Children's Services Act (CSA)

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What is the Children's Services Act for at-Risk Youth & Families?

Known also as the CSA, it is a Virginia law designed to help troubled youths and their families. State and local agencies, parents and private service providers work together to plan and provide services. In each community, local teams decide how to do this.

The Community Policy & Management Team (CPMT)

CPMT coordinates agency efforts, manages the available funds, and sees that eligible youths and their families get help.

CPMT Members:

  • Rachel Lewis, Liaison, CSA Coordinator, Suffolk DSS, Phone: 757-514-7335
  • Kimberly Jennings, Secretary, Court Services Unit
  • Glynda Branch, Ex Officio (Fiscal Agent), Suffolk DSS
  • Jenny Hodge, TYSC
  • Sheridan Meriwether, The Up Center (Private Provider Representative)
  • Mary Bess, Parent Representative
  • Stephanie Whitley, Suffolk Public School
  • Marli Laudun, Western Tidewater Health Department
  • Donna Boykin-Lewis, Chair, Western Tidewater CSB
  • Randah Gaitan, Vice Chair (Government Representative)
  • Saniyyah Manigault, Suffolk Social Services

The Family Assessment & Planning Team (FAPT)

FAPT looks at the strengths and needs of the individual youth and families, decides what services to provide, and prepares a service plan with input from families.

Both teams include parents, staff from community services boards, court service units, the departments of health and social services, the public schools and private providers. In some localities, these teams go by different names and may also include other members.

How Can I Find Out if My Child is Eligible?

Contact your local Children's Services Act Coordinator, Rachel Lewis.

Need More Information?

Visit the Office of Children's Services for At-Risk Youth and Families' Website.