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Community Resources for Families
Local Right to Education Task ForceNovember 27, 2012
What does CASSP stand for?
Child andAdolescentServiceSystemProgram
CASSP in Berks County
Supported by County child serving agencies:Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/HealthChoicesChildren and YouthJuvenile ProbationThe Council on Chemical Abuse
CASSP “Philosophy”
CASSP is based on a well-defined set of principles that guide the delivery of services for children, adolescents and their families.More of a “philosophy” for delivering services than a “program”
History of CASSP
1982 – National study found that two-thirds of all children with severe emotional disturbances were not receiving appropriate services.1984 – Congress appropriated funds for the CASSP Program which was envisioned as a comprehensive mental health system of care for children, adolescents and their families.1985 – Pennsylvania received a federal CASSP grant1990 – Berks County established its CASSP Program1991 – First CASSP Coordinator hired in Berks County
CASSP Principles
Child CenteredFamily FocusedCommunity BasedMultisystemCulturally CompetentLeast restrictive/Least intrusive
Early Intervention Services
Children from birth to three years of age may receive services if:The child has a significant delay in developmentThe child has a physical disabilityThe child has a condition which has a high probability for developmental delayService Access and Management (Birth – 3)Berks County Intermediate Unit (age 3-5)
Mental Health Services
Guide for ParentsSeekingMentalHealthServices forChildrenMedical Assistance – CommunityCare Behavioral Health –1-866-292-7886 Hour Crisis intervention – Service Access and Management, Inc. (SAM)– 610-236-0530Case Management ServicesService Access and Management, Inc.New StoryDevereux
Developmental Disabilities Services
IDD – Intellectual Developmental DisabilitiesIQ score of 70 or below(prior to the age of 21)Contact ServiceAccess and Management, Inc. (610-236-0530)Supports CoordinationTwo Waiver programsConsolidated(no cap)Person Family Directed(annual cap of $30,000 per person)
Children and Youth Services
Services for abused and neglected children and their familiesScreening and IntakeIn-Home ServicesPlacement and AdoptionFamily Group Decision MakingFamily FindChild Line – 1-800-932-0313Berks County Children and Youth – 610-478-6700
JuvenileProbation Office
Supervises & provides services for youth who have committed a crime between the ages of 10 and 17Responsiblefor holding offenders accountable by monitoring and enforcing Court orders and probationplans (can supervise youth to age 21)Probation officers assigned to each school districtEvening Reporting CenterYouth Aid PanelsMulti-Systemic Therapy (MST)Berks County JPO -610-478-3200
The Council on Chemical Abuse
Single County Authority for drug and alcohol servicesPrevention and Intervention ServicesLending LibraryThe Council-610-376-8669Treatment Access Services Center (TASC)Evaluation and Case Management610-988-0660
Runaway and Homeless Youth
BCIU Homeless Student Program 610-987-8509Homeless student liaisons in every districtFamily Promise 610-373-3323U-Turn programYouth who are still in school and homelessNot involved in any other child serving systemMediation/Case ManagementShelter on a very limited basis
National numberdesignated by the Federal CommunicationsCommissionEnablespeople to connect to local services quickly and easily with the guidance of a trained Information Call Specialist.Pennsylvaniais one of the last states to implement theserviceEffectivein Berks Countywithoperating hours of Monday through Friday, 7 am to 6:30 pm.Regional call center in LancasterBerks TALKLINE will maintain the database for Berks County resources
Alternate 2-1-1 numbers
Other Places to find resources
PA Families, Inc. Area Community College Social Services web site Source magazine Kids Network
Support Groups
Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance-610-775-3000Numerous support groupsSPELL– 610-376-6988For parents with children involved in Special EducationAutism Society-610-736-3739For parents with children on the autism spectrumDown Syndrome Support Group –610-777-0758For parents who have children with down syndromeParentto Parent of PA– 1-888-727-2706Connects parents who have children with like diagnosis
Support groups for youth
Teens Taking Flight– Abilities in Motion –610-376-0030transitionage youth with any disability up to age 25 – social, recreational, educationalSPECTRUM– Planned Parenthood -610-376-0137LGBTQyouth age 14-21 - non-judgmental place for sexuality education, socialization, recreation, and peer support.Take Pride- Co-County Wellness Services/Berks AIDS Network –610-375-6523helpingLGBTQ youth develop skills for healthy living in a safe environmentSocial Skills groups- Center for Pediatric Therapy610-670-8600variousage groups – fee for servicesRespite/Groups- Easter Seals –610-775-1431variousgroups – fee for services
Sheila BresslerBerks County CASSP CoordinatorMH/DD Program633 Court Street, 15thFloorReading, PA [email protected] ext.6584





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