Virginia The Commonwealth of Virginia has 135 local political entities – 40 independent cities and 95 counties – that purchase, develop and implement services within a semi-autonomous system. The Commonwealth provides policies and procedures to ensure that consistent and relevant services are provided, but its ability to monitor and direct services is limited. Virginia’s deliverable that was designed with sensitivity to its governance structure included:

  • Interagency Memorandum of Understanding (PDF 38 KB)

    A signed statement of the collaborative commitment of the lead entities. This document, accompanied by a one-page project overview signed by the Commissioners, was distributed to stakeholders and communities throughout Virginia as a means to market the initiative and establish buy-in for the strategies promoted in the Compendium of Best Practices (see below).

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    • Brief Focused Technical Assistance Description
      Brief Focused Technical Assistance Description(330 KB)

      National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, 2020

      This document provides an overview of the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare’s (NCSACW) Brief Focused Technical Assistance (BFTA) program. Available to states, communities, and tribes, BFTA supports sites’ development and implementation of collaborative, cross-system strategies to improve outcomes for infants affected by prenatal substance exposure and their families and caregivers.

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