HD9 - Collection of Evidence-based Practices for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Treatment Needs, 4th Edition

Executive Summary:
The 2002 General Assembly, through Senate Joint Resolution 99, directed the Commission on Youth to coordinate the collection of empirically based information to identify the treatments recognized as effective for the treatment of youth, including juvenile offenders, with mental health treatment needs, symptoms and disorders. The resulting publication titled 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 Senate Joint Resolution 99. The Collection was published in House Document 9 and presented to the Governor and the 2003 General Assembly.

To ensure that this information remained current and that it reached the intended audience, the 2003 General Assembly passed Senate Joint Resolution 358, which required the Commission to update the Collection biennially. The resolution also required the Commission to disseminate the Collection via web technologies. The Secretaries of Health and Human Resources, Public Safety and Education, along with the Advisory Group, were requested to assist the Commission in updating the Collection, as were various state and local agencies. As a result, the Commission has updated this resource and published a 2nd, 3rd and 4th Edition.

The Collection summarizes current research on those mental health treatments that have been proven to be effective in treating children and adolescents. The Collection is intended to serve a broad readership: educators, service providers, parents, caregivers, and others seeking information on evidence-based mental health practices for youth. To facilitate access to the Collection 4th Edition, this publication is available in its entirety on the Commission on Youth website.

For more information about the Virginia Commission on Youth or the Collection, visit our website at http://vcoy.virginia.gov.