Children's Services Act
Senate Bill 850, passed by the 2015 General Assembly and signed by Governor McAuliffe, changes the name of the Comprehensive Services Act for At-Risk Youth and Families to the Children’s Services Act and the Office of Comprehensive Services to the Office of Children’s Services. The name of the State Executive Council is renamed as the State Executive Council for Children’s Services. These changes took effect on July 1, 2015. The acronyms of CSA, OCS and the SEC remain intact.
Passage of the Comprehensive Services Act by the Virginia General Assembly in 1992 altered the funding systems for services to at-risk and troubled youth and their families. In July of 1998, Franklin County created the Office of the Comprehensive Services Act (C.S.A. Office) to oversee the County's C.S.A. Program. The intention of the C.S.A. Program is to implement a collaborative system of services and funding that is child-centered, family-focused, and community-based when addressing the strengths and needs of troubled and at-risk youth and their families.
The Franklin County C.S.A. Program consists of two multi-disciplinary teams: Family Assessment and Planning Team (F.A.P.T) and the Community Policy and Management Team (C.P.M.T). Both teams have representatives from the following member agencies: Franklin County Schools, Juvenile and Domestics Court Services Unit, VA Autism Behavior Consulting, Piedmont Community Services, Franklin County Department of Social Services and Franklin County Administration. Both teams have a parent representative. The C.P.M.T. has three additional representatives: a Franklin County Board of Supervisors member, the Franklin County Health Department, and a Citizen Representative.
The F.A.P.T formulates service plans with recommended services for at-risk and/or troubled youth and their families. The C.S.A. Program Director then presents the service plans formulated by the F.A.P.T. to the C.P.M.T. for approval of service funding requests.
A referral to the F.A.P.T. can be made by any of the member agencies: Franklin County Schools, Juvenile and Domestics Court Services Unit, S.T.E.P. Inc., Piedmont Community Services, and Franklin County Department of Social Services. At-risk and troubled youth and their families must be open to case management by the referring member agency prior to the referral.
The Children's Services Act process can seem overwhelming. Help is available at every step of the C.S.A. process. Please contact the Franklin County Children's Services Act office at (540) 483-7209, Greg R. Winge, C.S.A Program Director, or e-mail Greg Winge.
How does CSA Work?
A Family Assessment and Planning Team meeting is scheduled to with the F.A.P.T. and members of the family:
- the child and family take an active part of the F.A.P.T. meeting to discuss their needs
- a service plan is developed
- the family signs the service plan if they agree with the plan
- the service plan goes to the Community Policy and Management Team for review and approval
- services begin as soon as possible after the approval of the Community Policy and Management Team
- if the family disagrees with the plan, they may ask for a review with the local CPMT
- emergency services may begin immediately
- parents may be required to make co-payments for non-foster care services
- parents may be required to make child support payments for foster care services
- parents are not required to make co-pay payments for special education services