DBHDS News Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2013
EVENT AIMS TO IMPROVE VIRGINIA’S
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, BEHAVIORIAL HEALTH EFFORTS
"Cross Systems Mapping Initiative” Event to be Held Thursday in Charlottesville
RICHMOND – On Thursday, November 21, Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will host the Cross Systems Mapping Initiative, a training and networking event for key stakeholders in the criminal justice and behavioral health fields. Participants will come from 40 areas across Virginia to discuss accomplishments, challenges, and goals to improve outcomes for individuals with mental illness who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
Media are invited to attend the event:
November 21, 2013, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
OMNI Charlottesville Hotel
212 Ridge McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
The Cross Systems Mapping Initiative aims to identify and effectively assist individuals with behavioral health issues who are in the criminal justice system. By literally mapping how treatment and law enforcement coincide, the Cross Systems Mapping Initiative identifies gaps in services, works to reduce duplication of efforts, and creates an action plan with attainable goals and specific steps to improve services in communities across Virginia.
“When law enforcement and behavioral health practitioners work together to improve outcomes, Virginians who are in the criminal justice system and suffering from mental illness have improved access to the services and help they need,” said DBHDS Commissioner Jim Stewart. “The Cross Systems Mapping Initiative puts each community’s interactions between law enforcement and individuals with mental illness under a microscope and develops collaborative solutions that divert individuals from the criminal justice system whenever possible, improve linkages to treatment and enhance community safety.”
In 2008, a group of 300 criminal justice, behavioral health and consumer advocate stakeholders created Virginia’s Cross Systems Mapping Initiative to strengthen local criminal justice systems and behavioral health initiatives.
- 40 Workshops held across Virginia
- 40 community criminal justice and behavioral health systems maps created
- 40 community action plans disseminated
- 98 cities and counties in Virginia ‘mapped’
- 73 percent of the population living in a community that has participated in a Cross Systems Mapping workshop
- Roughly 1,400 criminal justice, behavioral health and consumers and community members trained
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.
1220 Bank Street • P.O. Box 1797 • Richmond, Virginia 23218-1797
Phone: (804) 786-3921 • Fax: (804) 371-6638 • Web site: www.dbhds.virginia.gov
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