2021 Legislative Mandates and Initiatives

Collection of Evidence-based Practices for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Treatment Needs

The Virginia Commission on Youth is directed to:

  • Revise the Collection of Evidence-based Practices for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Treatment Needs (the “Collection”). The Collection is to be revised biennially pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 358 (2003).
  • Seek the assistance of the Collection Update Advisory Group, Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Secretary of Public Safety, and Secretary of Education in posting, maintaining, and biennially updating the Collection.
  • Make the Collection available through web technologies.
  • Develop a cost-effective and efficient dissemination method to allow for easy access to the information.

Study Plan  

Crossover Youth Information Sharing

The General Assembly and the Governor approved Senate Bill 1206 (Barker) introduced during the 2021 Session. This legislation’s second enactment clause directs:

  • The Virginia Commission on Youth shall convene a work group to include representatives from the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the Department of Education, youth and families with lived experience in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, representatives of Virginia juvenile justice advocacy groups, representatives of local public defender offices, and representatives from other relevant state or local entities. The work group shall review current data and record sharing provisions with regard to youth served by the juvenile justice and child welfare systems and make recommendations on best practices for the sharing, collection, and use of such data and records while respecting the privacy interests of youth and families. The work group shall report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the Chairmen of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee for Courts of Justice by November 1, 2021.

Study Plan  

Workforce Development for Foster Care Youth

Youth aging out of foster care face significant challenges in navigating the labor market to obtaining meaningful employment.

  • The Virginia Commission on Youth shall convene an Advisory Group to include representatives from the Department of Social Services, Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Virginia Employment Commission, One Stop Centers, local Workforce Investment Boards, the Virginia Community College System, local Departments of Social Services, advocacy groups, foster care youth and other relevant stakeholders. The Advisory Group shall review current polices, practices, and programs in Virginia that support youth aging out of foster care and make recommendations to improve workforce opportunities for youth in foster care.

Study Plan