Children & Adolescent Services Program (CASSP)

 

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.

 

 

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  • Fort Smith

    From Oklahoma:

    Take I-540, Exit 8 for AR-22/Rogers Ave.
    Turn right onto AR-22 East/Rogers Ave.
    Turn right onto S. 70th St.
    Destination will be on the left

    From Van Buren:

    Follow I-540 to AR-22 E/Rogers Ave.
    Take Exit 8B
    Continue on AR-22 East/Rogers Ave.
    Drive to S. 70th St.
    Destination will be on the left

  • Van Buren

    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 North ramp to I-40
    Merge onto I-540
    Take Exit 2A to merge onto US-64 West toward Van Buren
    Turn right onto Oak Ln.
    Turn right to stay on Oak Ln.
    Destination will be on the left

  • Ozark

    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 north ramp to I-40
    Merge onto I-540
    Take Exit 1B for I-40 East/I-540 North toward Little Rock
    Merge onto I-40 East
    Take Exit 35 for AR-23 toward Ozark/Huntsville
    Turn right onto AR-23 South

  • Booneville

    From Fort Smith:

    Take Interstate 540 South
    Take Exit 12 toward US-71 South to Texarkana
    Turn left onto US-71 South (signs for Greenwood/Texarkana)
    Turn left onto West Center St.
    Continue onto AR-10 East to North Welsh Ave.
    Turn right onto North Welsh Ave.
    Destination will be on the left.

  • Paris

    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 South
    Take Exit 8B to merge onto AR-22 East/Rogers Ave.
    Keep left to continue on Rogers Ave.
    Continue onto to Fort Street
    Continue onto AR-22 East/West Central Ave.
    Turn right onto South 4th St.
    Turn left onto East Academy St.
    Turn right onto South 6th St.

  • Waldron

    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 South
    Take exit 12 toward US-71 South/Texarkana
    Turn left onto US-71 South (signs for Greenwood/Texarkana)
    Turn left onto Dayton Rd./Old Fort Smith and Waldron Rd.
    Turn left onto US-71 South
    Turn right onto Rice Rd.

  • Mena

    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 South
    Take Exit 12 toward US-71 South/Texarkana
    Turn left onto US-71 South (signs for Greenwood/Texarkana)
    Turn left onto Dayton Rd./Old Fort Smith and Waldron Rd.
    Continue to follow Dayton Rd.
    Turn left onto US-71 South
    Turn left onto South Cherry St.

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The guidance center Fort smith, ar 3111 South 70th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72903-5017
(479) 452-6650