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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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February 7--DBHDS Website Outage (Last Updated: Feb 06, 2016)

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

On Sunday, February 7, the DBHDS website will be down for maintenance from midnight to 1 AM (Eastern).  If you need emergency assistance, please dial 911 during that time.
Public Comment: Transformation Team Recommendations (Last Updated: Feb 01, 2016)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2015/10/21/15/08/tt-recs-winter

The Transformation Teams have been meeting since Fall 2014, and each group finalized the second round of recommendations this past month. The next step is soliciting comment from the general public.
Public Comment Period for Proposed Regulations (Last Updated: Feb 11, 2016)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2015/10/20/09/04/hr-regs

Cc:      Members, State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services             Members, State Human Rights Committee                 Re:      Public Comment Period for Proposed Regulations 12VAC35-115 On December ...
DBHDS Waiver Budget Report (Last Updated: Feb 11, 2016)

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2015/10/28/16/52/waiver-budget

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 provided...
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...