Q: We are seeking clarification about THP+FC. We have a youth who worked with his THP+FC program to locate an apartment for himself. The THP+FC program subsequently terminated him because his roommate did not pass a criminal background (DUI and an altercation). Do THP+FC roommates (not an NMD or Dependent) need to be fingerprinted to reside with an NMD?
A; Yes, any individual (not an NMD or Dependent) living with the Non-Minor Dependents in THP+FC is required to be fingerprinted subject to a background clearance. This includes a THP-Plus participant who is participating in a program that provides both THP-Plus and THP+FC.
However, the failure of the roommate to pass the background check is not grounds to terminate the THP+FC participant. Additionally, THP+FC providers are required to own or directly lease the property in which the NMD lives.
In THP+FC, youth are not required to locate an apartment for themselves. This is the responsibility of the THP+FC program. This requirement is intended to protect against a number of circumstances, including the one you describe, where a youth is inappropriately discharged from the program.
Source: California Health and Safety Code 1559.110 & THPP Regulation 86001