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About the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Available to citizens statewide, Virginia’s public mental health, intellectual disability and substance abuse services system is comprised of 16 state-operated facilities and 40 locally-run community services boards (CSBs) The CSBs and facilities serve children and adults who have—or who are at risk of—mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, intellectual disabilities, or substance abuse disorders.

Virginia’s state-run facilities provide highly-structured, intensive services and consist of: seven mental health facilities, five intellectual disability training centers, a psychiatric facility for children and adolescents, a medical center, a psychiatric geriatric hospital and a center for behavioral rehabilitation (SVP). For placement in state facilities, patients are initially evaluated and referred from local CSBs.

For the past several years, DBHDS has been working in earnest with a broad network of stakeholders to transform our system to enhance community-based care for individuals, make overdue infrastructure improvements to our state facilities and to change the way services are delivered. In recent months, we have been further examining our system and working with state and local leadership to determine the services that will be needed in the future.

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