PA-CFD 14: Case Closing and Aftercare
is a planned, orderly process, and the agency helps the family develop a plan for obtaining follow-up services.
NA The agency provides only parent education groups.
Planning for case closing:
- is a clearly defined process that includes assignment of staff responsibility;
- begins at intake; and
- involves the provider, family members, and others, as appropriate.
Upon case closing, the agency notifies any collaborating service providers, including the courts, as appropriate.
When a family’s third-party benefits or payments end, the agency determines its responsibility to provide services until appropriate arrangements are made, and if service ends due to non-payment the agency works with the family to identify service options.
The agency must determine on a case
-by-case basis its responsibility to continue providing services to families whose third-party benefits have ended and who are in critical situations.
NA The agency does not receive third-party benefits or payments for service.
If a family is asked to leave the program
, the agency makes every effort to link family members with appropriate services.
Families and providers work together to develop aftercare plans that:
- are developed sufficiently in advance of case closing to ensure an orderly transition;
- identify services needed or desired by family members; and
- specify steps for obtaining these services.
While the decision to develop an aftercare plan should be based on the wishes of the family, unless aftercare is mandated, the agency is expected to be strongly proactive with respect to aftercare planning. To increase the likelihood that needed supports and services will be accessed after case closing, the agency should take the initiative to explore suitable resources, contact service providers, and follow up on the aftercare plan, as appropriate, when possible, and with the permission of the family.
Research Note: Due to funding constraints, programs providing early intervention under Part C of IDEA can generally only serve children under age three. Accordingly, literature emphasizes the importance of helping children and families enrolled in these programs facilitate a smooth, successful transition into child care, school, or an alternate intervention program.
NA The agency has an interagency agreement that does not include aftercare planning and follow-up.
The agency that has an interagency agreement that does not include aftercare planning or follow-up:
- conducts a formal case closing evaluation and assessment of unmet needs; and
- informs the collaborating body of the findings, in writing, as appropriate to the agreement and with the permission of the family.
NA The agency does not have a relevant agreement.