Prepared by Jason Lowe and Lisa Street, this report highlights some of the primary findings from the more than 3,000 responses received. It summarizes current challenges, training needs and barriers, and VASIP/COSIG efforts.
Prepared by Jason Lowe, this paper is a preliminary summary of the overall findings of the workforce survey (data from the CSB/BHA and Facility versions combined).
Thank you for your interest in the Virginia Service Integration Program's (VASIP) Workforce Survey initiative. As many of you know, in 2004 the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services was awarded a five-year, $3.5 million Co-Occurring State Infrastructure Grant (COSIG) from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to enhance the screening, assessment and treatment of co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. This grant led to the creation of VASIP, a program that is working to enhance our service systemís infrastructure to support integration of services for persons with or at risk of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. One of the important initiatives of VASIP is workforce development.
To that end, VASIP has developed this workforce survey. The survey is designed to assess the ability of our workforce to address the complex needs of individuals with co-occurring disorders and to determine what training and educational needs exist to better prepare the workforce to address the needs of this growing population. With the assistance of staff from CSBs and BHAs, state facilities, the Department, and the VACSBís Data Management Committee, VASIP has created an instrument to capture information on these needs. This is an exciting initiative because it allows our workforce the opportunity to voice their own opinions about their current and future training needs.
All surveys have been completed and collected, and more than 3,000 responses were recived from staff members at our CSBs, BHAs, and state facilities throughout Virginia. Thanks to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to complete the survey. Thanks again for your interest in the Virginia Service Integration Program (VASIP) and the Workforce Survey initiative.
If you have any questions about the survey, please email Susan Pauley at