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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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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...
DBHDS Hosts Screening and Discussion of "Hear Our Voices" in Honor of Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (Last Updated: Jun 03, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/06/03/11/28/hear-our-voices

On Thursday, May 8, Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will host a dinner, special screening and panel discussion of Hear Our Voices.  This film shows the stories of nine children and young adults who face mental health challenges and struggle to get the help they need.   Hear Our Voices also conveys the delicate balance between the growin...
DBHDS Awards Grants to Ten Community Services Boards to Strengthen Substance Abuse Prevention Efforts Across Virginia (Last Updated: Jun 03, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/06/02/15/57/dbhds-awards-grants

Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) has awarded nearly $134,000 to help prevent substance abuse in Virginia’s communities. The funding came from the U.S. Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) and is being used to implement SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework(SPF) -- a data and outcome-based planning model. The ...
William N. Cook Named Director at Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute (Last Updated: Jun 03, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/06/03/11/21/cook-svmhi

Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services (DBHDS) Acting Commissioner John Pezzoli announced that William N. Cook has been selected to serve as the new facility director at Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute (SVMHI). Cook will start his new position on May 25, 2014.   “Bill has an impressive record of service within the public and private sectors of the behavioral ...
Governor McAuliffe Names Debra Ferguson New DBHDS Commissioner (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/25/10/11/governor-mcauliffe-names-debra-ferguson-new-dbhds-commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2014  Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments   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 Co...
Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults and Youth Comes to Richmond (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/25/11/57/mental-health-first-aid-training-for-adults-and-youth-comes-to-richmond

During the next two weeks, Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will host two “train-the-trainers” courses to certify instructors to teach Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) to others. One course is designed to respond to adults facing a mental health crisis and the second is focused on youth who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Both e...
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...
MARCH 10-14: Suicide Prevention Training Workshop in Roanoke, VA (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/25/13/45/suicide-prevention-training-in-roanoke-va

Next week, Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will provide suicide prevention education for the members of the Roanoke community and other Virginia localities.  This training, the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), is a “train the trainer” program to expand suicide prevention efforts across Virginia.  This we...
Psychiatric Bed Registry Goes Live (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/25/14/13/psychiatric-bed-registry-goes-live

Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), Virginia Health Information (VHI), Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) and community services board (CSB) representatives launched the Virginia Acute Psychiatric and CSB Bed Registry. This state-led effort strives to provide pre-screeners with accurate, detailed information for bed availability in ...
Sale Finalized of Surplus Property at Southeastern Virginia Training Center (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/25/14/47/sevtc-sale-finalized

The sale of surplus property at the Southeastern Virginia Training Center (SEVTC) in Chesapeake has been finalized and proceeds from the sale will go into the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Trust Fund to provide community services for individuals with developmental disabilities. SEVTC is run by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). DBHD...