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DBHDS News and Press Releases

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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DBHDS-Announces-Sterling (Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014)

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...
Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Establishing the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse (Last Updated: Sep 26, 2014)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/09/26/16/03/executive-order-29

Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 29 establishing the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse.  The task force will recommend immediate steps to address a growing and dangerous epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse in the Commonwealth.  The order asks the task force to suggest strategies that will raise public awareness about the d...
ALL IN! DBHDS Monthly Update From Commissioner Ferguson - August 2014 (Last Updated: Sep 04, 2014)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/08/19/10/12/all-in-august-2014

WELCOME Welcome to another monthly update from DBHDS. I have renamed this monthly communication “ALL IN!” What does it mean?  We recognize that improving Virginia’s behavioral health system and bolstering the developmental disability system are critical, urgent priorities. ALL IN! speaks to our level of commitment and sense of urgency. ALL IN! acknowledges that major system...
From the Commissioner's Desk - DBHDS Monthly Update for July 2014 (Last Updated: Aug 18, 2014)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/08/18/16/08/from-the-commissioner-7-3-14

WELCOME Welcome to another monthly edition of “From the Commissioner’s Desk.” June has been an extremely busy month! Below is a brief snapshot of the critical updates and accomplishments during June on issues affecting the people we serve. Without doubt, our daily efforts have extended far beyond the major updates included below. I am grateful for all of the work being done to i...
REVIVE! Pilot Program Aims to Reduce Opioid-Related Deaths in Richmond Area and Southwest Virginia (Last Updated: Sep 19, 2014)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/06/20/10/43/revive-launch

Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) -- along with the Department of Health (VDH), the Department of Health Professions (DPH), statewide recovery organizations, and key stakeholders – launched the REVIVE! Pilot Program. REVIVE! strives to reverse opioid overdoses, which are steadily increasing across Virginia. “Since 1996, naloxone has he...