This is a quarterly meeting of the Virginia Higher Education Substance Use Advisory Committee (VHESUAC) established by a law (H 852) that was signed by Governor Northam in 2018.
Effective July 1 of last year, an advisory committee was established to 1) administer a substance abuse prevention program within the Commonwealth and 2) (I.) coordinate substance use prevention activities of agencies of the Commonwealth in such program; (II.) review substance abuse prevention program expenditures by agencies of the Commonwealth, and III.) determine the direction and appropriateness of such expenditures.
VHESUAC is charged with developing and updating a statewide strategic plan for substance use education, prevention, and intervention at Virginia's public and private institutions of higher education. The strategic plan will shall incorporate the use of best practices including student-developed and led peer-to-peer education. This includes recovery programs.
In addition, VHESUAC will collect statewide data from all colleges and universities on student alcohol and substance use. Lastly VHESUAC will develop and maintain reporting guidelines.
VHESUAC is unique in that it aggressively ensures that participation of students and directors of student health in addition to the customary stakeholders that include representatives of Virginia's public and private universities.