young person is at in their experience of
Be locally focused and support the ability of youth to remain in their community.
Recognize that not all parents reject their kids but that not all kids can return home safely.
Promote services that are youth-centered and individualized.
Be culturally responsive and reflect the needs of local communities and individual youth.
Foster coordination between funding and systems.
Support an approach that is hopeful and believes in possibility.
Identify and eliminate gaps in services and funding.