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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 12, 2013

Mr. Connie Cochran Named DBHDS
Assistant Commissioner for Developmental Services


RICHMOND:Today, Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services (DBHDS) Commissioner Jim Stewart named Mr. Connie Cochran as the new Assistant Commissioner for Developmental Services.


“Connie has extensive experience serving individuals with developmental disabilities, said Commissioner Stewart. I'm confident he will build on our current work, particularly implementing Virginia's settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, while seeking new opportunities to improve our services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.“


Since 1995, Mr. Cochran served as the Chief Executive Officer of Easter Seals UCP North Carolina and Virginia. This organization provides mental health and developmental services to over 20,000 individuals and their families throughout North Carolina and Virginia. During his time at Easter Seals UCP, Mr. Cochran oversaw program and training development, fundraising, advocacy, volunteer engagement, and strategic planning. Previously, Mr. Cochran led two chapters of The Arc (Albemarle, NC and Charlottesville, VA). He also served on the national level for the board of the Council for Quality Leadership (CQL) and as the interim executive of United Cerebral Palsy Associations.

Mr. Cochran earned his undergraduate degree in special education from the University of Virginia and his masters in educational administration from the Virginia Commonwealth University.


Available to citizens statewide, Virginia’s public behavioral health and developmental disabilities 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 mental illness, developmental disabilities or substance-use disorders.


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