The CSA creates a collaborative system of services and funding that is:
Arlington’s local CSA team is called the Community Assessment Team (CAT).
The CAT is a multidisciplinary team that considers the needs and strengths of youths and families, identifies and reviews the service plan, and makes recommendations to ensure the plan builds on the family’s strengths and needs.
The CAT consists of parent representatives, private providers, and staff from the Department of Human Services (includes Behavioral Health, Health, and Social Services), Court Service Units, and Schools.
Youth who are Arlington residents under the age of 18 and:
A case manager begins the referral process. Families can receive assistance with choosing a case manager from any agency (DHS, Courts, Schools) with which the youth is already connected.
Joining with the parents, the treatment team presents information and recommendations to support the family’s needs. Parent participation is required. Parents may bring any person to the meeting who they believe will provide support to the youth and family.
All information provided to CAT members is confidential.
Yes. Services are assessed on a sliding fee scale. Families are not denied services based on the inability to pay.
CSA Administrative Specialist