CASSP is a state funded program to coordinate mental healthcare and other wraparound services for children that use multiple services from multiple agencies. The program serves as a communication mechanism between the child's parents and the schools, mental health professionals, parents, juvenile justice, and other agencies. CASSP also assists in providing funding for wraparound services for those who qualify.
The CASSP Team is comprised of representatives from the Department of Human Services, DHS Division of Developmental Services, Comprehensive Juvenile Services, public school systems, mental healthcare providers, and parent advocates as well as the child's parents.
Who CASSP Serves
CASSP serves children who are at risk of removal from normal educational, social or home settings or that are in therapeutic foster care, residential treatment facilities or are being discharged from inpatient facilities.
Referrals to CASSP
Referrals may be made by parents, teachers, counselors, therapists, case managers, probation officers, or anyone else involved with the child. To make a referral, please call CASSP Coordinator, Jo Lynn Gerdes at The Guidance Center in Fort Smith at 479.452.6650.