Eligibility for CSA
Who is eligible for CSA?
Eligibility for CSA is outlined in the Code of Virginia (CSA Eligibility).
Services through CSA may be available to a child who meets at least one of the following descriptions:
§2.2-5212. Eligibility for state pool of funds.
A. In order to be eligible for funding for services through the state pool of funds, a child, or family with a child, shall meet one or more of the criteria specified in subdivisions 1 through 4 and shall be determined through the use of a uniform assessment instrument and process and by policies of the community policy and management team to have access to these funds.
1. The child or child has emotional or behavior problems that:
a. Have persisted over a significant period of time or, though only in evidence for a short period of time, are of such a critical nature that intervention is warranted;
b. Are significantly disabling and are present in several community settings, such as at home, in school or with peers; and
c. Require services or resources that are unavailable or inaccessible, or that are beyond the normal agency services or routine collaborative processes across agencies, or require coordinated interventions by at least two agencies.
2. The child or child has emotional or behavior problems, or both, and currently is in, or is at imminent risk of entering, purchased residential care. In addition, the child or child requires services or resources that are beyond normal agency services or routine collaborative processes across agencies, and requires coordinated services by at least two agencies.
3. The child or child requires placement for purposes of special education in approved private school educational programs or for transitional services as set forth in subdivision B 6 of §2.2-5211.
4. The child or child requires foster care services as defined in §63.2-905.
B. For purposes of determining eligibility for the state pool of funds, "child" or "child" means (i) a person younger than 18 years of age or (ii) any individual through 21 years of age who is otherwise eligible for mandated services of the participating state agencies including special education and foster care services.
How can I find out if my child is eligible?
Please call your local CSA Coordinator with question about CSA eligibility. You can find their contact information by searching for the CSA Coordinator Role under Local Government Contacts.