Virginia’s DCJS Wins 2019 Governor’s Technology Award for Opioid Data-Sharing Platform

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September 11, 2019

Virginia’s DCJS Wins 2019 Governor’s Technology Award for Opioid Data-Sharing Platform

Governor Ralph Northam recently recognized Qlarion client, the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), and 21 other Virginia agencies, localities and universities for their innovative approaches to improving government service delivery and efficiency.

The 2019 Virginia Governor’s Technology Awards were presented at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) by Northam’s Secretary of Administration Dr. Keyanna Conner and Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth Nelson Moe.

DCJS was recognized in the Data and Analytics category for its opioid and data-sharing platform, the Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation (FAACT). As Virginia’s premier cross-agency data-sharing initiative, the platform combines previously siloed data from a variety of different agencies, secretariats and local organizations including healthcare and social services, public safety and corrections, drug courts and community coalitions. It generates insights about contributing factors to opioid abuse and the most effective ways for communities to respond.

FAACT includes a self-service analytics layer that allows organizations to create reports and dashboards, look at incident maps and collaborate more effectively. With this information in-hand, Commonwealth leaders can identify users who need help now, as well as those who may be more susceptible to opioid abuse in the future. The result is a solution designed to help people in need today while stopping the addiction before it begins. At the end of August, Governor Northam announced that the FAACT platform will expand to the Roanoke Valley and continue operating in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

“It is important that government seeks innovative solutions for initiatives that matter to our citizens,” said Governor Ralph Northam, who sponsored the awards. “From using data and analytics to help solve the opioid crisis to improving the cybersecurity of our elections, these projects improve Virginia.”

“These information technology (IT) projects and especially the employees who made them happen deserve our attention and to be honored for their efforts,” noted Secretary Conner. “I am very proud of these winners. It is exciting to see innovation at work in these projects.”

The complete list of winners can be found here.