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Behavioral Wellness

                                                     Wellness

DBHDS' Behavioral Wellness programs focus on promoting individual and community behavior wellness through a comprehensive array of strategies proven to reduce substance abuse and promote mental health. The guiding principles include:

  • Data-driven decision making
  • Building capacity through training, technical assistance, resources, and partnerships
  • Utilization of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) planning model with measures for performance management and behavioral outcomes  
  • Support the implementation of proven prevention, programs, practices, strategies, and policies in communities
  • Evaluate efforts for outcomes
  • Embed/integrate cultural competence at all service levels including policymaking, administration, and practice
  • Institutionalize prevention values, processes, and outcomes, develop and maintain partnerships and secure financial and other resources
Provides a comprehensive system of care that incorporates program, practices, and strategies to support the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of families.
  • Evidence based programs that support the DBHDS’ implementation of the Strategic Prevention Framework through programs proven to enhance family health and wellness, family relationships, increased family management, children’s mental health and reduce substance abuse.
  • Environmental strategies aimed at influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, systems and policies to support the physical, economic, legal and socio-cultural conditions of families and communities .
  • Family Wellness Advisory Boards provide a venue for diverse community partners to participate in a process that assists in the planning, decision making and implementation of programs, practices, and strategies and leverages resources to successfully  implement the community ‘s wellness plan.
  • Social Marketing & Media that help raise awareness, promote healthy norms and behaviors and support policy changes related to family wellness.

- Program Grantees identified in June 2014

Promotes and encourages wellness by increasing protective factors and decreasing risk factors through community collaboration and strategies.
  • SYNAR works to reduce tobacco sales to underage youth by educating merchants about the consequences of selling to youth under the age of 18.
  • SPF-SIG (Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grant) works to reduce alcohol-related traffic accidents and deaths among 18-25 year olds.
  • Lead & Seed is a youth empowered, environmental approach that works to prevent and reduce alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use in communities across the Commonwealth.
  • Community Coalitions, through partnerships with community sectors, work to prevent and reduce substance abuse by addressing community norms.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Adult Instructor Training and Youth Instructor Training - Instructor certification training introduces the 8-hour course, overviews adult learning styles and teaching strategies, and provides in-depth instruction on implementing and managing the program in diverse communities. The 5-day training teaches you how to:
  • Teach the Mental Health First Aid course, including the 5-step action plan, evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies, and prevalence data.
  • Present the program with fidelity to the tested, core model.
  • Apply the program to a range of adult learning styles.
  • Tailor presentations to diverse audiences and learning environments.
  • Instructor certification is awarded specifically for both the adult and youth courses. If you want to teach both types of courses, you must first certify as an instructor through a 5-day training (for one course type), and then go through a 2.5-day training for the other course type you want to teach.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Training for Trainers (T4T) - The ASIST Training for Trainers (T4T) course trains persons with existing trainer experience to conduct the two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) workshop.

Gail Taylor

Title: Behavior Health Wellness Manager
Office: Behavior Wellness
Phone Number: (804) 786-1411
Email Address: gail.taylor@dbhds.virginia.gov


Rae Reed

Title: Behavior Health Wellness Consultant 
Office: Behavior Wellness
Phone Number: (804) 225-2312
Email Address: rae.reed@dbhds.virginia.gov


Colleen Hughes

Title: Behavior Health Wellness Consultant 
Office: Behavior Wellness
Phone Number: (804) 766-3789
Email Address: colleen.hughes@dbhds.virginia.gov


Michael R. Olsen

Title: Suicide Prevention & MHFA Program Coordinator
Office: Behavior Health Wellness
Phone Number: (804) 786-0050
Email Address: michael.olsen@dbhds.virginia.gov


Sheree Slater

Title: Behavior Health Wellness Program Specialist
Office: Behavior Health Wellness
Phone Number: (804) 225-2312
Email Address: sheree.slater@dbhds.virginia.gov


Marfel Barnett

Title: Behavior Wellness Data Manager 
Office: Behavior Health Wellness
Phone Number: (804) 786-0918
Email Address: marfel.barnett@dbhds.virginia.gov



Behavior Wellness Office

Fax Number: (804) 225-4251

Mailing/POBox Address: 
PO Box 1797
Richmond,VA 23218-1797

Delivery/Street Address:
1220 Bank Street
Richmond,VA 23219-3645