2019 Legislative Mandates and Initiatives

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

The Virginia Commission on Youth (VCOY) 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  

Seminar: Foster Care for Legislators

  • In response to Virginia’s increasing focus on the foster care system, and to facilitate the work of Virginia lawmakers in addressing issues affecting foster care, the Virginia Commission on Youth will host a seminar entitled “Foster Care for Legislators” at its May 6, 2019, meeting. The purpose of this seminar is to inform lawmakers about the complexities of the foster care system and to develop recommendations to improve Virginia’s foster care system.

Study Plan  

Seclusion and Restraint: Overview and Update on Regulatory Process

  • In 2014, the Commission on Youth conducted a study on the use seclusion and restraint by schools. This study surveyed the policies of schools in Virginia related to seclusion and restraint.
  • As a result of the study, the Commission adopted a recommendation, and the General Assembly passed a law in 2015, requiring the Board of Education to adopt regulations on the use of seclusion and restraint in public elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth.
  • Since 2015, the Board of Education has been working through the regulatory process to establish regulations governing seclusion and restraint in public elementary and secondary schools. The proposed regulations are entering the final stage of the regulatory process.
  • During the 2019 study year, the Commission on Youth will continue to monitor the regulatory process and receive an update on the seclusion and restraint regulations.

Study Plan