2022 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

Transition Process for Students with Disabilities Regarding Records and Services at the Age of Majority

  • During the Commission on Youth’s 2021 Crossover Youth study, the study work group discussed the importance of maintaining and transferring records and services that young people receive in the school setting as they reach adulthood.
  • Young adults with emotional or intellectual disabilities often lose access to services when they leave high school and reach 18, the age of majority. It is difficult for parents to navigate services and resources without supports.
  • The Virginia Commission on Youth approved a recommendation at its October 19, 2021 meeting articulating that the appropriate transfer or handoff of student records and the effective provision of services needs to be explored further.
    • The Virginia Commission on Youth shall convene an advisory group to review how youth with disabilities are being provided services in the schools, including mental health services, and how they can be better supported as they transition to adulthood. The 2022 study should look at ways that the Community Services Boards can work with the transitioning student and family and the local education agency.

Study Plan

Evaluating the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Virginia's Juvenile Detention Centers

  • Recent efforts have transformed the Commonwealth's juvenile justice system by reducing the use of state-operated juvenile correctional centers, and as a result of such efforts, there has been a substantial decline in the number of children admitted to or detained in juvenile detention centers in the Commonwealth. Because it is anticipated that the number of children committed to juvenile detention centers will continue to decline, a study should be conducted to identify potential changes to the operation of local and regional juvenile detention centers to accommodate for the population decline. Therefore, the Virginia Commission on Youth shall:
    • Establish an advisory committee to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of our current detention center system, evaluating the intersection of public safety and the rehabilitation of youth.

Study Plan

Foster Care Safe and Sound Task Force

  • On April 1, 2022 Governor Glenn Youngkin launched a task force to ensure safe placements for children in foster care.
  • Bringing together state and local government agencies, all three branches of government, private providers, health networks, advocacy groups, the faith community and other community partners, the Safe and Sound Task Force will work to find solutions for safe and appropriate placements for children in foster care.
    • The Virginia Commission on Youth shall participate and assist the Safe and Sound Task Force in solving Virginia’s child welfare crisis and to end the practice of children sleeping in local departments of social services, hotels, and emergency rooms.

Work Plan