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The Campaign for Children’s Mental Health and its advocacy leaders have been involved in the work of the following task forces, commissions or committees:

Joint Subcommittee Studying Mental Health Services in the Commonwealth in the 21st Century-SJ47

In 2014, Senate Joint Resolution 47 established a joint subcommittee to study the delivery of mental health services, including laws governing the provision of mental health services and the system of emergency, short-term, forensic, and long-term mental health services in the commonwealth. Chaired by Senator Creigh Deeds, the subcommittee is divided into three workgroups: Continuum of Care workgroup; Crisis Intervention workgroup; Special Populations workgroup. In 2015, the Special Populations workgroup has focused on the delivery of children’s mental health services. All meetings are open to the public. Meeting agendas and materials can be found here.

Transformation Team- Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services

In 2014, DBHDS initiated a 24-month transformation process that includes a comprehensive review of the state behavioral health and developmental services system. This effort has focused on access, quality, stewardship of resources, and accountability with the ultimate goal of becoming a model system that would achieve DBHDS’ vision of “A life of possibility for all Virginians”. Voices proudly serves as a stakeholder on the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services Transformation Team. Check out the Spring 2015 recommendations here.

Project AWARE

The purpose of the “Now is the Time” Project AWARE initiative is to develop an integrated, cohesive and comprehensive continuum of services to address mental health needs of children and youth. Over a period of five years, this project will:

  • Develop a multi-tiered model that integrates a comprehensive systems approach for addressing the mental health needs of school-aged (K-12) youth that can be piloted within the three selected school divisions.
  • Integrate a multi-tiered systems framework for the delivery of mental health services that will increase the efficiency of systems (policies, regulations, and procedures) at the state and local levels.
  • Expand the availability and delivery of Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) throughout the Commonwealth to increase early identification and invention in cases of mental health distress in Virginia’s youth.

Joint Commission on Health Care

Established in 1992, the Joint Commission on Health Care studies and makes recommendations on all areas of health care (including behavioral health care) provision, regulation, insurance, liability licensing and delivery of services. In 2014 and 2015, the JCHC studied and made recommendations on the following behavioral health care topics related to children’s mental health:

All meetings are open to the public and held at the General Assembly Building. Meeting materials are posted as they become available.

Virginia Association of Community Services Board-Public Policy Committee & Children and Family Services Council

The VACSB represents the 40 CSB/BHAs at the state level for matters of public policy involving legislation, regulation and funding for the Virginia public mental health system. The Campaign works with VACSB to advocate for funding and public policy solutions that will improve our mental health system for children.

Governor’s Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response

This taskforce was created to review existing services and challenges in Virginia’s mental health system and make recommendations, including legislative and budget proposals, for critical improvements to mental health procedures, programs and services. Membership included leaders in the mental health field, law enforcement communities, the judicial system, private hospitals, and individuals receiving mental health services and their families. Check out the final report here.