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DBHDS News and Press Releases

Here is the latest information on public mental health, intellectual disability, and substance abuse services in Virginia.

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Maria Reppas
Communications Director
maria.reppas@dbhds.virginia.gov 

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VIRGINIA LAUNCHES NEW PROJECT: DISABILITY AWARENESS TRAINING FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS (Last Updated: Aug 07, 2017)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2017/08/07/15/28/leo-training

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)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2017/05/26/12/22/2017ga

DBHDS 2017 Post-Session Legislative Information Documents
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.
National Stepping Up Initiative to Reduce the Number of Persons with Mental Illnesses in Jails (Last Updated: Aug 03, 2015)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2015/08/03/16/19/stepping-up

DBHDS is excited to announce its support for the national Stepping Up Initiative, an initiative to reduce the number of persons with mental illnesses in jails! Please click the link to learn more!
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...
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...
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...
Event Aims to Improve Virginia's Criminal Justice System, Behavioral Health Efforts (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/25/15/36/event-aims-to-improve-va-criminal-justice-system

On Thursday, November 21, Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will host the Cross Systems Mapping Initiative, a training and networking event for key stakeholders in the criminal justice and behavioral health fields. Participants will come from 40 areas across Virginia to discuss accomplishments, challenges, and goals to improve outcomes for individu...