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Mental Health Services

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 On that page, you can search for providers by zip code.

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 custodytemporary 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.

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