|Commitment Review Committee (CRC):
||Department staff serves on the CRC committee, which is operated by the Department of Corrections
|Commonwealth Consortium for Mental Health and Criminal Justice Transformation
||The Department is working with this Consortium, established by Executive Order 62 in 2008, to identify, evaluate, and support the development of jail diversion models and establish a Criminal Justice and Mental Health Training Academy for the Commonwealth.
|Community services boards and behavioral health authority (CSBs):
||The Department contracts with, provides consultation to, funds, monitors, licenses, and regulates CSBs. CSBs participate in Department in policy, planning, and regulatory development for the services system. The Commissioner enters into contracts with CSBs to provide juvenile competency evaluation and restoration services. CSBs participate in central office efforts to implement its mission and vision and have a voice in policy, planning, and regulatory development for the services system.
||The central office meets federal requirements associated with the receipt of block grants and other resources that support the provision of behavioral health and developmental services and for the development of services system capacity and technology.
|Individuals receiving services, family members, and advocacy organizations:
||Individuals receiving services, advocacy organizations, and peer and family groups provide important feedback to the Department and CSBs on service needs and issues of mutual concern. These organizations participate in central office efforts to implement its mission and vision and have a voice in policy, planning, and regulatory development for the services system. Some peers and family members serve on CSB boards.
||Because they establish CSBs, local governments have an important relationship with the central office through the CSBs. Local governments approve their CSBs’ performance contracts that provide the basis for funding the CSBs. They also provide financial resources to the CSBs to match state funds, and, in some instances, may provide administrative services that are essential to CSBs’ efficient operation.
|Private providers (for profit and non-profit organizations):
||The Commissioner enters into contracts with private providers to provide juvenile restoration services and conduct post restoration evaluations of juvenile competency. Also through contracts with the Department, private community providers deliver sexually violent predator treatment, supervision, and monitoring services. The central office works with private providers to ensure that they meet human rights requirements. Private providers also participate in central office efforts to implement its mission and vision and have a voice in policy, planning, and regulatory development for the services system.
||The central office meets with provider associations to address issues of mutual concern. These associations participate in central office efforts to implement its mission and vision and have a voice in policy, planning, and regulatory development for the services system.
|State and local agencies:
||The central office works closely with many state and local agencies that provide or fund services and supports that respond to the needs of individuals with mental health or substance use disorders or intellectual disability. These include partnerships with the Departments of Medical Assistance Services, Social Services, Health, Rehabilitative Services, Housing and Community Development, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice Services, Aging, and Education; Office of Comprehensive Services; and of the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court Executive Secretary. Central office staff work with the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy (VOPA) to ensure protections and advocacy for the human and legal rights of individuals with mental, cognitive or developmental disabilities.
The central office works closely with the Office of the Attorney General, which provides legal consultation, training, and technical assistance to the Department; with the Department of Planning and Budget around budget development and operations; with the Department of Accounts, which provides accounting and processing services, financial reporting guidance, and payroll expertise; and with the Department of General Services around guidance regarding facility physical plant services. The central office works closely with the Office of the Attorney General, which provides legal consultation, training, and technical assistance in a number of important areas, including civil commitment training; serving as counsel to the Department on the State Board and Human Rights Committee; assisting the Department in the development or revision of legislation; reviewing Department regulations, State Board policies, and key departmental instructions; and providing specialized training, expert testimony, and consultation various forensic and sexually violent predator issues.
Central office partnerships with local agencies such as school systems, local social services, local health departments, and area agencies on aging are critical to the success of community behavioral health and developmental services. These agencies provide auxiliary grants for assisted living facilities, various social services, health care, vocational training, housing assistance, and Part C early intervention services. Some of these local agencies also provide Part C early intervention services to infants and toddlers and may serve as Part C local lead agencies (LLAs).
State and local agency representatives participate as members of various state and regional planning committees focused on transforming the services system.
|University of Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy (ILPPP):
||The ILPPP, in consultation with the Department, develops and provides training for CRC evaluators and others relating to SVP civil commitment. The ILPPP also has partnered with the Department's forensic program for more than 25 years to develop improved evaluation and treatment services for forensic consumers and promote community-based, outpatient approaches to service delivery.
|Virginia institutions of higher education (universities, colleges, and community colleges):
||The central office to collaboratively with academic medical centers, college and university academic programs, and community colleges to address workforce issues, to promote the implementation of evidence-based and other promising practices, and to train the services system’s existing and emerging workforce.