The At-Risk Youth & Family Services (ARYFS) Program is a state-mandated, collaborative program designed to assist case managers of the following agencies:
Eligibility for services is a function of the severity of emotional or behavioral problems as determined by a case worker from the above listed agencies.
Children's Services Act (CSA)
The Children's Services Act (CSA) became law on July 1, 1993. It is a Virginia law designed to help troubled youths and their families. State and local agencies, parents and private service providers work together to plan and provide services. This dramatic legislation makes communities, rather than separate agencies, responsible for managing and coordinating services to the at-risk youth population.
It is the intention of this law to create a collaborative system of services and funding that is child-centered, family-focused and community-based when addressing the strengths and needs of troubled and at-risk youths and their families in the Commonwealth (Virginia Acts of the Assembly, Chapter 880, Section 2.5-745).
CSA Funding and Management
Each locality is given a portion of pool funds consolidated from eight former state funding streams. This is a partnership between state and local governments with each local government contributing funds at a rate determined to be equitable by the state.