Local Coalitions in Action
Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition (CMHWC)
The Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition’s (CMHWC) mission is collaborating to promote behavioral health and wellness through planning, advocacy and access to effective service delivery for our region. The Coalition is a multidisciplinary group composed of organizations and leaders throughout the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle who recognize that our efforts will be stronger together by working together. They focus their efforts towards four primary goals, which are:
- No Wrong Door – Facilitate access to behavioral health and wellness services that ensure individual wellness promotion.
- Community Service Capacity – Strengthen service infrastructure and coordination in behavioral health and wellness.
- Advocacy and Information – Advocate, collect and share data and knowledge to promote behavioral health and wellness promotion.
- Healthy Coalition – Support a collaborative, engaged coalition for behavioral health and wellness.
The Coalition has regular Full Coalition meetings, as wells as meeting of Steering, Data, Service System and Communications / Public Relations Committees. For more information about the Coalition and how to get involved, please contact Rebecca Kendall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless (TJACH)
The Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless (TJACH) aims to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring in our community. TJACH works to reduce homelessness by initiating creative solutions and coordinating regional resources and services. TJACH is the HUD-designated coordinator of the Continuum of Care for this community, supporting system improvement and collaboration to ensure a secure safety net for the homeless and very poor. The Service Provider Council, a committee of TJACH’s Board of Directors, provides a forum in which providers share information and address concerns. Contact email@example.com for more information.
City of Promise (CoP)
The City of Promise is a Promise Neighborhood initiative is designed to create a continuum of solutions with the potential to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in the 10th and Page, Westhaven, and Star Hill neighborhoods. Modeled loosely after the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York, City of Promise is a collaborative effort of public agencies, nonprofits, public schools and neighborhood residents to “change the game”—building a community where all children get what they need to succeed in school, work and life. The partners in the initiative were first convened in 2010 to respond to a Request for Proposals from the US Department of Education for funding to build a Promised Neighborhood. The partners won a grant in 2011, and the initiative has continued to build resources and capacity for supporting a director and administrative and direct service staff. The initiative closely tracks both individual student data, as well as community-level data to ensure that the most effective services are in place. (www.cityofpromise.org) For more information contact Sarad Davenport at The City of Promise, firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Education Task Force
The United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area, has been a leader in coordinating efforts to ensure high quality early childcare and education for decades. The United Way sat on a joint-jurisdictional commission developed to advise and support the child and family service providers in Charlottesville and Albemarle. In XXXX, the United Way adopted School Readiness as a priority area, and started focusing efforts and resources into supporting local work ensuring that children arrived at Kindergarten ready to learn. In XXX, the United Way spearheaded the local Smart Beginnings collaborative, and now convene the Early Education Task Force. This Task Force’s vision is every under-resourced or at-risk child in Charlottesville-Albemarle have free access to a high-quality early education program. To ensure the realization of that vision, the Task Force has a work plan that maps out goals, objectives and strategic actions related to the community’s pre-Kindergarten class capacity, quality, funding and public awareness. [It would be great if we could get a copy of the Charter to include as a resource in the Roadmap.] For more information, contact Erika Viccellio at The United Way, email@example.com
The Outcome Collaborative is a collaborative convened by The United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area, and stems from their focus on high quality early childcare and education leading to school readiness. The partners link home visits, pre-Kindergarten and public school data to understand how the continuum of services are impacting the children served, how they inform improvements to the service system and how services are delivered. While the initial conversations about linking data started in 2010, the Memorandum of Understanding was not signed until the Spring of 2016, and the first consents were signed by families that same summer. For more information, contact Barbara Hutchinson at The United Way, firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlottesville Task Force on Racial Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System
Coming Soon! Visit their Website here.
GRACE Task Force
In January 2012, former Albemarle Police Chief Colonel Steve Sellers, along with his counterpart in the former City of Charlottesville, Chief Tim Longo, convened a multidisciplinary task force to address the growing evidence of and concerns about gangs in the area with a collaborative, preventative approach. Part of the initiative led by the Chiefs was to implement the Comprehensive Gang Model endorsed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). In June 2012, the task force adopted by-laws and the name Gang Reduction through Active Community Engagement (GRACE). GRACE adopted the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model, which is considered a “best practice” for social intervention. The Model’s key distinguishing feature is a thorough strategic planning process that empowers communities to assess their own gang problems and create a complement of anti-gang strategies and program activities. The first step of this approach was to conduct a comprehensive assessment of gang activity. For more information, contact the Albemarle County Police Department.
Jefferson Area Coalition to End Elder Abuse (JACEEA)
Announced on June 15, 2016, Charlottesville and Albemarle’s Commonwealth Attorneys have partnered with law attorneys, city, county and state police, nursing homes, hospitals, area banks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Adult Protective Services to “enhance communication and cooperation to better prevent, identify, refer and prosecute elder abuse and exploitation in the local [Charlottesville] community.”
CRHA Task Force
Coming Soon! (Funded by CACF)
Charlottesville/Albemarle Coalition for Healthy Youth (CACHY)
The Charlottesville/Albemarle Coalition for Healthy Youth (CACHY) is a collaborative group of community members and agencies who care for and about young people. The partners convene to identify needs through available data, to harness resources, and to advocate for services for young people, provide information, and raise awareness about current trends and programs in our community. The partners collaborate through information sharing and supporting the work of service providers and partner agencies to create a strong and healthy community for young people and their families (www.youchoosecville.com). For more information, contact Mary Williams at Region Ten Community Services Board, email@example.com
*This list was compiled as of July 2016