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GOVERNOR’S TASK FORCE ON MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND CRISIS RESPONSE

Introduction

On December 10, 2013, Executive Order 68 was established to seek and recommend solutions that will improve Virginia's mental health crisis services and help prevent crises from developing. The executive order created the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health Services and Crisis Response to review existing services and challenges in Virginia's mental health system and make recommendations, including legislative and budget proposals, for critical improvements to mental health procedures, programs and services. Membership includes leaders in the mental health field, law enforcement communities, the judicial system, private hospitals, and individuals receiving mental health services and their families. The task force will send initial recommendations no later than January 31, 2014. It will make additional recommendations on an ongoing basis and provide a final report on all aspects of the executive order to the governor no later than October 1, 2014.

TASK FORCE MEMBERSHIP

Full Task Force Membership
Roster of Task Force Members

Workgroup Membership

Meetings

January 7, 2014 - Meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response, 1 p.m., Patrick Henry Building, Richmond

Meeting Agenda

Virginia’s Publicly-Funded Behavioral Health Services System - Jim Stewart, III, Commissioner, DBHDS

Virginia’s Civil Commitment Process - Allyson K. Tysinger, Office of the Attorney General

Presentation – Clinical Issues in the Prevention of Psychiatric Crises and the Provision of Crisis Response Services Jack Barber, M.D., DBHDS Medical Director (verbal presentation, no handout provided)

Presentation - G. Douglas Bevelacqua, Director, Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Division, Office of the State Inspector General

Improved Behavioral Health Coordination for Medicaid Enrollees - Karen Kimsey, Deputy Director of Complex Care and Services, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services and William Phipps, LCSW, General Manager, Magellan of Virginia

Law Enforcement and Mental Health - John W. Jones, Executive Director, Virginia Sheriffs’ Association

The Impact of the Mental Health Crisis on Law Enforcement - Schrad, Executive Director, Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators

Governor’s Budget for Virginia’s Behavioral Health System and Secretary of Health and Human Resources’ Recommendations Based on the Review of the Tragedy in Bath County - John Pezzoli, DBHDS Assistant Commissioner for Behavioral Health Services

January 24, 2014 - Meetings of the Workgroups on Crisis Response, Ongoing Treatment & Support, Public Safety, and Technical & Data Infrastructure, 10 a.m., Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23219

Meeting Agenda
Meeting Minutes

January 28, 2014 - Meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response, 1 p.m., Patrick Henry Building, Richmond

Meeting Agenda
Taskforce Recommendations
Meeting Materials

March 19, 2014 - Meetings of the Workgroups on Crisis Response, Ongoing Treatment & Support, Public Safety, and Technical & Data Infrastructure, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23219

Meeting Materials

April 10, 2014 - Meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Virginia Department of Health Professions, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, VA, 23233-1463

Meeting Materials

Announcements

January 2, 2014 - Governor Announces Membership of Mental Health Services and Crisis Response Task Force

December 10, 2013Governor Proposes New Mental Health Funding and Issues Executive Order 68

Public Comments

Click here if you have a Public Comment for the MH Task Force.


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