RESOURCES AND TOOLS
The Family Engagement Guide provides child, youth, and family serving agencies and systems with guidance on how and why to meaningfully engage family members in decision-making processes around the content and direction of services, interventions, and/or referrals made in the course of case management and planning.
The Grant Application Development Menu for Funders offers options for funders to consider when developing Requests for Applications or Grant Guidelines to encourage grantees to provide quality, comprehensive, trauma-informed services for children, youth, and their families.
The Trauma-Informed Agency Self-Assessment was created for agencies and organizations from a variety of fields (child welfare, behavioral health, public health, juvenile justice, education, early childhood development, housing, and victim advocacy] to assess where they fall in a continuum of trauma-informed care and to engage them in a process of setting agency improvement goals.
During the Linking Systems of Care Project’s 15-month planning phase, various activities and surveys were conducted to gain a better understanding of Virginia’s resources and challenges in order to take a strategic and informed approach to implementation.
The goal of the stakeholder survey was to obtain information from front line service providers on current screening and assessment practices of children and youth in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Information was also collected on training associated with these screening and assessment tools and inter-agency collaboration.
Five regional cross-systems mapping events with service providers from various child-serving systems (i.e., behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, etc.) were held to obtain information about current screening and assessment practices, strengths and challenges in the provision of services, and the availability of and access to resources throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Commonwealth of Virginia Organizational Readiness Survey is a tool developed to assess the readiness of a state agency that offers guidance to local direct service providers through legislation, policy and guidance development, and strategic planning. The goal of the organizational readiness survey was to better understand policies and daily practices at the central office, state agencies and agency-related services and programs that influence the treatment and intervention of children, youth, and transitioning young adults within the Commonwealth.
In an effort to prepare the project’s first two pilot sites (Charlottesville/Albemarle and Washington County) to implement the Virginia Victimization Screen, resource mapping events were held to identify traditional and non-traditional resources, examine the challenges to accessing them and prioritize services and programs needed to better assist children/youth and families moving forward.
The LSC Project publishes newsletters to provide constituents and other interested parties with project updates, achievements, and committee happenings. If you would like to be added to the newsletter listserv, please call or e-mail either of the project contacts.
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