Regional Cooperation: Healthy and Caring

Acute Care Project
Regional community services boards have developed and implemented a state-funded program to purchase acute inpatient care at local hospitals to assure appropriate client and community safety and to avoid state hospitalization.

Advocates for an Intercultural RVA (AI-RVA)
AI-RVA is a coalition of individuals, institutions and organizations serving Richmond-area immigrants and refugees by sharing information, ideas and resources to educate and to be inclusive socially, occupationally and familiarly.

Aging Services
Henrico’s advocate for the aging serves on numerous regional committees to provide services for the region’s aging population. These committees include the Greater Richmond Regional Plan for Age Wave Readiness, Regional Caucus on Aging, Area Planning and Services Committee on Aging with Lifelong Disabilities, Alzheimer’s Association’s Care and Support Advisory Board and Telephone Reassurance Roundtable.

Area Planning and Services Committee
Henrico’s and Richmond’s mental health agencies and the Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks partner with area agencies, such as VCU, Richmond Housing Coalition, Faith in Action, Greater Richmond United Way, Behavioral Health Authority, Instructive Visiting Nursing Association, Adult Care Services, parent advocacy groups and the Capital Area Agency on Aging to develop services for aging adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

Capital Area Coalition of Local Social Services Boards
Social Services boards from Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Richmond and Powhatan meet quarterly to address issues of concern before the state Social Services Board, governor, General Assembly and federal programs.

CARE
GRTC Transit System provides CARE paratransit services for residents in Henrico and Richmond and portions of Chesterfield.

Central Regional Supervisory Group
Supervisory benefit staff from local social services agencies meets quarterly to discuss training, program issues and staff development with state partners.

Central Virginia Coalition of Children’s Services Act Coordinators
Representatives from Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Richmond, Powhatan and several localities from southern and northern Virginia meet quarterly to implement the Comprehensive Services Act for At Risk Youth and Families and provide training in the coordinated delivery of mental health services to children.

Central Virginia Partnership on Youth
Children Services Act coordinators from Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Henrico, King William, Richmond and private providers meet monthly to organize and plan an annual training event specifically for agencies that serve youth and families.

Children’s Response & Stabilization Team
Area community services boards fund and operate a crisis response team for youth with mental health disorders who are at risk of psychiatric hospitalization.

Chronic Disease Preventative Collaborative Network
The group works to address major elements that impact an individual’s health and well-being and brings together organizations to prioritize and align resources to achieve better health outcomes in Virginia.

Coalition for Children and Youth
Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George and Richmond sponsor the Regional Foster Parent and Resource Recruitment Project.

Community Development Block Grant, HOME and Emergency Solutions Grant funding to the following efforts:

  • project:HOMES for housing repair and rehabilitation programs for low income homeowners
  • Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation for programs providing down payment and closing cost assistance and housing repair
  • Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Inc., for programs providing down payment and closing cost assistance, and fair housing outreach and education
  • YWCA Richmond for the Greater Richmond Regional Domestic Violence Hotline
  • HumanKind for employment services and financial counseling to low income people
  • Virginia Supportive Housing for the New Clay House studio apartment renovation and addition in Richmond for formerly homeless individuals
  • CARITAS for the proposed Healing Place for Women, a peer-based substance abuse recovery program in Richmond

Community Health Advisory Team (CHAT)
CHAT, facilitated by the Henrico Health District, serves as the leadership steering committee for all community health assessment (CHA) and community health improvement planning (CHIP) processes. The CHAT guides decision making and advocates for CHA and CHIP goals to inspire action and influence public opinion.

Community Health Worker (CHW) Advisory Group
Representatives of CHW employers discuss how to advance the field in Virginia. The group focuses on policy and planning, certification and association as well as researches best practices in other states and works to better understand the CHW work being done in Virginia.

C-Van
C-Van provides van service for customers of the Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare. The service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is managed by GRTC Transit System for Henrico and Richmond.

Domestic Violence Task Force
Domestic violence task forces from Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond work cooperatively to develop public awareness and prevention programs.

ESF-8 Working Group
Facilitated by Henrico Health District, the group meets quarterly with community partners to share information on public health preparedness. The group works with local emergency management, public safety, hospitals, healthcare facilities and private sector partners to improve public health preparedness through training and exercises.

