DBHDS Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report
(Last Updated: Jul 26, 2016)
DBHDS Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report is available here.
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.
Dr. Mary Clare Smith Named as Western State Hospital Director
(Last Updated: Aug 03, 2015)
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)
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...
Frank Gallagher Named as Eastern State Hospital Director
(Last Updated: Mar 30, 2015)
Mr. Frank Gallagher has recently been selected to be the new Director at Eastern State Hospital. He will begin this new position on Monday, March 30, 2015.
Over the past 27 plus years, Frank has provided innovative leadership for behavioral health organizations in Virginia, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to the professional development of his staff, developing recovery oriented a...
Governor McAuliffe Signs Directive Establishing Center for Behavioral Health and Justice
(Last Updated: Mar 24, 2015)
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...
Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents Symposium Highlights Improvements in Treating Children’s Mental Health Issues
(Last Updated: Oct 30, 2014)
This Friday, the Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents (CCCA) is bringing together national experts in children’s mental health treatment for a symposium held in recognition of CCCA’s 40th anniversary. Based in Staunton, CCCA is licensed and operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS).
The theme of the event will be CCCA’s ne...
DBHDS Awards $1.2 MILLION to Address Substance Abuse and Mental Illness in Virginia
(Last Updated: Oct 23, 2014)
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)
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...
REVIVE! Pilot Program Aims to Reduce Opioid-Related Deaths in Richmond Area and Southwest Virginia
(Last Updated: Sep 19, 2014)
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...