Residential Treatment Center Manual [Texas].
Texas Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).
ii, 126 p.
Texas Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
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Austin, TX 78757
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Sponsoring Organization: Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families. Children's Justice Act (Tex.)
Intended for Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), this manual is designed to enable CASAs to be fierce advocates for children who have been placed by the child protection system in residential care settings. It begins by explaining what a residential treatment center (RTC) is. It reviews the types of policies that a RTC should have, provides a chart with contact information on RTCs in Texas, explains common terms and acronyms relating to treatment plans, incident reports, and diagnoses, and lists resources on Residential Child Care Contracts. Key provisions of the Residential Child Care Contracts and requirements of contractors are explained, as well as payment rates for the 24-hour residential child care and the minimum daily amount to be reimbursed to a foster family, and a list of contract managers as of May 2013. The following section discusses identifying and meeting the needs of children in RTCs. Strategies for ensuring physical and behavioral health, education services, permanency and engagement, and services for older youth are reviewed. Checklists are provided to help identify needs. Section 3 explores the CASA’s role as a child advocate and provides an advocacy tip sheet, strategies for building rapport with a child or youth in an RTC, and a list of the rights of children and youth in foster care. Key considerations for placing children and youth in a RTC setting are discussed, as well as for transiting children and youth out of a RTC setting. The manual closes with a list of resources.
Texas; CASA; foster children; guidelines; child advocacy; child health; education; standards; residential treatment; residential programs