Teen SENSE Model Policy: Sexual Health Care for Youth in State Custody, The Center for HIV Law and Policy (2012).

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Teen SENSE Model Policy: Sexual Health Care for Youth in State Custody, designed for use by agencies and jurisdictions that provide services for youth in out-of-home care, outlines the basic minimum requirements for sexual health care services. The model policy is a companion to Teen SENSE Model Standards: Sexual Health Care for Youth in State Custody, which sets out in more detail the specific health care services essential to an adequate care program for youth in custody, including physical and mental health screenings; universal offers of STI and HIV testing; written information, counseling, and treatment related to pregnancy, STI and HIV transmission and prevention, and sexual violence; and ongoing care and discharge planning related to sexual and reproductive health. These services should be conducted in a confidential, culturally competent, and inclusive manner.