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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
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.
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, 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...
ALL IN! DBHDS Monthly Update From Commissioner Ferguson - August 2014 (Last Updated: Sep 04, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/08/19/10/12/all-in-august-2014

WELCOME Welcome to another monthly update from DBHDS. I have renamed this monthly communication “ALL IN!” What does it mean?  We recognize that improving Virginia’s behavioral health system and bolstering the developmental disability system are critical, urgent priorities. ALL IN! speaks to our level of commitment and sense of urgency. ALL IN! acknowledges that major system...
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...
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...