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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
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maria.reppas@dbhds.virginia.gov 

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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.
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...
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 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...
REVIVE! Pilot Program Aims to Reduce Opioid-Related Deaths in Richmond Area and Southwest Virginia (Last Updated: Sep 19, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/06/20/10/43/revive-launch

Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) -- along with the Department of Health (VDH), the Department of Health Professions (DPH), statewide recovery organizations, and key stakeholders – launched the REVIVE! Pilot Program. REVIVE! strives to reverse opioid overdoses, which are steadily increasing across Virginia. “Since 1996, naloxone has he...
From the DBHDS Commissioner's Desk - June 5, 2014 (Last Updated: Aug 18, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/08/18/15/18/from-the-commissioner-6-5-14

WELCOME I would like to welcome you to the first installment of “From the Commissioner’s Desk,” which will include monthly updates on major system developments. I am committed to ensuring you have the opportunity to be well informed on issues affecting our work and the people we serve.    MAJOR UPDATES June 16 Soft Launch of Civil Commitment Laws – The 2014 Gene...