2017 Legislative Mandates and Initiatives

Survey for Children Aging Out of Foster Care

During the 2017 General Assembly Session, Delegate Farrell introduced House Bill 1451 directing the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), in coordination with the Virginia Commission on Youth (VCOY), to develop a process and standardized survey to gather feedback from children aging out of foster care. 

The survey is to include requests for information regarding the child's experience with and opinion of the Commonwealth's foster care services, recommendations for improvement of such services, the amount of time the child spent in the foster care system and any other information deemed relevant by VDSS or VCOY. 

Study Plan  

Identifying Substance Use Prevention and Intervention Programs at Virginia's Colleges and Universities

During the 2017 General Assembly Session, Delegate Chris Peace and Senator Bill Carrico introduced respective budget amendments, Item 146#3h and Item 146#5s, which requested the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to work with the Virginia Alcohol and Beverage Control to identify the current recreational substance-use awareness and education programs at colleges and universities in the Commonwealth.  While the General Assembly did not adopt the budget amendments, the Commission on Youth adopted a work plan for the Commission, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control to:

  1. identify the current substance-abuse prevention and intervention programs including programs that address recreational and illicit drug use at colleges and universities; and
  2. compile a list of best practices to be considered for Virginia's colleges and universities to implement. This may include, but not be limited to, student-initiated or student-led peer-to-peer education programs and college recovery programs.

The Commission will complete this initiative prior to the 2018 General Assembly Session.

Study Plan  

Dissemination of Effective Treatment Modalities

The Virginia Commission on Youth is to:

  • Make empirically based information concerning effective treatment modalities and practices for children (the “Collection”) available through web technologies;
  • 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; and
  • Develop a cost-effective and efficient dissemination method to allow for easy access to the information.

Study Plan