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The Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), in partnership with the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD), and the Department for Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), has contracted with Niagara University to develop and conduct statewide training for law enforcement officers.  The primary goal is to provide the specific interaction skills law enforcemen...
DBHDS 2017 Post-Session Legislative Information Documents (Last Updated: May 26, 2017)

DBHDS 2017 Post-Session Legislative Information Documents
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.

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...
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...
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...
Psychiatric Bed Registry Goes Live (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), Virginia Health Information (VHI), Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) and community services board (CSB) representatives launched the Virginia Acute Psychiatric and CSB Bed Registry. This state-led effort strives to provide pre-screeners with accurate, detailed information for bed availability in ...
Governor McDonnell to Propose New Mental Health Funding and Issues Executive Order 68 (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

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...
Western State to Hold Ribbon Cutting for New Hospital (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

Media are invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony on: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at the New Western State Hospital 103 Valley Center Drive Staunton, VA 24401 “The design of the new hospital incorporates special features that facilitate the delivery of highly-specialized, recovery-oriented treatment and provides a very secure environment,” said Department of Behavi...
Groundbreaking Tuesday for New SEVTC Residential Housing (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

What: The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and the Department of General Services (DGS) will break ground for new homes for residents at Southeastern Virginia Training Center (SEVTC). Construction of the new SEVTC residential housing is expected to be completed in September 2011. When: Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 11 a.m. Where: Southeastern Virginia Training Center,...