Frequently Asked Questions about CRP

What is the CPS Reintegration Project?

The CPS Reintegration Project (CRP) provides home- and community-based services to a small number of youth who are involved in the CPS system and have mental health challenges. The goal of the Project is to reduce the number of youth involved in the Child Welfare System by helping families safely manage the mental health issues of the youth after discharge from a residential treatment center (RTC).
CRP utilizes the Wraparound Process, which means that the youth and family take the lead in setting goals and deciding how to meet them. Each youth/family is assigned to the Care Coordinator (CC), who helps the family communicate their strengths and needs and build up and access community resources.

What types of support does CRP offer?

  • Help parents/caregivers and youth to communicate their family’s strengths and needs
  • Support parents/caregivers to realistically plan for challenges they may experience when
  • the youth comes home after residential treatment
  • Help parents/caregivers understand and interact with mental health, educational, health,
  • child welfare, and other systems
  • Mentoring, individual & family therapy, supportive recreational and enrichment
  • activities, respite care, camps, parenting support, crisis support, and other
  • non-traditional services to youth and their families
  • Help parents/caregivers connect with other caregivers for sharing and support
  • Assist parents/caregivers to build up kin and community supports

The CPS Reintegration Project is part of the Travis County Health and Human Services & Veterans Service Office of Children Services.
CRP offices are located in the Palm Square building, at 100 N. IH-35 in Austin.

* The CPS Reintegration Project is not part of Child Protective Services. CRP is a Travis County program that works with Child Protective
Services.

Who can I contact for more information?

Charity Cortez
(512) 854-5904
charity.cortez@co.travis.tx.us

*Bilingual English/Spanish*

Shannon Watson
(512) 854-5877
shannon.watson@co.travis.tx.us

Who is eligible for CRP?

  • Youth is in CPS custody
  • Youth is currently in RTC
  • Youth has mental health diagnosis and significant behavioral challenges
  • CPS recommends and supports youth’s placement in the home of a parent or other permanent caregiver within 3-6 months
  • Parent/Caregiver resides in Travis County
  • Parent/Caregiver agrees to accept the youth into their home
  • Parent/Caregiver agrees to participate in the Wraparound Process

How does CRP work?

1. Referral

The CPS worker and his/her supervisor identify a youth who will soon be discharged from RTC and has made enough progress so that returning to the community is appropriate, as long as intensive services could be in place to support the youth & family. CPS identifies a potential caregiver, such as a birth parent, relative, or close family friend.
*All referrals to CRP must be submitted by CPS workers.

2. Screening (30-45 days)

CPS meets with the CRP Project Supervisors and CC to discuss whether the youth would be appropriate for the Project. CPS and the CC go out to the home of the potential caregiver to explain the project, answer questions, and see what the caregiver’s thoughts are about having the youth live in their home sometime soon. The CC makes regular contact with the caregiver to help them decide whether they would like to participate in CRP.
*Participation in the CPS Reintegration Project (CRP) is voluntary. Once a referral is submitted by the CPS worker and accepted by CRP for screening, each family must make their own informed decision about whether or not they want to participate in the CPS Reintegration Project.

3. Pre-integration Planning (up to 3 months)

The CC works with the caregiver, CPS, RTC, school, and other important entities to develop a Family Team and create a Wraparound Plan for the identified youth. The Team works together to think of creative ways to meet the family’s needs so that this can be a permanent home for the youth, and not just another placement.

4. Integration (up to 6 months)

The youth comes to live with the caregiver. The Team meets weekly and works together to make sure that the youth/family’s needs are addressed in all areas (safety, physical & mental health, social, educational, spiritual, etc.).

5. Ongoing Support (6 months or more, as needed):

The Team works together to provide consistent and appropriate supports in order to make sure the youth can be successful at home. As the youth makes improvements and the family grows in their ability to meet their own needs, outside services will gradually be reduced. When the youth has met the goals on the Wraparound Plan, he/she will graduate from services and continue to participate in community-based supports developed during the Project.

The CRP Process

CRP uses the Wraparound process.

Wraparound is a way to improve the lives of children and families who have complex needs. With Wraparound, all the different people and systems involved with the child and family work together as a Child & Family Team to come up with a plan that fits the family. The team plans for each child’s physical, emotional, social, educational, and family needs at home, school, and in the community.

We focus on strengths.

People’s strengths pull them through life’s difficult and challenging moments, not their problems or diagnoses.

Instead of using the same plan for everyone, we make a unique plan for each family. We are flexible and creative. We can change the plan as the family’s needs change

We start with the family.

We help to make sure each person, service, and system the family is involved with all work together to “wrap” themselves around the family, creating a network of support. We call that network a System of Care. We see each family as the center of their unique support network.

Wraparound is Family-Driven and Youth-Guided.

The family is an equal partner on the Child & Family Team who participates actively in developing the team and the family plan. We collaborate – working as active partners with each family and all the people and systems involved with the family (including supportive friends and kin, legal parties and service providers who work with the family).

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