HISTORY OF THE CHESTERFIELD COUNTY COORDINATING COUNCIL
Members of the professional human services community became frustrated and concerned with the rise in juvenile crime and the treatment of youthful offenders. Realizing that working with youth is not an exclusive function of their agencies, the two took their concerns to the Chesterfield County residing legislator.
Mrs. Jean Harris convened a meeting of all local state agency representatives and county government officials to discuss the issues of prevention, intervention, and treatment of juvenile offenders and other issues. It became obvious at the first meeting, in early 1993, that many agencies in the county had common problems and some of these problems were not limited to youth-related issues. After several meetings, the participants discovered that services to county residents were being duplicated, resources were limited, and the quality of services was not what it could be in many cases.
The group began to meet monthly, forming the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council and has continued to grow in its membership of county human service providers. The CCCC adopted a mission statement and obtained incorporation and 501(c)(3) status in late 1996. The Council continues to assess current and needed services and identifies critical issues facing the county. The current committees are: Program & Information Services, Youth Development Coalition, Health, and Volunteer. The Adult Interagency Treatment Team was long-standing and works closely with the CCCC since each agency is a CCCC participant.
Projects to date include:
A seed of true cooperation has grown into a thriving commitment by all members of the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council to provide quality services to our residents through a unified effort, working together to reach common goals. Through these efforts, the CCCC is responsible for bringing more than $6 million in outside funding to the county. That translates into an improved quality of life in Chesterfield County!