For CASA’s, there is an underutilized service out there that could potentially benefit your child: TBS Services (Therapeutic Behavioral Health Services). These services are so underutilized that a class action lawsuit named Emily Q called for counties in California to improve the provision of timely and consistent access to TBS Services. These services could potentially save a good placement, so take note!
TBS Services are supplemental specialty mental health services and will provide children and youth with a one-to-one behavioral mental health intervention. The TBS coach/worker meets the child on their turf (at home or in the community) to help the youth target and identify specific problem behaviors.
As a CASA, if your child is receiving mental health treatment (ie individual therapy) but it still risking their placement by their behavior, consider asking for this intervention.
For more information about these services, including eligibility, please click here.
Also, feel free to contact us or leave a comment if you have any questions.