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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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Maria Reppas
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maria.reppas@dbhds.virginia.gov 

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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!
Dr. Mary Clare Smith Named as Western State Hospital Director (Last Updated: Aug 03, 2015)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2015/08/03/14/48/smith-wsh

Today, DBHDS announced that Dr. Mary Clare Smith has been named as the new Director at Western State Hospital.  She will start this new position on July 25, 2015.  Since August 2014, she has been serving as the Acting Facility Director at Western State Hospital. Dr. Smith has worked in Virginia’s behavioral health system for over 20 years, and most of her career was built on her ps...
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...
March Marks Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (Last Updated: Mar 19, 2015)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2015/03/19/15/03/dd-month

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)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/10/23/14/26/dbhds-wellness-grants

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)

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 Signs Executive Order Establishing the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse (Last Updated: Sep 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/09/26/16/03/executive-order-29

Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 29 establishing the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse.  The task force will recommend immediate steps to address a growing and dangerous epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse in the Commonwealth.  The order asks the task force to suggest strategies that will raise public awareness about the d...
From the Commissioner's Desk - DBHDS Monthly Update for July 2014 (Last Updated: Aug 18, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/08/18/16/08/from-the-commissioner-7-3-14

WELCOME 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...
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...