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DBHDS-sponsored forum will help develop goals for programs and providers
to promote recovery for Virginians with mental health or substance use disorders


RICHMOND – Next week, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will hold a statewide forum in Roanoke to unite efforts around promoting recovery for individuals with mental health disorders or substance use disorders. Focusing on the evidence-based belief that recovering from even the most serious behavioral health disorders is possible, the recovery “movement” emphasizes self-direction, choice, and hope for those in recovery, as they work in concert with treatment staff and peer providers. Media are invited to attend the event:


Sunday June 9 at 4:30 p.m. – Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The Hotel Roanoke Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Avenue Northwest
Roanoke, VA 24016

“The recovery model is DBHDS’ highest priority for behavioral health,” said DBHDS Commissioner Jim Stewart. “We strongly believe that the principles of recovery should be embedded in all of the services delivered by Virginia’s public system of care, allowing individuals with mental health conditions or substance-use disorders to find their own voice and direct their own course toward recovery.”


The conference will bring together leaders among mental health services and substance abuse services to discuss needs, determine goals and plan for ways to make the most impact in regions and communities across the commonwealth. In addition, attendees will learn about the leadership actions necessary to create a recovery-oriented culture, and about how important recovery-oriented systems of care, person-centered practices and trauma-informed care are to individuals currently in the recovery process. Keynote speaker will be Delaware Substance Abuse and Mental Health Systems Director Dr. Kevin Ann Huckshorn.


Stewart continued, “A long-term, meaningful focus on recovery principles leads to improved, more person-centered services in the community and helps the state mental health hospitals better prepare people for community living. This forum will help us incorporate these principles in services throughout the commonwealth, now and in the years to come.”


The Virginia forum is part of a broader national effort called the Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (known by the acronym “BRSS TACS,” pronounced “brass tacks”). This national project is driven by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to promote the wide-scale adoption of recovery-oriented supports, services and systems for people in recovery from substance use and/or mental health conditions. Last year, DBHDS was one of eight states selected by SAMHSA in a competitive process to receive $50,000 to help fund BRSS-TACS initiatives in Virginia, including engaging other key state partners, in developing a recovery-oriented system of care.



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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