Children's Services Act (CSA)

The Children's Service Act (CSA) is a state law enacted in 1993 that establishes a single pool of funding to coordinate a system of services for troubled and at-risk youth and their families. State funds, combined with local community funds, are managed by local interagency teams who plan and oversee services to meet identified needs of youth and their families. the local CSA Program is made up of the Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT) and the Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) who partner with the family to help address concerns and access services. 


Services under the CSA may be available to a child who meets at least one of the following descriptions:
  • Youth who require placement in a private school for special education, as determined by their Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Youth who are in foster care or eligible for foster care services
  • Youth who are eligible for services through a Child in Need of Services (CHINS)
  • Youth who have significant emotional or behavioral problems and may require services not available from a single agency, require services from multiple agencies, or may be at risk of residential placement

Family Rights Under CSA