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DBHDS State Board

The State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services is a policy making body comprised of nine citizens from across the Commonwealth. At least one third of the members must be consumers or family members of consumers, with at least one being a direct consumer of services. The Board has the statutory authority for the establishment of policy for the Department, State Facilities and CSBs. Members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the General Assembly.

The draft of the Comprehensive State Plan for 2014-2020 is available to view and comment.

Board Members

Gretta DoeringDOERING, Gretta
Term Expires: June 30, 2013 (1st Term)
Cheryl Ivey GreenGREEN, Rev. Cheryl Ivey
Term Expires: June 30, 2013 (Continuing to Serve Until Filled)
Sandra A. Hermann HERMANN, Sandra A.
Virginia Beach
Term Expires: June 30, 2016 (1st Term)
Thomas J. KirkupKIRKUP, Thomas J.
Term Expires: June 30, 2016 (1st Term)
Paula N. MitchellMITCHELL, Paula N.
Term Expires: June 30, 2016 (1st Term)
Bonnie  NeighbourNEIGHBOUR, Bonnie, Vice Chair
Term Expires: June 30, 2015 (1st Term)
Anand PandurangiPANDURANGI, Anand K., MD, Chair
Term Expires: June 30, 2015 (2st Term)
Anthony W. SoltysSOLTYS, Anthony W. Col. USA (Ret.)
Term Expires: June 30, 2016 (1st Term)
Virginia Beach
Term Expires: June 30, 2014 (1st Term)

If you would like additional information about the Board, please click here for contact information.

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The Board is required to meet at least quarterly. Please note that future meetings will be held in and around the Metro Richmond area or in an area that would not require staff to travel overnight. A period for public comment is included on every agenda. Please note that each meeting’s Board Packet will now be posted just before each meeting date. The Board Packet will remain on the Web site until the next meeting.  

Meeting Date Location

 To print the list of meeting dates and locations for the year: Meeting Schedule 

April 9, 2014
Draft Minutes


December 6, 2013
Approved Minutes


October 9-10, 2013
Approved Minutes


July 22-23, 2013
Approved Minutes


April 8-9, 2013
Approved Minutes

December 3-4, 2012
Approved Minutes

October 10-11, 2012
Approved Minutes

* Location to be confirmed in the future.
Archived Meeting Minutes

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Board Policies

  1. System Mission and Direction
  2. Administration - State Board
  3. Central Office
  4. Community Services Boards' Community Programs
  5. State Behavioral Health and Developmental Facilities
  6. Community Services Boards' Financial Management

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Board Regulations

The State of Virginia has a Web site for all regulatory activity called the Regulatory Town Hall. All State Board regulations are listed at that site.

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Powers & Duties

According to the Code of Virginia, the State Board is a ‘policy’ board as defined in § 2.2-2100. As outlined in § 37.1-203, the Board shall have the following powers and duties:

  1. To develop and establish programmatic and fiscal policies governing the operation of state hospitals and community services boards (CSBs).
  2. To ensure the development of long-range programs and plans for behavioral health and developmental services provide by the Commonwealth and by CSBs.
  3. To review and comment on all budgets and requests for appropriations for the Department prior to their submission to the Governor and on all applications for federal funds.
  4. To monitor the activities of the Department and its effectiveness in implementing the policies of the Board.
  5. To advise the Governor, Commissioner and the General Assembly on matters relating to Behavioral health, mental retardation and substance abuse.
  6. To make, adopt and promulgate such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this title and other laws of the Commonwealth administered by the Commissioner or the Department.
  7. To ensure the development of programs to educate citizens and elicit public support for the activities of the Department and the CSBs.
  8. To ensure that the Department assumes the responsibility for providing the education and training to school-age residents in its institutions pursuant to Virginia statute.
  9. To ensure that the Department assumes the responsibility for providing for education and training of school-age consumers in state facilities, pursuant to § 37.2-312; and
  10. To change the names of state facilities.

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State Board Annual Executive Summary

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Contact Information

State BHDS Board
P. O. Box 1797, Richmond VA 23218-1797
Office: (804) 786-3921   Fax: (804) 371-2308

Staff Contacts

Liaison: Ruth Anne Walker
Phone: (804) 786-1332
Kli Kinzie
Phone: (804) 786-3921

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