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For Immediate Release:  May 16, 2008
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Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute Celebrates 40 Years

 Richmond, VA – On Tuesday, May 20, at 1 p.m., Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute (NVMHI) will hold a celebration marking its 40th Anniversary. Media are invited to attend:  

Tuesday, May 20, 2008; 1 p.m.
Northern Virginia
Mental Health Institute
3302 Gallows Road

Falls Church ,VA 22042-3398

The facility first opened its doors to patients on January 15, 1968. At the time, it was a 120-bed short-term hospital that provided intensive treatment to individuals with acute mental health needs living in Northern Virginia.

Now at 129 beds, it 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 Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services (DMHMRSAS).

“Since opening its doors in 1968, NVMHI has helped set the standard in the Commonwealth for changing the way individuals with mental illness are cared for and treated,” said James Reinhard, M.D., DMHRMSAS commissioner. “Over the past forty years, thousands of individuals with mental illness in Virginia have benefited from excellent care and partnership with the community thanks to NVMHI.”

Speakers at the anniversary celebration will include keynote speaker DMHMRSAS Commissioner James Reinhard, NVMHI Director Lynn DeLacy and NVMHI Advisory Council President Saranna Rankin.

Then a registered nurse, the current NVMHI director, Dr. Lynn DeLacy, was the first nursing team leader when the facility opened. DeLacy was named facility director in 2003.

For more information about NVMHI, please visit here. For more information about DMHRMSAS facilities, please visit here. Media planning to attend the event should contact Meghan McGuire at (804) 786-9048.

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Available to citizens statewide, Virginia’s public Behavioral Health and Developmental services system is comprised of 40 community services boards (CSBs) and 16 state facilities. DMHMRSAS 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 health, mental retardation or substance abuse disorders.

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