Richmond VA > Department of Social Services > Children’s Services Act

Last Updated: 2017-03-03

Welcome to the Richmond City Children’s Services Act (CSA)

Location:

Marshall Plaza Building
900 E. Marshall Street, Suite B4
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
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(804)646-7445

CSA Administrator:  

Brady Nemeyer

Utilization Management:  

Elizabeth A. Tacey

Community and Policy Management Team

Purpose

The purpose of the Richmond Community and Policy Management Team shall be to oversee
the design, implementation, and on-going management of a collaborative system of care that
is child-centered, family-focused and maximizes the use of community resources when addressing
the strengths and needs of troubled at-risk youth and their families, Code of Virginia,
Section §2.2-5200
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Appointment

The City Council of the City of Richmond shall appoint a Community Policy and Management Team
(CPMT) that has the responsibility for the implementation of the Children’s Services Act
for At-Risk Youth and Families (CSA), establishment of local policy for the administration of
the Children’s Services Act and for the monitoring of expenditures of funds appropriated by
federal, state and local sources.

Membership

The Richmond CPMT includes representatives from all key agencies serving children in the City in
accordance with the Code of Virginia, Section §2.2-5205.

The local agency director or a designee from the following

The individuals appointed to represent those agencies shall be authorized to make policy and
funding decisions for their respective agency.

Philosophy

The Richmond City CPMT is committed to providing a quality system of care that empowers
at-risk youth and their families to strengthen their well being and family system. Cooperative
and comprehensive planning, interagency collaboration, and the ongoing evaluation of programs
are essential to the effective and efficient provision of services. The well-being of our future
citizens is of concern not only to parents, service providers, and local governments, but to the
community at large.

The process of identifying needs and developing and delivering services for children and
youth identified as having or at risk of developing behavioral or emotional problems is improved
by community engagement. Families should be fully involved in the assessment, planning, delivery,
and evaluation of services to their children, and should assume the maximum possible responsibility
and authority in the process of being served.

Major Principles and Values

The Richmond City CPMT is committed to the identification, development and provision of
resources and services needed by the children and families in the City of Richmond. Together
with families we will identify and build on family strengths and provide them with opportunities
to participate in all decisions affecting the family. We will provide families with resources
through supportive networks of relatives, resource families, neighbors and community services.
To that end, the Richmond CPMT adopts the following values:

  • Every child deserves a stable and nurturing family.
  • Children and families are best served by a collaborative system of care that focuses
    on prevention, builds on family strengths, and provides an integrated continuum of
    care in the communities where families reside.
  • Children that cannot be protected in their home must be placed in the most family
    like setting which meets their needs.
  • Children and families should be freely involved and share their needs, wants, and
    strengths in developing inclusive plans towards reaching permanency.
  • Children and families should have access to services tailored to meet their unique
    strengths and changing needs. Services are to be sensitive and responsive to
    cultural differences, meet special requirements, and demonstrate positive outcomes
    for the child.
  • Strong communities help support families by widening the infrastructure of accessible
    services designed to assist children and families.

The Children’s Services Act Office

The CSA Office has the following functions.

  • To provide support to the CPMT.
  • To house the Family Assessment and Planning Teams.
  • To manage the contracts with private providers serving Richmond’s youth and families.
  • To conduct utilization reviews and management of all services through the CSA.
  • To authorize and process payments to service providers.
  • To collaborate with all local agencies to ensure children and families are best matched
    to services meeting their needs in the least restrictive environment possible.

Family Assessment and Planning Teams

Purpose

The purpose of the Richmond Family Assessment and Planning Team (herein referred to as the
Richmond FAPT) as mandated in the Code of Virginia, Section §2.2-5208, is to assess the
strengths and needs of troubled youths and families who are approved for referral to the team and
identify and determine the complement of services required to meet these unique needs.

Membership

The Richmond CPMT is required by Section §2.2-5207, of the Code of Virginia to "establish and
appoint one or more family assessment and planning teams as the needs of the community
require." The code requires that the following agencies appoint a representative to FAPT:

The FAPT will also include a parent representative and may include a representative from the
Department of Health and from a private organization that serves children and families. Other
members are appointed to the FAPT at the discretion of the Richmond CPMT.

Contact Information:

Social Services
City of Richmond
Marshall Plaza Building
900 E. Marshall St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Customer Care Center:
Call 3-1-1

Locations:

East Richmond:
East District Center
701 North 25th Street
Richmond, VA 23223-6539
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Downtown:
Marshall Plaza Building
900 East Marshall Street
Richmond, VA 23219-1538
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South Richmond:
Southside Community Service Center
4100 Hull Street Road
Richmond, VA 23224-1745
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