What is the Child-Adolescent Services Team?
The Child-Adolescent Services Team, or CAST, serves Chesterfield County youths with mental health, substance abuse, or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse problems in an effort to help them address these issues and develop the skills necessary to function well at home, at school, and in the community. Whenever possible, CAST involves parents, family members, and natural supports and collaborates with schools, Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Chesterfield County Juvenile Detention Home and other county agencies and private providers.
What services are provided by CAST?
CAST services include family and individual therapy, case management, crisis intervention, and coordination of other specialized services. CAST is flexible in addressing individual needs and provides services in the home, in the community at Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services,
Individual, family and group therapy may be offered to youths with mental health issues. Intensive mental health case management may include psychiatric medication and other support services. Specialized outpatient services that are more intensive and allow greater flexibility are offered to youths with more-serious and longer-term needs.
Substance abuse services are designed to address youths’ alcohol and drug usage as well as mental health and life-situation problems to help them develop the skills necessary for recovery and wellness. CAST encourages youths to consider making honest lifestyle changes that will lead to healthier, more fulfilling lives. Through services that include a variety of treatment interventions and evidenced-based practices, youths learn to consider the consequences of their drug and alcohol choices, make informed decisions, and progress towards healthier options and coping strategies. The CAST Substance Abuse program is a comprehensive program that does not treat substance abuse in isolation. We place high value on working with the family system, treating other mental health needs, and assessing for and treating psychological trauma.
Who can use CAST services?
CAST serves Chesterfield County youths under the age of 18 who have mental health, substance abuse, or co-occurring mental-health and substance-abuse problems. The involvement of parents, family members, and other supports is an important part of our services.
How do I access services?
Call the Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services Department’s Intake Services at 804-768-7318, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and ask for a referral.
Hours of operation:
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Direct specific questions about CAST mental health services to Doug Bilski, Program Manager
Direct specific questions about CAST substance abuse services to Trish Mullen, clinical supervisor
Crisis Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Seven Challenges website provides information on the treatment model used by CAST.