Innovative assessment program in Lansing benefits at-risk kids

May 1, 2015

St. Vincent Charities in Lansing.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Lansing is one of the largest human service providers in Michigan. One of its core missions is caring for at-risk children. Some have direct, ongoing ties with their parents, while others are in foster care. The organization has just completed its first year of a new clinical assessment program designed to place kids in the best possible care setting.

"Comprehensive clinical assessment" is a term that describes a detailed study of a child’s physical, emotional and mental needs. Over the course of 30 days, a team spends time with a particular child to learn about their family lives, how they’re developing good social skills and their behavioral patterns.

Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Jose  Carrera, the director of clinical services at St. Vincent Catholic Charities.