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YouthCare Program Information

May 6, 2003

What the Orion Center offers:

Who can get case management at Orion? Young people who are:

  • Homeless (ages 13-21.5).

  • Experiencing legal issues (criminal or civil) (ages 13-21.5).

  • Having difficulty in school (truancy issues) or who have school-related goals (ages 13-18).


  • Sexually exploited and/or are participating in sex trading (ages 13-18).

  • Participating in risky behaviors (ages 13-21.5).

  • Are infected with HIV/AIDS (up to age 25).

What does case management at Orion offer?

  • Orion case management services are based in harm-reduction theory. We start where the young person is at and provide advocacy, support, opportunities and reflection in order to help them get to their next best place.

  • A case manager will help a young person identify their personal goals and work towards them by achieving small successes.

  • A case manager will provide resource referrals and often acts as a gatekeeper to services that require a case manager referral.

  • Orion case management regularly helps young people improve their housing, obtain identification, enroll in school, gain employment, access chemical dependency treatment and mental health counseling, and access government programs and subsidies.

How can someone get into case management?

  1. Young people between the ages of 13 and 21.5 may come to Orion during drop-in hours (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 2:30-6:00 pm) and ask for Case Management, OR

  2. Call and request Case Management Services at (206) 622-5555.

    For HIV/AIDS case management talk to Kristen Tobias ext. 222.

    For all other case management talk to Liza Burell ext. 221.

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This article was provided by Seattle Treatment Education Project. It is a part of the publication STEP Ezine.
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