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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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DBHDS Waiver Budget Report (Last Updated: Oct 28, 2015)

Pursuant to Item 307.O. of the 2014 Appropriations Act, The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services  in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services has been developing a detailed report on the budget, expenditures, and number of recipients for each specific intellectual disability (ID) and developmental disability (DD) service provide...
Governor McAuliffe Announces Federal Grant to Create Behavioral Health Clinics in Virginia (Last Updated: Oct 21, 2015)

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) has been awarded a $982,400 federal grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help establish Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) across the state. CCBHCs are a component of Virginia’s long-term strategy to ...
Fourth Annual Virginia Crisis Intervention Team Conference to Be Held October 19-20 in Hampton (Last Updated: Oct 19, 2015)

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...
Disability Employment Awareness Month (Last Updated: Oct 20, 2015)

WHEREAS, of the more than 3.7 million Virginia residents who are employed, just 163,000 of them are individuals with disabilities; and WHEREAS, an estimated one in five Virginians will have a disability at some point in their lifetime; and WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 46, signed July 27, 2015, directs the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to work with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative S...
National Stepping Up Initiative to Reduce the Number of Persons with Mental Illnesses in Jails (Last Updated: Aug 03, 2015)

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)

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...

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)

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)

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)

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...