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    Document Summary
    - Report Published -

    House Document No. 21
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    Document Title
    Collection of Evidence-Based Treatment Modalities for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Treatment Needs, 3rd Edition

    Virginia Commission on Youth

    Enabling Authority
    SJR 358 (Regular Session, 2003)

    Executive Summary
    The 2002 General Assembly, through Senate Joint Resolution 99, directed the Virginia Commission on Youth to coordinate the collection of empirically-based information on treatments recognized as effective for children, including juvenile offenders, with mental health treatment needs. The resulting publication entitled Collection of Evidence-based Treatments for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Treatment Needs was compiled by the Commission on Youth with the assistance of an advisory group of experts pursuant to the resolution. The Collection was published in House Document 9 and presented to the Governor and the 2003 General Assembly.

    The 2003 General Assembly passed Senate Joint Resolution 358, which required the Commission to update the Collection biennially. The Commission on Youth designed this initiative to be assisted by an advisory group, which was to provide overall guidance, including direction and philosophy for the update of the Collection. The Collection 2nd Edition was published in Senate Document 10 and presented to the Governor and the 2005 General Assembly.

    Senate Joint Resolution 358 also mandated that the Commission disseminate the Collection via web technologies. As specified in the resolution, the Commission received assistance in disseminating the Collection from the Advisory Group, the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, the Secretary of Education, and the Secretary of Public Safety.

    In January 2008, the Commission on Youth published the 3rd Edition of the updated Collection. This third biennial update summarizes current research on mental health treatments that have been proven to be effective in treating children and adolescents and provides an updated listing of evidence-based treatments. Participating in the updating process was an Advisory Group of experts from the private and public sectors. The Collection 3rd Edition may be accessed on the Reports Section on the Commission on Youth’s website - http://vcoy.virginia.gov.