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File #: 20-0896    Name:
Type: Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 5/22/2020 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 6/9/2020 Final action:
Title: Consideration of a Grant Application for the Department of Community and Human Services to be a Direct Services Site for Virginia's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration COVID-19 Emergency Grant as Managed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM


DATE: JUNE 3, 2020

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: MARK B. JINKS, CITY MANAGER /s/

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Consideration of a Grant Application for the Department of Community and Human Services to be a Direct Services Site for Virginia's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration COVID-19 Emergency Grant as Managed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
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ISSUE: Consideration of a grant application for the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) to be a direct services site for Virginia's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) COVID-19 Emergency Grant as managed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS).

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council:

1) Approve a grant application for approximately $140,000 in funding to be used to provide screening, assessment and treatment for children entering foster care. The exact amount to be determined by DBHDS by June 18, 2020; and

2) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents that may be required.

BACKGROUND: The DBHDS SAMHSA COVID-19 Emergency Grant would fund up to $140,000 for 1.0 FTE Senior Therapist to provide evidence based behavioral health screening, assessment and treatment services for children entering foster care and their families, from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Referrals to Child Protective Services are expected to increase because of COVID-19, as are the behavioral health needs of children and families in general. The proposed services are proactive, ensuring early identification that will support children to remain at the lowest level of service and limit use of residential treatment and other out-of-home placements. We estimate serving 40 children in FY21, although we will refine this number prior to grant sub...

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