Family Support Services follow the Child Adolescent Service System Program Principles. These principles focus on strengths and needs identified by the family.
CASSP is based on well-defined set of principles for mental health services for children/adolescents with or at risk of developing severe emotional disorders and their families. Family Support Services utilizes these principles with children regardless of their disability
CASSP Core Statements:
Children- Centered services meet the individual needs of the child, consider the child’s family and community contexts, and are developmentally appropriate, strength-based and child-specific.
Family-Focused services recognize that family is the primary support system for children and will participate as a full partner in all stages for the decision-making and treatment planning process.
Community-Based services are delivered in the child’s home community, drawing on formal and informal resources to promote the child’s successful participation in the community whenever possible.
Multi-System services are planned in collaboration with all child-serving systems involved in the child’s life.
Culturally Competent services recognize and respect the behavior, ideas, attitudes, values, beliefs, customs, language, rituals, ceremonies and practice characteristics of the child and family’s ethnic group.
Least restrictive/ least intrusive services take place in settings that are the most appropriate and natural for the child and family. They will take place in settings that are the least restrictive and the least intrusive available to meet the needs of the child and family