Project for Adolescent and Child Evaluations

Purpose

To provide the multidisciplinary Comprehensive Health Assessment (CHA) in outreach clinics to all children placed in foster care within 60 days of entering custody.

Project Description

Depending on the age of the child/adolescent, the evaluations are completed in one visit and include an audiological screening, vision screening, cognitive developmental assessment, academic assessment, behavioral/emotional assessment, a medical evaluation, an assessment of language, articulation, voice and fluency and an oral motor/feeding evaluation when appropriate.  Due to the many areas that need coverage, the evaluations typically last 4-5 hours and involve a pediatrician/advanced practice nurse, licensed psychological examiner/licensed mental health professional, and a speech-language pathologist.

To prevent the undue stress of traveling great distances on the children, parents, and DCFS staff, the children/adolescents are seen in eighteen sites around the state for the Comprehensive Health Assessments.  UAMS staffs two fixed sites, Little Rock and Lowell, and travels to sixteen other sites. Currently, UAMS is averaging 236 evaluations per month.

Faculty

Jill Fussell, M.D.
Medical Director

Cheri Fink, M.S. CCC-SLP
Clinical Director

Contact Information

PACE/Foster Care

333 Executive Ct, Ste. 200, Slot 512-33
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone:  501-526-8008
Fax:      501-526-8014