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Here is the latest information on public mental health, intellectual disability, and substance abuse services in Virginia.

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Maria Reppas
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Frank Gallagher Named as Eastern State Behavioral Health Facility Director (Last Updated: Mar 25, 2015)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2015/03/24/13/54/gallagher-announcement

Mr. Frank Gallagher has recently been selected to be the new Behavioral Health Facility Director at Eastern State Hospital.  He will begin this new position on Monday, March 30, 2015.   Over the past 27 plus years, Frank has provided innovative leadership for behavioral health organizations in Virginia, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to the professional development of his staff, dev...
Governor McAuliffe Signs Directive Establishing Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (Last Updated: Mar 24, 2015)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2015/03/24/09/50/mcauliffe-signs-directive

Today Governor McAuliffe signed Executive Directive Four to establish the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice, an interagency collaborative to better coordinate behavioral health and justice services. The announcement came during the final meeting of the Governor’s Task Force for Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response, which originated under former Governor McDonnell and w...
March Marks Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (Last Updated: Mar 19, 2015)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2015/03/19/15/03/dd-month

Governor Terry McAuliffe declared March 2015 to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. An estimated 150,000 adults and children in Virginia have developmental disabilities, and DBHDS’s Department of Developmental Services strives to provide resources and supports specifically tailored to those individuals’ needs. We remain committed to the process of transitioning to a communit...
Governor McAuliffe Launches GAP to Help Most Vulnerable Virginians Struggling with Serious Mental Illness (Last Updated: Jan 14, 2015)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2015/01/14/16/05/gap-launch

This week, Governor McAuliffe announced federal approval and launch of the Governor’s Access Plan, or GAP, which will provide critical physical and behavioral health services for 20,000 Virginians who are uninsured and have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness. This is wonderful news for thousands of Virginians, and their families, who suffer with serious mental illness and no access...
DBHDS-Announces-Sterling (Last Updated: Mar 19, 2015)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/12/10/09/45/dbhds-announces-sterling

Today, DBHDS announced that Becky Sterling accepted the position of Director of Recovery Services for the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services (DBHDS).  Ms. Sterling comes to DBHDS from the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck CSB where she worked as the Consumer Recovery Liaison.  Ms. Sterling is already very familiar with Virginia’s mental health system.  I...
Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents Symposium Highlights Improvements in Treating Children’s Mental Health Issues (Last Updated: Oct 30, 2014)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/10/30/09/34/ccca-symposium

This Friday, the Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents (CCCA) is bringing together national experts in children’s mental health treatment for a symposium held in recognition of CCCA’s 40th anniversary. Based in Staunton, CCCA is licensed and operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). The theme of the event will be CCCA’s ne...
DBHDS Awards $1.2 MILLION to Address Substance Abuse and Mental Illness in Virginia (Last Updated: Oct 23, 2014)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/10/23/14/26/dbhds-wellness-grants

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) has awarded approximately $ 1.2 million in funding to help prevent substance abuse and mental illness by promoting family wellness throughout the Commonwealth.  Funds will be used to support evidence-based prevention programs for parents and their children and are implemented in collaboration with local community ...
Vauter-Named-New-Central-State-Director (Last Updated: Oct 21, 2014)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/10/21/09/55/vauter-named-new-central-state-director

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) Commissioner Debra Ferguson announced today that Dr. Rebecca Vauter has been selected to be the new Facility Director at Central State Hospital. Dr. Vauter is currently serving as the Clinical Director of Eastern State Hospital.  She will start her new position on November 18, 2014. "Dr. Vauter has a long and solid career with...
Kathy Drumwright Selected as DBHDS' New Chief Deputy Commissioner (Last Updated: Oct 17, 2014)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/10/03/14/31/141003-drumwright

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) Commissioner Debra Ferguson announced today that current Acting Deputy Commissioner Kathy Drumwright has been selected to serve as DBHDS' new, permanent Chief Deputy Commissioner. "I am thrilled to announce that Kathy Drumwright will be DBHDS’ new Chief Deputy Commissioner," said Commissioner Ferguson. "Kathy has an impress...
DBHDS, The National Council for Behavioral Health, and VACSB Form Major Partnership to Improve Mental Health in Virginia (Last Updated: Oct 02, 2014)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/10/02/09/57/all-in-announcement

Today, Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), the National Council for Behavioral Health, and the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards (VACSB) formed a joint partnership to help improve the quality of and access to mental health services across the Commonwealth. Most noteworthy is that Virginia is now an “all in” state, which m...