Lehigh County Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) is committed to the development of a comprehensive, coordinated, and collaborative system of services for children and adolescents and their families with multi-system needs.
CASSP is an acronym for Child and Adolescent Service System Program, a comprehensive system of care for children and adolescents with or at risk of developing serious emotional disturbance and/or substance use disorders and their families. This program ensures that services are developed in collaboration with the child/adolescent, family, mental health system, the school and all other agencies involved in the child's or adolescent's life.
CASSP Core Principles:
Services that are provided are to be developed and delivered following the principles in a simultaneous manner.
What is CASSP?CASSP is a team approach to helping children and their families. A CASSP Coordinator works with the child and family to build/pick the team and then helps to coordinate a meeting.During the meeting, the teams works together to:Identify and build on the child's strengthsExplore and identify servicesCoordinate servicesSolve problemsDiscuss long-term and short-term goals to meet the child's mental health needsDevelop a coordinated plan to keep children at home and in their communities
Request of Authorization for RTF
System Coordination Meeting
Who can be on the CASSP team?The child/adolescentParents/legal or custodial guardianAnyone who is a support for the family or childDepending on the case: representatives from Early Intervention, Children's Mental Health, Intellectual Disabilities, Office of Children and Youth, and Juvenile ProbationRepresentatives from the child's school or Intermediate UnitMental health or other service providers working with the familyMagellan Behavioral HealthHow long does CASSP last?A CASSP meeting usually lasts about one hour. After the first meeting, the CASSP Team will continue to meet as needed until the concern/barrier no longer exists.
Pennsylvania Youth and Family Training Institute
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