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ACS and The PAC Program’s Preventative Services
What does the Administration of Children’s Services (ACS) do?
ACS’ was developed to help maintain structure and provide families with services to help keep families happily together. The goal of the administration is to help families create structure and well-being while promoting safety in homes and the communities of New York.
Goals of ACS Preventative Care include:
- Increase the structure and strength of day-to-day life in the home of the family
- Creating a system which enhances the family unit and addressing issues in the home to lessen the likelihood of splitting the family with foster care
- Decreasing the continued traumatic abusive situations the child is subjected too
- Promoting the permanent placement in the healthy home for children previously in foster care
Preventative services include screening, assessment, and care for:
- Mental health disorders
- Substance use disorders
- Special needs
- Domestic violence
- Aftercare/continuing care services
- Exploited youth care
Through ACS’s partnership with The PAC Program’s families receive the highest quality of care. The clinical consultation team was created to assure each family seeking services would have the individual needs met as outlined by ACS’ guidelines. The clinical consultation service team provides child welfare caseworkers, supervisors, contracted prevention, and foster-care case planners who’ll offer case-specific consultation services.
The PAC Program’s Consultation Team consists of:
- Team coordinator
- Domestic violence consultant
- Mental health consultation
- Early childhood consultant
- Adolescent Mental Health
- Substance Use Disorder consultant (CASAC)
Problem Assessment & Indentification
Case investigation, case planning. and case management, with advocacy.
Substance Use Disorder Screening
Screen, assess, and determine whether a client has a mild, moderate, or severe substance use disorder. Proper placement in inpatient or outpatient treatment upon determination.
Mental Health Screening & Assessment
Screen, assess, and determine whether a client is experiencing mental health decompensation or is non-compliant with prescribed medications and meeting regularly with a mental health provider.
Assess Domestic Violence or Domestic Disputes
Screen, assess, and determine the presence and evidence of abuse and violence in the home. In situations when evidence of an abusive is apparent the proper protocol will be followed. One route is enrollment in the PAC program’s Batterer’s Intervention Programming (BIP) Educational Life Skills Training Services.
Determination of Early Development Issues
Referrals and RecommendationsReferrals and RecommendationsIt is critical to screen, assess, and determine whether a child has early development issues. According to UNICEF, from the ages of birth to 8 years of age is the “stage of development lays the foundation, framework for a child’s future well-being and learning.”
Screening, assessment, and determination that proper medical attention is being provided or neglected.
Recommendations and Referrals
Once areas of need are identified and determined the required recommendations and referrals to address specific behaviors will be made promptly.
Case Planning and Follow
During the development of case planning, appropriate recommendations will be made aware to case management. Follow-up and change to the client’s individual service plan will occur regularly both on and off-site.
Training Sessions for
Child Welfare Staff
Provide various educational life skills training sessions to enhance child welfare staff to better assist families assigned to the clinical consultation team, such as:
- Assessment of addiction or need for the appropriate level of care for substance use treatment.
- Physical and psychological effects of alcohol and other drugs on the body and mind and impact to the family.
- Co-occurring disorders (medical, mental, addiction).
- Mental health issues and the impact on individual and the family.
- Evidence of domestic violence in the home and the impact on the individual and the family system.
- Effective case planning.
- Proper care coordination services within the community.
- Signs, indications, and early child development issues the impact normal development.