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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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UVA Report Reveals New Data on Access to Mental Health Crisis Care in Virginia (Last Updated: Mar 25, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/25/14/25/uva-report-reveals-new-data-on-access-to-mental-health-crisis-care-in-virginia

A new statewide study gives an objective and detailed review of Virginia's emergency mental health system, sheds light on persistent gaps in available services and illustrates the need for timely access to mental health services, including access to crisis response services and psychiatric beds. The report, "A Study of Face-to-Face Emergency Evaluations Conducted by Community Services Boards in A...
Governor McDonnell to Propose New Mental Health Funding and Issues Executive Order 68 (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/25/15/00/mcdonnell-to-propose-new-mental-health-funding

Governor Bob McDonnell announced budget proposals today to expand crisis response and crisis prevention services for Virginia's behavioral health system. The governor's proposals would infuse $38.3 million over the biennium into critical mental health and substance-use disorder programs. Separately, funding for the DOJ mental health and training center settlement and DMAS resources, a total of $95...
Grants Awarded to Help Improve Services for Virginia's Children with Mental Health Needs (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/25/15/28/grants-awarded-to-help-va-kids

Today, Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) Commissioner James Stewart announced that five community grants have been awarded to help improve mental health services and support for children who face serious mental and emotional challenges. These grants will help the families of these children as well as improve and expand current community resources. ...
Event Aims to Improve Virginia's Criminal Justice System, Behavioral Health Efforts (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/25/15/36/event-aims-to-improve-va-criminal-justice-system

On Thursday, November 21, Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will host the Cross Systems Mapping Initiative, a training and networking event for key stakeholders in the criminal justice and behavioral health fields. Participants will come from 40 areas across Virginia to discuss accomplishments, challenges, and goals to improve outcomes for individu...
Mr. Connie Cochran Named DBHDS Assistant Commissioner for Developmental Services (Last Updated: Mar 25, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/25/15/55/cochran-named-dbhds-assistant-commissioner-for-developmental-services

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...
Four of Virginia's Public Psychiatric Hospitals Earn Top Recognition from National Accreditor (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/25/16/02/four-va-public-psychiatric-hospitals

Four of Virginia’s state-run psychiatric hospitals have been named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The Joint Commission recognized these four hospitals for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care. These hospitals are operated by the Virgi...
Sharon Bonaventura Named Director at Central Virginia Training Center (Last Updated: Mar 25, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/25/16/25/bonaventura-named-cvtc-director

Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services (DBHDS) Commissioner Jim Stewart announced that Sharon Bonaventura, Central Virginia Training Center’s (CVTC) acting director since December, has been selected as the facility’s new director.   “Sharon has served at CVTC for over 30 years and has been a key member of the training center’s leadership for the past ...
Western State to Hold Ribbon Cutting for New Hospital (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/10/25/western-state-to-hold-ribbon-cutting-for-new-hospital

Media are invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony on: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at the New Western State Hospital 103 Valley Center Drive Staunton, VA 24401 “The design of the new hospital incorporates special features that facilitate the delivery of highly-specialized, recovery-oriented treatment and provides a very secure environment,” said Department of Behavi...
Conference to Improve Partnership, Collaboration Between Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems To be Held This Week (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/10/30/conference-to-improve-partnership-collaboration

WHAT:  This week, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will host a conference that offers cross-systems education to Virginia’s legal and mental health stakeholders. The conference, “Cross System Collaboration between Legal and Mental Health Partners,” aims to facilitate partnership and collaboration between the two systems and ultimately im...
DBHDS to Accept Applications Beginning September 3, 2013 for Individual and Family Support Program (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/10/40/dbhds-to-accept-ifsp-applications

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...