Virginia’s DCJS Wins 2019 Best in Class GCN Innovation Award

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November 8, 2019

Virginia’s DCJS Wins 2019 Best in Class GCN Innovation Award

DCJS and Qlarion celebrate big win at the GCN Innovation Awards.

Congratulations to Qlarion client, the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), for winning a Best in Class GCN Innovation Award at last night’s gala dinner. DCJS was one of three Best in Class award recipients out of a total of 40 public sector innovations that were recognized at last night’s event. The award winners from state, local and federal agencies included everything from AI and automation programs to cybersecurity, data analytics and digital transformation initiatives that have dramatically improved government.

DCJS was recognized for the implementation of the Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation (FAACT), a secure data-sharing platform that helps communities in the Commonwealth combat Virginia’s opioid addiction crisis.  As one of Virginia’s premier cross-agency data-sharing initiatives, the platform combines previously siloed data from across a variety of different agencies, secretariats, and local organizations—including healthcare and social services, public safety and corrections, drug courts, and community coalitions—to generate insights about the contributing factors to opioid abuse and the most effective ways for communities to respond. A self-service analytics layer allows these organizations to create reports and dashboards, look at incident maps and more effectively collaborate. With this information in hand, local and state leaders can identify populations with certain attributes who need immediate help, 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 preventing the addiction before it begins.

Phase one of the FAACT program targeted the region of Winchester, Virginia, in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. The program’s positive impact was immediately felt throughout the community and spurred CVS Pharmacy to pledge a $1 million grant in support of the effort. The success of phase one has led the Commonwealth and DCJS to expand the FAACT platform to the Roanoke Valley region.

The FAACT platform is distinct from many other programs around the nation because of its community involvement model. While other states typically use data to measure the impact of the opioid crisis, in Virginia, FAACT uses data to empower on-the-ground decision making by community responders.

Please join us in congratulating DCJS for winning a GCN Innovation Award. In September of this year, DCJS was also awarded a Governor’s Technology Award by Governor Northam.  A full list of GCN Award winners can be found here.