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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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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...
Virginia Forum on Recovery to Be Held Next Week (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/11/16/va-forum-on-recovery-to-be-held-next-week

Next week, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will hold a statewide forum in Roanoke to unite efforts around promoting recovery for individuals with mental health disorders or substance use disorders. Focusing on the evidence-based belief that recovering from even the most serious behavioral health disorders is possible, the recovery “movement” empha...
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month Event at the Diamond (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/11/36/childrens-mental-health-awareness-month-event

What: A pre-game event to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health will be held before tomorrow’s Flying Squirrels game at The Diamond. The event is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and has been planned along with Virginia’s child-serving agencies.   Two hundred game tickets have been distrib...
Daniel Herr named director at Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/11/49/herr-named-director-at-svmhi

Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services (DBHDS) Commissioner Jim Stewart announced that Daniel L. Herr is the new director at Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute (SVMHI). Herr started his new position on February 19, 2013. “Daniel has an extensive knowledge base and leadership skills,” said Commissioner Stewart. “These experiences have afforded him the opp...
David Lyon Named Director at Eastern State (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/12/01/lyon-named-director-at-eastern-state

Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services (DBHDS) Commissioner Jim Stewart announced David Lyon, most recently the director at Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute (SVMHI), starts a new position this week as the permanent director at Eastern State Hospital. The hospital’s current director, Jack Wood, is retiring at the end of the year. Lyon began his new position at Easte...
James R. Newton Named Permanent Director at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/12/04/newton-named-permanent-director-at-nvmhi

A new permanent director started work today as the director of the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute (NVMHI) in Falls Church, Virginia. James R. Newton will serve as the director of the 123-bed state mental health hospital. Most recently, Mr. Newton was the CEO of Macon Behavioral Health System, a 110-bed psychiatric inpatient facility in Macon Georgia. “Jim has a wealth of administ...
Governor McDonnell Announces Initiative to Promote Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention for Virginia’s Youth (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/12/16/mcdonnell-promote-substance-abuse-awareness-and-prevention

Governor Bob McDonnell is launching a new prevention initiative designed to bring awareness to parents, educators, students and youth advocates about the dangers of substance abuse, especially the growing use of synthetic cannabinoids, hallucinogenic bath salts and misused prescription medicine. The new Substance Abuse Awareness Vital for Virginia Youth (SAVVY) initiative will include a series of ...