Eligibility Criteria for Youth

A child must meet the following initial screening criteria:

  • be a legal resident of South Carolina; parent or guardian must remain a resident of South Carolina for the child to continue to be eligible for Continuum services;
  • have not yet reached his/her eighteenth (18) birthday; if 18 or older, be enrolled in a special education program;
  • confirmation of a severe emotional or behavioral health diagnosis documented by a Physician, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Counseling Psychologist, Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Independent Social Worker-Clinical Practice, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Developmental Pediatrician, or Department of Mental Health Licensed Physician;
  • have treatment needs which are not being met by the existing service delivery systems and which require a comprehensive and organized system of care which can be met by programs designed to accept and serve children with emotional and behavioral health concerns;
  • be in the custody of his or her parents or other legal custodian/guardian; and
  • an application must be submitted with a signed consent of the parent or guardian; If (18) years or older and competent to do so, the consent must be signed by the applicant.

Once a youth meets the initial screening criteria, he/she will be assessed further for High Fidelity Wraparound eligibility. A youth is eligible for wraparound when:

  • He/She has a Child & Adolescent Level of Care Utilizations System (CALOCUS) score of 23+
  • Currently in or on a waiting list for a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF)
  • A court order admission to a PRTF
  • Discharging from an acute hospitalization


COC will assess eligibility by gathering the following documentation for review:

  • Documentation of a severe emotional or behavioral health diagnoses
  • Involvement with multiple state agencies
  • Assessment of functioning via the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) of 140+