Virginia Association ofLocal Human Services Officials
Fall 2021 Virtual Conference

Virginia Association of Local Human Services Officials

2021 Fall Conference Agenda October 4-5, 2021 (Virtual)


Monday October 4, 2021

10:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions

    • Nancy Vincent, President, VALHSO


10:10 a.m.  Keynote

    • Dr. Janice Underwood, Commonwealth of Virginia, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer


11:15 a.m.  Trauma-Informed Community Networks in Virginia

    • This session will discuss the importance of being trauma-informed as we work with individuals and families through our human-service organizations. The panelists will discuss the science behind the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how it can be leveraged through the framework of a Trauma-Informed Community Network (TICN) to build relationships and advance a common agenda around resilience.
    • Keith Cartwright, Behavioral Health Wellness Consultant with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
    • Chidimma Jenkins, Advisor on Childhood Trauma & Resiliency, Governor Northam’s Office
    • Melissa McGinn, Chair of the Greater Richmond Trauma-Informed Community Network
    • Nicole Poulin, Executive Director of the Family & Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia
    • Moderator: Rebecca Vinroot, Director, Department of Social Services, James City County, Virginia


Monday, October 4, 2021

1:00 p.m. More Than Funding: Family First's Role in Enhancing Service Delivery for At-Risk Families

This session, facilitated by a panel of state and local representatives, will focus on the statewide Family First implementation. This will not be a Family First 101 session but a collaborative discussion on state and local roles in strengthening the treatment continuum for children, youth, and their families. Family First is meant to be more than another funding source. Communities play an important role in ensuring a successful implementation. Bring your questions and join the discussion.

    • Andy Crawford, Director of Bedford Co. DSS and President of the Va League of Social Services Executives
    • Rebecca Morgan, Director of Middlesex County DSS and Legislative Committee Chair of the Virginia League of Social Services Executives
    • Tamara Temoney, Asst. Director of Hanover DSS and CSA Committee Chair of the Virginia League of Social Services Executives
    • Kristin Zagar, DSS, Deputy Commissioner, Human Services
    • Moderator: Lesley Abashian, Director of Human Services, City of Fairfax, Virginia


2:00 p.m.  Perspectives from the General Assembly

Legislative leaders will provide updates on key human services policy issues under consideration by the legislature and offer a preview of priorities for the 2022 General Assembly

    • The Honorable Emily M. Brewer, House of Delegates, 64th District
    • The Honorable T. Montgomery “Monty” Mason, Senate of Virginia, 1st District
    • Moderator: Katie Boyle, Director of Government Affairs, Virginia Association of Counties


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

10:00 a.m. Virginia’s Marcus Alert Initiative—Where We Stand

This session will inform conference attendees on the background and purpose of Virginia’s newly mandated Marcus Alert behavioral health crisis response protocols, offer updates regarding the plans and progress of program implementation statewide, and showcase the opportunities, as well as lessons learned, experienced by two of the local jurisdictions currently piloting the effort.

    • Lisa Madron, Executive Director, Prince William Community Services
    • Harvey Powers, Division Director, Division Director, Law Enforcement Services Division, Department of Criminal Justice Services
    • Dr. Lisa Jobe-Shields, Deputy Director, Community Services, Division of Community Behavioral Health, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
    • Aileen L. Smith, Director, Virginia Beach Department of Human Services
    • Moderator: Venerria Thomas, Director of Human Services, Newport News, Virginia


11:00 a.m. Unite Us –The Premise, Promise and Potential

How the statewide rollout and implementation of the Unite Us tool will reform communication, referrals, and outcomes for the health and human services public and private provider network


1:00 p.m. Beyond the Smoke… Local Implications of Virginia’s Marijuana Legalization
Effective July 1, 2021, Marijuana is legal in Virginia. Now what? This session will focus on specifics of the legislation along with key considerations linked to marijuana legalization including implications for public health, social justice, and human resources.

    • Mark Gribbin, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


2:00 p.m. Membership business meeting



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