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DBHDS News Release

For Immediate Release: September 21, 2011
 

DBHDS Awarded Grant for Improvements to
Children’s Behavioral Health Services
$586,718 SAMHSA planning grant helps improve and expand Virginia’s “systems of care” for children
 

Richmond – The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) announced today that it has received a one-year, $586,718 “System of Care Expansion Planning” grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). A “system of care” is an organizational philosophy and framework that involves collaboration across government and private agencies, providers, families, and youth for the purpose of improving access and expanding the array of coordinated community-based, culturally and linguistically competent services and supports for children and youth with a serious emotional disturbance and their families.

This grant will support the development of a comprehensive strategic plan for improving and expanding on existing services provided by systems of care for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. The goal will be to implement systems of care statewide. The plan will include workforce development and quality assurance activities to support community services boards and community policy and management teams in developing plans to expand services and supports through system of care values and principles.

Oversight for the work will be accomplished through a multidisciplinary System of Care Expansion Team and will be guided by the plan developed under Appropriations Items 304.M. and Q.: “A Plan for Community-Based Children’s Behavioral Health Services in Virginia.” To access this report you may click on the following web link: http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/documents/CFS/cfs-Community-Based-BH-Plan.pdf.  The grant award period is October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012. Stakeholders and partners should contact Pam Fisher, Project Coordinator, at pamela.fisher@dbhds.virginia.gov or 804-786-0158 for more information.

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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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