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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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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...
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 ...