RD499 - Regional and Statewide Training Regarding the Children’s Services Act (CSA) – December 2017

Executive Summary:

The mission of the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) is to facilitate a collaborative system of services and funding that is child-centered, family-focused, and community based when addressing the strengths and needs of youth and their families in the Commonwealth of Virginia. To support this mission, OCS annually develops and implements a robust training plan. In accordance with the 2017 training plan, the following activities were implemented:

• The 6th Annual Commonwealth of Virginia CSA Conference, “Celebrating Our Strengths" was provided for an audience of 588 participants. Individual conference training sessions are summarized on pages 5 through 7 of this report.

Annual Conference Participant Summary:

118 out of 131 CSA local entities were represented as follows:

State agency participants: 47
Local CSA Staff (Coordinators/UR Specialists/Other): 138
Public Agency Case Managers: 40
Local Government Representatives: 10
Family Assessment and Planning Team Members: 116
Community Policy and Management Team Members: 66
Private Providers (participants & sponsors): 96
Advocates, Parents and/or Child Organizations: 3
Presenters: 21

Note: Not all participants identified the category they represented

• Thirty-eight (38) regional and stakeholder training sessions were provided to 1448 participants. Training topics, dates, and participant numbers are summarized on pages 2 through 4 of this report.

• Eight (8) on-line training courses were made available through the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Knowledge Center, with a total enrollment of 850 (non-unique) participants.

• Site-based technical assistance was provided per requests of local and regional CSA stakeholders.

• Online “OCS Help Desk" was maintained with over 800 individual requests answered.