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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 Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report (Last Updated: Jul 26, 2016)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2015/10/21/15/08/annual-report

DBHDS Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report is available here.
DBHDS on the Kojo Nnamdi Show (Last Updated: Mar 15, 2016)

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

Marion Greenfield, Director of Clinical Quality and Risk Management at DBHDS, was a guest on WAMU 88.5's The Kojo Nnamdi Show. She discussed the Commonwealth's efforts to compensate Virginians who were involuntarily sterilized under the 1924 Virginia Eugenical Sterilization Act.
DBHDS TO HOLD TOWN HALL MEETINGS ON COMMISSIONER FERGUSON’S TRANSFORMATION TEAMS’ RECOMMENDATIONS (Last Updated: May 07, 2015)

http://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...
Governor McAuliffe Signs Directive Establishing Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (Last Updated: Mar 24, 2015)

http://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...
Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents Symposium Highlights Improvements in Treating Children’s Mental Health Issues (Last Updated: Oct 30, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/10/30/09/34/ccca-symposium

This Friday, the Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents (CCCA) is bringing together national experts in children’s mental health treatment for a symposium held in recognition of CCCA’s 40th anniversary. Based in Staunton, CCCA is licensed and operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). The theme of the event will be CCCA’s ne...
DBHDS, The National Council for Behavioral Health, and VACSB Form Major Partnership to Improve Mental Health in Virginia (Last Updated: Oct 02, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/10/02/09/57/all-in-announcement

Today, Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), the National Council for Behavioral Health, and the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards (VACSB) formed a joint partnership to help improve the quality of and access to mental health services across the Commonwealth. Most noteworthy is that Virginia is now an “all in” state, which m...
Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults and Youth Comes to Richmond (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/25/11/57/mental-health-first-aid-training-for-adults-and-youth-comes-to-richmond

During the next two weeks, Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will host two “train-the-trainers” courses to certify instructors to teach Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) to others. One course is designed to respond to adults facing a mental health crisis and the second is focused on youth who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Both e...
Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments (Last Updated: Jun 03, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/06/03/11/10/new-dbhds-commissioner

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his administration today. The appointees will join McAuliffe’s administration focused on finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will grow Virginia’s economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth. Secretariat of Health and Human Resources Debra Ferguson, Ph.D., Commissioner of the Departmen...
MARCH 10-14: Suicide Prevention Training Workshop in Roanoke, VA (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/25/13/45/suicide-prevention-training-in-roanoke-va

Next week, Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will provide suicide prevention education for the members of the Roanoke community and other Virginia localities.  This training, the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), is a “train the trainer” program to expand suicide prevention efforts across Virginia.  This we...
Governor McDonnell to Propose New Mental Health Funding and Issues Executive Order 68 (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/25/15/00/mcdonnell-to-propose-new-mental-health-funding

Governor Bob McDonnell announced budget proposals today to expand crisis response and crisis prevention services for Virginia's behavioral health system. The governor's proposals would infuse $38.3 million over the biennium into critical mental health and substance-use disorder programs. Separately, funding for the DOJ mental health and training center settlement and DMAS resources, a total of $95...