Skip to Content
Agencies | Governor
Search Virginia.Gov
Refine Your Search

DBHDS News and Press Releases

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

Media Contact:

Maria Reppas
Communications Director 

Click on the filters on your left to further refine your results.

Results 1 to 10 of 12

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...
Mr. Connie Cochran Named DBHDS Assistant Commissioner for Developmental Services (Last Updated: Mar 25, 2014)

Today, Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services (DBHDS) Commissioner Jim Stewart named Mr. Connie Cochran as the new Assistant Commissioner for Developmental Services.   "Connie has extensive experience serving individuals with developmental disabilities, said Commissioner Stewart. I'm confident he will build on our current work, particularly implementing Virginia's settlement...
DBHDS to Accept Applications Beginning September 3, 2013 for Individual and Family Support Program (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will begin accepting applications from individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities for the FY 2014 Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) on September 3, 2013. The IFSP is designed to assist individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities on the waiting list for the Medicaid waiver to acces...
Governor McDonnell Proposes Funds to Improve Virginia’s Behavioral Health and Developmental Services System (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

Governor Bob McDonnell announced budget proposals today for Virginia’s behavioral health and developmental services program that will be part of his formal budget amendments announced in full tomorrow, Friday, December 17th. The Governor’s proposals for additional funding for behavioral health and developmental services improvements equal nearly $30 million in general fund dollars.&nbs...
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,...
May is Mental Health Month (Last Updated: Mar 28, 2014)

Dear Editor, Most people will be affected in some way by mental illness during their lifetimes. According to the National Institute of Health, more than 26 percent of Americans over age 18 will suffer from a mental disorder in a given year. Though mental illness is quite common in our society, it is widely misunderstood. Mental Health Month this May gives us an opportunity to better inform oursel...
General Assembly Passes Legislation to Change Name of DMHMRSAS (Last Updated: Mar 28, 2014)

The General Assembly has passed legislation to change the name of the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services (DMHMRSAS) to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). With the passage of SB 1117 and HB 2300, patroned by Senator Ticer and Delegate Caputo, respectively, and with signature from the Governor, the change will be effectiv...