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For Immediate Release:  December 10, 2009
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New DBHDS Film Promotes Hope and Recovery for individuals with Mental Illness
Documentary premieres Thursday, December 17th  

Richmond –  A new film, “Voices of Hope and Recovery,” featuring the struggles and victories of five Virginians with mental illness, will premiere Thursday at the Capitol in Richmond. Media and the public are invited to attend:

Thursday, December 17, 2009
3 p.m.
House Room 3
Virginia State Capitol

Created by award-winning Virginia filmmaker Robert Griffith, along with an original score by acclaimed Virginia singer/songwriter Steve Bassett, this 50-minute documentary illustrates the power of hope and the possibility of recovery from serious mental illness.  

“This film is one more way of reinforcing that there is good reason for hope for individuals with mental illness,” said DBHDS Commissioner James Reinhard, M.D. “By showing the highs and lows of five courageous individuals, this film breathes life into the concept that people with even the most serious mental illness can recover to live full and productive lives in their communities.”  

“Voices of Hope and Recovery” is made possible by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services through funds from the federal Mental Health Block Grant. Following the premiere, the film will be made available online through a link on DBHDS’ Web site at  

House Room 3 is accessible through the new public entrance of the Virginia State Capitol building, located at the corner of Bank and 10th Streets. Please click here for a map and parking information. Media wishing to attend the premiere should contact Meghan McGuire at or (804) 786-9048.


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. 

1220 Bank Street P.O. Box 1797 Richmond, Virginia 23218-1797
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