Children's Services Act

In 1993, Virginia Law provided for the pooling of eight specific funding streams which purchased services for high-risk youth. These funds are returned to the localities with a required state/local match are managed by local interagency teams. The purpose of the Act is to provide cost effective, child-centered, family-focused, community-based services to high-risk youth and their families.

By law, each locality is required to have at least two interagency teams, the Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT), and the Family Assessment and Planning Team. CPMT meets the second Thursday of every month at 411 N. Cameron Street in the Kee-Willingham Conference Room.

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About the CPMT and FAPT

The Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT) is made up of the agency heads or their designees from the local Department of Social Services, School System, Community Services Board (Mental Health), Department of Youth and Family Services (Juvenile Justice), the local Health Department, a parent who does not work for any agency which receives pool funds, a private provider representative, and at least one elected or appointed official (or designee) from the governing body of a participating locality which is a member of the team. This team has administrative and fiscal responsibility for the local funds pool, is responsible for the development of local policy and procedure, and appoints the members of the Family Assessment and Planning Team. In addition to those required by law, the local governing body may appoint additional members to the CPMT as deemed appropriate.

The Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) is comprised of staff from the same agencies as the CPMT and a parent representative. Participation of a private provider, although encouraged, or an appointed elected official, is not required on the FAPT. These teams work with the families to develop the Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP). If services, beyond what are available in the participating agencies are needed, they may be purchased from the local pool.

In general, the children who would have been served by one of the funding streams in the CSA State Pool are presumed eligible for services. In addition, the mandated service population, as defined by Code of Virginia 2.2-5211C, must also have access to Pool funds. If funds are available, localities may choose to serve any other child who has serious emotional or behavioral problems, especially those with multi-agency involvement.

Each locality has developed its own policies and procedures governing how families access the teams. Some localities allow parents to self refer, some allow any local agency to bring a case, and many require that one of the agencies who serve on the team be the point of contact for the family. In order to determine the requirements in your locality, you may call any of the members of your CPMT or the Office of Comprehensive Services.

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Winchester CSA Staff