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Daniel Herr named director at Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute

Richmond – Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services (DBHDS) Commissioner Jim Stewart announced that Daniel L. Herr is the new director at Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute (SVMHI). Herr started his new position on February 19, 2013.

“Daniel has an extensive knowledge base and leadership skills,” said Commissioner Stewart. “These experiences have afforded him the opportunity to manage inpatient clinical services, administration, finance, human resources, performance improvement, risk management, human rights compliance and legal affairs.”

Since 2005, Herr has been the executive director at Gateway Homes, Inc. where he helped reshape that organization into a statewide private sector leader in providing cost-effective, evidence-based, recovery-focused services to individuals with serious mental illness.  He previously served as the director of forensic services at Central State Hospital for seven years and also held positions at DBHDS’ central office, Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute and Western State Hospital. Herr earned a JD from Georgetown University Law School and his undergraduate degree in social work from Eastern Mennonite University.

Stewart continued, “SVMHI and the individuals and communities it serves will greatly benefit from his long history of active collaboration with local, regional and statewide partners.”

SVMHI is a 72-bed state mental health facility in Danville, Virginia.


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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