Greater Richmond Association for Volunteer Administration (GRAVA)
Hanover, Henrico’s Health District and Police Division, Richmond and more than 50 area organizations are members of GRAVA, which promotes excellence in the management and leadership of volunteers in the area through professional development, networking and advocacy.

Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children
The coalition, which includes Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond, promotes programs and policies to prevent childhood obesity.

Greater RVA and Petersburg Oral Health Steering Committee
The Oral Health Steering Committee for the area promote grassroots advocacy, oral health in pregnant women as well as safety net and children services.

Healthy Learning Coalition
The coalition works to ensure that children from birth through age 5 are healthy, cared for and ready to succeed. The group is comprised of representatives of the Henrico County Department of Social Services, Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services, Henrico Health District, Henrico County Public Schools, Henrico County Public Library and Henrico office of Virginia Cooperative Extension as well as private health care and insurance professionals and dental care providers.

Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services Community Services Board
The board serves residents of Charles City, Henrico and New Kent and provides mental health, developmental disability, substance use disorder and early intervention services and access to resources to help lead productive lives.

Henrico Heroin/Opioid Task Force
A multidisciplinary task force formed by the county manager in 2016 with representation from Police, Health District, Fire, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Sheriff’s Office, Mental Health and Developmental Services, Henrico County Public Schools and Circuit Court. The task force works to combat the opioid epidemic and makes recommendations in the areas of prevention, treatment, communication and the criminal justice system.

Homeward
Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and Richmond work with Homeward to prevent, reduce and end homelessness by facilitating creative solutions through the collaboration, coordination and cooperation of regional resources and services.

Infant and Toddler Connection of Henrico Area
Coordinators from the Chesterfield, Henrico Area and Richmond community services boards meet regularly to discuss implementation of program standards regarding early intervention services for infants and toddlers.

Joint Employment Services Initiative
Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Henrico and Richmond work with Department of Rehabilitative Services and with Rehabilitative Services and Vocational Placement, Inc. to provide dedicated staff to assist employment services customers.

Local Child Welfare Supervisors Meetings
Supervisors from local social services departments meet to discuss child welfare programs including Child Protective Services, Prevention, Foster Care and Adoptions, policies and implementation of Children’s Services Transformation initiatives.

Local Social Services Directors Meetings
Social services directors from Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Richmond and Powhatan collaborate on social services programs, policies and implementation of the welfare reform program.

Long-Term Care
Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond nursing staffs meet to review and plan for the impact of Medicaid and Medicare changes on their facilities.

Metro Risk Manager’s Association
The group meets once a month to discuss public assistance program operations in local social services departments in central Virginia. Issues are discussed regarding federal and state policy changes and the impact that changes have on local operations and customers.

Office of Multicultural Affairs Networking Meeting
Partners serving the Latino community in the region network and discuss gaps in service and barriers the community faces.

Partnership of Office Services Support Employees in Social Services (POSSESS)
POSSESS provides office services support personnel with a statewide organization for professional identity, professional development, networking and advocacy.

PD-15 Benefit Programs Organization
The League of Social Services Executives affiliate group conducts business meetings for the local agency benefit program members.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness
The Health District works with community partners to maintain and exercise plans for mass vaccination and dispensing. Community partners include Henrico Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Community Health Worker Network, Fire, Office of Emergency Management, Police, Sheriff’s Office, Public Relations & Media Services, Henrico County Public Schools, Central Virginia Healthcare Coalition, St. Mary’s Hospital, Parham Doctors Hospital, Henrico Doctors Hospital, Hitting Cancer Below-the-Belt, Essex Village, local colleges and universities, and others. The Health District coordinates an annual flu vaccination clinic that provides free vaccinations to vulnerable communities. The Henrico MRC brings together volunteers from various backgrounds to support Health District operations, including communicable disease prevention education and outreach, training, daily office activities, tuberculosis contact investigations and mass vaccination exercises.

Regional Adult Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Program
Regional community services boards fund and use a 16-bed regional crisis stabilization program. The state-funded program is operated by the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority.

Regional Authorization Committee
Representatives of the Regional Community Services Board Consortium meet at Central State Hospital to review all requests for admission to ensure their appropriateness. Through this process, the region and hospital cooperatively manage the census at Central State Hospital.

Regional Child Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Program
Area community services boards fund and use a six-bed regional child crisis stabilization program. The state-funded program is operated under contract with St. Joseph’s Villa.

