Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (MAT)
The MAT Program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the Department of Mental Health (DMH), and community providers. It is designed to ensure the immediate and comprehensive strength-based assessment of children and youth entering out-of-home placement.
When a child is newly detained, he or she is eligible to receive a Multidisciplinary Assessment. The MAT assessment was designed to make sure that all child/family needs are assessed when a child/youth enters foster care. The information gathered by this assessment will be used to determine what services are most needed by the child with the intention of using this information for the most appropriate placement of the child to ensuring that his or her needs will be met. MAT Assessments address the following areas: Medical, Dental, Developmental, Hearing/Language, Vocational, Child and family strengths and needs, Caregiver strengths and needs, Education and Mental Health.