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John J. Pezzoli

DBHDS Acting Commissioner

John Pezzoli was named the acting commissioner of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) on January 11, 2014.  John was appointed to the position of Assistant Commissioner for Behavioral Health Services for DBHDS in 2010.  Before that he served as Interim Inspector General (January 18, 2010 to May 1, 2010) and Senior Inspector/Project Manager with the Office of the Inspector General since April 2005.  Prior to this, John served for almost 30 years in a variety of positions at the Region Ten Community Services Board, one of Virginia’s 40 community services boards, serving Charlottesville and the counties surrounding it.  Beginning in 1975 as Director of Intellectual Disabilities Services, John later managed portions of all of Region Ten’s mental health and substance use disorder services, before finally serving as Director of Mental Health Services.  John served as the statewide chairman of VACSB councils of both intellectual disabilities and mental health directors, and in various leadership positions in professional associations at the state, regional, and national level.

John has specialized in program evaluation and research.  He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin.  He served on the school board for the city of Charlottesville for nine years, including three as chairman.  Prior to coming to Virginia; John worked for the ARC in Austin, Texas.


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