The Honorable Christopher K. Peace, Virginia House of Delegates
It is my pleasure as Chair of the General Assembly’s Commission on Youth to welcome you to our website. The Commission on Youth is tasked with providing a forum for review and study of youth policies and services. Whether you are a member or staff of the General Assembly, a government official, service provider, educator, parent or caregiver, or interested member of the public, you will find this website a wonderful resource on the Commission’s work on a host of issues, from child welfare to juvenile justice, or from mental health to education.

Children matter to policymakers in Virginia. Almost 2 million young people age 0-18 live in our state. This number represents almost 25% of our state’s population. Correspondingly, a significant percentage of our state budget goes directly to services for these youth and their families. Given the size of this population and the breadth of special needs associated with young people and their families, Virginia is fortunate to have the Commission on Youth to provide guidance and leadership on youth policy issues. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with our work and to let us know whenever we can be of assistance to your child, family or community.


Press Release on the Commission on Youth's Adoption of 2014 Study Recommendations

Click to view the following news stories: 
   Commission on Youth Reviews Controversial School Disciplinary Practice
   Schools Deal with Behavior Problems

Read Delegate Peace's and Dr. Treadway's Op Ed: Focus on Young Children.


The Commission on Youth will be meeting Tuesday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. in House Room C.  The meeting agenda will be posted as soon as it becomes available.  

The Virginia Commission on Youth will be accepting public comment on the 2014 Draft Findings and Recommendations for:

  • Study -- Court Appointed Attorneys in Child Welfare Cases

For the Draft Recommendations, please click here or click on the meetings tab and view the handouts from the November 17 meeting.  

Public comment must be received by 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 28, 2014.  Public comments received by the deadline will be provided to the Commission for consideration at the December 2 Commission meeting.  

Comments may be submitted by:

The Commission on Youth
General Assembly Building, Suite 269
Richmond, VA 23219. 

The Commission on Youth met September 16, October 20, and November 17.  Meeting handouts are posted on the Meetings page.  

On June 17, the Commission hosted a meeting on Early Early Childhood Education -- Workgroup on Quality.  Click here to view the meeting notes.  Additional meeting handouts are posted on the Meetings page.

The 5th Edition of the Collection of Evidence-based Practices for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Treatment Needs is now available on-line.  

First published in 2003 and - by mandate - updated biennially, the newly-released document is now  available in its entirety on the Legislative Information System as HOUSE DOCUMENT 7 (2013).  In addition, readers can access individual sections of the Collection through the "On Our Website" menu to the left.  Here, under the Collection's Table of Contents are links to all sections and, within each section, there are web links to citations and resources.  

The Collection summarizes current research on mental health treatments shown to be effective for youth.  It is designed, by mandate, for widespread dissemination as a readily-available web document. Compiled with the assistance of Virginia mental health and other professionals who work with youth, it serves a broad readership: educators, service providers, parents, caregivers and others seeking information on mental health treatments for youth.