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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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DBHDS Child and Family Services partners with the Virginia Tech Richmond Center to help those in need (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/13/40/child-and-family-services-partners-with-va-tech

Janet Lung, director of Child and Family Services at the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), has partnered with the Virginia Tech Richmond Center on workforce development initiatives for more than five years. Lung, a licensed clinical social worker, holds a graduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Social Work and has completed some...
Governor McDonnell Announces Settlement Agreement With the U.S. Department of Justice on Virginia's Intellectual and Developmental Disability System (Last Updated: Jun 05, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/06/05/10/05/mcdonnell-announces-settlement-agreement

Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that a settlement agreement has been reached between the Commonwealth and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding Virginia's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 1999 Supreme Court decision in the Olmstead case.  The investigation, which began in 2008 at the state-run Central Virginia Training Center in Lynchburg, was...
DBHDS Awarded Grant for Improvements to Children’s Behavioral Health Services (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/13/52/grant-for-improvements-childrens-behavioral-health-services

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) announced today that it has received a one-year, $586,718 “System of Care Expansion Planning” grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). A “system of care” is an organizational philosophy and framework that involves collaboration across government and priv...
Virginia Helps Equip Police Officers to Make Safer, More Efficient Responses to Individuals with Mental Illness in Crisis (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/13/58/va-helps-equip-police-officers

Next week, representatives from across the globe will gather in Virginia Beach to address the challenging issues that often arise when law enforcement officers interact with individuals with mental illness in crisis situations. Co-hosted by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the Department of Criminal Justice Services, the City of Virginia Beach, the National ...
Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute Infection Control Coordinator Cindy Jones Wins 2011 Governor's Award (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/14/06/swvmhi-wins-governors-award

At a ceremony today at the Governor’s Mansion, Governor Bob McDonnell congratulated Cindy Jones, infection control coordinator at Southwestern Virginia Institute (SWVMHI) in Marion, for being the winner of the 2011 Governor’s Award for Public Service for Workplace Safety and Health. Jones, of Washington County, was nominated by the Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health an...
Commonwealth of Virginia Receives Letter from the Department of Justice Regarding the Central Virginia Training Center (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/14/43/va-receieves-letter-from-doj-regarding-cvtc

Yesterday evening, the Administration received the findings from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation of the Central Virginia Training Center (CVTC), regarding the Commonwealth's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Supreme Court decision in the Olmstead case in 1999. The investigation, which began in 2008, comprehensively examined Virginia's structure f...
Governor McDonnell Proposes Funds to Improve Virginia’s Behavioral Health and Developmental Services System (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/14/56/mcdonnell-proposes-funds-for-bhds-system

Governor Bob McDonnell announced budget proposals today for Virginia’s behavioral health and developmental services program that will be part of his formal budget amendments announced in full tomorrow, Friday, December 17th. The Governor’s proposals for additional funding for behavioral health and developmental services improvements equal nearly $30 million in general fund dollars.&nbs...
Dale Woods Named Permanent Director at Central Virginia Training Center (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/15/18/woods-named-permanent-cvtc-director

DBHDS Commissioner James W. Stewart, III announced today that Southwestern Virginia Training Center (SWVTC) Director Dale Woods has been selected to serve as Central Virginia Training Center’s (CVTC) permanent director. Dr. Woods has been the acting director at CVTC since September 23, 2010. “Dale has a comprehensive knowledge of Virginia’s developmental disability system and ha...
New Adult Mental Health Treatment Center Officially Opened at Eastern State Hospital (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/15/23/new-adult-mental-health-treatment-center-officially-opened-at-esh

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) officially opened the new Adult Mental Health Treatment Center today at Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg. This new center is a part of a General Assembly-approved plan to reduce the hospital’s sprawling campus size and upgrade its physical structures to meet today’s modern standards. “Not only is the ne...
Jack Wood Named Eastern State Hospital Director (Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014)

http://dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/news-and-press-releases/news/2014/03/26/15/21/wood-named-esh-director

DBHDS Commissioner James W. Stewart, III announced that Catawba Hospital Director Jack Wood has been selected to serve as Eastern State Hospital’s new permanent director. “Eastern State will benefit from the strong leadership Jack demonstrated at Catawba hospital,” said Commissioner Stewart. “His experience has enabled him to gain a wide variety of management skills that w...