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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 26, 2012

Richmond A new permanent director started work today as the director of the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute (NVMHI) in Falls Church, Virginia. James R. Newton will serve as the director of the 123-bed state mental health hospital. Most recently, Mr. Newton was the CEO of Macon Behavioral Health System, a 110-bed psychiatric inpatient facility in Macon Georgia.

“Jim has a wealth of administrative and clinical experience in both mental health and forensic services,” said Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Commissioner Jim Stewart. “His extensive experience will be of great benefit to the persons served and staff at NVMHI.”

Before being CEO at Macon Behavioral Health, Mr. Newton served as the director for mental health services for several private health care hospitals and organizations, focusing on clinical service delivery, quality assurance, facility management and planning. He also has broad public sector experience working in the delivery of community behavioral health services and working with and in state departments of corrections to provide behavioral treatment programs.

Mr. Newton earned his MA in counseling/psychology from the University of Cincinnati and his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University.
NVMHI first opened its doors to patients on January 15, 1968.  The hospital strives to promote recovery of individuals with serious mental illness through the use of safe, efficient, and effective services. NVMHI is one of seven state mental health facilities operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.


Available to citizens statewide, Virginias 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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