Linking Systems of Care Virginia


A number of resources have been developed to support community and state-level implementation of the Virginia HEALS Model for the provision of services and referrals to children, youth, and families. The Virginia HEALS Toolkit includes:

Resource Mapping

The Community Resource Mapping Facilitation Guide can be used within local communities to identify current resources, learn about gaps between current resources and community needs, and provide an opportunity to cultivate new partnerships and relationships across agencies that work with children and youth in the community.

Family Engagement

The Family Engagement Guide provides child, youth, and family serving agencies and systems with guidance on how and why to meaningfully engage family members in decision-making processes around the content and direction of services, interventions, and/or referrals made in the course of case management and planning.

Grant Application Development

The Grant Application Development Menu for Funders offers options for funders to consider when developing Requests for Applications or Grant Guidelines to encourage grantees to provide quality, comprehensive, trauma-informed services for children, youth, and their families.

Referral and Response

The Referral and Response Protocol provides guidance to agency/organizational leadership and multi-disciplinary teams on specific components that support successful referrals and referral responses andĀ outlines a distinct process for front line service providers on how to link children, youth, and families to needed services and support.

Trauma-Informed Agency Assessment

The Trauma-Informed Agency Self-Assessment was created for agencies and organizations from a variety of fields (child welfare, behavioral health, public health, juvenile justice, education, early childhood development, housing, and victim advocacy) to assess where they fall in a continuum of trauma-informed care and to engage them in a process of setting agency improvement goals.