County families have access to a new process designed to help when
families are struggling with children with intensive emotional or
The Vermilion County Complex Service
Planning (CSP) process was developed and supported by the Vermilion
County Mental Health 708 Board and is designed to help families
coordinate services when traditional siloed services are not meeting the
need of their families.
Many of the children involved in this
planning process have either been referred to the juvenile justice
system, the child welfare system, have been frequently hospitalized, are
being considered for residential placement, or are in the process of
“stepping down” from residential treatment and need a very intensive,
coordinated service plan to insure that all local and community
resources are available to the child and family.
Just as in the traditional Wraparound Process, the
CSP process is based on System of Care principles and values, including:
Child and family partnership
Individual strength-based care
Community based services and supports
Accountability to results
The process begins with a referral from either the
family itself or from a community service provider.
The CSP Coordinator will schedule an
appointment with the parents (and child, if appropriate) to discuss
current services; identify additional resources the family wants to
include in the planning process; and to complete intake paperwork and
The CSP Coordinator will help the family complete
either the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment or
the Family Advocacy and Support Tool (FAST) assessment, which is a
version of the CANS.
Both of these assessments are communication
tools designed to help the family “tell their story.”
The results of the assessments help to
identify the issues the family feels are “high need” and to help
identify the strengths of their child and family – all information
critical in developing a coordinated plan of services.
Next, a meeting date is set and invitations are
sent out to current and/or potential service providers.
At the first meeting, family members and
service providers are asked to summarize what services have been
provided in the past, discuss any roadblocks that may have prevented
success, and develop a coordinated plan of interventions – many times
involving multiple agencies and additional service providers.
At the close of each meeting, a summary of the new
coordinated plan, or a list of the tasks that will need to be
accomplished in order to complete the new service plan, is reviewed and
given to each participant with their specific assignments.
The date, time, and place for the next
meeting are set. The coordinating meetings continue as the new plan for
service evolves and is carried out.
The team usually meets more frequently in
the beginning of the process and less frequently as the plan progresses.
The plan is reviewed at each meeting and
modified as needed.
The family remains in control at all times
– with the family making the decision to end the process once they feel
that services are “working” for them and the issues are being addressed.
To make a
referral or for more information, please call the Complex Service
Planning Coordinator at: