The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) developed SPARS to serve as its accountability and reporting system. Specially, the website is used for grantee data entry, technical assistance, reporting and training. For the SOC grant, localities are required to submit outcome and infrastructure data to highlight overall progress.

Click here to go to website SPARS

At regular intervals, data is collected on child outcomes in areas such as stability in housing (including episodes and duration of homelessness), access to services, suicidal ideation and attempts, rate of readmission to psychiatric hospitals, social support/social connectedness, and client perception. This data is collected using the National Outcomes Measures Survey (NOMS) developed by SAMHSA.

Infrastructure, Development, Prevention and Mental Health Promotion (IPP) indicators are required data also submitted to SAMHSA to measure/manage grantee performance. There are seven infrastructure categories with 23 indicators. The seven categories are policy development (PD), workforce development (WD), financing (F), organizational change (OC), partnership/collaboration (PC), accountability (A), and types/targets of practices (T)) used to measure/manage performance. Of these, the SOC grant is required to report on the following four indicators at the end of each federal fiscal quarter:

  • PC1: The number of organizations that entered into formal written inter/intra-organizational agreements (e.g., MOUs/MOAs) to improve mental health related practices/activities that are consistent with the goals of the grant.
  • PD1: The number of policy changes completed as a result of the grant.
  • WD2: The number of people in mental health and related workforce trained in mental health related practices/activities that are consistent with the goals of the grant.
  • WD5: The number of consumers/family members who provide mental health related services as a result of the grant

For more information about SPARS, NOMS and/or IPP indicators, please contact Krista Johnson, SOC Evaluation and Data Coordinator.

The Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) seeks to improve the lives of children and their families through research on the implementation and outcomes of the Wraparound process. WERT offers services which help to measure fidelity to the Wraparound process and evaluate performance of Wraparound team members- both of which are key to provide the most reliable service to youth and families. WERT offers consultation in areas of Wraparound research evaluation as well as a host of tools for use in Wraparound evaluation.

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For the Systems of Care (SOC) grant, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services has contracted with WERT to evaluate High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) offered through our expansion sites. The Wraparound Fidelity Index, Short form (WFI-EZ) is a survey created by WERT and is used by the SOC grant to measure fidelity to the HFW model among SOC grant sites. Results from the WFI-EZ will be used to help understand caregiver and Facilitator (Coordinator) experiences with HFW so that we ensure families continuously receive the highest-quality services possible.

For more information about the WERT and/or the WFI-EZ, please contact Krista Johnson, SOC Evaluation and Data Coordinator.

Office of Children Services – Statistics and Publications

  • Statewide Statistics

Virginia Department of Education – Statistics and Reports

  • Provides a variety of data on public education (enrollment, demographics, student achievement, finances and safety)

Virginia Department of Health – Data Portal

  • Provides data reports on various demographics, health outcomes, and other health data for the state including American Community Survey – a United States Census Bureau interface

Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice – Data and Research

  • Provides a publication and reports links as well as a data and research request form.

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities – Policy

  • Provides resources from various state agencies that inform about disability services, strategic plans, advocacy, education and a host of additional topics.

Virginia Department of Health – Health Opportunity Index (HOI)

  • Launched by the VA Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, the HOI is an online mapping tool of community health indicators. The site links to an interactive county dashboard.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Data and Statistics

  • Data and statistics by various health topics as well as tools to provide national/statewide data.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health

  • Contains resources and data regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health

Community Toolbox – Developed by the Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas

  • Provides resources and training for community building projects, strategic planning, evaluation and a host of other community capacity building endeavors.

LGBTData.com – Data

  • Created by Dr. Randall Sell, Drexel University School of Public Health, LGBTData.com serves as a no cost, open access clearinghouse for the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data and measures.

National Institutes of Health – Publications List website

  • This page provides a mechanism to search all federal agencies (institutes and centers) under NIH for publications related to various health topics. In addition you may be able to order copies of publications for public use.
The laws and policies governing the Virginia Children’s Services Act (CSA) require a uniform assessment instrument to be used with all children and families receiving services funded through the CSA. In 2008, the State Executive Council chose the Virginia Version of the CANS to serve this purpose. The CANS is a structured assessment instrument developed by John S. Lyons, Ph.D. with the University of Chicago (Chapin Hall) to assist in the planning and management of services to children and adolescents and their families. The CANS provides numerical ratings of various items, organized in a set of dimensions, or domains. These ratings are indicators of the presence and urgency/prominence of specific needs and strengths. Use of the CANS ensures a strength based assessment which focuses on enhancing communication among service providers and with families.

More information on the Virginia CANS can be found here: Virginia CANS Site