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Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) is aphilosophy of collaboration and partnership among providers involved with thechild/adolescent. CASSP was developed toprovide comprehensive mental health care for children, adolescents, and theirfamilies. This system service model wasestablished at the federal level to improve treatment and service delivery acrosssystems for children and adolescents in their communities. PA implemented the CASSP system in 1986.
Lancaster County has the following CASSPactivities:
CASSP is a partnership between the public (tax-funded) agencies that serve children and adolescents. In Lancaster County, six agencies work together in CASSP:
Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities; Children& Youth; Drug & Alcohol Commission; Juvenile Probation; Intermediate Unit #13, and School Districts
The Lancaster County CASSP Coordinator, an employee ofLancaster County BH/DS, provides services to other child-serving agencies.
The CASSP Coordinator:
CASSP Meetings are a mechanism to help agencies, systems, and schools to determine which avenue to pursue when looking for resources and supports for youth with or at risk of developing severe emotional disorders. CASSP meetings always includethe youth and their family.
Family Members, parents, guardians, children/adolescents,treatment team members, and all identified natural supports are welcome toparticipate. In addition, the CASSP COREteam members will be in attendance as requested.
CASSPCORE TEAM MEMBERS represent the following agencies:
This clinic is a committee representing each of the five children serving agencies of CASSP. The Clinic meets twice a month to review and make recommendations for children and youth with mental health issues. They review cases for which planning has been difficult.
Agencies who refer a case to the Clinic invite parents and family members, all agencies, school officials, and the youth (if appropriate) to participate in the meeting and planning process.
The focus of the Clinic is to review the strengths and needs of the child and family and recommend or create appropriate services for the child. The Clinic also makes recommendations to the policy committee about services that need to be developed.
In addition to Clinic, the County encourages interagency team meetings. These meetings are considered best practice to develop plans for children with mental health needs and their family.
There is no “right” time for a CASSP Meeting. CASSP meetings should be utilized as early aspossible for planning regarding a child/adolescent’s mental health needs. CASSP should be viewed as a proactiveresponse in planning with other systems to discuss the child/adolescent mentalhealth needs. When in doubt, contact the CASSP Coordinator for further discussions to determine the need for a CASSP Meeting.
No, CASSP meetings are at no cost to children and their families living in Lancaster County. Meetings can be held for children returning from out of home placement from another county or for planning and collaboration purposes.
Erica M. Scanlon, MSW, LSWCASSP Coordinator | Children’s Mental Health ServicesLancaster County Behavioral Health & Developmental Services1120Frances Ave. | Lancaster, PA 17601717-735-8949| Fax: firstname.lastname@example.org