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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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maria.reppas@dbhds.virginia.gov 

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Gov. McAuliffe Announces Partnership with George Mason University to Combat Fatal Drug Overdoses (Last Updated: Aug 23, 2016)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2016/08/23/14/23/gmu-grant

George Mason University is working with the Commonwealth of Virginia to reduce substance abuse and fatal drug overdoses, the number one cause of accidental death in Virginia. The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services received an $8.3 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant will fund a project based at Mason ...
DBHDS Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report (Last Updated: Jul 26, 2016)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2015/10/21/15/08/annual-report

DBHDS Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report is available here.
DBHDS on the Kojo Nnamdi Show (Last Updated: Mar 15, 2016)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2016/02/06/10/38/wamu

Marion Greenfield, Director of Clinical Quality and Risk Management at DBHDS, was a guest on WAMU 88.5's The Kojo Nnamdi Show. She discussed the Commonwealth's efforts to compensate Virginians who were involuntarily sterilized under the 1924 Virginia Eugenical Sterilization Act.
Fourth Annual Virginia Crisis Intervention Team Conference to Be Held October 19-20 in Hampton (Last Updated: Oct 19, 2015)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2015/10/19/11/13/unite

This week, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will hold its 4th Annual Virginia Crisis Intervention Team (VACIT) Conference in Hampton, Virginia.  Over 350 people, including first responders such as police, sheriff, fire, and mental health as well as other community stakeholders such as hospital staff, mental health peers or consumers, mental health advoca...
National Stepping Up Initiative to Reduce the Number of Persons with Mental Illnesses in Jails (Last Updated: Aug 03, 2015)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2015/08/03/16/19/stepping-up

DBHDS is excited to announce its support for the national Stepping Up Initiative, an initiative to reduce the number of persons with mental illnesses in jails! Please click the link to learn more!
Dr. Mary Clare Smith Named as Western State Hospital Director (Last Updated: Aug 03, 2015)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2015/08/03/14/48/smith-wsh

Today, DBHDS announced that Dr. Mary Clare Smith has been named as the new Director at Western State Hospital.  She will start this new position on July 25, 2015.  Since August 2014, she has been serving as the Acting Facility Director at Western State Hospital. Dr. Smith has worked in Virginia’s behavioral health system for over 20 years, and most of her career was built on her ps...
DBHDS TO HOLD TOWN HALL MEETINGS ON COMMISSIONER FERGUSON’S TRANSFORMATION TEAMS’ RECOMMENDATIONS (Last Updated: May 07, 2015)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2015/05/07/16/26/tt-town-halls

During the month of May, Commissioner Ferguson of the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services (DBHDS) and the Transformation Team Co-Chairs will host four town hall meetings across the state to solicit feedback from the general public on the Transformation Team recommendations to the Commissioner. The Teams are tasked with making recommendations to transform Virginia’s b...
Frank Gallagher Named as Eastern State Hospital Director (Last Updated: Mar 30, 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 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, developing recovery oriented a...
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...