In collaboration with its state and community partners, DBHDS plans, develops, directs, funds and monitors the delivery of comprehensive mental health services throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. To ensure the delivery of coordinated services to mutually served populations, DBHDS provides liaison services to state and community agencies that interact with the public behavioral health services system. DBHDS is involved in design, development and implementation of evaluation processes, data reporting standards and measures used to analyze the delivery of mental health services, and also operates nine acute care state psychiatric facilities, including one for children.
How to Get Help for Mental Health Issues
Virginia's community services boards (CSBs) are the primary point of entry into the Commonwealth's public behavioral health and developmental services system. CSBs provide treatment for mental health issues, substance use and addiction, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. There is a CSB that serves every county and city in the state. To locate the CSB nearest to you, click here. You can also visit the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) treatment locator website at https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/. On that page, you can search for providers by zip code.
A 21-day public comment forum is open related to the FY 2019 Combined Behavioral Health Assessment and Plan, which is an update to the full biennial FY 2018 – FY 2019 Combined Behavioral Health Application and State Plan. This August 13, 2018, memo explains the opportunity to comment.
Individuals interested in making comments on this State Plan update may do so on the Town Hall website through 12 p.m. on Monday, September 3, 2018. You must first be registered as a public user to make comments on Town Hall. Comments on the draft update may also be made by email gabriella.caldwell-miller@
Virginia's Mental Health Laws
Information about Virginia law governing behavioral health and developmental services can be found in Section 37.2 of the Code of Virginia. Section 37.2 includes statutes governing the emergency custody, temporary detention and involuntary commitment to treatment of individuals in mental health crisis. Information on changes to Virginia's civil commitment laws, information on the Psychiatric Bed Registry and other resources can be found on the the Professionals and Service Providers page of our website.
Community Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grants
The Commonwealth of Virginia receives federal funds each year from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG) programs to support the delivery of treatment and supports to adults with serious mental illness and children and youth with serious emotional disturbance (MHBG), and individuals with substance use disorders (SAPTBG). For State Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, the Commonwealth has been allocated $11,848,348 in MHBG funds and $41,797,903 in SAPTBG funds. These funds support a wide variety of services provided by Virginia's community services boards and private providers.
As the recipient of these federal funds, DBHDS submits an annual plan and application to SAMHSA. The Commonwealth's Federal Fiscal Year 2018-2019 combined application for $8,817,330 in MHBG funds and $41,889,853 in federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment funds is available for review by clicking this link to a PDF version of the application, which is submitted online through the SAMHSA Web-based Block Grant Application System (BGAS). DBHDS invites review and comment from the public on the application. To submit a comment or to ask questions about the block grants or the draft application, please contact Gabriella Caldwell-Miller,Director of the Office of Community Behavioral Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A public hearing on the block grant application has been scheduled for Friday, August 25, 2017, from 10 AM to 12 PM in room 1237 at the DBHDS Central Office, which is located at 1220 Bank Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23218. The public is encouraged to attend.