What is the voluntary services program?
“Voluntary services” are mental and behavioral health treatment for any child or youth who could benefit “from any of the programs offered or administered by, or under contract with, or otherwise available to, the DCF.” CGS §17a-11(a) (emphasis added).
DCF is the sole source of mental health treatment for children whose families are poor or who are otherwise not covered by private insurance.
Parents do not have to relinquish custody or guardianship under this program. CGS 17a-129.
Voluntary services is not an entitlement: the DCF Commissioner has discretion to determine which children or youth, in her opinion, could benefit from the services offered by the department. 17a-11(a).