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A Vision For A New
System of Services


ENVISION THE POSSIBILITIES

The Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services has been working with its partners statewide to update its vision for the Commonwealth’s system of services. The result is a collaborative vision that embraces self-determination, empowerment and recovery as the core of its foundation. We invite you to Envision the Possibilities.


Our vision is of a consumer-driven system of services and supports that promotes self-determination, empowerment, recovery, resilience, health, and the highest possible level of consumer participation in all aspects of community life including work, school, family and other meaningful relationships. The eight foundations of this vision include the following:


SELF-DETERMINATION, EMPOWERMENT, AND RECOVERY

ACCOUNTABILITY

ACCESS

QUALITY OF SERVICES

PARTNERSHIPS

COORDINATION

FUNDING

EFFICIENT USE OF RESOURCES

I am convinced that our system will not be restructured appropriately until we fully understand, fully embrace, and fully implement the concepts of self determination, empowerment and recovery. These concepts are just as important for providers, administrators, family members and advocates as they are for the people who receive services. Everyone needs to feel that there is unquestionable hope for improvement and that they are empowered to make meaningful changes.

Commissioner James S. Reinhard, M.D


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