Children's Services Act (CSA)

What is the CSA?

The Children's Services Act was established as a shared responsibility between the state and local government to provide services to eligible children and families. There is a single statewide pool of funds that is combined with local funds for these services. 

Systems of Care

The Systems of Care is a spectrum of effective, community-based services and supports for children and youth with or at risk for mental health or other challenges and their families, that is organized into a coordinated network, builds meaningful partnerships with families and youth, and addresses their cultural and linguistic needs, in order to help them to function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life. (source)

Community Policy & Management Team (CPMT)

The CPMT has authority to determine local policies and procedures regarding the use of Children's Services Act funds within the parameters of the legal description. This is sometimes referred to as the administrative part of the CSA. 

Duties of the CPMT include: 

  • Creating policies the govern the services provided using CSA monies; 

  • Establishing policies regarding parental copays for services; 

  • Creating policies for referrals, appeals and record management; 

  • Managing funds and authorize expenditures by FAPT; and

  • Reporting on gaps in services necessary to keep children in the community

Family Assessment & Planning Team (FAPT)

The FAPT is the group who works together to address the needs and issues that brought the family to FAPT. The FAPT includes a representative from:

  • Community Services Board; 

  • Juvenile Court Service Unit;

  • Department of Social Services; 

  • School division; and

  • The family

Eligibility for Children's Services Act

Each locality has its own policies and procedures for determining a child's eligibility for services and supports. A child refers to a person younger than 18 with the following exceptions:

  • A person who is the age of 18-21 who is eligible for foster care services under federal law; and

  • Students with disabilities ages 2-21 who are eligible for special education 

Targeted Populations
  • Students with disabilities who are eligible for special education
  • Any child eligible for foster care services
  • A child with behavioral and/or emotional needs and children in need of supervision (CHINS)

CSA & Special Education

Each locality has its own policies and procedures for determining a child's eligibility for services and supports. A child refers to a person younger than 18 with the following exceptions:

  • A person who is the age of 18-21 who is eligible for foster care services under federal law; and

  • Students with disabilities ages 2-21 who are eligible for special education 

CSA pays for services and supports indicated in an individualized education program, including residential placement if for educational placement. 

Non-educational Parental Placement

In cases where a child with an IEP requires residential services for non-educational purposes, parents are subject to a parental co-payment. Special education services are exempt from a parental co-payment. 

Contacts

Winchester City

Karen Reinhardt

(540) 542-6576

Frederick County

Jackie Jury

540-722-8395

Clarke County

Judith Blau

540-955-5198

Shenandoah County

Jess WineKing

540-459-6908

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Tel: 540-692-9650

Email: shenvalleyarc@gmail.com

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