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Substance Abuse Services

In collaboration with its state and community partners, DBHDS plans, develops, directs, funds and monitors the delivery of comprehensive substance abuse services throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. To ensure the delivery of coordinated services to mutually served populations, DBHDS provides liaison services to other state agencies that interact with the public substance abuse treatment services delivery system. DBHDS is involved in design, development and implementation of evaluation processes, data reporting standards and measures used to analyze the delivery of public substance abuse treatment services.  Monitoring and review of the public substance abuse prevention and treatment services delivery system assures compliance with federal and state standards, regulations and protocols.  Our goals for the Commonwealth's public substance use disorder treatment system include the following:

  • Develop an integrated substance abuse (community and facility) array of treatment and support elements.
  • Establish quality standards and practices throughout the substance abuse treatment system. 
  • Improve internal and external customer communications and relationships. 
  • Increase education and training on current substance abuse methods when working with rural or culturally distinct populations. 
  • Maximize technology and resources to sustain, support, and expand the substance abuse treatment system. 
  • Empower the substance abuse treatment system to reduce and prevent the adverse effects of alcohol and drug abuse on individuals, families, and communities in Virginia

How to Get Help for Substance Use Disorders or Addiction

Virginia's community services boards (CSBs) are the primary point of entry into the Commonwealth's public behavioral health and developmental services system.  CSBs provide treatment for mental health issues, substance use and addiction, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.  There is a CSB that serves every county and city in the state.  To locate the CSB nearest to you, click here.  You can also visit the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) treatment locator website at  On that page, you can search for providers by zip code.

Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant

Each year, the Commonwealth receives federal funding from the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG), which is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The SAPTBG provides significant resources for the treatment of substance use disorders and addiction, and for the prevention of alcohol, drug and tobacco use among young people.  In Virginia, the SAPTBG provides some 45% of funding for these purposes in our public behavioral health system, which for State Fiscal Year 2018 totals $41,979,903. 

As the recipient of these federal funds, DBHDS submits an annual plan and application to SAMHSA.  The Commonwealth's Federal Fiscal Year 2018-2019 combined application for $8,817,330 in Community Mental Health Services Block Grant funds and $41,889,853 in Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant funds is available for review by clicking this link to a PDF version of the application, which is submitted online through the SAMHSA Web-based Block Grant Application System (BGAS).  DBHDS invites review and comment from the public on the application.  To submit a comment or to ask questions about the block grants or the draft application, please contact Rhonda Thissen, DBHDS Behavioral Health Program Planner, at

A public hearing on the block grant application has been scheduled for Friday, August 25, 2017, from 10 AM to 12 PM in room 1237 of the DBHDS Central Office facility, which is located at 1220 Bank Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23218.  The public is encouraged to attend.