Linking Systems of Care Virginia


Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Committees

The Linking Systems of Care (LSC) for Children and Youth project is comprised of a state agency-based leadership team called the Partner Agency Team (PAT), and four working committees.  While all committees and a state-level Stakeholder Advisory Council work with staff to develop content directly tied to grant deliverables, the PAT reviews and the Office for Victims of Crime has final approval on all work before it is available for public dissemination.

Policy Committee:

The Policy Committee will assess policies for on child and youth victimization, focusing on screening/identification, referral and youth/family engagement practices. To achieve this goal, this committee will:

  • Identify current written policies associated with the provision of services to the Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care (LSC) target population, to include state code, agency policy and guidance, etc.;
  • In collaboration with state agencies, review state policy around screening processes, child and family engagement, and referral processes, and share review reports with the agency that implemented the policy.
  • Identify cross-agency themes; and, as deemed appropriate by the Partner Agency Team, make recommendations for legislative and policy reform to improve the consistency and coordination of services for children and youth crime victims across and within systems.
  • Develop a best practice checklist around trauma-informed services for state agencies to use when developing and issuing Requests for Proposals and Applications.

Staff lead: Laurie Crawford,

Response and Referral Committee:

The Response and Referral Committee will work collaboratively across systems to meet the service needs of child/youth victims of crime. To achieve this goal, this committee will:

  • Develop and promote a common tool for assessing an agency’s level of trauma informed practices;
  • Develop guidance around family engagement with an expanded concept of family (including child/youth); and
  • Develop written protocol(s) that specifies how service providers across systems will respond to and make referrals for child and youth victims of crime.

Staff leads: Laurie Crawford, and Stacie Vecchietti,

Training Committee:

The Training Committee will develop and promote training curricula for a wide range of partnering stakeholders that supports a trauma-informed statewide rollout of the Virginia Victimization Screen (VVS). To achieve this goal, this committee will:

  • Understand the content of the screening tool, which includes types of victimization, common symptoms of exposure to crime and/or trauma, and protective factors;
  • Identify and respond to the training needs of VVS administrators in the pilot sites; to include coordinating with NCJFCJ and other stakeholders to provide regional trainings.
  • Review and give feedback on training plan (regional, statewide, and web-based trainings);
  • Develop a training curriculum on the Response and Referral Protocol, with guidance from and coordination with the Linking Systems of Care Committee;
  • Make modifications to live training manual per recommendations from the research analyst, technical assistance providers, project staff, and staff from Pilot Sites; and,
  • Inform development of web-based VVS training module (to be developed by contractors).
  • Identify, assess, and respond to training needs of service providers who are or potentially will implement the VVS, research and promote existing curricula and modify/develop new curricula as necessary.

Staff lead: Kim Barbarji,