Behavioral Health Standard 5.C – Children and Adolescents (CA)


Assessments of each child or adolescent served include information on his or her:

  1. Developmental history, such as developmental age factors, motor development, and functioning.
  2. Medical or physical health history
  3. Culture/ethnicity
  4. Treatment history
  5. School history
  6. Language functioning, including:
    1. Speech functioning
    2. Hearing functioning
  7. Visual functioning
  8. Immunization record
  9. Learning ability
  10. Intellectual functioning
  11. Family relationships
  12. Interactions with peers
  13. Environmental surroundings
  14. Prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco, or other substances
  15. History of use of alcohol, tobacco, or other substances
  16. Parental/guardian custodial status
  17. When applicable, parents’/guardian’s:
    1. Ability/willingness to participate in services
    2. Strengths
    3. Preferences
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The assessments are appropriate with respect to the child’s or adolescent’s:

  1. Age
  2. Development
  3. Culture
  4. Education
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When the services disrupt the child’s or adolescent’s day-to-day educational environment, the program provides or make arrangements for the continuity of his or her education.

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Based on the needs of each child or adolescent, or as required by law, an educational specialist is a member of the team.

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If educational services are provided, they:

  1. Are appropriate to the person served
  2. Meet applicable federal, provincial, and state requirements
  3. Include provisions for:
    1. Evaluation
    2. Group instruction
    3. Individual instruction
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Based on the needs of the children or adolescents served, the program includes the development of:

  1. Community living skills
  2. Social skills
  3. Social supports
  4. Vocational skills
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The environment is configured appropriately to meet the needs of children and adolescents, including:

  1. The physical plant
  2. The furniture
  3. The equipment
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The organization implements a policy and procedures for obtaining criminal background checks on all persons providing direct services to children or adolescents.

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For residential services provided in congregate facilities or sites that are owned, rented, or leased by the organization, staff support is available on site 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

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If residential services are provided, the program provides opportunities for visits, when appropriate and in compliance with applicable laws and court orders, with:

  1. Family members and significant others
  2. Peers
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The program does not exclude children or adolescents from services solely on the basis of their juvenile justice status.

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