Regional Community Services Boards Consortium
The community services boards of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Powhatan, Planning District 19 and Crossroads meet monthly to coordinate and address regional mental health, intellectual disability and substance abuse issues.

Regional Developmental Disabilities Case Managers/Support Coordinators Committee
Community services boards in Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Powhatan, District 19, Crossroads, Richmond and Southside meet quarterly for updates on service issues and training.

Regional Disability Directors
The Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Powhatan, District 19, Crossroads, Richmond and Southside directors of developmental disabilities, mental health and substance use disorders programs meet to coordinate services, develop cooperative training offerings and keep cooperative agreements current.

Regional Educational Assessment Crisis Response and Habilitation (REACH)
Developmental Disability Crisis Services

The REACH program provides support, guidance and input in the development and implementation of services for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, mental health conditions or challenging behaviors that are negatively affecting their quality of life. Members include representatives of area community service boards, professionals, parents, advocacy groups and others. The state-funded program is operated by the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority.

Regional Prevention Managers
The Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Powhatan and Richmond managers of prevention services meet quarterly to coordinate efforts related to the prevention of mental health and substance use disorders.

Regional Quality Council
Council members include parents, advocates, providers and representatives of community service boards. The council is responsible for assessing data, identifying trends and recommending actions in the region concerning requirements of the U.S. Department of Justice. The work of the Regional Quality Council is directed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services.

Regional Reinvestment Project
Since 2003, the area community services boards have developed programs to reduce the census at Central State Hospital and allow the transfer of hospital funds into the region for community services. As part of this effort, some regionally operated and funded programs have been developed to promote greater efficiencies. These include a regional crisis stabilization team, a regional behavioral team and a jail team. The Regional Reinvestment Project manages approximately $2.8 million.

Regional Round Table
The coalition sponsors the Regional Foster Parent and Resource Recruitment Project. Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George and Richmond participate.

Regional Support Team
Regional Support Team is comprised of community services boards, providers and family members with experience and expertise in serving individuals with developmental disabilities in the community. The team identifies and seeks to resolve system barriers that prevent individuals from receiving services in the most integrated setting of their choice.

Richmond Area Infection Control Practitioners
The group sponsors training to participants and facilitates timely reporting of communicable diseases to local health departments.

Richmond Metro Advocacy Coalition
Since 2007, area community services boards, providers, advocacy groups, Richmond Public Schools, parents and others have focused on using education to promote awareness, community involvement and self-advocacy for families and individuals with mental health and substance use disorders and developmental disabilities.

RVA Well @ Work
This regional wellness group, which include representatives of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Richmond and HCA and Bon Secours hospitals, conducts quarterly wellness education programs for employees and dependents from all four jurisdictions, focusing on health concerns defined in each localities’ health risk assessments.

Senior Connections
This agency coordinates and implements community-based services for the area’s elderly residents. Participants include Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and Richmond.

Striving to Achieve and Retain Self Sufficiency
An effort between Henrico’s and Richmond’s departments of social services organizes, plans, and implements a four-week job readiness program for participants in the Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare program.

Transition to Independence and Employment (TIE) Program Partnership Meetings
The meetings are part of an effort among community partners to implement the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families hard-to-serve grant administered through the Goodwill/TIE program.

VA Diabetes Council
The council brings together partners to identify and promote best practices for diabetes prevention, control and treatment.

Virginia Alliance for Social Work Practitioners (VASWP) Planning District 15
At monthly VASWP meetings, social workers from Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and Richmond discuss best practices and hear from expert speakers.

Virginia Community Capacity Initiative (VCCI)
VCCI requires refugee resettlement offices create a welcoming environment and local communities are kept informed about the new community members. Key stakeholders are invited to bi-monthly meetings to discuss refugee needs, impact on local institutions and benefits of welcoming refugees.

Virginia League of Social Services Executives
Local social services directors provide a forum for exploring issues confronting the delivery of services, examining policies and legislation that shape the delivery of services and serving as a resource for new and experienced social services executives.

Welfare Reform Regional Transportation Grant
The Social Services directors in Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond partners with GRTC to provide enhanced transportation services for welfare clients seeking employment.

Zika Working Group
The group comprised of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond shares updates about the Zika virus and prevention efforts.