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For Immediate Release:  July 14, 2010
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John Pezzoli Named New DBHDS Assistant Commissioner for Behavioral Health Services

Richmond – Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) Commissioner James W. Stewart, III announced today that John Pezzoli has been selected to serve as the DBHDS assistant commissioner of behavioral health services. Pezzoli served as the senior inspector and project manager in the Office of the Inspector General for Behavioral Health and Developmental Services since 2005, including several months as interim inspector general.

“John has an extensive knowledge of the behavioral health services system in Virginia,” said Commissioner Stewart. “He has a demonstrated ability for improving the quality of services we provide for individuals with mental illness and substance-use disorders and their families.”

Prior to coming to the Office of the Inspector General, Pezzoli held several positions at Region Ten community services board in Charlottesville, including 12 years as the director of behavioral health services, nine years as the director of community support services, five years as the director of intellectual disability services and two years as the director of program services. Earlier in his career he worked in Texas for The Arc and as a juvenile probation officer.

Pezzoli, of Charlottesville, received a BA in sociology and a Master of Science in Social Work, both from the University of Texas. He will start work in his new position on August 10, 2010. 


Available to citizens statewide, Virginia’s public mental health, intellectual disability and substance abuse services system is comprised of 40 community services boards (CSBs) and 16 state facilities. DBHDS seeks to promote dignity, choice, recovery, and the highest possible level of participation in work, relationships, and all aspects of community life for individuals with a mental illness, intellectual disability or a substance-use disorder.

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