Healthy Minds Fairfax

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F
703-324-7938 TTY 711
12011 Government Center Parkway - Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035
Janet Bessmer, CSA Program Manager
Peter Steinberg, Healthy Minds Fairfax Program Manager

Children's Services Act Case Management

In a system of care, case management is offered as a fundamental service to youth and their families. Agency case managers are local public agency staff who perform a wide variety of administrative and casework duties for the children they serve, including but not limited to:

  • Identifying strengths and needs
  • Advocating on behalf of and providing support and consultation to families
  • Facilitating access to intensive services as needed
  • Providing crisis planning, prevention and intervention services
  • Serving as a liaison between families and service providers
  • Convening and facilitating team-based planning meetings and providing expertise in their relevant areas 

Who can serve as my CSA Case Manager?

Youth are typically served by whichever agency first works with the family and brings them forward for service funding. This broad access “no wrong door” approach is helpful in gaining access for all families, but can present challenges regarding the match of a case manager’s skillset and system role with an individual youth’s needs. For this reason, transfers between agencies may occur on a case-by-case basis. Case managers may come from any of the following agencies, based on the needs of the child:

  • CSB (Community Services Board) for youth with significant behavioral and mental health needs; case support to coordinate the case management and oversight of CSA services is available for certain youth  
  • JDRDC (Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court) for youth on probation or otherwise court involved
  • FCJC (Falls Church Juvenile Court) for youth on probation or otherwise court involved in the City of Falls Church
  • FCPS (Fairfax County Public Schools) for youth who attend a Fairfax County public school setting
  • FCCS (Falls Church City Schools) for youth who attend a Falls Church City public school setting
  • FCPS-MAS (Fairfax County Public Schools Multi Agency Services) for youth who are placed in private day or residential school settings via their Individual Education Program (IEP)
  • DFS (Department of Family Services) for youth who are either in or at risk for entering Foster Care
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