COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 76
April 9, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Availability of Training through the Virginia Institute for Social Services Training Activities
  The purpose of this memorandum is to inform school
  divisions of no-cost or low-cost training opportunities. 
  Virginia Commonwealth University's Virginia Institute for
  Social Services Training Activities (VISSTA) provides
  training for local divisions of social services and for
  local Comprehensive Services Act (CSA) Family Assessment
  and Planning Teams (FAPTs).  The CSA curriculum has
  recently been revised, and the following courses are now
  available:

     120: Utilization Management within a System of Care
     121: Orientation to the Comprehensive Services Act
     122: Maintaining and Sustaining FAPTs.

  In addition, FAPT members and their designated alternates
  are permitted to attend any course offered by VISSTA
  without cost.  Courses for school personnel who are not
  involved with the FAPT will cost $15 per day of training. 

  To register, personnel need to follow the instructions in
  the Comprehensive Services Act (CSA) Individual Training
  Needs Assessment (ITNA), of which a copy is attached.  A
  complete course catalogue providing a detailed
  description of each course is also attached.  In addition
  to school personnel involved with the CSA, other student
  services and instructional personnel may find these
  courses of value.

  Questions may be addressed to B. J. Zarris, Assistant
  Director of VCU VISSTA, at (804) 828-0311 or Dr. Lissa
  Power-deFur, Associate Director of Special Education and 
  Student Services, who represents the Virginia Department
  of Education on the CSA State Management Team, at (804-225-2818).

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  Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attach-
               ment will be sent to the superintendent's
               office.