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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2013

Sale Proceeds to be placed in Trust Fund to provide additional community services for those with developmental disabilities


RICHMOND, VA –The sale of surplus property at the Southeastern Virginia Training Center (SEVTC) in Chesapeake has been finalized and proceeds from the sale will go into the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Trust Fund to provide community services for individuals with developmental disabilities. SEVTC is run by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS).

DBHDS, represented by the Department of General Services, and the Division of Real Estate Services, signed a sales agreement with Greenbrier Ocean Partners (GOP), LLC for the purchase of approximately 75 acres of excess property at SEVTC for $7,500,000. The sale was made possible by SEVTC downsizing from a capacity of 200 to 75 beds and the construction of 15 new residential units on the remaining 20 acres of property.


In accordance with Virginia law, proceeds from the sale will go into Trust Fund. These funds will provide additional or enhanced services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live in their communities.

DBHDS is pleased participate in the agreement that provides a new and improved administrative services building for SEVTC. The administrative services building will meet the needs of facility while boosting economic growth and jobs in Chesapeake.


The current property at SEVTC consists of four parcels of land.

In addition to the 15 newly-built homes on SEVTC’s campus, 13 additional homes have been constructed in communities across Tidewater. Many of SEVTC’s former residents have relocated to these new homes. SEVTC’s downsizing mirrors the decrease of individuals living in all training centers across Virginia. Since 2000, the number of individuals residing in training centers statewide has dropped from 1,745 to under 700. A settlement agreement between the Commonwealth and the U.S. Department of Justice on Virginia’s intellectual and developmental disability system requires Virginia, among other changes, to provide services in the most integrated and appropriate setting, to develop a sufficient quantity community services, and to improve discharge process at training centers. Concurrently, Governor McDonnell announced the closure of four of Virginia’s five training centers by 2020. SEVTC will remain open at 75 beds.



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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