James W. Stewart, III
Jim Stewart currently serves as the commissioner of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) following his appointment by Governor Bob McDonnell. Prior to becoming commissioner, Jim was appointed as the Commonwealthís Inspector General for Behavioral Health & Developmental Services by Governor Mark Warner in 2004 and reappointed by Governor Tim Kaine in 2007. An arm of the Governorís Office, the Office of the Inspector General is responsible for reviewing and inspecting the quality of services provided by state mental health facilities and training centers, local community services boards, and other providers. Recommendations for improvement are made by the OIG to the Governor and General Assembly.
Jim served as mental health director (1977 - 1981) and executive director (1981 - 2004) of the Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services. Prior to coming to Virginia, he worked as an outpatient center director and clinician in a local community mental health center and as a social worker in a state hospital in Tennessee. He served as an officer in the United States Navy, stationed in Norfolk, VA. With a personal interest in organizational development and change, Jim has provided consultation to many public and private organizations.
Throughout his 35 years in public behavioral health and developmental service, he has worked actively at local, state and federal levels to shape policies, regulations and funding initiatives with the goal of enhancing services for individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities and those with substance use problems. He has served on numerous boards and commissions focused on improving mental health services. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and formerly served as president of the National Association of County Behavioral Health Directors (NACBHD).
Jim received his bachelorís degree in economics from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and a masterís degree in social work from the University of Tennessee.
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