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DBHDS Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report
(Last Updated: Jul 26, 2016)
DBHDS Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report is available here.
DBHDS on the Kojo Nnamdi Show
(Last Updated: Mar 15, 2016)
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)
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)
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...
March Marks Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
(Last Updated: Mar 19, 2015)
Governor Terry McAuliffe declared March 2015 to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. An estimated 150,000 adults and children in Virginia have developmental disabilities, and DBHDS’s Department of Developmental Services strives to provide resources and supports specifically tailored to those individuals’ needs. We remain committed to the process of transitioning to a communit...
DBHDS Awards $1.2 MILLION to Address Substance Abuse and Mental Illness in Virginia
(Last Updated: Oct 23, 2014)
The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) has awarded approximately $ 1.2 million in funding to help prevent substance abuse and mental illness by promoting family wellness throughout the Commonwealth. Funds will be used to support evidence-based prevention programs for parents and their children and are implemented in collaboration with local community ...
DBHDS, The National Council for Behavioral Health, and VACSB Form Major Partnership to Improve Mental Health in Virginia
(Last Updated: Oct 02, 2014)
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...
From the Commissioner's Desk - DBHDS Monthly Update for July 2014
(Last Updated: Aug 18, 2014)
Welcome to another monthly edition of “From the Commissioner’s Desk.” June has been an extremely busy month! Below is a brief snapshot of the critical updates and accomplishments during June on issues affecting the people we serve. Without doubt, our daily efforts have extended far beyond the major updates included below. I am grateful for all of the work being done to i...
DBHDS Awards Grants to Ten Community Services Boards to Strengthen Substance Abuse Prevention Efforts Across Virginia
(Last Updated: Jun 03, 2014)
Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) has awarded nearly $134,000 to help prevent substance abuse in Virginia’s communities. The funding came from the U.S. Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) and is being used to implement SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework(SPF) -- a data and outcome-based planning model. The ...
Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments
(Last Updated: Jun 03, 2014)
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...