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DMAS Posts Medicaid DSRIP Information Page

DMAS has posted an information page on a possible development of a Medicaid Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) strategy for Virginia.  DMAS is seeking public input on this strategy as part of the development process, and the page provides an email address plus a concept paper and background presentations on DSRIP. Click here to [...]

2015-09-22T22:30:14+00:00September 20th, 2015|

Creating Opportunities: A Plan for Advancing Community-Focused Services in Virginia

In 2010, the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) partnered with stakeholders across the services system to identify the most pressing priorities and plan targeted efforts that strive to meet these critical needs. The result was a strategic planning process to promote service and system improvements entitled, Creating Opportunities: A Plan for [...]

2014-01-20T21:48:52+00:00January 20th, 2014|

Virginia Treatment Center for Children Holds 51st Annual Symposium

From the Richmond Times Dispatch (November 2, 2013): Schools have become the de facto mental health system for children, facilitating most of the services to youngsters who get treatment, some experts contend. “If you think about a classroom of 25 children, what we know is that about one in five will experience mental health problems [...]

2013-11-15T18:24:11+00:00November 13th, 2013|

Infographic: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Youth in Contact With the Juvenile Justice System

The Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership) has  contracted with the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) to produce a resource series on topics in mental health and juvenile justice. The first brief, Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Youth in Contact With the Juvenile Justice System in System [...]

2013-09-25T16:57:26+00:00September 23rd, 2013|

Va. Gubernatorial Candidates Respond to Questions on Mental Health

On August 5th, 2013, Voices for Virginia's Children –along with NAMI Virginia and sponsoring partners–held a gubernatorial candidate forum on mental health at Collegiate School in Richmond. According to a report at, candidates were provided six questions covering a range of topics on both children’s and adult mental health issues ahead of the event. Two [...]

2013-09-19T20:07:07+00:00September 19th, 2013|

Another view of value: Employer’s Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health

In considering the value of behavioral health services for children and youth, we often overlook the perspective of employers.  In 2009 the National Business Group on Health published an Employer's Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health to help employers improve the delivery of child and adolescent behavioral health services.  Part I of the report [...]

2013-08-15T20:07:01+00:00July 1st, 2013|

Child Mind Institute raises awareness with a striking online quiz

The Child Mind Institute provides research and practical guidance for improving children's mental health services.  One popular feature on their website is the 'Speak Up for Kids' quiz which asks a series of questions intended to spotlight the common roadblocks to children's mental health services.  The quiz is really an educational tool, and the questions and [...]

2013-08-15T20:07:39+00:00June 21st, 2013|

* A community conversation raises awareness among public officials and local residents

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, the 1-in-5 Kids Campaign organized an event on May 29, “A Community Conversation about Children’s Mental Health,” to raise awareness of the need for Chesterfield elected officials and residents to address mental health issues in children. The event served as an important vehicle for keeping children’s mental health [...]

2013-06-21T14:08:31+00:00June 21st, 2013|

A creative example of community value reporting

In today's environment it is vitally important for child & youth service organizations to define and communicate the value they deliver to the communities they serve.  Southside CSB has produced one example of a creative online report to communicate its community value.  Check it out here:  

2013-10-28T22:04:26+00:00June 11th, 2013|