Children's Services Act
The Children's Services Act (CSA) is a law enacted in 1993 that establishes a single state pool of funds to purchase services for at- risk youth and their families. The state funds, combined with local community funds, are managed by local interagency teams who plan and oversee services to youth.
The mission of the CSA is to create 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 in the Commonwealth.
About the Community Policy & Management Team
The Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT) is established by the local governing body in accordance with §2.2-5205.
The Louisa CPMT meets once a month to conduct business related to the Children's Services Act (CSA). The CPMT is the responsible entity for all CSA policies and programs to ensure accordance with all state mandates and local CSA policies.
The CPMT is responsible for the following tasks:
- Establish policies and procedures that govern the provision of services to children and families in the community and access to CSA funds
- Develop and appoint members to subcommittees, including the Family Assessment and Planning Team, in order to accomplish CSA requirements
- Collect and report data to the Office of Children's Services, State Executive Council, and Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services regarding youth and families served through CSA
- Manage and administer CSA funds for the respective locality
- Coordinate planning that ensures the development and procurement of resources and services needed by children and families in the community
- Establish quality assurance and accountability procedures for program utilization and funds management
Louisa CPMT Members
- Jim Brown, Chair
Sixteenth District Court Services Unit Representative
- Carla Alpern, Vice-Chair
Louisa County School Division Representative
- Janice Allen
Louisa Department of Human Services Representative
- Marcia Becker
Community Services Board Representative
- Sean Collins
Private Provider Representative
- Keila Rader
Department of Health Representative
- Dick Havasy
Louisa County Board of Supervisors Representative
Family Assessment & Planning Team (FAPT)
The Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) develops service plans for eligible youth and families and reviews cases funded by the Children's Services Act to determine progress, prepare transition plans, and adjust services as needed. The FAPT studies and discusses information from case managers, parents and/or guardians, psychological reports, school records, and other pertinent data sources. The youth's family is strongly encouraged to attend and participate in the FAPT meeting.
Members are appointed by the Community Policy and Management Team. The FAPT includes a representative from the following agencies: Department of Human Services, Public Schools, Community Services Board, and Court Services Unit. The team also includes a parent representative.
Louisa FAPT Members
- Whitney Deane, CSA Program Manager and FAPT Scheduler
- Karen Harris, Chair, Sixteenth District Court Services Unit
- Michelle Hottinger, Vice-Chair, Region Ten Community Services Board
- Jenny Brown, Department of Human Services
- Adrienne Harris, Department of Human Services
- Linda Lundin-Seidel, Louisa County Public Schools
- Vickie Southall, Parent Representative