A Parent's Guide to CSA
What is the Children's Services Act for At-Risk Youth and Families?
It is a Virginia law designed to help troubled youths and their families. State and local agencies, parents and private service providers work together to plan and provide services. In each community, local teams decide how to do this.
The Community Policy and Management Team: (C.P.M.T.) coordinates agency efforts, manages the available funds, and sees that eligible youths and their families get help.
The Family Assessment and Planning Team: (F.A.P.T.) looks at the strengths and needs of the individual youth and families, decides what services to provide, and prepares a service plan with input from families. Both teams include parents, staff from community services boards, courts service units, the departments of health and social services, the public schools and private providers. In some localities, these teams go by different names and may also include other members.
Who is Eligible for Services?
Services under C.S.A. may be available to a child who meets at least one of the following descriptions:
- has serious emotional of behavioral problems or
- may need residential care or resources beyond normal agency services, or
- needs special education through a private school program, or
- receives foster care services, or
- receives services to prevent foster care placements, or
- is under supervision of the juvenile and domestic relations court, or domestic relations court, or
- is a ward of the Department of Juvenile Justice
Eligibility is determined by various laws (in education, juvenile justice and social services) and by your Community Policy and Management Team. Also, there must be funds available in your community.
How can I find out if my child is Eligible?
Contact your local Children's Services Act Coordinator, Greg R. Winge, (540) 438-7209 or Greg Winge